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Wings, Water, Wind, and Hope in Hawaii

Because the Hawaiian islands were created by volcanoes, all life had to arrive there either by water, wind, or wings. After many negative effects, can humans help preserve some of this delicate ecology?

Flood Carries River Monsters Onto the Land

The Texas floods provided an unusual reminder that our buildings and byways are a very recent arrival to this ancient landscape.

South African Government Acknowledges Letter Raising Concerns Over Possible Trade in Rhino Horn

By Katarzyna Nowak

South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has formally acknowledged the receipt of an open letter that voices concerns over a possible proposal to reopen international trade in rhino horn.

Achieving Sustainable Tuna

By Susan Jackson and Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly There is no endeavor quite like commercial tuna fishing. Perhaps no other industry is comprised of such a diverse group of stakeholders – with diverse opinions and approaches – that are so actively engaged in working toward a common goal. As many different voices weigh in to positively…

Chefs: Please Stop Calling It “Trash Fish”

By Maria Finn I’m all for the spirit of the Trash Fish movement; getting lesser known species that were once discarded into the hands of skillful chefs who make them shine. I just don’t like the name. Chefs Collaborative has been holding “Trash Fish” dinners around the county since 2013 and they’ve started a seafood…

5 Things You Can Do to Save the Ocean

Everyday actions of people like you and me can have a big impact. Read below to see how you can help!

Here’s What 40,000 Photos of Wildlife Looks Like

People all around the world submitted nearly 40,000 observations of plants, animals, and fungi to create a global snapshot of biodiversity last month, as part of National Geographic’s Great Nature Project.

OPINION: Saving Wildlife From the Specter of Trade

Trading in endangered species such as rhinos and elephants sets them on a path to extinction.

The West Coast Sardine Fishery is Closed: Not Because You Eat Sardines, but Because You Don’t

By Maria Finn As a food and lifestyle writer and someone who works in the seafood industry, I’ve long encouraged people to eat the little fish, particularly sardines, herring, anchovies and other small “forage” fish that are plentiful and local to California. This summer, the Pacific Fishery Management Council closed West Coast sardine fishing due…

How Kenya’s New Wildlife Forensic and Genetics Lab Will Help Save Wildlife

By Fredrick Nzwili

In Kenya, poaching of wildlife for bush meat, trophies such as rhino horns and elephant tusks, skins of animals, feathers of birds, as well as illegal trafficking in animals for the pet trade such as rare chameleons and parrots, has reached epic proportions.

While many suspects of these crimes have been arrested, they often elude punishment because concrete, scientific evidence that would result in prosecutions and convictions isn’t available.

This is bound to change following the launch of a forensic and genetic laboratory last month at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters in Nairobi.

Time For An Oil Change

By Annie Reisewitz and Sarah Martin It’s been calculated that a tanker leaking a drop of oil every 10 seconds releases 60 gallons of petroleum oil into the world’s oceans every year. Water, now more than ever, has become a precious resource in need of protection. We are facing a number of looming water-related crises…

Where Public Tap Water Begets Wilderness

New York City and Boston’s watershed management programs preserve rural landscapes while providing clean water to urban areas

You Could Go to Jail for Tweeting This in Tanzania

By Maraya Cornell Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete has signed into law a controversial “Cybercrimes Act,” it was announced Friday. Critics say the law gives police broad powers of search and seizure and makes it a crime to share information online that the government deems “false” or “misleading.” One piece of information that would likely fall…

In South Africa, Where Elephants Are Fenced In, Choosing Contraception Over Culling

In South Africa, 20 protected areas now use a contraceptive to control elephant birth rates, including nine of the country’s 25 parks and reserves with the largest elephant populations. Proven effective in trials funded by Humane Society International, PZP will slow population growth so that the habitats on which elephants and other species depend can be preserved.

Ivory Is Worthless, Elephants Are Invaluable: Why Malawi’s Ivory Is Not For Sale

By Jonathan Vaughan

On April 2, Malawi’s planned destruction of its ivory stockpile was postponed.

Despite clear assurances from President Peter Mutharika himself that the burn will go ahead following the conclusion of an outstanding court case, the decision caused heated debate. Social media and online chat forums set alight, with calls to cash in on the “millions” that Malawi could make from selling its ivory.

But the vast majority of commentators missed the point, because, quite simply, the ivory in question is worth nothing to Malawi. To be sold, it would have to be laundered illegally, breaking international law.