biodiversity

In Sharm el Sheikh, a Time for Action on Biodiversity

By Susan Lieberman Sharm el Shekih, Egypt The global community has gathered in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt for the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, or CBD—an international treaty to which every country in the ...

National Geographic Chief Scientist: ‘Extinction Crisis Unavoidable Unless We Protect Half of Earth by 2050’: Jonathan Baillie, Together with Ya-Ping Zhang, Urges World Governments to Scale Up Global Targets to Save Natural Habitats; Supported by Conservation Luminaries E.O. Wilson and Thomas Lovejoy

With the planet facing an exploding population and unprecedented levels of biodiversity loss, National Geographic Society Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist Dr. Jonathan Baillie and Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Dr. Ya-Ping Zhang urged the world’...

Brazilian Salamanders: Rare, Beautiful and Endangered

Turn over a few rocks and logs in a moist forest and you will certainly find a salamander. Well, not exactly. While this is true in many areas in North America and Europe, salamanders are quite rare in some other ...

Ensorcelled: Sorcery Meets Industry in Papua New Guinea

Riding on the tailgate of a two-seater truck as it rattled over bone-shaking potholes and pits of mud, Jacob leaned over and told me a local sorcerer was currently trying to kill him. I wiped a fly off my nose ...

Celebrating Sulawesi: An Exuberance of Indonesian Biodiversity

By Matthew Linkie Indonesia is a megadiversity country, but even by its exceptionally high levels of biodiversity, Sulawesi stands out for its bewilderingly rich, charismatic and, at times, quirky species. The island, whose shape resembles a hyper-extended letter K, is ...

What Sustainable Wildlife Conservation Really Looks Like

By Peter Zahler Conservation is a long-term effort. Many of the field programs I have been affiliated with have been in existence for 20 or 30 years. One reason for this is that it takes years to collect the data to really ...

Wolf – Caribou Detente? Clues Hidden on Lake Superior Islands

A woodland caribou peers through spruce trees on Lake Superior’s Slate Islands. (Photograph: Andrew Silver) Qalipu, it’s called by Canada’s Mi’kmaq people. To others, it’s the elusive gray ghost of the far northern forest. Most ...

19 New Species of Speedy Praying Mantises Found

A scientist has discovered 19 new species of super-speedy praying mantises that roam Central and South America, a new study says. The insects belong to a group called bark mantises, which are flatter and broader than the more commonly known mantis. “...