Top: Giuliana Furci wrote a field guide for Chilean fungi and set up the Fungi Foundation when she realized the unique organisms were largely ignored in Chile. Photo: Mateo Barrenengoa Fungi are fundamental to rich and sustainable ecosystems. But they still lack explicit legal protections. August 9, 2021 by Jonathan Moens In 1999, Giuliana Furci […]
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Category: Conservation & Ecological Ethics
In a recent review of hundreds of studies covering many species, we found that the presence of humans can alter wild animal and bird behavior patterns at much greater distances than most people may think.
‘Bee-washing’ Hurts Bees and Misleads Consumers Amid the worry over the loss of honey bees, a far quieter but just as devastating loss is occurring among lesser-known native bee populations. Wild native bees are vital to pollinate plants. Their populations are declining due to a warming climate, pesticide poisoning, and lack of flowers and other […]
🐸 This season, we’ve seen a lot of posts showing salamander egg masses displaced from their original anchor spots, pics of lifted masses, and of flipped logs showing red-backed salamanders. It’s fun to be on the lookout for them, but this comes with the responsability to disturb those as little as possible. Caring Herping is […]
Up to a million species may go extinct due to human activity according to a recent report, some within decades. We all know the mammals in trouble – polar bears, giant pandas and snow leopards – but how many of us could name an endangered plant?
We chart a course for immediately protecting at least 30% of Earth’s surface to put the brakes on rapid biodiversity loss, and then add another 20% comprising ecosystems that can suck disproportionately large amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere. In our view, biodiversity loss and climate change must be addressed as one interconnected problem […]
Despite the recognized potential contributions of forests to slowing the warming of the earth, they aren’t typically seen as a permanent solution to climate change.
Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea The phenomenon of kangaroo selfies hit the headlines earlier this month, when several tourists were injured while feeding wild kangaroos in Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney. They may have wanted a memorable holiday snap, but ended up with rather […]
What the grieving mother orca tells us about how animals experience death For many weeks, news of a mother orca carrying her dead infant through the icy waters of the Salish Sea captured the attention of many around the world. Keeping the infant afloat as best she could, the orca, named Tahlequah, also known as […]
About the Endangered Species Act and the non-controversy over its widespread support (contrary to what we currently are ‘led’ to believe)… In short, a study published very recently found that: (a) ∼4 in 5 Americans support the ESA, whereas ∼1 in 10 oppose it; (b) support for the ESA remained stable over the past two […]