To save threatened plants and animals, restore habitat on farms, ranches and other working lands

To save threatened plants and animals, restore habitat on farms, ranches and other working lands
The big idea Restoring native habitats to at least 20% of the world's land currently being used by humans for farming, ranching and forestry is necessary to protect biodiversity and slow species loss, according to a newly published study conducted by a team of environmental scientists including us. Our analysis found that this can be done in ways that minimize trade-offs and could even make farms more productive by helping to control pests, enhan...
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Australia must control its killer cat problem. A major new report explains how, but doesn’t go far enough

Australia must control its killer cat problem. A major new report explains how, but doesn’t go far enough
Australia is teeming with cats. While cats make great pets, and can bring owners emotional, psychological and health benefits, the animals are a scourge on native wildlife. Cats kill a staggering 1.7 billion native animals each year, and have played a major role in most of Australia's 34 mammal extinctions. They continue to pose an extinction threat to at least another 120 species. A recent parliamentary inquiry into the problem of feral and pet ...
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It’s time to declare a global emergency!

Pollution
The whole world is currently obsessed with the COVID-19 pandemic. The media is providing saturation coverage, governments are taking drastic actions, and people are hoarding food, toilet paper, and masks. This reaction is understandable and it is a major threat that needs to be managed decisively and competently. However, we are simultaneously neglecting a much larger and more dangerous threat, something which could ultimately result in humanity'...
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Climate change doom and gloom is not cool

Climate change doom and gloom is not cool
Whether its for COVID19 or the underlying climate crisis, naysaying, denial and despair are not the way to go. Coronavirus will pass, climate change will not. Some of the effects of global warming we will have to learn to live with. By rallying to the cause, by embracing the challenge and switching small things we do everyday and inspiring others to do the same, by educating ourselves on the basics of ecology and climate change, by choosing our p...
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Meet the farmers helping to reforest Timor-Leste

Meet the farmers helping to reforest Timor-Leste
The WithOneSeed community forestry programme in Baguia, Timor-Leste, began in 2009;It establishes village-based plant nurseries to grow seedlings and then pays small landholders annual incentives to reforest their land by planting and maintaining the trees;More than 980 subsistence farmers are now involved and 200,000 trees have been planted to date, earning the Baguia village economy more than $400,000 from the sale of carbon credits. High in th...
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5 critical things we need to do to protect our ocean

5 critical things we need to do to protect our ocean
The coronavirus pandemic has further hit efforts to safeguard the ocean.Leaders from 14 countries have decided upon a new action agenda, with changes in 5 key areas, to support the sustainability of the ocean.They've committed to sustainably managing 100% of ocean areas within their national waters by 2025. 2020 was supposed to be a super year for the ocean. A packed calendar of international events should have presented opportunities to assess p...
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Flooding can help resurrect wetlands and slow climate change – here’s how

Flooding can help resurrect wetlands and slow climate change – here’s how
Flooding is known only for the ruin it brings to homes and livelihoods, but targeted flooding, to create or restore floodplain wetlands, is part of the solution to climate change. That's because the damp and low-oxygen conditions of wetlands make them very good at slowing the rate at which organic matter decomposes. This ensures the carbon contained in all the plants and animals that die in wetlands stays out of the atmosphere for a long time. Fl...
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It might be the world’s biggest ocean, but the mighty Pacific is in peril

Ocean
The Pacific Ocean is the deepest, largest ocean on Earth, covering about a third of the globe's surface. An ocean that vast may seem invincible. Yet across its reach – from Antarctica in the south to the Arctic in the north, and from Asia to Australia to the Americas – the Pacific Ocean's delicate ecology is under threat. In most cases, human activity is to blame. We have systematically pillaged the Pacific of fish. We have used it as a rubbish t...
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Taking fish out of fish feed can make aquaculture a more sustainable food source

Taking fish out of fish feed can make aquaculture a more sustainable food source
The big idea Aquaculture, or fish farming, is the world's fastest-growing food production sector. But the key ingredients in commercial fish feed – fishmeal and fish oil – come from an unsustainable source: small fish, such as anchovies and herring, near the base of ocean food webs. My colleagues and I have developed a high-performing, fish-free aquaculture feed that replaces these traditional ingredients with several types of microalgae – abunda...
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The world's remaining forests might be in bigger trouble than we thought

The world's remaining forests might be in bigger trouble than we thought
Of the world's remaining forests, only 40% have high ecological integrity, according to data from a newly developed index.Ecological integrity is a measure of human impact, looking at factors from infrastructure to tree-cover loss.High-integrity forests are found mostly in Canada, Russia, the Amazon, Central Africa, and New Guinea; of the remaining high-integrity forests, only 27% are currently in nationally designated protected areas.Conserving ...
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