Rewilding in the Anthropocene

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What works in conservation? In-depth series starts next week

• <i>"Conservation Effectiveness" is a multi-part series investigating the effectiveness of some of the most popular strategies to conserve tropical</i> …

Conservation

4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises.<p>The recommendations, revealed …

National Parks

Belugas and bobolinks: The disappearing animals in WWF-Canada's 'sobering' new report

A new report from WWF-Canada paints a dire picture of Canada’s wildlife, finding that fully half of the species monitored have declined since …

Canada

Earth Is Now a Hybrid Planet, According to This Strange New Classification

Thanks, Anthropocene.<p>Humanity's indelible impact on our home planet has marked the dawn of a whole new geological epoch, a sweeping change that could …

Anthropocene
Anthropocene

Maasai Mara – the pride of Kenya

Stretching over 1510 square kilometers, this region is full of breathtaking vistas, endless plains and an abundance of wildlife.The reserve has been …

Wildlife

How Habitat Loss is Causing Human Wildlife Conflict Around the World

Animal habitats are disappearing at alarming rates, making habitat loss the biggest threat to animals’ existence. Deforestation and degradation from …

Wildlife

Big, non-native mammal invaders: not a problem, but a solution. | Anthropocene

This post is also available in: Français (French)<p>Even as native populations of large-bodied herbivores fall at alarming rates, others of their kind …

Ecology

A nice bit of squirrel: should we chow down a diet of invasive species?

Last year, the Shambala festival made headlines by going meat-free. This year, it relaxed the rules for a feast of grey squirrel skewers and crayfish. Should the rest of us follow suit?<p>At Shambala festival, during the hottest bank holiday on record, peace and love is about to turn sour. I am …

Vegetarian

What Ligers, Grolar Bears, and Mules Show Scientists About Evolution

In 2006, a hunter shot what he thought was a polar bear in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Closer examination, however, revealed brown patches …

Evolution

Interspecies Hybrids Play a Vital Role in Evolution

Hybrids, once treated as biological misfits, have been the secret saviors of many animal species in trouble. Reconciling that truth with conservation …

Evolution

The first American settlers cut down millions of trees to deliberately engineer climate change

Long term, it worked, but not how they intended<p>European settlers expected paradise — plump fruits, lush grasses, and clean, crisp waters. It seemed …

Climate Change

We Are Wildness

June 19, 2017<p>No Woman Left Behind – The Importance of Female Wildness and Adventure<p>Why is it important for women to venture outdoors? Every nature …

In praise of invasive species

Respected British science journalist and author Fred Pearce says too much time and money is spent trying to fight an unwinnable war against foreign …

Ecology

Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania

Wayne Lotter had received numerous death threats while battling international ivory-trafficking networks<p>The head of an animal conservation NGO who had received numerous death threats has been shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Tanzania.<p>Wayne Lotter, 51, was shot on Wednesday evening in the …

Wildlife

Friend or foe? Global megafauna study calls for conservation rethink

Eight species of introduced megafauna now call Australia home and some are ‘rewilding’ modern ecosystems.

Arizona State University

Accounting for individual animals in the Anthropocene | Anthropocene

When land is converted to human use, the environmental impacts are typically measured in terms of pollution and populations and species. Unless …

Animal Welfare

'Gene drives' could wipe out whole populations of pests in one fell swoop

What if there was a humane, targeted way to wipe out alien pest species such as mice, rats and rabbits, by turning their own genes on themselves so …

Henry David Thoreau by Laura Dassow Walls review – radical, unsettling, relevant

A superb new biography of the seer of Walden Pond reconsiders his reputation as tax-refuser, recluse, environmentalist and writer<p>In March 1845, Henry David Thoreau borrowed an axe and set off for Walden Pond, near his home in Concord, Massachusetts. He was going to build a hut, and he knew exactly …

Literature

Forget ‘the environment’: we need new words to convey life’s wonders

Language is crucial to how we perceive the natural world. Help me to find better ways of describing nature and our relationships with it so we can better defend it<p>If Moses had promised the Israelites a land flowing with mammary secretions and insect vomit, would they have followed him into Canaan? …

Language

Poland Clashes With European Union Over Logging In Primeval Forest

The lush, green canopy that is Bialowieza Forest spans 350,000 acres between Poland and Belarus. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to a variety of endangered species like the European bison, which is slightly larger and leaner than its American cousin.<p>It also has some of the last …

Environment

The unappreciated urban wilds | Anthropocene

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish) Français (French)<p>In many parts of the world, urban nature is experiencing a renaissance. Stories …

Dire wolves were real. Now someone is trying to resurrect them.

“Game of Thrones” viewers who were hoping to get another glimpse of direwolves were disappointed on Sunday night. The wolf Nymeria did not reconsider her rejection her former human companion, Arya Stark.Jon Snow’s journey to Dragonstone did not feature Ghost as a sidekick. Their absence will no …

Mammals

Why Americans are fighting over a gorgeous monument called Bears Ears

The route to Newspaper Rock — so named because it’s carved with ancient petroglyphs — from the tiny city of Monticello, Utah, follows a narrow two-lane road through a breathtaking landscape.<p>It’s breathtaking partly because of the way the land craters into canyons on stretches of State Road 211, …

Conservation

Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years

Mauro Morandi's failing catamaran was carried to Budelli Island nearly three decades ago by chance. He never left.<p>Seventy-eight-year-old Mauro Morandi often walks along the rocky shores of Budelli Island and looks out over the disconsolate sea, feeling dwarfed by the phantom forces that tug and …

Beaches

The last British lynx was killed 1,300 years ago. Now the wild cat may be poised for a comeback.

KIELDER, Britain — Kielder Forest offers some of the wildest landscapes in all of Britain, a “Lord-of-the-Rings”-esque tableau of squishy green moss …

Wildlife

Fish And Wildlife Service Backs GOP-Led Bills To Chip Away At Endangered Species Act

If the efforts succeed, the 1973 law could go the way of the dodo.<p>WASHINGTON — As Earth stares down the barrel of a sixth mass extinction event, conservative lawmakers in Washington have taken aim not at climate change or habitat loss, but at one of the most important laws meant to protect …

Conservation

World's large carnivores being pushed off the map

<b>Six of the world's large carnivores have lost more than 90% of their historic range, according to a study.</b><p>The Ethiopian wolf, red wolf, tiger, lion, African wild dog and cheetah have all been squeezed out as land is lost to human settlements and farming.<p>Reintroduction of carnivores into areas where …

Wildlife

PayPal founder invests $100,000 to bring back the woolly mammoth

Woolly Mammoths

Wolves and brown bears could return to British countryside to 'naturally cut deer population'

They are the snarling beasts of fiction and folklore, but conservationists are hoping to bring back wolves to the British countryside within the next 20 years.<p>The Wildwood Trust, which has successfully helped reintroduce beavers, water voles, pine martins and dormice to parts of the UK where they …

Wildlife