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Rat Eradication on Ilha do Meio

In Brazil WWF is partnering with TRIADE to undertake a trial rat eradication on Ilha do Meio, one of the small offshore islands of Fernando de Noronha. I visited the island this week so that the team undertaking the project could bring me up to speed on their progress so far.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #110

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s selection for the Top 25. This week we have some well-known birds such as the Greater Flamingo and some birds that few have seen, such as the Rock Ptarmigan. The beauty of bird photography is that these sightings, common and rare, can be shared with the global birding community.…

Nalakite: The story of a Maasai Mara matriarch

By Gini Cowell, Elephant Aware, and Joyce Poole and Petter Granli of ElephantVoices This is a tale about a beautiful and gentle matriarch from the Maasai Mara, Kenya. Her lack of tusks and the ‘flap-cut’ notch in her left ear make her easily recognizable, even to the most inexperienced observer. Rangers, working for Elephant Aware…

Diving With Borneo Sharks: Shark Sanctuary or Slaughterhouse?

The shark appears from the blue, soaring in the current like a 707 in a holding pattern.  Doglike, the curious shark investigates open mouthed, eyeing my friend’s flippers. Six feet long and sinuous, she glides along behind us until with a switch of her tail and a flare of her pectoral fins, she is off,…

A Tale of Two Houstons: Inequality in America’s Fossil Fuel Capital

After a week of exploring and photographing fossil fuel infrastructure and impacts in and around Houston, its 52 mile long ship channel, and the neighboring gulf coast, I am excited to finally get up in the air. Along with my other International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) colleague Karen Kasmauski, I am working on the Environmental Integrity Project’s (EIP) Human Cost of Energy Production initiative. What began as a collaboration to explore the impacts of fracking in southwest Pennsylvania last June, has now taken us into the heart of the world’s greatest concentration of oil and gas refining.

Trump Nominates CEQ Lead

President Donald Trump last week nominated Kathleen Hartnett White, a former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) commissioner, to serve as head of the Council on Environmental Quality. If confirmed, White who is presently a distinguished senior fellow in residence and director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and Environment at the Texas Public Policy…

Fighting tuberculosis with faster, more accurate diagnostics

By Harshini Mukundan Around the world, tuberculosis is making a comeback, owing to the increased incidence of HIV/AIDS and several other factors. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 1900 and 2015, the incidence of new TB cases increased nearly 40 percent—from an estimated 7.5 million to 10.4 million. Furthermore, the untreatable drug-resistant strains…

The largest fossil forest in Africa is in Mozambique

Gorongosa, Mozambique — The world 251 million years ago was very different from today. Was it, really? Well, maybe not so much. It was around a quarter of a billion years ago that the largest mass extinction on earth exterminated 95 percent of life on Earth, the Permo-Triassic extinction. The anthropogenic pressures our planet suffers today rival those that happened in the past.

Native Invasives

Like all science, invasion biology depends on clear and strict definitions. The concept of a native invasive species therefore sounds implausible, but is exactly what I have found on Fernando de Noronha.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #109

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25 photographs. Each of these images captures a single moment of these birds’ lives, foraging, drinking, flying, swimming and hunting. We thank every photographer who spent time in nature capturing these moments so that we can marvel and wonder at a day in the life of one of…

Amazon Biodiversity Monitoring in Ducke Reserve

Monitoring of biodiversity is a challenge, but visiting Ducke reserve in the Amazon I am able to see one of the gold standards for long-term biodiversity research.

Global Handwashing Day: Reflecting on handwashing under the Ethiopian sun  

One hot afternoon last year, there was dancing and singing as a young girl named Nigisti stepped forward to wash her hands. Other students at the Abi Adi School in Trigray, Ethiopia stood in line behind her, grinning widely as they awaited their turn. As Nigisti scrubbed the soap between her fingers, the school’s principal…

The Value of Birds in Colombia’s Post-Conflict World

by Dr. R. Scott Winton As we peer through the fog in the pre-dawn twilight, the birds we see are anonymous silhouettes. Once the tropical sun breaks through the thickness of the cloud forest, bright jewels of color are illuminated. “There it is!” says José, somehow both whispering and shouting. In the branches overhead appears…

Trump Administration Repeals Clean Power Plan

The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that calls for the Clean Power Plan, which sets state-by-state carbon reduction targets for power plants, to be repealed. “The Obama administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far with the CPP that the Supreme Court issued a historic stay of the rule, preventing its devastating effects to…

Preparing for Floods, Droughts and Water Shortages by Working with, Rather than Against, Nature

Decades ago, Albert Einstein reminded us of a fundamental lesson that’s hard to learn: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Fortunately, just when it’s crucially needed, a new mind-set about water is taking shape. It’s one that blends engineering, ecology, economics, and related fields into a more holistic approach that recognizes the fundamental value of nature’s services.