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Big Business May Be Our Best Hope for Sustainability

Earth’s future is in the hands of big business. Does that statement sound ominous? It shouldn’t. Take Starbucks’ recent announcement that 99 percent of its coffee is now verified as ethically sourced. Almost every coffee bean in their supply chain is good for the people who grow it, and good for the ecosystem where it is…

Busting Indonesia’s Manta Gill Trade

Worth up to US$30 million a year, the global trade in manta ray gills depends on the industry traders for its survival. The recent arrest of a major Indonesian trader in manta ray gills marks the first time in the country’s history that anyone has been brought to justice in a case of marine conservation. It’s also proof of the determination of Indonesian authorities to stamp out the killing of one of the country’s most serene and majestic species; one that attracts US$ 140 million dollars every year in global tourism. Text and photos by Paul Hilton.

The MPA Wave

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In 2004, Australia created the first large-scale marine protected area (MPA) in the world. Its Great Barrier Reef Marine Park had been a world heritage site since 1981, but ten years ago the government of Australia did the unthinkable – they banned all fishing, both recreational and commercial, from 33% of the park. In one…

Country’s First New Species of Fish Discovered

The science community welcomed a new species of fish today, called Eviota santanai. The striking, pinkish-mauve-and-white animal, a type of dwarf goby, was found off Timor-Leste (map), and is the first new species of fish found in the country, according to Conservation International (CI), the group that made the discovery. The new fish description was…

New Film Highlights Hydropower Dams and Food Security Concerns in Cambodia

Scientists and conservation experts are urging the government of Cambodia to put a moratorium on the development of hydropower dams, and now Conservation International has released a new short film, Hydropower Impacts and Alternatives, that takes a closer look at the issues surrounding the dam construction in the 3-S basin within the Greater Mekong River System. There is…

Typhoon Haiyan’s Impact Felt at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw

Conservation International’s Philippines program director shares a heartfelt and vivid account of the tragedy affecting his country in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Remembering Two Field Biology Pioneers

Twenty years ago this month, the conservation community and the world suffered a tragic loss when a small plane flying out of the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuador crashed into a cloud-covered mountain.

Where the Millennium Development Goals Fell Short: Valuing Nature

This week in New York City, the 27 members of the high-level panel of eminent persons appointed by the U.N. Secretary General will deliver a report providing recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda. This is a critical opportunity to address the inadequacies of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to chart a new course for sustainable development.

South Africa’s Cape Parrot: A Story of People and Parrots Over Many Generations…

South Africa’s national parrot, a story of people and parrots over many generations, is wonderfully documented in this 14-minute insert on the Cape Parrot Project for a popular conservation TV show on the national broadcaster. This important video by Zach Vincent provides a unique view into community-based conservation actions aimed at stimulating positive change for…

Africa’s Most Endangered Parrot Revealed Like Never Before

South Africa’s Cape parrot is among the most endangered parrots on earth with less than 1,000 adults remaining in the wild, and the constant threat of starvation and disease looming… Over the last 350 years we have done a very good job of destroying South Africa’s yellowwood forests, removing millions of millions of large hardwoods…

Capacity Building, Coffee, & Conservation Through the Woodland Park Zoo

I thought that Australia’s Cape York Peninsula was a far away place.  It certainly is as remote a place as I have ever been.  However, Conservation International and Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo have found a location not far from the tip of Cape York to the northeast in Oceania that is very rich in biodiversity…

Still Counting: 20 Years of Species Discovery

For 20 years, field scientists participating in Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) have been exploring some of the world’s most abundant, mysterious and threatened tropical ecosystems; to date, they’ve discovered more than 1,300 species new to science.

Conservation is Working, but One in Five Animals is Running Out of Time

Do we need to double our conservation efforts? One fifth of the world’s vertebrates–mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes–is threatened with extinction, according to a worldwide assessment by thousands of scientists. But had it not been for conservation measures, they say, the number of species on the threatened list would be doubled. Legislation enacted to ban…