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A New International Pandemic Treaty Must Include Prevention at Source
by Chris Walzer, Sue Lieberman, Arnaud Goessens
Being better prepared for the next pandemic with adequate health care access, vaccines, and essential equipment is vital. But we must never confuse preparedness with prevention. The best and most cost-effective approach to pandemics is avoiding pathogen spillover to humans in the first place — including a new multilateral agreement to do so.
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Thankful for the Turkey
by Chuck Cerbini
"As we celebrate Thanksgiving, writes Bronx Zoo Ornithology Curator Chuck Cerbinia in a new essay for PBS Nature, "let us remember the wild turkey and its closest relative, the ocellated turkey. Both magnificent and bizarre, these two species effectively symbolize why we should be thankful for nature and its infinite variety."
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Breaking Down Barriers to Data Accessibility In the World’s Second Largest Reef System (Q&A)
by Myles Phillips
WCS's Myles Phillips talks about how MERMAID is making it easy to train the next generation of coral reef conservation leaders in Belize, how data in MERMAID is helping his team search for coral reef strongholds, and his hopes for truly adaptive management in Belize.
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Ocean to COP: Coral Reefs Can Help Save the World
by Susan Lieberman, Peter Thomson, Abdulla Naseer
COP26 and the upcoming UN summits on biodiversity and the ocean provide strong opportunities to ensure coral reefs do not fall through the cracks during this critical decade for our planet. But seizing the moment will require ambition and vision.
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For Bison Day 2021, Conservation and Reconciliation through Buffalo Eyes
by Cristina Mormorunni, Shelly R. Fyant
For National Bison Day , Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Chairwoman Shelly Fyant and WCS's Cristina Mormorunni remind us to recognize and listen to traditional ecological knowledge to ensure lasting conservation outcomes for the wildlife and wild places we all hold dear.
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Monkey Say What? LEOPARD!
by Frédéric Mehon
WCS's Frédéric Mehon joins the Science Vs podcast to discuss recent research in the Congo to better understand the meaning of vocalizations by putty-nosed monkeys.
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Framing Our Future Beyond the Climate Crisis
by John Calvelli
The zoo and aquarium community across the country is using its collective voice and energies to support nature-based solutions to climate change, and ensure that U.S. and global climate finance folds in nature-based solutions and intact forests
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The Global Economy Depends on Forests – Let’s Act Accordingly
by Daniel Zarin
The world’s economy is currently a free rider on the vital services forests provide. This system needs to be replaced by investment into forest protection that sees trees as what they are – the natural infrastructure our economy is dependent on, argues WCS's Daniel J. Zarin.
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Modelling Threats to Caribou in Ontario’s Ring of Fire
by Claire Farrell
In a new commentary for Canadian Geographic, WCS's Claire Farrell notes that as interest in Ontario’s mineral-rich Ring of Fire region grows, caribou face threats on multiple fronts., but new research could help chart a path to their conservation.
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Season of the Osprey
by Natalie Cash
WCS Exec Producer for Video Production Natalie Cash explores the art, the craft and the challenges of wildlife filmmaking with “Season of the Osprey” director and cinematographer Jacob Steinberg. It was nine years since Natalie first met Jacob and heard his pitch for an osprey documentary, and she wonders what is so special about the species that it inspires such persistence by the filmmaker.
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Working with Wildlife Health in Latin America
by Luz Dary Acevedo
Luz Dary Acevedo coordinates the Wildlife Health Program in for WCS Colombia. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, her colleague German Forero-Medina sat down with Luz for PBS Nature to discuss her work and career.
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Spring Series 6 – Resilience
by Sangeeta Mangubhai
WCS's Sangeeta Mangubhai joins the Good Will Hunters podcast for a conversation between three passionate leaders on importance of indigenous ecological knowledge, building resilience to climate change, and the importance of gender in conservation.
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Working with Local Communities in Guatemala to Protect Biodiversity
by América Rodriguez
Guatemala, writes WCS's América Rodriguez, is full of biodiversity—from scarlet macaws in flight to ramón trees whose fruit is crucial for the subsistence of our communities. "It is a landscape of natural riches," she writes, "and more so where it intertwines with the ancient vestiges of Mayan culture."
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Leadership Critical in the Run-Up to UN Biodiversity Conference
by Arnaud Goessens
"A new funding commitment by the EU is timely as the first part of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity kicks off this week in Kunming, China," writes WCS EU's Arnaud Goessens. "Hopefully, it will trigger funding commitments from other governments and philanthropies."
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Embracing the Unusual and Unexpected in Conservation
by Morgane Cournarie
Conserving nature is hard," writes WCS's Morgane Cournarie, "but we achieve remarkable things when we allow ourselves to accept and appreciate interruptions to our routines and treat one another and nature with reverence and compassion."
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Adapting the What, Where, When, Why and Who of Nature Conservation to Be More Effective in a Changing Climate
by Molly Cross, Lauren Oakes
WCS's Molly Cross and Lauren Oakes describe a new paper in which they present an accessible framework for addressing the question of what, if anything, do we need to do differently about conservation work to be effective in a changing climate.
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