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Newswise: New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
Released: 11-Aug-2020 11:30 AM EDT
New Analysis Pinpoints Most Important Forests for Biodiversity and Conservation Remaining in Central Africa
Wildlife Conservation Society

A study by WCS and partners produced new analyses to pinpoint the most important forests for biodiversity conservation remaining in Central Africa.

Newswise: Periods of Ice-Free Arctic Seas Could Bring More Ocean Noise in Changing Marine Habitats
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Released: 14-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Periods of Ice-Free Arctic Seas Could Bring More Ocean Noise in Changing Marine Habitats
Wildlife Conservation Society

Scientists examining levels of ocean noise in the Bering Sea—an important migratory seascape for whales, walruses, seals, and other acoustically sensitive animals—have confirmed that the presence of sea ice plays a central role in the soundscape of these Arctic waters. A growing concern is that the disappearance of sea ice due to a changing climate could mean a marine realm increasingly filled with shipping and other human-related ocean noise, according to scientists from Southall Environmental Associates, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and other groups in a new study.

Newswise: New Tech Lets Marine Scientists Track Real-Time Health of Coral Reefs Around the World
Released: 30-Jun-2020 4:55 PM EDT
New Tech Lets Marine Scientists Track Real-Time Health of Coral Reefs Around the World
Wildlife Conservation Society

MERMAID, an open-source tech platform for marine scientists, is for the first time launching an interactive map that provides an insider’s view of the ecosystem data collected from coral reefs by field scientists around the world.

Newswise: UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Could Serve as “Smokescreen” for Further Environmental Destruction
Released: 29-Jun-2020 1:50 PM EDT
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Could Serve as “Smokescreen” for Further Environmental Destruction
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of scientists warn that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were designed to reconcile environmental protection with socioeconomic development, are failing to protect biodiversity at their current of implementation.

Newswise: Study Finds Only 2.5 Percent of the World’s Coral Reefs Are Currently Being Actively Protected
Released: 19-Jun-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Study Finds Only 2.5 Percent of the World’s Coral Reefs Are Currently Being Actively Protected
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new global study has found that only 2.5 percent of tropical reefs are formally protected and conserved through laws and regulations. These numbers are significantly lower than previous estimates, and highlight an urgent need for governments, communities, and partnering organizations to create and expand marine reserves to protect these ecosystems which support more than 500 million people worldwide.

Newswise: Expanding protected areas is not likely to safeguard biodiversity in the long-term due to climate change
Released: 18-Jun-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Expanding protected areas is not likely to safeguard biodiversity in the long-term due to climate change
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new WCS co-authored study in Science Advances assesses how climatic conditions within global terrestrial protected areas (PAs) may change over time and the resulting impacts on species protection.

Newswise: Wildlife Supply Chains for Human Consumption Increase Coronaviruses’ Spillover Risk to People
Released: 17-Jun-2020 10:50 AM EDT
Wildlife Supply Chains for Human Consumption Increase Coronaviruses’ Spillover Risk to People
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study found that animals sampled in the wildlife-trade supply chain bound for human consumption had high proportions of coronaviruses, and that the proportion of positives significantly increases as animals travel from traders, to large markets, to restaurants.

Newswise: After 65 Years, a Desert Nomad Crosses a Railroad Track and Makes History
Released: 10-Jun-2020 1:20 PM EDT
After 65 Years, a Desert Nomad Crosses a Railroad Track and Makes History
Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released a photo today of a single Asiatic wild ass or khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) crossing a previously impenetrable barrier along the Trans Mongolian Railroad – the first known crossing by this near-threatened species into the eastern steppe in 65 years.

Newswise: Scientists Lament “Humpty Dumpty” Effect on World’s Most Spectacular, Rare Wildlife
5-Jun-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Scientists Lament “Humpty Dumpty” Effect on World’s Most Spectacular, Rare Wildlife
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study reveals how runaway human population growth collapses the role of wildlife in the world’s ecosystems.

Newswise: New Study Finds That Access to Education and Markets Vital for Coastal Fishing Communities Adapting to a Warming and Changing World
Released: 21-May-2020 5:40 PM EDT
New Study Finds That Access to Education and Markets Vital for Coastal Fishing Communities Adapting to a Warming and Changing World
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study investigating the links between coastal communities and coral reefs in Kenya and Madagascar has found that access to education and markets can help mitigate acute vulnerabilities for communities struggling with poverty and reliant on ecosystems degraded by overfishing.

