conservation

Yasuni at Risk: Why the World’s Most Biodiverse Rainforest Could Be Drilled

Yasuni at Risk: Why the World’s Most Biodiverse Rainforest Could Be Drilled

In this thoughtful and passionate blogpost at National Geographic online, Dr. Pimm’s colleague, Dr. Matt Finer “warns against drilling the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth”: Ecuador’s spectacular Yasuni National Park.

By October 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Mitigating the environmental impact of oil and gas extraction in the Peruvian Amazon

Mitigating the environmental impact of oil and gas extraction in the Peruvian Amazon

The Western Amazon is a vast stretch of tropical rainforest, teeming with life found nowhere else in the world. At the confluence of four countries, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil, it has some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet. Unfortunately, the area is also rich in oil and gas. And where conservationists […]

By May 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Help rebut misleading and mean-spirited anti-biodiversity Forbes article

Help rebut misleading and mean-spirited anti-biodiversity Forbes article

I’ve used this blog as a forum to highlight authors who deny the biodiversity crisis as a scam or hoax. We now have another example, unfortunately featured on the widely-read business website Forbes. I posted a plea on our Biodiversity Professionals Linkedin Group for help rebutting the article. I reiterate that plea here. Please help […]

By April 23, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
Amazon rainforest turning from a carbon sink to a source of carbon

Amazon rainforest turning from a carbon sink to a source of carbon

Often cited as the lungs of the planet, it’s well-known that the Amazon rainforest is under attrition. Agriculture, mining, urban development, hydroelectric dams and global warming each pose separate threats. It seems that the lungs are suffering from the equivalent of lung cancer or emphysema. But just how bad is it, and how bad is […]

By January 20, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Andean birds are now at higher elevations than 40 years ago

Andean birds are now at higher elevations than 40 years ago

A recent paper published by members of The Pimm Group confirms that wildlife is being affected by increasing global temperatures. Forty years ago, ornithologist John Terborgh collected data on various bird species along an altitudinal gradient on a tropical mountain, Cerros del Sira, in Peru. In 2010, Pimm’s team returned to the same location and recorded […]

By December 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Climate change: “one of the most brazen scams in the history of the world”

Climate change: “one of the most brazen scams in the history of the world”

A RepublicanConservative friend of mine kindly asked for my response to a December 12 article by Jack Kelly about the lackluster negotiations in Durban on global warming. My friend thought that the report, by Jack Kelly, titled Long Faces in Durban, deserved a point-by-point response. Here is my rebuttal (lightly edited from the response I provided […]

By December 16, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
Linkedin group for biodiversity professionals

Linkedin group for biodiversity professionals

Biodiversity has been in the news recently (yay!). And thousands of people are actively engaged in various aspects of biodiversity (also yay!). But there are not a lot of professional networking resources specifically for folks in biodiversity careers (boo!). A lot of the social networking resources revolve around Facebook and Twitter. These are great, but […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Losers in the skeeter wars

Losers in the skeeter wars

An article in North Dakota’s Grand Forks Herald reports that residents woke last Thursday morning to a ” jarring spectacle of dying butterflies and dragonflies on the sidewalks.” The die-off, including thousands of monarch butterflies, was brought about by routine seasonal spraying to control mosquitoes. An editorial points out, “mosquitoes are tiny and don’t show […]

By August 25, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Online network connects journalists with biodiversity information

Online network connects journalists with biodiversity information

Biodiversity Media Alliance is a Ning social network for media professionals who are covering biodiversity issues. The International Institute for Environment and Development, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Internews created the site to help connect journalists with sources of information about biodiversity. The site’s tagline is “Linking Journalism With the Web of Life.” According to Mike […]

By July 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Our beautiful Planet Earth (video)

Our beautiful Planet Earth (video)

According to the video producers: “The Secret Team has created a gift for you. This clip features our beautiful Planet Earth. As you experience this clip you will emit positive forces of energy across Planet Earth that will reach every single living thing on it. You will lift yourself, and as you lift yourself, you […]

