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COVID-19: A Catastrophe or Opportunity for Pangolin Conservation?
by Charles Emogor
Whether or not scientists identify the origin of COVID-19, we can build on the abundance of available evidence showing that wildlife markets continue to pose danger to human health and wellbeing.
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Wildlife Conservation Society’s stance on meat clarified
by Susan Lieberman
Zoonotic spillover is much more likely to occur in urban markets that sell live or fresh wildlife sourced hundreds or thousands of miles away from where indigenous peoples and local communities need to feed their families.
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The Buffalo Way: A Path to American Unity, Resilience, and Health
by Cristina Mormorunni
In a new commentary for Medium, WCS's Cristina Mormorunni argues that our commitment to the ecological and cultural restoration of bison embodies a new and much needed conservation model.
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Effective conservation can help stop the next public health crisis
by Aili Kang
In a new op-ed for Devex, WCS’s Aili Kang argues that while a vaccine might help prevent a further #COVID19 outbreak, only effective conservation can prevent the next unknown zoonotic epidemic.
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Build Trust First, Take Action Later
by Morgane Cournarie
In a new blog, WCS Madagascar's Morgane Cournarie says it's clearer than ever that effective conservation needs a multi-sectoral approach that respects people’s rights and livelihoods, and seeks common solutions to shared problems.
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New framework identifies climate change “refugia” in boreal forest
by Hilary Cooke, Diana Stralberg, Fiona Schmiegelow
A major research project from the University of Alberta co-authored by WCS Canada's Hilary Cooke outlines pockets of Canada's boreal forest that may give wildlife more time and space to adjust to a changing climate.
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New EU Biodiversity Strategy Can Reduce Risk of Future Pandemics
by Arnaud Goessens
In a new op-ed for The Revelator, WCS EU's Arnaud Goessens notes that while the new EU biodiversity strategy represents hope for people and wildlife, and can be a model for governments, it still lacks critical funding to carry out its goals.
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The perfect firestorm: COVID-19 in Mesoamerica’s indigenous territories
by Jeremy Radachowsky
In a new commentary for Mongabay, WCS's Jeremy Radachowsky argues that Honduras's Bakinasta territory, already under severe threat due to invasions by land grabbers, is being devastated economically by COVID-19.
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Record Hauls of Illegal Shark Fins — But Can They Help Save Species on the Brink?
by Luke Warwick
Though fully one quarter of the shark fin trade is now regulated under the world’s premier wildlife conservation convention, the importance of maintaining enforcement pressure remains high.
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Coral Reef Wilderness, Not Just a Luxury
by Tim McClanahan
Local nearshore closures are a key part of actions needed for fisheries sustainability and must be integrated into the most heavily fished seascapes to deliver the food security critical to the poorest nations, argues WCS's Tim McClanahan in a commentary for World Oceans Day.
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Healthy Shark and Ray Populations: An Asset to the Indonesian Economy
by Hollie Booth, Irfan Yulianto
In a new blog for World Oceans Day, WCS's Hollie Booth and Irfan Yulianto cite a recent study suggesting that if sharks were absent from key marine sites, Indonesia’s tourism industry could lose roughly 25 percent of dive tourist expenditures per year
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One Way to Prevent Epidemics: Monitoring Wildlife Mortality
by Alain Ondzie
The COVID-19 crisis reminds us of the need for early warning systems for emerging diseases. The WCS Congo wildlife health team has been raising local awareness of what to do when wild animal carcasses are encountered in the forest.
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CITES, the Treaty that Regulates Trade in International Wildlife, Is Not the Answer to Preventing Another Zoonotic Pandemic
by Susan Lieberman
The CITES treaty has little power to prevent spread of pathogens to humans, notes WCS's Sue Lieberman. To avoid future pandemic, the commercial trade in wildlife, especially of birds and mammals, for human consumption must end.
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COVID-19 Threatens Endangered Species in Southeast Asia
by Colin Poole
For many rural people across far-flung parts of SE Asia, notes WCS’s Greater Mekong Regional Director Colin Poole, COVID-19 is less a crisis of public health than economic survival.
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How Global Coral Reef Conservation Is Adapting to COVID-19
by Emily Darling
Instead of deep on a reef, I was deep with worry about friends and colleagues. Every single day I ask myself how the work we do as scientists and conservationists can help communities in this time of crisis and change.
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East of Siberia: Owls and the Meaning of April
by Jonathan Slaght
“Spring was always the annual end point for my work studying owls in Russia,” writes WCS’s Jon Slaght in a new blog for Scientific American. “This year, the coronavirus ensured that the expedition would leave me behind.”
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