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2023 in review: Partnerships and communities drive nature conservation
Conservation News is reflecting on some of our most noteworthy stories about how nature and human well-being are intertwined — and what it takes to protect them.
December 19, 2023
2023 in review: In hottest year on record, nature is a key climate ally
Conservation News is reflecting on some of our most noteworthy stories about how nature helps combat climate change — from fascinating fungal networks that capture staggering amounts of carbon, to new research into the health of forests.
December 18, 2023
It’s about TIME: Conservationist recognized as climate leader
TIME has named Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan to its inaugural list of the 100 most influential people driving climate action in business.
November 16, 2023
Can shrimp farming restore mangroves? This scientist is making it happen
Aquaculture — a fancy term for farming fish and other aquatic animals — has been criticized for years. But one scientist wants you to know that it could be essential to feeding the planet, fighting climate change, protecting marine life and supporting small farmers — if done right.
October 17, 2023
Meet the startup that's making seaweed more sustainable
In the past decade, seaweed production has boomed as researchers and investors eye its climate potential. Yet alongside seaweed’s promise, there are pitfalls. A company in the Philippines is working to change that.
October 11, 2023
New study reveals seaweed’s hidden climate benefits
A new study found that seaweed forests may play a bigger role in fighting climate change than previously thought — absorbing as much climate-warming carbon as the Amazon rainforest. But not all seaweed forests are created equal.
July 18, 2023
Study: Protected forests are a climate powerhouse
Protected forests keep significantly more climate-warming carbon out of the atmosphere than unprotected forests, according to a new study. The research illustrates just how important protected areas are in the fight to curb climate change.
June 1, 2023
New ‘Changing Planet’ season highlights progress, hope amid climate crisis
Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan embarks on the second year of an ambitious global journey for the PBS series “Changing Planet,” which explores how six of the world’s most iconic biomes — from Africa’s savannas to the icecaps of the Arctic — are adapting to climate change.
April 26, 2023
5 experts share how hope fuels their work
Yes, it’s easy to feel despondent. The planet is overheating and nature is declining at unprecedented rates. But environmental chaos is not inevitable. Conservation International experts share why they have hope for our Earth — and why you should, too.
April 20, 2023
Experts see hope in gloomy climate report
Humanity is set to blow past 1.5°C of planetary warming by the early 2030s, according to a new report released today by the U.N. But the report also offers hope in the form of actions that could avert the worst impacts of climate change.
March 20, 2023
The year ahead: Climate change is here. Nature can help
For millions of people around the world who are learning to survive in the face of droughts, floods and more frequent storms, climate change is not a future problem — it’s here now. Nature can be a powerful ally in adapting to these impacts.
February 16, 2023
News spotlight: Ice sheet warming at highest rate in 1,000 years
In case you missed it: One of the coldest regions of the planet is experiencing its highest temperatures in at least a millennium. While grim, the findings are in line with what’s becoming clearer and clearer — Earth’s frozen regions are steadily warming.
January 30, 2023
News spotlight: Could seaweed be our new big climate ally?
In case you missed it: A recent study reveals that underwater forests are much more prolific than previously thought — and may play a key role in stemming the climate crisis.
January 9, 2023
News spotlight: New satellite offers view into nearly all of Earth’s waters
In case you missed it: As climate change drives sea level rise, and more extreme droughts and floods, understanding the world’s water patterns is increasingly important. Luckily, scientists are coming up with new ways to adapt. The latest: satellites.
January 3, 2023
2022 in review: Climate breakdown sharpens the focus on nature’s solutions
As 2022 draws to a close, Conservation News is revisiting some of our most significant stories of the year. In the face of growing climate disasters, Conservation International’s research and expertise is shining a light on a critical solution: nature.
December 19, 2022
What on Earth is ‘climate adaptation’?
From “blue carbon” to “ecosystem services,” environmental jargon is everywhere these days. Conservation International looks to make sense of it in an occasional explainer series. In this installment, we explore “climate adaptation.”
November 9, 2022
News spotlight: UN report concludes climate adaptation is ‘too little, too slow’
Climate risks are growing, but global efforts to adapt to them are not keeping pace. That’s the big-picture takeaway from a new United Nations report, which underscores the funding needed by developing nations to reduce their exposure to climate disasters.
November 7, 2022
News spotlight: Traditional mud buildings could keep a capital cool
In case you missed it: Mudslinging is on the rise in the Senegalese city of Dakar.
July 11, 2022
IPCC report: Climate change could soon outpace humanity’s ability to adapt
The catastrophic impacts of climate breakdown may soon outpace humanity’s ability to adapt to it, according to a new report.
February 28, 2022
Meet a scientist: To adapt to climate change, this expert looks to nature
Conservation News spoke with Conservation international's Giacomo Fedele about the ways in which communities are adapting to rising temperatures on their own terms and how he manages to stay optimistic despite an uncertain climate future.
