Tag: conservation

Research article in PLOS open-access science journal explains global biodiversity patterns

Research article in PLOS open-access science journal explains global biodiversity patterns

Explaining the variable distribution and abundance of species such as latitudinal gradients has been the goal of biodiversity researchers since the patterns were first described by 19th century naturalists. An important paper in the March edition of PLOS (Public Library of Science) Biology throws light on these complex global biodiversity patterns. In the PLOS paper, [...]

By March 30, 2012 2 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Engaging conservationists through social media

Engaging conservationists through social media

The Neotropical Conservation Foundation provides a great example of how a conservation organization can use social media to engage its audience while at the same time meeting its own needs. The NCF wants a new logo. Rather than roll out a new logo fait accomplis, it posted ideas on its Facebook page and asked “Fans” [...]

By March 4, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Going, Going,…

Going, Going,…

By Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of conservation ecology This century will surely be remembered as the time the Earth bit back—not that Mother Nature hadn’t been a little testy before now. In the fourteenth century, plague spread more easily as the population both grew and became more concentrated in urban areas. When Europeans began [...]

By June 9, 2009 Read More →
Florida Panther Fights for Survival Again–This Time in Washington D.C.

Florida Panther Fights for Survival Again–This Time in Washington D.C.

The Florida panther has made a dramatic recovery. Whether it will continue to survive now depends on whether we protect its shrinking habitat. Photo by Stuart L. Pimm By Stuart L. Pimm Special Contributor to NatGeo News Watch There’s a small plane circling me a thousand feet up and its annoying noise makes it difficult [...]

By June 9, 2009 Read More →
Florida Keys Shifting Baselines – Thoughts on World Oceans Day

Florida Keys Shifting Baselines – Thoughts on World Oceans Day

Since last December, we’ve been involved with a number of good friends in Key West, Florida, on a green initiative that includes the investigations of medicinal plants of the Florida Keys and northern Caribbean. Following from these interactions with students and colleagues at Duke University and in Key West itself, I had the good fortune [...]

By June 9, 2009 Read More →
World governments to miss goal protecting 10 percent of every ecoregion by next year

World governments to miss goal protecting 10 percent of every ecoregion by next year

It is unlikely that world governments will keep their pledge to protect 10 percent of every ecological region by 2010, according to a new study published in Biological Conservation. This goal is just one of many agreed upon by world governments through the Convention on Biological Diversity. With less than a year to the goal’s [...]