I was looking at the seafloor, focused on identifying fish species as I normally did when diving off of the California coast, when suddenly I felt something large above me. When I turned my head I saw a giant fish – more than 6 feet (2 meters) long – calmly […]

Oil and gas exploration in Ecuador. Credit: Julie Larson Maher/WCS Intact Forest Landscapes are critical for conserving biodiversity and fighting climate change. A new study from WCS and WWF reveals that nearly 20 percent of tropical Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) overlap with concessions for extractive industries such as mining, oil […]

An at-risk mussel species. Credit: David Aldridge Moving endangered species to new locations is often used as part of species conservation strategies, and can help to restore degraded ecosystems. But scientists say there is a high risk that these relocations are accidentally spreading diseases and parasites. The new report published […]

Researchers Pim Bongaerts and Norbert Englebert on a collection dive. Credit: © David Whillas Researchers say that our framework for classifying coral species needs to be expanded to capture ecological diversity and protect reef environments. In recent years, advancements in DNA sequencing have exposed a large amount of hidden diversity in reef-building […]

Humpback whale and researchers pictured from a drone. Credit: Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab The ocean’s mammals are at a crucial crossroads — with some at risk of extinction and others showing signs of recovery, researchers say. In a detailed review of the status of the world’s 126 […]

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A vast redwood forest located 80 miles north of San Francisco and sprawling nearly as large as Big Basin Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains has received permanent protection under a deal between a Bay Area environmental group and the property’s longtime owners. Under […]

Amazon deforestation. Credit: Oregon State University A survey of more than 18,000 land parcels spanning 2 million square miles across 63 countries shows that a “protected area” designation reduces the rate of deforestation but does not prevent it. Published on February 11, 2021, in Nature Ecology and Evolution, the findings are […]

This decade must be the turning point, where we transform humanity’s relationship with nature and put the planet on a path to recovery, argues a global team of researchers in a paper published on Friday, January 22, 2021, outlining a new framework for implementing global commitments to restoring nature, The Mitigation […]

Researchers warn that if we don’t act quickly, many species, including species of salmon and southern resident killer whales, are likely to be functionally extinct in the next 25 years. Credit: Fernando Lessa Co-governance model for implementing conservation management plan gives species their best chances of survival. The Fraser River […]

Bighorn Country, Alberta Eastern Slopes. Credit: Aerin Jacob To stop biodiversity loss, Canada recently committed to protecting 30% of its land and sea by 2030. But making conservation decisions about where to locate new protected areas is complicated. It depends on data both about biodiversity and about a range of […]