Camping under the Milky Way, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
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As the National Park Service turns 100 years old, two conservation scholars and former park rangers respond to critics who support privatizing national parks or putting them under state control.
Cartier Island marine reserve is part of a network that covers one-third of Australian waters.
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Marine parks need to cover large swathes of ocean, but they also need to cover the right areas if they are to deliver the best conservation. New research off Australia's northwest suggests how.
Australia’s treeless alps are vulnerable to the spread of woody shrubs.
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Climate change is happening faster than ecosystems can keep up with, so they'll need a hand from us.
Scalloped hammerhead, a species that is listed as endanged by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
A recent shark licence buy-up in Australia is a great opportunity for fishers and conservation organisations to work together to maintain healthy ecosystems and fisheries.
Cheetahs have experienced severe range contractions, their numbers declining markedly in many protected areas.
60% of the world’s largest carnivores and herbivores are classified as being threatened with extinction
A nasty fungus killed 85% of Dominica's mountain chicken frogs in just 18 months – but the species lives on.
Citizen scientists have a great deal to contribute.
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More and more Africans are becoming citizen scientists – and the benefits are huge both for them as individuals and for science on the continent.
Koala numbers are in decline through increased urbanisation, but they can find a safe passage if one’s provided.
Koala numbers in parts of Australia are in decline as they move from development of their land. But they can learn to take safer routes if they are built as part of the urban design.
As temperatures rise, will species have enough habitat to move to suitable ground?
Animals and plants will need escape hatches to move to cooler climes as the planet warms, but few parts of the U.S. have the natural habitat available for these migrations.
Since the 1960s, environmentalism in Australia has largely focused on defending “wilderness”.
Since the 1960s, environmentalism in Australia has largely focused on defending "wilderness". However, protected areas in themselves are not stemming the destruction of biodiversity.
South Sudan’s elephant population plummeted from 80,000 in the late 1960s to less than 5,000 now.
South Sudan is a country where conflict is rife. This has had a knock-on effect on the country's rich and varied fauna, and put conservation programmes in severe crisis.
Residents near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota and many others are concerned of the impact of mining in its headwaters.
Almost 100 years ago, the foundations to preserve the Boundary Waters in Minnesota for recreation were put in place. Now residents are debating whether to allow a mine in its headwaters.
Nature conservationists should be asking if chasing Pokémon creatures means anything for species in the real world.
‘Pokémon Go’ has the ability to make people wander around nature looking for fantasy creatures – but will this translate into people exploring real-life nature?
School of thought.
Understanding this will boost conservation efforts.
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Islands are very special when it comes to quirks of evolution.
Hey, is there something on my back?
Nathan J. Robinson
Tiny animals along for the ride, called epibionts, could be used as living data-loggers. Researchers can glean info from them that could help inform turtle-friendly fisheries management decisions.
Viewing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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A new study estimates that Americans would pay US$92 billion yearly in extra taxes to protect national parks. The finding underlines calls from experts for more money to preserve and maintain the parks.
Despite ongoing conflict in the DRC, the number of endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park has increased.
For the survival of iconic species in Africa, it is crucial that conservation efforts do not ignore conflict zones.
Koalas face many threats, and our conservation efforts are failing them.
Koala image from www.shutterstock.com
Koalas are under threat from a range of factors, from urban expansion to climate change. Unfortunately there is no quick fix, and it may be that not all populations can be saved.
Gravel bed rivers and their floodplains are vital to local ecosystems and their ability to adapt to climate change.
Conservation methods for gravel-bed rivers – which are ecological hotspots in the western U.S. – need to improve in order to deal with the effects of climate change.