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Time for the EU to Close Its Domestic Ivory Market?
by Arnaud Goessens, Frédérique Ries
If the EU is serious about fighting elephant poaching, it must completely close its domestic ivory market and ban all ivory imports and re-exports, argue EU Parliament Member Frédérique Ries and WCS's Arnaud Goessens.
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Saving Sawfish Before It’s Too Late
by Jamia Rahman Khan Tisa, Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur
With a snout lined with sharp teeth that makes them vulnerable to getting entangled in fishing gear, these unique fish are Critically Endangered and have vanished from many parts of the ocean.
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Multilateralism Is the Key to Repairing Our Broken Relationship with Nature
by Cristián Samper, Susan Lieberman
This week’s United Nations Summit on Biodiversity highlights in particular the urgent need for commitments and action to retain and protect the world’s last remaining highly intact ecosystems, while respecting and honoring the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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We Need Federal Action to Prevent the Next Pandemic
by Christian Walzer, John Calvelli
If we are to reduce the likelihood of future pandemics like COVID-19, we must adopt a comprehensive approach for which the U.S. government has a critical role to play.
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Protect Indigenous People’s rights to avoid a sixth extinction
by David Wilkie, Susan Lieberman, James Watson
Wise stewardship of natural resources by Indigenous Peoples within their traditional territories has had a profoundly positive impact on the conservation of species on land and in rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.
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COVID-19 and the Curse of Piecemeal Perspectives
by Christian Walzer
To prevent future pandemics like COVID-19, the pragmatic, most cost-effective action governments can take with immediate effect is to ban the commercial trade of wild birds and mammals for consumption.
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Who Will Clean Up Alaska’s ‘Orphaned’ Oil Infrastructure?
by Martin Robards, George Schaller
As the US government prepares to auction leases for drilling in the Arctic Refuge, Martin Robards and George Schaller argue that if we cannot afford a plan to fully clean up and restore an area, we cannot afford to drill new wells.
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Cambodia’s Vultures Remain at the Edge of Extinction
by Ratna Leak
The Cambodia Vulture Working Group—comprised of NGOs, government bodies, and academic institutes—seeks to prevent the extinction of vultures in Cambodia. The CVWG joined other vulture conservationists on International Vulture Awareness Day to celebrate these special birds.
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Free As a Bird
by Rob Wallace
Palca is an Andean condor — the first in Bolivia to provide data on the movements of a species renowned for its huge wingspan, prodigious soaring ability and wide-ranging behavior.
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Taking Different Paths: How WCS Canada Scientists Have Adapted to the Challenges of COVID 19
by Jaime Grimm
Usually at this time of year, scientists with WCS Canada would be deep into their field seasons: monitoring bird migrations, tracking sturgeon, and listening to whales in the Arctic. Current circumstances have required a change in routine.
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How We Can Use the CITES Wildlife Trade Agreement to Help Prevent Pandemics
by Sue Lieberman, Bruce J. Weissgold, Peter Knights, Russell Mittermeier
There are widespread concerns about opening the original text of CITES to address the risk zoonotic disease spillover. The best way to adapt CITES is through an addendum to the treaty itself: additive text covering zoonotic diseases and international trade.
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Shark Quest: Are the World’s Most Endangered Rays Living in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea?
by Jonathan Booth
While the mystery as to whether sawfish and rhino ray populations are alive and well in PNG has largely been solved, they are still rare and in need of additional conservation efforts if we are to make sure they don’t become mythical creatures of the past.
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How to Plant the Forests of the Future
by Lauren Oakes
In the past, notes WCS's Lauren Oakes in a new commentary for Anthropocene magazine, forest restoration could be informed by what once was. Now we have to make hard decisions about what we’re working toward.
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First Signs of Hope for Critically Endangered Wedgefish and Giant Guitarfish in Indonesia
by Benaya Simeon, Een Irawan Putra, Dwi Yuwandana
A new collaboration provides hope for the conservation of wedgefish and giant guitarfish in the Java Sea and Indonesia. While the high catches of these Critically Endangered species are worrying, they also indicate healthy and abundant populations
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The Informal Blue Economy: East Africa’s Silent Shark Killer
by Rhett Bennett, Dave van Beuningen, Mike Markovina
In a commentary at The Revelator prepared for Shark Week, Rhett Bennett, Dave van Beuningen and Mike Markovina argue that subsistence, artisanal and small-scale fisheries represent a previously unrecognized threat to many protected shark and ray species.
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Ocean Guardians Pave the Way to Save Threatened Sharks and Rays in Bangladesh
by Jamia Rahman Khan, Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur
In Bangladesh, Ocean Guardians are paving the way to save threatened sharks and rays through improved knowledge and positive action, write Jamia Rahman Khan and Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur in a blog for Shark Week.
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