“Conversations With the Earth”: Why We Should All Listen to Indigenous Peoples More in 2018

Welcome to 2018.  With a new year comes new thinking, and along those lines I'd like to focus on the "Conversations with the Earth" project by biologist and traditional knowledge researcher Gleb Raygorodetsky (who is also author of the new book  Archipelago of Hope). Conversations with the Earth features videos and photo stories of indigenous communities who are... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Photos of Bhutan’s Wildlife Corridors — including Tigers Walking on the Roof the World

The Guardian just published some beautiful photos of Bhutan's culture of tiger conservation and its wildlife corridors — narrow strips of protected habitat that help sustain the free movement, genetic diversity and long-term conservation of many species, including the Bengal Tiger (actually a tiger sub-species). The commitment of Bhutan's people to protecting and living alongside wildlife is... Continue Reading →

“Nature Needs Half” — How to Protect the Earth, Support Indigenous Communities and Avert the Global Extinction Crisis

An exciting new study just came out that explores the opportunity to protect half of the world's natural habitat and thus avert the current global extinction crisis — and the good news is that in most of the world this goal is still in reach. Scientists, conservationists, lovers of wildlife (and plants, fungi and other life forms!) have been... Continue Reading →

E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth Approach and the Power of Acknowledging Nature for its Intrinsic Value

Mongabay  recently published an excellent interview that provides an answer to one of the biggest questions in environmental conservation: how do we save the Earth's species from extinction in the face of the many different threats they face today? The interview, entitled "E.O. Wilson on Half-Earth, Donald Trump and Hope" by Jeremy Hance, is mostly about... Continue Reading →

The Endangered Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog’s Population Rebounds!

Great news from mongabay.com: the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog's population has rebounded after it was decimated by invasive trout and the spread of chytrid fungal disease ("Yosemite's yellow-legged frogs bounce back from near extinction," Ula Chrobrak, CC BY-NC-ND license). The findings come from a 20-year study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) that found a seven-fold increase in the... Continue Reading →

To Ban or Not to Ban: More Scientific Evidence Against Legalizing the International Ivory Trade

The Guardian just recently published a fiery, multi-faceted piece about whether or not to ban the international trade in ivory at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference in Johannesberg, South Africa happening last week and this week. The article is essentially a four perspective Op-Ed in which each party (of four) presents... Continue Reading →


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