‘Absolutely raw’: In remote islands, documenting nature brings high risk, high reward

Editor’s note: Louisa Barnes is Conservation International’s photography manager. Getting to the remote Aleutian Islands, a small chain in the

3 things you didn’t know trees did for you

In honor of International Day of Forests, Human Nature looks into some of the benefits of forests that you might not know about.

Expert: U.S. move on elephants creates ‘uncertainty’

A recent decision by the White House to review each import of elephant trophies creates “uncertainty” about efforts to protect the animals.

In a long-lost city, scientists find an ‘exuberance’ of life

A team of researchers led by Conservation International explored the biological treasures that exist in an inaccessible corner of Central America.

Dropping the ball: how the sports industry affects biodiversity

Tourism and energy and mining, oh my.

3 reasons elephants make the best mothers

On this Mother’s Day, here are three reasons why elephants make some of the best mothers.

To tackle environmental challenges, start with students

A new partnership between Conservation International (CI) and Arizona State University (ASU) forges a new approach to conservation and sustainable development.

Campaign to Create World’s Largest Sanctuary in Antarctic Ocean Gains Momentum

Greenpeace’s ship Arctic Sunrise is on its way to Antarctica, where the crew on board will be the first humans ever to visit the seafloor in the Weddell Sea. The three-month expedition will aim to further the case for a massive ocean sanctuary. In an effort to combat the threats of overfishing , plastic pollution and

7 Amazing New Fish Species Discovered in 2017

By Amy McDermott If you think 2017 was a garbage fire, we can’t stop you. But the world wasn’t the only thing in flames. You know what else was on fire this year? Fish discovery. Last year, we brought you six of our favorite fish discovered in 2016 . This year, we’re upping the ante. Meet seven of our newly-minted favorites, discovered in 2017. 1. Snailfish of the Deep (Pseudoliparis Swirei) Plunge into the Mariana Trench, and you’ll find a ghostly snailfish cruising along the seabed, nearly 8,000 meters (26,000 feet) deep. It lives in crushing pressure

Best of 2017: Massive reforestation effort puts down roots in Brazilian Amazon

The project helps Brazil move towards its Paris Agreement target of reforesting 12 million hectares of land by 2030.

Best of 2017: Wild ring-tailed lemur population has plummeted 95% since 2000

There are more ring-tailed lemurs in zoos around the world than remain in the wild.

Record 129 Million Dead Trees in California

By U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Monday announced that an additional 27 million trees, mostly conifers, died throughout California since November 2016, bringing the total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles to an historic 129 million on 8.9 million acres. The dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and

Conservation Goal for the Amazon Exceeded: More Than 60 Million Hectares Protected

The World Wildlife Fund announced Friday that the Program for Protected Areas of the Amazon (ARPA), a joint venture with the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, has reached the goal of protecting a network of conservation units of at least 60 million hectares in the Amazon. This effort represents the conservation of 15 percent of the biome’s territory in Brazil. The largest strategy on the planet for conservation and sustainable use of tropical forests , the ARPA program is now present in 117 conservation units, including the categories of national park, state park, ecological station, biological reserve, extractive

To save nature, we can’t be scared of the deep end

In his latest post for Medium, CI CEO M. Sanjayan takes on the value of nature to people.

The price of a dead elephant

In this new piece for Medium, CI CEO M. Sanjayan explains why elephants are worth more alive.

Congress, Trump Exploit Fire Tragedy to Promote Logging Agenda

By Chad Hanson In the wake of the October 2017 fires in Northern California, which resulted in the loss of so many lives and homes, people affected by the tragedy are grieving and bewildered. Many people are searching for answers about what caused the fires, and a way forward to prevent similar loss of life and property. It’s frustrating, then, to watch Republican leaders in Congress and the Trump administration politicizing the recent tragedy as they push for a sweeping elimination of environmental laws on our national forests and other federal public lands to increase logging and backcountry fire suppression under the guise of community protection. On Nov. 1, the House voted 232-188 to allow for more “salvage logging” and

With Conservation Burials, Death Gives New Life

By Marlene Cimons Natural burials—where bodies are buried in the soil to allow for a hasty decomposition—have already caught on. But an Australian scientist has proposed that the concept of “dust-unto-dust” go even further. He suggests that natural burials become “conservation” burials, that is, that people use the costs of interring bodies to buy, manage and preserve new land for natural burials, turning them into nature preserves or wilderness areas. Such funds

To save elephants, it takes a village

Kenya’s Reteti Elephant Sanctuary — the first community-owned elephant sanctuary in East Africa — provides a place for injured elephants to heal and a home for elephants orphaned by poaching.

For Caribbean island nations, nature is first line of climate defense

In the Caribbean Islands, nations are turning to nature to mount an effective defense against extreme weather impacts.

Unsustainable coffee? In the near future, it won’t be an option

How do you achieve 100 percent sustainable coffee? It starts with sourcing.

‘Genetic Rescue’ May Be the Secret to Saving This Iconic Tree

By Jake Buehler The wind rips across California’s Santa Rosa Island, howling as it flattens dry grass and sage in unrelenting waves. Downhill, a small group of trees, stark against the cobalt blue of the Pacific, stand firm. Their gnarled branches barely sway, knotted up in a cloud of green needles, perpetually pinned backward like a flag in a storm. The trees seem like an avatar of resilience in an austere environment, but Torrey pines ( Pinus torreyana ) are some of the most rare and critically endangered pines in the world. A century ago, the pines went through a near-extinction-level population crash when the trees, never common

Global Food Crops Also Face Earth’s Sixth Great Mass Extinction

Human civilization utterly depends on our precious food supplies, but the planet’s sixth mass extinction of plants and animals currently underway is also threatening the world’s food crops, according to a new report from Bioversity International . “Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply are just as

Figueres to European leaders: Climate action requires protecting forests

Speaking before an audience of EU officials in Brussels, Christiana Figueres addressed the environmental footprint of products consumed by Europeans but produced elsewhere.