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CARBON BOMB: Study in Journal Science Advances Says Climate Impact from Loss of Intact Tropical Forests Grossly Underreported

A new study in the journal Science Advances says that carbon impacts from the loss of intact tropical forests has been grossly underreported.

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Besides Hot Water, Coral Bleaching Also About Location, Location, Location
As conservationists grapple with unprecedented levels of coral reef bleaching in the world’s warming oceans, scientists in the Indian and Pacific Oceans used the most recent El Nino of 2016 (the warmest year on record) to evaluate the role of excess heat as the leading driver of coral bleaching.
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Forests for Life: New Global Partnership Targets Planet’s Great Forests for Urgent Protection

As the planet continues to warm and wildlife species vanish at an unprecedented rate, five leading environmental organizations have come together to target the world’s greatest undervalued and unprotected solution to the climate and extinction crises— forests. The organizations—Global Wildlife Conservation, Rainforest Foundation Norway, United Nations Development Programme, Wildlife Conservation Society and World Resources Institute—will announce the new Forests for Life Partnership during an event celebrating the role of Nature-based Solutions at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York tonight, Sept. 25.


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WCS Issues Comments on Today’s Release of the IPCC Ocean & Cryosphere Special Report
The following comments were released by: Jason Patlis, Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Marine Conservation Program; and Jon Forrest Dohlin, WCS Vice President and Director of the New York Aquarium: 
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Intact Forests Are Key to Stemming and Stopping Global Climate Crisis
The following statement was issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society as the United Nations focused on the importance of nature-based solutions to the world’s climate crisis.The Nature-Based Solutions Coalition of the UN Climate Action Summit hosted a high-level event today to highlight the critical role of nature for climate action and the pathways to unlocking nature’s full potential for mitigation and adaptation to deliver the Paris Agreement and carbon neutrality by 2050. ...
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WCS Brazil Issues Statement on the Amazon Fires (English and Spanish)

“The Amazon, a fortress for life on Earth, is burning nearly twice as fast as last year. All parties must come together to stop the setting of these devastating fires.” – WCS Brazil Country Director Carlos Durigan

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Wildlife Conservation Society Molecular Biologist Tracie Seimon Participates in Trailblazing National Geographic and Rolex Expedition to Mt. Everest
From April to June 2019, an international team of scientists, climbers and storytellers, led by the National Geographic Society and Tribhuvan University and supported in partnership with Rolex, conducted a scientific expedition to Mount Everest, believed to be the most comprehensive single scientific expedition to the mountain in history. 
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Analysis: World’s Protected Areas Safeguard  Only a Fraction of Wildlife
A new analysis published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment shows that the world’s protected areas (PAs) are experiencing major shortfalls in staffing and resources and are therefore failing on a massive scale to safeguard wildlife.
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WCS Issues Statement Regarding IPBES Alarming Report on Assault Against Nature

The following statement was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society today in regard to a landmark report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES):

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Managing Climate Risk for Conservation Investments - A New Report Written by Funders Offers Solutions
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Climate Adaptation Fund, in collaboration with the Climate Resilience Fund (CRF), has released a new report providing practical guidance to foundation and public agency funders, and natural resource managers for reducing their investment risk in the era of climate change. The report was launched this week at the 2019 National Adaptation Forum in Madison, Wisconsin. According to the 2018 National Climate Assessment, a legally-mandated synthesis of ...
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