Peatlands play a significant role in tackling climate change thanks to their carbon storage capacity, which is considerably high below ground due to the waterlogged condition of the soil. Recent research (Draper et al., 2014) shows that they can store ̶ including below- and above-ground carbon ̶ near half the amount of the above-ground carbon... Continue Reading →
Bear bile farming throughout Southeast Asia is on the verge of major consumer and policy changes. Is this the first major step in China’s new push as a global environmental leader? Keywords: conservation, wildlife trade, bear bile, China China’s relationship with animals dates back thousands of years. Evidence of the Four Symbols in which each... Continue Reading →
The Internet was neither inevitable nor a simple happy accident. Similar to the evolution of our planet, the creation of the internet was a mess of interactions and a series of colliding forces and experiments. Most histories of the internet focus on geniuses that changed the world of computing; but they ignore the larger picture... Continue Reading →
The border between USA and Mexico spans approximately 2000 miles and the region has been under continuous socio-political and ecological struggles (Lorey, 1999). Mexico is the nearest and therefore the easiest way into the U.S. for the Latin-American organized crime cartels and the traffic between these nations creates social circumstances with the majority resulting in... Continue Reading →
14 million people in the UK tuned in to watch Blue Planet II on the 29th October 2017 - the largest TV audience of the year and a record-breaking viewership for any nature show. In attracting such a large audience, Blue Planet II has engaged an island nation with its greatest asset – the ocean.
Widely-reported research has led some to suggest we are “on course for ecological Armageddon”. Behind these headlines: an analysis of a German dataset spanning nearly three decades detected a 76 percent plummet in flying insect biomass. So is now the time to be building our apocalypse bunkers? Forming the base of most food chains and... Continue Reading →
Devolution is synonymous with governance in post-2010 Kenya. Empowering CFAs is necessary for counties’ natural resource conservation.
Figure 1. Chital deer standing in mangrove swamps. Source: Wikipedia.com Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal share the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, one of the Indian sub-continent’s most biodiverse ecosystems. Historically, emblematic Asian species, such as the Javan rhinoceros and leopards roamed the area, but they became locally extinct primarily due to human... Continue Reading →
The rise of the internet offers exciting opportunities for conservation. But it is currently mostly used for citizen science and crowd sensing, methods to gather information to support scientific research. This article explores the possibility of the internet to open up conservation to different groups and fresh ideas.