By July 20, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Listen to Dr. Pimm podcast on the BP oil spill

Listen to Dr. Pimm podcast on the BP oil spill

Stuart Pimm is interviewed by the Endangered Species Coalition about the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Listen to this podcast (with intro by ESC’s Leda Huta) in which Stuart describes the value of the Gulf as  a marine ecosystem and which species are most at risk from the spill. He discusses […]

By July 16, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Help stop trade in conflict minerals

Help stop trade in conflict minerals

You’ve probably heard of blood diamonds, which fund armed conflict in mostly poor and underdeveloped parts of these worlds. Blood diamonds are part of a larger market in conflict minerals. These similarly rare and valuable commodities are mined by corrupt governments or marginal paramilitary organizations to fuel ongoing military operations and weapons purchases. Besides enslavement, […]

By June 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Tyler Prize interview with Stuart Pimm

Tyler Prize interview with Stuart Pimm

Prof. Pimm’s interview in Los Angeles, prior to his receiving this year’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. (HD, 2:20 mins)

By May 17, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Stuart Pimm National Geographic interview

Stuart Pimm National Geographic interview

Click below to listen to the National Geographic interview with Stuart Pimm. NatGeo’s Boyd Matson talks with Stuart about his Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, which will be formally awarded this coming week in Los Angeles. BTW Stuart regularly writes for the National Geographic blog (check here or on The Pimm Group Facebook page for updates).

By April 19, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Tropical Forests and Global Warming: Fulfilling the United States’ Copenhagen Commitment

Tropical Forests and Global Warming: Fulfilling the United States’ Copenhagen Commitment

When the Copenhagen climate talks ended without a solid treaty, most environmentalists were bitterly disappointed. Meanwhile, politicians went home saying they’d done their jobs. But one of the positive outcomes of Copenhagen was that the United States committed $1 billion over the next three years to help protect tropical forests. This is hugely important given […]

By April 12, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Community-based Ecology Education and Resource Monitoring

Community-based Ecology Education and Resource Monitoring

At the Pimm Group, our stated purpose is “A Future for Species Preservation and Conservation.” And we understand that people are the key to long-term success. So we are very proud when one of our own is directly on the front lines — in this case, Ciara Wirth. She is working with the Waorani, an […]

By April 12, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Paul Ehrlich’s solution to stem environmental collapse

Paul Ehrlich’s solution to stem environmental collapse

Stanford professor Paul R. Ehrlich has published an interesting article in PLoS Biology: The MAHB, the Culture Gap, and Some Really Inconvenient Truths. According to PLoS: “Humanity’s failure to take adequate actions to stem a likely environmental collapse calls for extraordinary measures to understand and alter human behavior… [Ehrlich’s] Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior (MAHB) aims […]

By April 7, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Q. What’s the greatest threat to endangered species? A. The Internet.

Q. What’s the greatest threat to endangered species? A. The Internet.

A study by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, reported at the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar, says the Internet is the biggest threat to endangered species. (See BBC report.) According to the BBC report, online stores and auction sites help buyers and sellers connect with ever greater ease and simplicity. And […]

By April 1, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Leading the Bioblitz

Leading the Bioblitz

Dr. Pimm is taking a leading role in this year’s Bioblitz. According to Wikipedia, a Bioblitz is “a special type of field study, where a group of scientists and volunteers conduct an intensive 24-hour (or 48 hour) biological inventory, attempting to identify and record all species of living organisms in a given area.” Stuart led […]

By March 19, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Conserving indigenous areas would significantly reduce carbon emissions caused by deforestation

Conserving indigenous areas would significantly reduce carbon emissions caused by deforestation

According to a PLOS Biology study reported March 15 in NatureNews, “deforestation in protected areas and indigenous lands is 7–11 times less than in the surrounding areas.” Such an observation offers a clear way ahead for advocates of rainforest conservation. By supporting preservation of indigenous lands and other protected areas (ILPAs), organizations “could slow forest […]

By March 17, 2010 0 Comments Read More →