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Nigeria's nature reserves need more help to protect biodiversity

Sun, 05/04/2020 - 09:32
Protected areas in Nigeria are generally hampered by limited funds and resources. Tajudeen Amusa, Senior Lecturer, Forest Resources Management , University of Ilorin Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Why conservation areas are not living up to their potential in Indonesia

Thu, 02/04/2020 - 04:49
Declaring conservation areas is meant to preserve nature. Why is this approach still failing? Lies Wijayanti Rahayu Faida, Ketua Program Studi Ilmu Kehutanan (S2), Universitas Gadjah Mada Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Meet Chimbu, the blue-eyed, bear-eared tree kangaroo. Your cuppa can help save his species

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 20:16
Chimbu is a baby tree kangaroo, and he is the latest success in a complex web of international conservation. Marissa Parrott, Reproductive Biologist, Wildlife Conservation & Science, Zoos Victoria, and Honorary Research Associate, BioSciences, University of Melbourne Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Camera traps completed one of the most thorough surveys of African rainforest yet

Tue, 31/03/2020 - 11:24
A new method of using camera traps has brought good and bad news for conservationists. Mattia Bessone, PhD Researcher in Conservation Biology, Liverpool John Moores University Barbara Fruth, Associate Professor, Liverpool John Moores University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Coronavirus is a wake-up call: our war with the environment is leading to pandemics

Mon, 30/03/2020 - 20:10
COVID-19 is the latest new infectious disease arising from our collision with nature. Fiona Armstrong, Executive Director, Climate and Health Alliance, Occasional Lecturer, School of Public Health and Human Biosciences, La Trobe University Anthony Capon, Director, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University Ro McFarlane, Assistant Professor in Ecological Public Health, University of Canberra Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Why communities must be at the heart of conserving wildlife, plants and ecosystems

Mon, 30/03/2020 - 18:58
With the 2020 deadline for conserving biodiversity almost past, communities must now play a larger role in conservation. Derek Armitage, Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo Ella-Kari Muhl, Doctoral student in the Environmental Change and Governance Group, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo Merle Sowman, Associate professor, Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town Philile Mbatha, Lecturer in environmental and geographical science, University of Cape Town Wayne Stanley Rice, PhD Candidate and Research Associate in Environmental & Geographical Sciences, University of Cape Town Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Air-dropping poisoned meat to kill bush predators hasn't worked in the past, and it's unlikely to help now

Fri, 13/03/2020 - 01:20
Aerial baiting has been Australia's foremost weapon against pest species for the past 74 years. But at what cost? Justine M. Philip, Doctor of Philosophy, Ecosystem Management, Museums Victoria Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Money won't save the planet, so philanthropy needs to adapt

Tue, 10/03/2020 - 21:44
Philanthropy in the form of financial donations is not a solution to the natural disasters caused by climate change. A new philanthropy of social change is needed. Diane Alalouf-Hall, Doctorante en sociologie, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Caroline Bergeron, Chercheure - études sur la philanthropie, Université de Montréal David Grant-Poitras, Doctorant en sociologie, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Jean-Marc Fontan, Professeur titulaire, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

B&Bs for birds and bees: transform your garden or balcony into a wildlife haven

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 19:06
Each B&B is a green sanctuary for pollinators, containing pollinating plants and shelters like beehives and nesting boxes. Judith Friedlander, Post-graduate Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

It's OK to feed wild birds – here are some tips for doing it the right way

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 12:19
Millions of Americans feed wild birds, especially in winter and spring. Studies show that this can influence birds' health and behavior in surprising ways. Julian Avery, Assistant Research Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Pennsylvania State University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

We're coming up with a new set of targets to protect the natural world. Here's how

Wed, 26/02/2020 - 09:21
The hope is that the biodiversity targets translate directly into what individual countries, cities, companies and even families can adopt as tangible actions. David Obura, Adjunct Fellow, The University of Queensland Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Buzz off honey industry, our national parks shouldn’t be milked for money

Sun, 23/02/2020 - 19:57
In NSW, honeybees are listed as a key threatening process to biodiversity. Patrick O'Connor, Associate Professor, University of Adelaide Dr Richard V Glatz, Associate research scientist, University of Adelaide James B. Dorey, PhD Candidate, Flinders University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Beavers are set to recolonise the UK – here's how people and the environment could benefit

Thu, 20/02/2020 - 13:15
Coming to a river catchment near you: a rodent crack team ready to reduce flooding and boost biodiversity. Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor, Ecology, Northumbria University, Newcastle Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Meet the insects that are defying the plunge in biodiversity – new findings

Mon, 17/02/2020 - 16:14
While many surveys show the numbers of wildlife falling, there is good news for some species – including pondskaters and various mosses and lichen. Charlie Outhwaite, Postdoctoral Researcher in Biodiversity Change, UCL Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Protecting indigenous cultures is crucial for saving the world’s biodiversity

Fri, 14/02/2020 - 12:32
The world’s millions of indigenous people play a critical role in conserving biodiversity. Krystyna Swiderska, PhD Candidate in Biocultural Heritage, Coventry University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Bolivia: contribution of indigenous people to fighting climate change is hanging by a thread

Tue, 11/02/2020 - 11:37
A new study revealed that indigenous territories store more than half the carbon in the Amazon forest. Iokiñe Rodríguez, Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development, University of East Anglia Mirna Inturias, Lecturer in Environmental Justice, Universidad Nur Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

HS2 debate shows how evidence is ignored in favour of politics

Mon, 10/02/2020 - 17:01
The new railway might destroy some wildlife habitats but what if it helps tackle climate change? Lindsay Hamilton, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Ethnography, University of York Kevin Tennent, Senior Lecturer in Management, University of York Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

I walked 1,200km in the outback to track huge lizards. Here's why

Fri, 07/02/2020 - 04:15
There are 60,000 abandoned mines in Australia. How do we restore them so that animals return? A researcher's epic fieldwork project in WA's Mid West could help provide the answers. Sophie Cross, PhD candidate, Curtin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Scientists hate to say 'I told you so'. But Australia, you were warned

Tue, 21/01/2020 - 19:04
For decades Australian scientists have, clearly and respectfully, warned about the risks to Australia of a rapidly heating climate. After this season's fires, perhaps it's time to listen. Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Australia's threatened bats need protection from a silent killer: white-nose syndrome

Mon, 20/01/2020 - 04:34
It's been a deadly summer for Australia's wildlife. But beyond the fires, we need to act now to protect bats -- which make up a quarter of Australian mammal species -- from a silent overseas killer. Christopher Turbill, Senior Lecturer in Animal Ecology, Western Sydney University Justin Welbergen, President of the Australasian Bat Society | Associate Professor of Animal Ecology, Western Sydney University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.