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    TAG : Conservation

    The Politics of Extinction

    The demand for ivory carvings in China has resulted in the deaths of roughly 100 African elephants every day.Reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.Maybe baby steps will help, but the world needs a lot more than either the United States or China is offering to combat the illegal traffic in ...

    Film Review: Mission Blue

    The remarkable career and mission of oceanographer Sylvia Earle is profiled in new documentaryIn the Neflix documentary Mission Blue, oceanographer Sylvia Earle says, "If I seem like a radical, it may be because I see things others do not." Throughout her career, Earle has explored oceans ...

    Preservation Through Biocultural Diversity

    Tackling endangered species and languages together may be an effective strategy.Nature and culture are deeply intertwined; just think about the act of gardening which takes into account scientific elements like climate and human values like beauty. Biocultural diversity is a field of study ...

    Approaches to Prevent Poaching

    A number of efforts are being aimed at saving Africa's animals.The outlook for many of Africa’s grand animals is bleak. There are only 26,000 rhinos left, the majority of which live in South Africa where one dies every seven hours; in Gabon forest elephants are dying at a rate of 9 percent ...

    Protect or Profit?

    The Nature Conservancy has come under fire for allowing drilling on its land.The Nature Conservancy is the largest environmental organization in the U.S., operating in all 50 states and backed by over $6 billion in assets. Being such a big operation, it’s bound to face some controversies, ...

    Book Review: War of the Whales

    It took seven years and interviews with over a hundred people for Joshua Horwitz to write War of the Whales. However his dedication to the story is apparent as the book covers the political, historical, environmental, and legal struggles that developed as the connection between mass whale ...

    Do-Gooder Drones

    Unmanned aerial vehicles can be utilized for social good.Drones have deservedly earned a negative reputation as a tool for targeted killings and surveillance that infringes on privacy rights. However quite a few organizations and companies are developing more positive uses for this technology. ...

    Shifting Prospects for a New Farm Bill

    Later this year, the federal Farm Bill that was enacted in 2008 is set to expire. Although Congress already has plenty on its plate—not to mention the ongoing kerfuffle over Obamacare at the Supreme Court—there’s a good chance they’ll make room for this. Because of its size and scope, ...

    Chopping Down Redwoods to Make Wine

    Two California vintners want to cut down 2,000 acres of redwood trees and replace them with vineyards in the largest woodland-to-vineyard conversion in California’s history. Do I need to explain what conservationists think of this?Under the proposal, reported by the Los Angeles Times and ...

    Stem Cells Could Save Highly Endangered Species

    This post originally appeared at Care2.com.***Using human stem cells to reproduce highly specialized cells such as blood, nerve or muscle cells has been the source of much controversy because of the moral and ethical issues involved.But what about using non-human stem cells to save endangered ...

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