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Protecting Latin American’s Largest Freshwater Turtle at the Bolivia-Brazil Border
by Camila Ferrara, German Forero-Medina
WCS is combining the efforts of its country programs in Bolivia and Brazil to develop a coordinated multi-national push to conserve a key population of the Giant South American River Turtle.
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Food as a Force for Good
by Nicholas Spencer
The Ibis Rice model shows that food makers can create a lasting impact without compromising quality, producing the best food without depleting the environment.
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Unique Tree-Climbing Lions Roar Again in Uganda
by Louisa Kiggwe
Despite stable population numbers in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda's lions face numerous threats, including habitat loss, snaring, human-wildlife conflict, illegal wildlife trade and the trafficking of lion body parts.
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Collaboration Is Key to Scaling Conservation Technologies
by Jonathan Palmer
In a new commentary for Mongabay, WCS's Jonathan Palmer argues that investors, NGOs, and conservationists should demand that conservation technology is developed in the field with the end user in mind, and is both scalable and coalition-based.
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Conservation and Zoonosis
by Sarah Olson
For a new episode of Talk Nerdy, WCS's Sarah Olson discusses the link between human activity and emerging zoonotic pathogens, including her work on Ebola in hammer-headed fruit bats and coronaviruses in rodents.
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Gravel or Green: What Will Become of Alaska’s Coastal Plain?
by Jonathan Slaght
Absent a suitable plan, writes WCS's Jon Slaght, the ghosts of the oil industry will haunt Alaska’s coastal plain and its wildlife long after the wells are gone.
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Indigenous-Led Conservation Can Help Modern Conservation Catch Up
by Cristina Mormorunni
"Indigenous science and traditional ecological practices have been inordinately successful," writes WCS's Cristina Mormorunni. "Our lands constitute less than a quarter of the Earth, yet roughly 80 percent the world’s remaining biodiversity is found here. Survival of the planet depends on scientific knowledge, sustainable management, and climate adaptation strategies actively being applied to Indigenous lands around the world.
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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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Let’s Give Yukon’s Wetlands Better Care
by Donald Reid, Hilary Cooke
Wetlands have an important role to play in the climate crisis. Huge amounts of carbon are stored in natural ecosystems, especially wetlands in the north. This is carbon that we cannot afford to release to the atmosphere.
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What the ’30 × 30 Target’ Could Mean for India’s Marine Biodiversity
by Samrita Shankar, Shyama Kuriakose, Vardhan Patankar
As a party to the Convention on Biological Diversity, India recently expressed support to protect and conserve 30% of the world’s terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems by 2030. By meeting the target, India could also achieve its own vital conservation goals.
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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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