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Ensuring Protected Areas Cover a Range of Climate Conditions is More Effective for Safeguarding Biodiversity than Simply Expanding Protection, Study Finds
A new WCS co-authored study in Science Advances assesses how climatic conditions within global terrestrial protected areas (PAs) may change over time and the resulting impacts on species protection. 
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Scientists Lament “Humpty Dumpty” Effect on World's Most Spectacular, Rare Wildlife: ‘We can’t always put things back together again’ says research team
Some of the world’s largest, most spectacular and unheralded mammals are silently slipping away, species like Tibetan wild yaks and Patagonia’s huemul, Bhutan’s takin and Vietnam’s saola. 
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Study in Nature Ecology and Evolution Says Australia’s Devastating Wildfires Were Made Worse by Logging

Logging of intact, native forests increases the risk and severity of fire, and likely had a profound effect on the recent, catastrophic Australian bushfires, according to new research published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution by a team from the University of Queensland, ANU, Macquarie University, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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Howling Planet: A Baby Howler Monkey is Rescued from Fire-Ravaged Guatemala
A Planet in Trouble: Humankind’s fractured relationship with nature is on the face of this Guatemalan black howler monkey. 
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Climate Surprise: Climate Change May Push Some Species to Higher Elevations – and Out of Harm’s Way

A new WCS-led study reveals that mountain-dwelling species fleeing warming temperatures by retreating to higher elevations may find refuge from reduced human pressure.

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End the Trade: New Coalition Invites Global Community to Take a Stand Against Future Pandemics
The global trade in wild animals has produced the conditions for disastrous and deadly pandemics, including COVID-19. To prevent the next pandemic, the Coalition to End the Trade is calling for the permanent end to the commercial trade and sale in markets of terrestrial animals for consumption, particularly birds and mammals. 
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Liquid Treasure of the Gobi: Water, the Climate Crisis, and the Wandering Khulan

Khulan (Equus hemionus), a species of wild ass living in the Gobi Desert, travel extremely long distances to meet their water needs – a strategy that will require urgent conservation interventions as local human impacts increase, says a team of scientists.

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WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Awards $2.7 Million to 13 U.S. Conservation Projects Implementing Approaches to Help Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced 13 new grants to nonprofit organizations implementing on-the-ground, science-driven projects that will help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change. 
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WCS Partners with Ecosia to Plant 900,000 Trees in Tanzania
WCS and the non-profit search engine Ecosia announced today a massive effort to replant some 900,000 trees in degraded landscapes in Tanzania. 
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World Wildlife Day Remarks by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper

The following are excerpts of remarks given today by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper at the Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020, on the theme of “Sustaining all life on earth.”

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