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TOMS Animal Initiative Founder Puts Her Foot Down for Big Cats

Heather Mycoskie was inspired to found the TOMS Animal Initiative when she learned that wild lions are at risk of being extinct. Through the initiative, the famously conscientious shoe company now partners with nonprofit animal conservation organizations to drive awareness and funding for global animal protection. For the latest TOMS Animal Initiative, they are partnering with National…

Green Technologies Lead to Clear Waters

By: Annie Reisewitz and Sarah Martin Coho salmon once flourished throughout the North Pacific, from Monterey Bay in central California up to Alaska’s Point Hope and across to Russia and Japan. Today many of those populations are extinct. With less than 10 percent of their historic population left, this iconic species holds an intrinsic economic,…

Innovation in one of the World’s Oldest Industries—A Report From Kenya

Written by Andrew Foote with significant contributions from Catherine Berner and Benjamin Kramer There have been great strides in energy access in the past 10 years. We now see consumers using pay-as-you-go solar or even $5 off-grid LED lights. To meet heating and cooking needs however, 83 percent of Kenyans still rely on biomass fuel…

Einstein’s Magnum Opus

By David Roberts and Yves Pomeau One hundred years ago this month, Albert Einstein unveiled one of mankind’s greatest intellectual accomplishments – his General Theory of Relativity, our current understanding of gravity.  Not only did it transform the way we look at space and time, but, unique among modern science theories, it was largely the work of one man’s…

Cannot See the Forest for the Bees

In Yosemite National Park, the bee population is incredibly diverse. However, these important pollinators are struggling in ecosystems across the nation. So what is the secret to the Yosemite bees’ success? It seems the answer is fire.

Homegrown African Solutions to Elephant Poaching

By Fred Nelson By most counts, 2015 has been a devastating year for Africa’s elephants. Census results have documented large-scale declines from poaching in a number of key countries and protected areas. In just five years, Tanzania’s elephant population, which was formerly the second-largest national herd in Africa, has declined from more than 110,000 elephants…

The Fight to Change the Tuna Industry Is a Fight for People and Planet

By Oliver Knowles, Greenpeace Global Tuna Campaign Leader Earlier this month, Greenpeace put Thai Union Group on notice that we’re out to change the way it does business. Thai Union is the largest canned tuna company in the world, owners of Chicken of the Sea in the U.S., John West in the UK, Sealect in…

Hear Hawaiian Songbirds Start the Day with a Dawn Chorus

Dr. Jacob Job works in the Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division of the National Park Service and as a research associate at Colorado State University. At BioBlitz 2015, tucked away in the middle of a tropical rainforest, he recorded a dawn chorus in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The audio snapshots Job collects are a reminder that nature can be heard as well as seen.

OPINION: Botswana’s Hunting Ban Deserves Better from the New York Times

By Maraya Cornell

A recent article in the New York Times casts Botswana’s hunting ban, enacted just under two years ago, as the disastrous move of a nation acting under the spell of Western animal rights activism.

The author, Norimitsu Onishi, who is the paper’s bureau chief for southern Africa, blames the ban for swelling the number of dangerous animals that terrorize villagers in Sankuyo, where his story is set. And he claims that Sankuyo’s land is “peripheral,” too remote for photo tourism to make up for the income the village lost when trophy hunting ceased.

Both of these conclusions are dubious at best.

Zimbabwe Authorities Foil Parks Employees’ Bid to Smuggle Ivory

By Oscar Nkala A senior ecologist and two game rangers employed by the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in Hwange National Park have been arrested in connection with a foiled bid to smuggle at least eight elephant tusks to an unspecified destination via Harare International Airport. At a press conference in Harare earlier this week, parks…

What Do New Cyanide Poisonings Mean for Zimbabwe’s Elephants?

By Oscar Nkala Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority says laboratory tests on the kidneys and livers of the 14 elephants found dead over the past two weeks in Hwange and Matusadona National Parks confirm that they were killed by cyanide-laced salt licks and fruit used as bait. This suggests that poachers may be returning to…

Saving Uganda’s Lions Through Community Participation

By Michael Schwartz Africa’s remaining wild lions are facing a number of uphill battles as the continent’s human population grows. Nowhere is this dilemma more evident than the Republic of Uganda. A 2013 survey issued on the Lion Alert website gave a rough estimate of 421 felines. The Uganda Carnivore Program (UCP) is a conservation organization…

Dogs and Informants Track Down Elephant’s Killers

By J.D. O’Kasick

His black snout twitching furiously among the tall grasses, Rocky heaved ahead on the scent trail. Rocky’s handler, along with five armed rangers, followed the German shepherd’s lead, scanning the savanna for footprints and discarded evidence.

The night before, on July 26, poachers had killed another elephant bull at Manyara Ranch.

New Hope for the Salton Sea

By Michael Cohen, Senior Associate, Pacific Institute The Salton Sea, a vast saltwater lake in remote southeastern California providing crucial habitat for birds and wildlife, is quickly approaching a tipping point. Yet several recent actions give hope the lake could turn a corner in the near future. Just yesterday, California announced the appointment of Bruce…

Project Baseline: Conserving the Underwater World through Citizen Science and Reporting

By Vanessa Belz Almost every day, at just about any given moment, scuba divers and water enthusiasts in 28 countries spanning multiple time zones are volunteering their time on and underwater, working in their local communities towards a unified, singular goal: to create a lasting visual legacy of underwater conditions in oceans, lakes, rivers, springs,…