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A New Leaf in the Rainforest: Longtime Villain Vows Reform

A New Leaf in the Rainforest: Longtime Villain Vows Reform | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Few companies have done as much damage to the world’s tropical forests as Asia Pulp & Paper. But under intense pressure from its customers and conservation groups, APP has embarked on a series of changes that could significantly reduce deforestation in Indonesia and serve as a model for forestry reform.
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This is good news, but how long will APP take to repair the damage done?

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Top 10 Biodiversity Conservation Infographics

Top 10 Biodiversity Conservation Infographics | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Here is an update to our popular post 5 Awesome Biodiversity Infographics, published almost two years ago. Biodiversity has (deservedly) been getting even more attention recently. To bring you up-t...
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If done properly, infographics are an effective way of communicating complex data to non-experts. This collection shows the best infographics that illustrate the biodiversity crisis and key conservation issues.

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Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2013

Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2013 | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
1. Carbon concentrations hit 400ppm while the IPCC sets global carbon budget: For the first time since our appearance on Earth, carbon concentrations in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million.
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Here are Mongabay's top 10 environmental stories of 2013.

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Protest in New York as Chevron tries to reverse $18 billion lawsuit

Protest in New York as Chevron tries to reverse $18 billion lawsuit | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Following an $18 billion judgment against Chevron from a court in Ecuador, protesters, some in traditional dress and with black hands representing oil, demonstrate in front of a United States courthouse against the Chevron Corp on October 15, 2013...
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Slimeball Chevron tries to weasel out of its culpability for desecration of rainforest in Ecuador. WTH.

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SavingSpecies

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Funding conservation programs worldwide that conserve the most biodiversity and connects them to donors, helping donors reduce their carbon footprint.
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We've revamped our website! Please take a look around and let us know what you think (especially if you see any issues).

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The case against Ecuador’s claims of 'low-impact drilling' in Yasuní

The case against Ecuador’s claims of 'low-impact drilling' in Yasuní | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa recently announced to the world that he was ending the 6-year initiative aimed at avoiding oil drilling in a critical piece of the Amazon, the ITT Block of Yasuní National Park.
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SavingSpecies vice-president +Clinton Jenkins teams up with colleagues Matt Finer and Varsha Vijay to challenge the Ecuadorian government's claim that there can be "low-impact" oil drilling in Yasuní National Park. This is among the most biologically diverse forest in the world, and is home to still uncontacted indigenous people. If there is any place NOT to drill for oil, Yasuní is it.

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Meet the BABY olinguito

Meet the BABY olinguito | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Since its announcement on Thursday, the olinguito—the world's newest mammal—has taken the world by storm. Hundreds of articles have been written about the new species, while its cuddly appearance has already been made the subject of cartoons.
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We have now confirmed that the olinguito occurs in our project area, at La Mesenia in Colombia. We posted a photo on our website of a female olinguito and her baby cub, seen by SavingSpecies personnel. We believe this is the first photo of a baby olinguito published online. The story even got picked up by environmental news website Mongabay! 

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Species Extinction: The New Normal

Species Extinction: The New Normal | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
The Iberian lynx might soon fall victim to a trend in extinction that is outpacing millions of years of evolution for the planet's plants and animals, scientists suggest.
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The connection between climate change and species extinction is becoming better established scientifically. The Iberian lynx is almost certain to become extinct in the wild, according to a paper published the journal Nature Climate Change.  

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Candy Copeland's curator insight, October 12, 2013 5:19 PM

And what!?  your just now getting that? 

 

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I created this graphic to illustrate SavingSpecies' mission

I created this graphic to illustrate SavingSpecies' mission | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
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SavingSpecies prevents extinctions by restoring nature. I wanted to illustrate that mission in a single powerful image.

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Candy Copeland's curator insight, October 12, 2013 5:21 PM

EXTINCTION IS FOREVER GET INVOLVED BEFORE IT'S TO LATE!

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Obama's climate strategy weak

Obama's climate strategy weak | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Environmental groups said on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama's plan to combat climate change is long overdue but not enough to reverse a global problem.
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Something is better than nothing, but overall, the President's plans to combat climate change are inadequate to deal with the problem.

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George Monbiot’s Call to Rewild the World Affirms SavingSpecies’ Innovative Conservation Approach

George Monbiot’s Call to Rewild the World Affirms SavingSpecies’ Innovative Conservation Approach | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
George Monbiot, the celebrated British thinker, adventurer and, yes, provocateur, has written nothing short of a global manifesto for addressing the worldwide conservation crisis. Monbiot’s premise...
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George Monbiot is a leading voice for conservation and environmental issues. His call to "rewild the world" emphasizes restoration of degraded habitats. Restoration is the key element of SavingSpecies conservation approach. George's support for SavingSpecies' work is a resounding endorsement.

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Battle in the Clouds

Battle in the Clouds | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it

“From up here you can see it – the land is dying.” Colombian Park Ranger Diomar Castro is standing at the edge of a sheer cliff about 9,000 feet high in the Andes’ Central Cordillera. Castro waves his machete at the denuded, yellow foothills far below. “Twenty years ago that was a cloud forest,” he says with a shrug.

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This article on deforestation in the Andes, and featuring comments by SavingSpecies President Stuart Pimm, illustrates why our work in Colombia is so important.

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My manifesto for rewilding the world

My manifesto for rewilding the world | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Nature swiftly responds when we stop trying to control it. This is our big chance to reverse man's terrible destructive impact
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The Guardian's George Monbiot offers a way back into the wilderness. Habitat restoration is a central aspect of SavingSpecies conservation strategy, so it's good to see George Monbiot raising awareness about the importance of restoration as a conservation strategy.

