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Tuna’s Last Stand:
“All industrial fisheries, with very few exceptions, are ultimately drained of life after a certain time.”
Skipjack are the world’s most abundant tuna. They’re resilient, but can they survive our demand?
https://bit.ly/3kHIy2n Via @hakaimagazine
I Know Why the Caged Songbird Goes Extinct:
A rampant trade in Asian birds for their beautiful songs is emptying forests of sound and life.
Several songbirds are perilously close to vanishing altogether.
https://bit.ly/3bYkvs1 Via @Revelator_News
The Loss of Soil Is Sacrificing America’s Natural Heritage:
New study points to a stunning loss of topsoil in the Corn Belt. Beyond diminished agricultural productivity & increased carbon emissions, it is a catastrophic loss of an irreplaceable resource.
UK has lost 90% of seagrass meadows, study finds:
Restoring the lush habitats would boost wildlife, protect coasts & store carbon.
Scientists described the decline as catastrophic, but analysis also shows where the flowering plants could be restored.
A Capitals Approach To Tackling Global Health Challenges:
“One key lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic is that the recovery will need to take a capitals approach, one that connects natural, social, human & produced capital.” – @PatriceMatchaba.
To Fight Climate Change, Save the Whales, Say Scientists:
Due to their complex role in the marine carbon cycle, the conservation of whales can play a key role in the race to reduce greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere, some scientists say.
Women Fighting Wildlife Crime:
As community leaders, frontline defenders, government decision-makers, legislators, scientists, & business leaders – women are working to protect wildlife #ForNature, for economies & for people.
https://bit.ly/30d6HEA Via @UNDP
Britain’s Moths Decline 1/3 in 50 Years:
The declines of 39% in the abundance of larger moth species over southern Britain & a 22% fall across northern Britain add to the picture of calamitous declines in flying insects in the industrialised world.
Shell Shock: The symbolic significance of saving snails:
In the run-up to @UNBiodiversity COP15, @FaunaFloraInt are showcasing some of the neglected plants & animals they’re helping to protect, alongside some of the world’s most iconic wildlife.
‘It’s radical’: the Ugandan village built on solar, shea & people power:
Ojok Okello transformed his destroyed village into a self-supporting green town where social enterprises responsibly harness the shea tree as the foundation of community wellbeing.
In the Atlantic Ocean, Subtle Shifts Hint at Dramatic Dangers:
Scientists fear the warming atmosphere is causing an arm of the powerful Gulf Stream, which carries some 30x more water than all the world’s freshwater rivers combined, to weaken.
Pig in clover: How the world’s smallest wild hog was saved from extinction:
The pygmy hog is the smallest wild pig in the world, & also one of its rarest. A reintroduction programme in Assam, India, has given it a greater chance of survival.
We’re partners in the newly launched Align Project.
The project will assist @EU_Commission’s efforts to support businesses & other stakeholders in developing standardised natural capital practices & a standardised approach to biodiversity measurement.
The Mysterious Flower & the Incredible Bat:
Until relatively recently, nobody knew the tube-lipped nectar bat even existed.
Remarkable footage shows the unique adaptation this bat has developed to help it harvest nectar: a tongue longer than its body.
The ‘hidden biodiversity crisis’:
The rapid loss of variation within species is a hidden biodiversity crisis according to a new study looking at how this variation supports essential ecological functions & the benefits nature provides for people.
.@IIED has launched the first in a series of three animations that depict the deep and personal loss and damage caused by climate change in the least developed countries (LDCs) – stories that, too often, go untold or unheard.
‘Giant luminous shark’: Researchers discover three deep-sea sharks glow in the dark:
Marine scientists in New Zealand have discovered that three deep-sea species glow in the dark – including one that is now the largest-known luminous vertebrate.
.@ElizKolbert has been an essential voice from the front lines of the environmental crisis.
In her new book, she details a fascinating survey of novel attempts to manage natural systems, from preserving tiny desert fish to altering the entire atmosphere.
Banking on Bird Guano:
“We wanted to inform the general public about the importance of seabirds & the value they provide for humans”.
The value they provide to ecosystems is even greater.
Together, this is a powerful argument for seabird preservation.
Empowering Women to Boost Forest Sciences:
Gender inequality can hamper the ability of countries to deliver climate action.
>40% of the countries committed to @UNFCCC include gender-related issues in their Nationally Determined Contributions.
The Plan to Rear Fish on the Moon:
To boldly farm fish where no one has farmed fish before.
Lunar Hatch, a program that aims to determine whether astronauts could successfully rear fish on a future moon base, has carried out its first successful test.
Lost ‘libraries’: Brazil’s indigenous people lament COVID deaths of elders:
Deaths of indigenous leaders from coronavirus represent a devastating loss of knowledge, culture & tradition in communities where knowledge is passed down orally.
One Lyrebird Can Mimic the Sound of an Entire Flock:
The masters of imitation have vocal talents more profound than we knew.
The birds, famous for their impressive song-copying skills, appear to replicate the sounds of a “mobbing flock” of birds.
One-hit Wonder Frog Makes a Comeback:
In 1993 a lone stream frog was discovered once but never found again. Herpetologists believed it had gone extinct before it could be studied.
Then, >1/4 of a century since it was last seen, it was rediscovered.
Learning From the Struggle: Youth Participation in the Defense of Páramo Ecosystems:
Young people “are fundamental to the conservation process.”
Ecuadorian organizers know that conservation efforts thrive when the next generation is informed & involved.
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to an Ancient Geomagnetic Disruption:
A shift in Earth’s poles 42,000 years ago may have drastically altered the planet’s climate, scientists have found — and they’re naming the period after the author Douglas Adams.
https://nyti.ms/3e4ki94 Via @nytclimate
Set legal target to reverse nature’s rapid decline by 2030, campaigners tell UK PM:
Nearly 100 wildlife charities, activists & celebrities are calling on the prime minister to set a legal target to reverse rapid nature decline within the next decade.
Combatting the Illegal Wildlife Trade:
“Worldwide, wildlife crime is a serious threat to biodiversity, economies, & communities.”
Key to combatting it is multi-stakeholder collaboration targeting shifting strategies by wildlife traffickers.
https://bit.ly/2Mw3Bbl Via @UNDP
The World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird Just Turned 70:
Wisdom the albatross, who has survived tsunamis, outlived most of her mates, & raised over 40 chicks, is pushing the boundaries of what we thought birds could do.
Reviled to Revered: China has given up trying to eradicate wolves:
Wolves were until recently seen as pests in China. Now, they join a rapidly growing number of protected species in the country. A February update saw the list grow by 100%.