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A Fun Approach for Educators to Engage Students in Insect Biodiversity & Climate Change

  Insects are not generally appealing to most, outside the “charismatic” colorful butterflies and beetles. How can flies and “maggots” be presented in an interesting and appealing way? The secret lies in exposing the insects’ secret lives. Did you know that you can use “maggots” to see if the water from a stream is good to…

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Opinion: Poisoning of Ugandan Lions Highlights Africa’s Rural Poverty Crisis

No wild animal on earth has an easy death. Be it starvation, disease, mortal wound, or a predator’s teeth, an inevitably grisly end awaits all creatures born into a world where nature’s dictum is the daily struggle to survive. Though seemingly cruel, the ebb and flow of an animal’s precarious existence is the status quo…

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Top 25 Urban Birds

This week we focus on birds that live amongst us in cities. Urban areas are often thought of as ‘concrete jungles’, devoid of nature, however a number of birds tolerate urban areas and others even thrive in these areas. In a world where urbanisation is rife and wildlife is being lost at a faster rate…

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Secrets of Our Ocean Planet: Saving Sponges to Keep Marine Ecosystems Healthy

  By Rachel Downey (Australia National University & British Antarctic Survey) and Claire Christian (ASOC) Sponges may historically be one of world’s greatest survivors, but on our planet, we have a number of new human-made challenges that sponges have not come up against before. The deployment of fishing gear that smash seabed habitats, the laying…

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The Full Impact of a Single Bullet: Lentswe the Lion and his Line

By Andrew Stein, National Geographic Big Cats Initiative The Okavango Delta is considered a pristine wilderness. Visitors are treated to vast open landscapes and extraordinary wildlife sightings. One of the biggest draws is the lion, the largest predator and undisputed king of the region. But for all of the strength that lions possess, there is…

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Secrets of Our Ocean Planet: Sponges as Civil Engineers and Pharmacists

By Rachel Downey (Australia National University & British Antarctic Survey) and Claire Christian (ASOC) In our last post, we introduced you to one of nature’s underappreciated animals, the sea sponge. Sponges have been around for over 600 million years, by developing some fascinating adaptations that make them one of our greatest global survivors. Long existence…

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Secrets of Our Ocean Planet: The Not-So-Simple Sea Sponge

    By Rachel Downey (Australia National University & British Antarctic Survey) and Claire Christian (ASOC) Every so often, conservationists make a concerted effort to get the public to care about some humble or overlooked species. Cephalopod Awareness Day, anyone? Photos of unusual species lacking the fur or feathers typically required for cuteness, might even…

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Transparency in Trinidad and Tobago: Charting a Pathway for Financial Inclusion from Oil Revenue

Guest article by Nneka Mentore In a recent visit to the resource-rich Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, I had an opportunity to meet with a graduate of the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute, Nneka Mentore, Community Relations Advisor for a MNC, operating in Trinidad and Tobago. She had undertaken research on the country’s…

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How close are we to reaching the 2020 MPA targets? A perspective from World Heritage 

With a global ocean economy worth trillions, no conversation about marine protection is complete without considering socio-economic concerns. Billions of people around the world depend on a healthy ocean for food, jobs, and a way of life. Today, long-standing pressures like fishing, shipping and development are being compounded by a changing climate. It has never been more urgent to work across sectors and borders to plan a sustainable future for our ocean. That is why we at the World Heritage Marine Programme were so pleased to join the Monaco Blue Initiative in Edinburgh earlier this month to discuss global trends in marine conservation….

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