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15 quick tips for getting involved in conservation

15 quick tips for getting involved in conservation | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it

Sometimes it seems that so much is going on, it's impossible to pay attention to any one thing. But there are lots of things you can do every day to make a difference.

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Help our frog hang on a bit longer! Every little bit helps. Even just a click or a share of our posts. Here are 15 more things you and your friends can do to get involved in conservation.

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20,000 Species Are Near Extinction: Is it Time to Rethink How We Decid

20,000 Species Are Near Extinction: Is it Time to Rethink How We Decid | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Prioritizing which animals and plants to help is driven mostly by whether we like them or not. Some experts say that may not be the best approach.
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The idea of triage as proposed by Hugh Possingham is anathema to some conservation scientists who believe that accepting the extinction of just one species, whatever the justification via mathematical modelling, is the slippery slope. Could it come to a choice between the cheetah or lion, or rhino or elephant?

 

Perhaps not, but an argument could be made that this abstraction of life's value reduces decisions to mere equations. Fundraisers will certainly be reluctant to let go of the emotional impact of a cuddly doe-eyed animal. To my mind, conservation is a balance between the emotional connection we have to nature (E. O. Wilson's "biophilia") and pragmatic dollars and sense.

 
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Conservation Is About Caring for Nature and People (Op-Ed)

Conservation Is About Caring for Nature and People (Op-Ed) | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Conservation has as much benefit for communities as it does for nature.

Via Gerry Post
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Conservation needs to be focused more on the needs of animals AND people, not just animals.

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Ending songbird slaughter? There's an app for that

Ending songbird slaughter? There's an app for that | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
In an article for National Geographic and a forthcoming documentary film, author and birder Jonathan Franzen ponders the slaughter of migratory songbirds around the Mediterranean, and asks how it can be…...
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Can the Optigun end the hunting of songbirds? 

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Back From the Brink to Back to the Brink: Species Conservation in a Complicated World

Back From the Brink to Back to the Brink: Species Conservation in a Complicated World | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
When you think of bringing endangered species back from the brink of extinction, you might picture the California condor or the bald eagle. You probably don't think of the Jamaican iguana.
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The Jamaican iguana is emblematic of the many, many species at dire risk of extinction. Due to lack of resources and lack of interest, the prospects for these lesser-known species become grimmer by the day.

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Safeguarding nine priority areas could protect all of Tanzania’s primates

Safeguarding nine priority areas could protect all of Tanzania’s primates | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have recently developed a list of “Priority Primate Areas” to save Tanzania’s many primate species from extinction.

Via Gerry Post
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These kind of strategic approaches to conserving high biodiversity areas are what we do at SavingSpecies. In our model we emphasize connecting existing forest to expand the total conservation area. The species-area relationship provides the scientific rationale for this approach to getting most bang for the conservation buck.

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Mammal carnivore is major discovery

Mammal carnivore is major discovery | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
US scientists describe a new animal living in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador - the first new mammal carnivore species to be identified in the Western hemisphere in 35 years.
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Wow! The first new carnivore species discovered in 35 years occurs in one of SavingSpecies conservation areas! 

We can't say how delighted we are to announce this discovery, as reported by the BBC. The new species, called the olinguito, occurs in the western Andes, including the northern portion. This is also where our Colombia conservation site, La Mesenia, in cloud forest habitat near the town of Jardin, is located.

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No rhinos left in Limpopo National Park

No rhinos left in Limpopo National Park | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Wildlife officials in Mozambique have announced the devastating news that there are no rhino left in the Limpopo National Park in the south of the country. They made the announcement earlier today (Wednesday) at a media briefing.
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Park authorities blame poachers for the loss of the park's last rhino, declaring "the market for rhino horn in China and Vietnam was responsible."

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Mapping out how to save species

Mapping out how to save species | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
Using colorful world maps, a new study maps out priority areas for protection to save species and preserve biodiversity. The scale is 100 times finer than previous assessments.
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SavingSpecies research is picked up by major science news outlets.

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ENOUGHNESS: Restoring Balance to the Economy

How we see the world determines how we act. Western thought sees us at war with each other over resources. Indigenous philosophy, we are all related as indiv...
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"You must watch this enlightening video. Indigenous peoples are the best keepers of the environment, rainforest, biodiversity. Their philosophy of balance and harmony is not a romantic notion, but a millennium design fundamentals. It is not a coincidence!"

~ Bianca Jagger

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How Human Activity—and Extinctions—Are Driving Evolution | TIME.com

How Human Activity—and Extinctions—Are Driving Evolution | TIME.com | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
When humans cause species to go extinct, the effects ripple throughout the surrounding ecosystem
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Good to see Time addressing this topic. It would have been better if the article hadn't started "We're likely in the middle of a mass extinction...likely due to human activity." Replace "likely" with definitely and the report would be accurate.

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E.O. Wilson on Protecting a Biodiversity Hotspot in Mozambique

E.O. Wilson on Protecting a Biodiversity Hotspot in Mozambique | SavingSpecies | Scoop.it
By Bridget Conneely Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique -  If you fly over the Great African Rift Valley from its northernmost point in Ethiopia, over the great national parks of Kenya and Tanzania, and follow it south to the very end, you will...
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SavingSpecies advisory board member E. O. Wilson is featured in this National Geographic article.

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