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Conservation and Pandemics
by Christian Walzer
Why is protecting biodiversity synonymous with protecting our own health? If spillover events themselves are inevitable, how can we limit the likelihood that they will become epidemics or pandemics? Hear WCS Exec Director for Health Chris Walzer's thoughts on these and other important questions in the latest episode of This Podcast Will Kill You.
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Kindness to Nature Is an Act of Kindness to Us All
by Akchousanh Rasphone
WCS's Akchousanh Rasphone describes her work and career as a conservationist in Lao PDR in the 2nd of WCS's multi-part series with PBS Nature celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage during the month of May.
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Finding Happiness and Place through Wildlife and Nature
by Melanie Lumba
In this first piece in a WCS series with PBS Nature for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Melanie Lumba writes, "What I’ve learned over the past 20 years is that zoos are the perfect place for families to fall in love with wildlife and nature, and to excite people to want to protect them."
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Getting Bushmeat Off the Table
by Robert Mwinyihali, Michelle Wieland
As the demand for forest bushmeat in the Congo Basin is threatening food sources for indigenous communities and endangered wildlife, the DRC government is encouraging people in cities to cook with protein alternatives that don't harm the region's biodiversity.
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Species Snapshot: The El Rincon Stream Frog Is in Hot Water
by Federico Kacoliris
In a post for The Revelator, Federico Kacoliris of the Conservation Leadership Program describes how Invasive predators have cornered these endangered Patagonian frogs in the last remnant of their habitat.
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Global Ambition for a 30x30 Protection Target
by Madhu Rao
Protected and Conserved Areas have a critically important role as we emerge from the global pandemic and seek to recalibrate humanity’s relationship with nature, by securing biodiversity, reversing degradation, and restoring natural ecosystems.
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Origin Story—Where Did SARS-CoV-2 Come From?
by Amanda Fine
For The Economist's "Babbage" podcast on the science and technology making the news, WCS's Amanda Fine joins health policy editor Natasha Loder to discuss the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Time for Governments to Take Biodiversity Loss as Seriously as Climate Change
by Janice Weatherley-Singh
Together with climate change, the world is also facing a biodiversity crisis, which captured less attention. But efforts made by governments to tackle the climate crisis show that action is possible when there is sufficient political will.
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Coronavirus: Do Cry Over Spillovers
by Christian Walzer
We have not co-evolved with the species you find at new interfaces between people and wildlife, WCS's Christian Walzer tells Bill Nye on his popular podcast Science Rules! as they take a deep dive into pandemic spillover and how to prevent it.
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To Confront the U.S. Border Crisis, Save Central America's Forests
by Jeremy Radachowsky
In a new commentary for Scientific American, WCS’s Jeremy Radachowsky argues that climate change and other environmental threats are destabilizing Central America and helping drive mass northward migration
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Species Snapshot: The Asian Small-Clawed Otter — A Victim of the Pet Trade
by Muntasir Akash
In a post for The Revelator, Conservation Leadership Program participant Muntasir Akash describes how a vulnerable, fish-eating small carnivore that lives in stream-fed forests of northeastern Bangladesh and other countries faces increasing threats.
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Qikiqtagruk: Almost an Island
by Lauren E. Oakes
WCS's Lauren Oakes listens to three generations of an Iñupiat family in Kotzebue, Alaska discuss the transformations and losses in their community that have resulted from climate change and COVID-19.
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New decisions by global conservation group bolster efforts to save Africa’s elephants
by Fiona Maisels, Robin Whytock
In a new commentary for The Conversation, WCS's Fiona Maisels writes that two big decisions have been made in the last few weeks in relation to African elephants that will have major implications for the survival of the giant mammals.
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Flying to Save Africa’s Wildlife
by Soqui Mendiguetti Petraglia
In a Women's History Month blog for PBS Nature, WCS's lone female aviator, Soqui Mendiguetti Petraglia, describes her experience surveying the world's second biggest land mammal migration in South Sudan as "like flying over a moving carpet of wildlife."
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The Vast Viral World: What We Know (and Don’t Know)
by Lauren Oakes
Scientists made history this year by developing an effective vaccine against COVID-19 less than a year after the first images of coronavirus were available. It was basic science research that laid the foundation for such an unprecedented response.
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One Woman’s Journey To Become A Forest Conservationist
by Jeni Pareira
In a new blog for Women's History Month, WCS Indonesia's Jeni Pareira argues that "only if local government, private sector companies, and rural communities work together can we develop sustainable solutions to the challenges facing forests and farmers."
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