Biodiversity/Conservation

Saving Nature to Save Ourselves

Jun 5th, 2018 | By
One of the silverbacks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park [photo: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. There was some good news on the nature front, just in time for World Environment Day – the number of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif in central Africa has increased to above 1,000. This represents a rise of 25% since 2010 of a critically endangered species. It is a sign of hope
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Rights of Nature – The Planet’s Best Hope?

Jan 1st, 2018 | By
[photo: pixabay.com]

By Suzanne York. As the world rings in a new year, there are the ubiquitous feelings of desiring fresh starts and new beginnings. Yes, a fresh start is greatly needed, as the state of the global environment (and more) is extremely bleak. With so much on the line for the planet as a whole –
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Letting Nature Speak for Us: What Borneo Taught Me

Oct 17th, 2017 | By
Rescued orangutan orphans [photo: International Animal Rescue]

By Candela Vázquez Asenjo, youth blogger, Transition Earth. When I decided to volunteer to work with orangutans in Indonesian Borneo, little did I know how much it would change my life. It all started with Jane Goodall. Her life and spirit of discovery has always been an inspiration to me since I was young. It
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The Loss of Wildlife – Is Anyone Listening?

Nov 1st, 2016 | By
[photo credit: Diana Robinson, Flickr, Creative Commons Mother elephant with twins in Amboseli]

By Suzanne York. The prediction is so shocking that it is difficult to comprehend – our world is on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020. The Living Planet Report 2016, by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Zoological Society of London, reports that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on
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Orangutans and Their Incredibly Shrinking Forests

Aug 18th, 2016 | By
Orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan [photo credit: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. One thing is for certain – there is not a lack of specially recognized days, especially for Earth’s endangered species. Last week there was World Elephant Day. This week, we have World Orangutan Day. If only the day could be celebrated with uplifting photos and stories.   But sadly, orangutans are facing multiple
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Cecil the Lion and The Connection With Family Planning

Aug 3rd, 2015 | By
Lion in Namibia [Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg]

By Suzanne York. The outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion from Zimbabwe is palpable. Sadly, this lion is just one of many species of animals killed by trophy hunters (as well as poachers). Yet would people be outraged if they knew that wild habitat for almost all species in Africa – and the
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Black Elephants: Ignorance, Extinction and Human Impact on the Planet

Nov 26th, 2014 | By
[image credit: www.elefantentreff.de]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org It is said that ignorance is bliss.  What about willful ignorance, or worse, indifference? It is undeniable that humans are changing the environment and affecting the planet’s biodiversity, and much of this change is not for the better.  But it is easier to stick our heads in the sand, look the
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A Living Planet, But for How Long?

Oct 3rd, 2014 | By
[photo: World Wildlife Fund]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The Living Planet Report 2014, an analysis of undertaken by World Wildlife Fund, the London Zoological Society, and a few other groups, just reported sobering and disturbing news:  the world is losing more species than originally thought, with the state of global wildlife populations halved in 40 years. The opening paragraph
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Gone in a Blink of an Eye?

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By
[photo credit: www.worldwildlife.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org There is no denying that humans are impacting the planet, and not necessarily for the good. Some people may argue this point, but one look at mountaintops blown off in Appalachia or forests cleared for palm oil production would have to elicit some acceptance of human alteration of the environment. Many
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Palm Oil: The Threat to Biodiversity

May 1st, 2014 | By
Palm oil plantation next to a watershed [photo credit: www.ran.org]

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Consumer knowledge on the destructiveness of palm oil production – found in everything from ice cream and crackers to detergents and cosmetics, is rising.  Increased awareness is sorely needed, as more and more forests are cleared to make way for palm oil plantations. There are a lot of questions around the
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