Meet a scientist: the ocean ambassador

Emily Pidgeon and her daughter, Bronwyn, planting mangroves together in Florida. (Photo courtesy of Emily Pidgeon) Editor’s note: A recent survey found that 81 percent of Americans could not name a living scientist. No, not a single one. At Conservation International (CI), we have lots of scientists you should know. Here’s one. Emily Pidgeon is senior director of the Blue […]

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Trump Administration Halts Plan to Expand Offshore Drilling After Court Ruling Upholds Ban

The Trump administration will shelve its plans to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic following a recent court decision blocking drilling off the Alaskan coast, Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt said Thursday. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Bernhardt said that the potentially years-long appeals process for last month’s ruling “may […]

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Mangroves, mullets, humpback whales: 3 new science stories you should know about

Humpback whale in Tahiti. (© Photo Rodolphe Holler) Protecting nature starts with science. Here’s a roundup of recent policy-relevant science published by Conservation International experts. Invasive fish species may be better equipped for a changing climate Native species already have to compete with invasive new species, but now climate change is creating even more challenges. […]

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Three ways cities can help feed the world, without costing the Earth

Climate change is underway, and human activities such as urbanisation, industrialisation and food production are key contributors. Food production alone accounts for around 25% of global carbon emissions. Ironically, the changing weather patterns and more frequent extreme weather events resulting from climate change also put the world’s food supplies at risk. Food production drives deforestation, […]

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Indonesian province leaps ahead in conservation

Wayag Lagoon, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. (© Keith A. Ellenbogen) One of Indonesia’s easternmost regions is taking an unprecedented step toward sustainability. Last week, the government of the province of West Papua, on the island of New Guinea, announced legislation establishing it as Indonesia’s first “conservation province.” What this means is that the government […]

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Protecting Africa’s oceans to secure our futures

Coast of Liberia. (© Trond Larsen) Editor’s note: This week, Conservation International is co-hosting the Blue Oceans Conference in Liberia to bring attention to ocean conservation issues in Africa, where they have been historically undervalued. Jessica Donovan-Allen, country director of Conservation International Liberia, spoke at the conference. Here is an edited version of her prepared […]

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