Newswise: Strong Sharing Networks Can Help Communities Rebound From Crises
Released: 15-May-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Strong Sharing Networks Can Help Communities Rebound From Crises
Wildlife Conservation Society

Of the top five countries in the world most at risk to disasters, three are Pacific Island nations. Yet time and time again, Pacific Islanders exhibit marked abilities to quickly recover. Part of the reason may be due to strong social networks that help to distribute resources to those most in need, say marine scientists from the University of Hawaiʿi, National Geographic Society and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) in a new study.

Newswise: Climate Surprise: Climate Change May Push Some Species to Higher Elevations – and Out of Harm’s Way
Released: 24-Apr-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Climate Surprise: Climate Change May Push Some Species to Higher Elevations – and Out of Harm’s Way
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new WCS-led study reveals that mountain-dwelling species fleeing warming temperatures by retreating to higher elevations may find refuge from reduced human pressure.

Newswise: “Ruminant Plague” Threatens Populations of Wildlife and Livestock
Released: 16-Mar-2020 1:10 PM EDT
“Ruminant Plague” Threatens Populations of Wildlife and Livestock
Wildlife Conservation Society

A disease already known for causing massive die-offs of wildlife in Asia is spreading.

Newswise: Camera Traps in Trees? That’s a Thing Now
Released: 5-Mar-2020 10:15 AM EST
Camera Traps in Trees? That’s a Thing Now
Wildlife Conservation Society

A team of researchers says that combining standard camera trapping with new “arboreal camera traps,” where remote cameras are set high in trees, can result in more accurate population estimates of wildlife – particularly in hard-to-survey areas like tropical forests.

Newswise: East African Fish In Need of Recovery
Released: 6-Feb-2020 4:35 PM EST
East African Fish In Need of Recovery
Wildlife Conservation Society

A study of East African coral reefs has uncovered an unfolding calamity for the region: plummeting fish populations due to overfishing, which in turn could produce widespread food insecurity.

Newswise:Video Embedded new-penguin-colony-discovered-in-argentina
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Released: 16-Jan-2020 4:05 PM EST
New Penguin Colony Discovered in Argentina
Wildlife Conservation Society

Just in time for Penguin Awareness Day on January 20th, WCS researchers announced the discovery of a new colony of Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) on a remote island in Argentina.

Newswise: STUDY: Humanity’s Footprint is Squashing World’s Wildlife
Released: 13-Jan-2020 2:10 PM EST
STUDY: Humanity’s Footprint is Squashing World’s Wildlife
Wildlife Conservation Society

Using the most comprehensive dataset on the “human footprint,” which maps the accumulated impact of human activities on the land’s surface, researchers found intense human pressures across the range of a staggering 20,529 terrestrial vertebrate species.

Newswise: Integrating Social and Ecological Science For Effective Coral Reef Conservation
Released: 19-Dec-2019 3:10 PM EST
Integrating Social and Ecological Science For Effective Coral Reef Conservation
Wildlife Conservation Society

While many conservation plans focus on only environmental indicators for success, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s coral reef program is trying a relatively new approach: focusing on both social and ecological processes and outcomes to ensure a long-term future for coral reef systems, according to a newly published study.

Newswise: Yes, Even Wild Tigers Struggle with Work/Life Balance
Released: 19-Dec-2019 9:35 AM EST
Yes, Even Wild Tigers Struggle with Work/Life Balance
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study by a team of Russian and American scientists revealed the first-ever detailed analysis of a tigress from the birth of her cubs through their first four months.

Newswise: Mountain Goats’ Air Conditioning is Failing, Study Says
10-Dec-2019 4:05 PM EST
Mountain Goats’ Air Conditioning is Failing, Study Says
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study in the journal PLOS One says Glacier National Park’s iconic mountain goats are in dire need of air conditioning.

Newswise: CARBON BOMB: Study Says Climate Impact from Loss of Intact Tropical Forests Grossly Underreported
29-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
CARBON BOMB: Study Says Climate Impact from Loss of Intact Tropical Forests Grossly Underreported
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study in the journal Science Advances says that carbon impacts from the loss of intact tropical forests has been grossly undereported.


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