September 29, 2021
Nature meets culture: A peacebuilding podcast, an African oasis and more
Shows, podcasts and more that can help bring nature to life for you, wherever you are.
June 17, 2021
Study: Protecting tropics could save half of species on brink
Conservation News spoke to the lead author of a groundbreaking new study that offers a solution to save more than half of the world's species that are at risk of extinction, while slowing climate change.
February 26, 2020
The oceans are on the brink. Here are 3 ways to save them
A look ahead at ocean conservation in 2020 from Conservation International experts.
February 20, 2020
In photos: From forest to mega-city, a river’s journey
An Indonesian river is transformed as it winds downstream.
June 15, 2016
In cyclone-plagued country, forests help farmers recover
A new study explores the impacts of cyclones on Madagascar’s vulnerable smallholder farmers, who are often forced to turn to nature for survival.
May 24, 2016
2019 in review: For indigenous peoples, a year of action
This month, Conservation News is revisiting some of the most interesting and significant stories and issues we covered in 2019.
December 18, 2019
As native plants vanish, parched Moroccan peaks get seeds of hope
Community nurseries are helping mountain villagers protect their livelihoods in the face of a changing world.
November 15, 2016
How an accidental forest saved a village from a storm for the ages
In coastal Philippines, local people are discovering that by protecting nature, they can protect themselves.
November 24, 2015
Ashes to action: 3 things we know about the Amazon fires
Here are 3 takeaways about the Amazon fires from Conservation International scientists.
October 22, 2019
As a vital lake vanishes, a woman fights for the people it leaves behind
Indigenous woman and “climate warrior” Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim has brought the struggles of her community onto the global stage.
April 5, 2016
What is Climate Week? 3 things you need to know
Here are 3 things you need to know about Climate Week 2019.
September 18, 2019
In the news: Government report finds climate change impacting U.S.
A U.S. government study finds that climate change is already having effects on many aspects of American life.
August 8, 2017
Climate breakdown is here. It’s time to adapt. But how?
Fundamental shifts may be necessary to adapt to climate breakdown.
September 12, 2019
Paris climate pact to enter into force ahead of schedule
Thanks to growing global support, the Paris Agreement will officially enter into force in early November.
October 5, 2016
New climate funding pays to protect forests
On Monday, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) announced that it had dedicated US$ 500 million to help conserve forests and mangroves.
October 4, 2017
To weather a changing climate, coffee needs bees, trees: study
Climate change is threatening coffee supplies just as global demand for it is at an all-time high. New research highlights how bees and forests factor into the equation.
September 11, 2017
New tool could map out how countries adapt to a changing world
The latest edition of CI’s podcast series, “Inside Science,” explores the groundbreaking possibilities of the Resilience Atlas.
November 9, 2016
As Indonesia’s dry season looms, a new tool can predict daily forest fire risk
Amid escalating fires, Indonesia searches for a “Smokey the Bear”-type warning system.
July 12, 2016
In recovery from massive typhoon, Philippine town struggles to balance complex motives
Concepcion is adapting to the “new normal” — despite some contradictions.
April 7, 2016
How nature can help us adapt to a changing climate: 3 questions for David Hole
Why so-called “nature-based solutions” may be one of our best ways to brace ourselves for the future climate.
November 20, 2015
A world away from Paris, erratic climate pushes a country to the edge
As a record drought decimates crop yields in Papua New Guinea, many families are relying on the ocean as a safety net.
December 7, 2015
How climate change affects women differently — and what we can do about it
In rural communities around the world, women experience and respond to climate change in different ways than men — a fact often overlooked in climate policy.
December 8, 2015
Q&A: How the coffee sector is mapping a path toward global sustainability
With forecasts of growing demand and a changing climate, the time to protect this crucial crop is now.
March 4, 2016
With climate change, Pacific tuna economy enters uncharted waters
If rising seas submerge an island nation, would it still control its rich waters?
January 7, 2016
Armed with nature, Philippines to boost defenses against stronger storms
An agreement signed at the climate talks in Paris will help restore vital coastal ecosystems — and stave off stronger storms.
December 14, 2015
These 7 maps shed light on most crucial areas of Amazon rainforest
Thirty million people call the Amazonia region home — and they all depend on its forests every day.
January 17, 2017
Nature’s new ambassador: A conversation with Christiana Figueres
After leading the world in the creation of a landmark climate change agreement, Christiana Figueres is taking on a new role.
March 6, 2017
Research: Climate change disrupting farming in Central America
New CI research gives farmers and other decision-makers the full picture of climate change impacts in Central America.
March 2, 2017
In Indonesia, villagers find innovative ways to adapt to climate change
A new study shows that using nature to adapt to intense storms and drought can be affective for thriving in a changing climate.
June 19, 2018