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New UNEP Synthesis Provides Blueprint to Urgently Solve Planetary Emergencies and Secure Humanity’s Future
Special Note: WCS’s Dr. Cristián Samper and Dr. Christian Walzer are among the co-authors.Nairobi, 18 February 2021 – The world can transform its relationship with nature and tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution crises together to secure a sustainable future and prevent future pandemics, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that offers a comprehensive blueprint for addressing our triple planetary emergency. The report, Making Pea...
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Press Conference: Launch of UNEP’s Making Peace with Nature Report
Special Note: WCS’s Dr. Cristián Samper and Dr. Chris Walzer both were involved with the writing of this UN report: “a blueprint to tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution emergencies.” For interviews with Dr. Samper or Dr. Walzer, please contact Mary Dixon at mdixon@wcs.org (+1 347-840-1242) or Stephen Sautner at ssautner@wcs.org (+1 908-247-2585)Ahead of the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5), the UN Secretary-Genera...
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Birds and Rural Sprawl: New study finds that bird communities in two key landscapes react differently to “exurban” development
new study in the journal Diversity by researchers from Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) finds that bird communities in two rapidly developing rural landscapes react differently to increased “rural sprawl.”
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Top Security Experts Identify Ecological Disruption as a Major Security Threat  in a Landmark Report by the Converging Risks Lab of the Council on Strategic Risks
The Converging Risks Lab of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) released a landmark report today, “The Security Threat That Binds Us: The Unraveling of Ecological and Natural Security and What the United States Can Do About It.
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Zoos and Aquarium Reopen Following Snowstorm
 Bronx, NY - Feb. 2, 2021 - The Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium will REOPEN on Wednesday, February 3. The WCS zoos and aquarium have been closed for two days due to the snowstorm. Normal operating hours will resume tomorrow.For more information and advance tickets, visit: BronxZoo.com NYAquarium.com CentralParkZoo.com ProspectParkZoo.com QueensZoo.com  
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New Global Platform Connects Small-scale Fishers to Improve Sustainability, Livelihoods
A global coalition of partners working in and with small-scale fisheries has launched the Small-Scale Fisheries Resource and Collaboration Hub, or SSF Hub, a multilingual, interactive online platform to strengthen small-scale fisheries governance and community development. 
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MEDIA NOTICE: WCS Zoos and Aquarium will remain CLOSED on Tuesday, February 2
 Due to the ongoing snowstorm, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium will remain CLOSED on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2.  A determination on Wednesday closures will be made on Tuesday. Additional updates will be provided to media as information is available.###
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WCS Supports Bi-Partisan Bill in US Senate to Prevent the Next Zoonotic Pandemic
A statement is from John F. Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs of the Wildlife Conservation Society in support of reintroduction of a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Congress, which includes measures to prevent future zoonotic pandemics
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Southern Africa’s Most Endangered Shark  Just Extended its Range by 2,000 Kilometers

A team of marine scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has confirmed that southern Africa’s most threatened endemic shark – the Critically Endangered shorttail nurse shark (Pseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum) – has been found to occur in Mozambique; a finding that represents a range extension of more than 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles).

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