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Can tree farms save a forest? Brazil is about to find out
In Brazil's s Mato Grosso do Sul, native species are reclaiming thousands of acres once heavily grazed by cattle. A bold initiative aims to protect and restore nature to an area twice the size of Manhattan — and find new ways to pay for it.
November 20, 2023
What drives deforestation — and how can we stop it?
As dangerous heatwaves shatter records around the world, a new study provides the most comprehensive review yet of how to stop deforestation — a major cause of climate-warming greenhouse gases, second only to fossil fuel emissions.
August 16, 2023
At Amazon summit, a milestone on the road to protecting the rainforest
Eight Amazonian nations have agreed to create an alliance to protect the world’s largest rainforest, following decades of rising deforestation and warnings of a “tipping point” that could alter the ecosystem — and Earth’s climate.
August 9, 2023
What on Earth is ‘HFLD’? (Hint: It’s about forests)
From “blue carbon” to “ecosystem services,” environmental jargon is everywhere. Conservation International looks to make sense of it in an occasional explainer series. In this installment, we explore the role “HFLDs,” play in storing climate-warming carbon.
March 8, 2023
3 reasons for hope for the Amazon
When U.S. President Joseph Biden meets with Brazil’s newly elected president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in Washington this week, climate change and the fate of the Amazon will be one of the many items of discussion, according to news reports.
February 9, 2023
‘Audacious’ reforestation effort grows in Brazil
A bold initiative to regrow 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon has made substantial progress despite some unexpected hurdles, according to an upcoming report.
February 7, 2023
A Peruvian forest was vanishing. Coffee and community trust saved it
In the Alto Mayo Protected Forest in Peru, local farmers have partnered with Conservation International to produce sustainable coffee and halt deforestation. Since 2011, this partnership has helped deforestation decline by 59 percent.
January 10, 2023
News spotlight: Mangrove deforestation drops, but new protections still needed
Worldwide, mangroves — once destroyed for agriculture and development — have seen a sharp decline in deforestation. A new report from the Global Mangrove Alliance offers a plan to end mangrove loss entirely.
November 23, 2022
News spotlight: Record deforestation could forever transform the Amazon
In case you missed it: Brazil's rainforests are in serious trouble.
July 18, 2022
Conservationist: Proposed US bill is an investment in nature — and the people who protect it
Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives to support a proposed bill that could help local communities around the world fight climate change by protecting the forests they depend on.
May 13, 2022
New science: Removing ‘climber’ plants doubles tree growth — and more
Protecting nature starts with science. Here’s a roundup of recent scientific research published by Conservation International experts.
May 5, 2022
Protecting nature to prevent pandemics costs just 1% of fighting them
Experts say the yearly cost of future pandemics will be a staggering US$ 2 trillion. For just 1 percent of that cost, the world could prevent pandemics at their source by protecting nature, according to a new study published today in Science Advances.
February 4, 2022
5 wins for nature in 2021
Good news: 2021 saw a series of major wins for the climate, for wildlife and for habitats around the worldwide. Here are 5 of them.
December 15, 2021
UN climate talks: Protecting forests takes priority
More than 30 financial institutions pledged to eliminate deforestation driven by agriculture from their portfolios and increase investments in nature-based solutions by 2025.
November 2, 2021
Protect nature or risk future pandemics, expert warns
Conservation International's new pandemic prevention fellow recently discussed how his experience chasing infectious diseases and leading NYC's COVID contact tracing program has shown him why human health depends on the health of the planet.
May 27, 2021
Study: Could the Amazon become ground zero for the world’s next pandemic?
If deforestation continues to accelerate, the Amazon could be at risk of becoming ground zero for the world’s next pandemic, according to a study published today.
March 24, 2021
As humanity misses wildlife targets, ‘time is now’ to reverse course
Humanity is falling short on its commitments to protect wildlife, a new report finds, outlining urgent steps needed to stave off environmental collapse.
September 15, 2020
3 ways to prevent the next pandemic with nature, according to science
A new study published today in Science outlines a groundbreaking plan to decrease the risk of future pandemics by 27 percent or more — with a 10-year investment that is 50 times less than the cost of coronavirus response efforts to date.
July 23, 2020
Conservationist: Protecting nature an ‘investment’ in our health
Conservation International's CEO explains the link between infectious diseases and the destruction of nature.
April 21, 2020
Expert: To prevent pandemics like COVID-19, ‘take care of nature’
Conservation News spoke to renowned ecologist and Conservation International scientist Lee Hannah about how giving nature space could help curb future disease outbreaks.
March 27, 2020
Mud, parrots and parasites: Filming the rainforest in virtual reality
One crew member counts down his most memorable moments from CI’s VR film shoot in Amazonia.
February 13, 2017
A scientific treasure hunt to find — and save — nature’s ‘capital’
Conservation International scientists are using maps to figure out which natural areas are most vital for Cambodia’s 15 million people.
March 17, 2016
Before and after: In four short years, new forest takes root
On the edge of an Indonesian national park, a photographer documents farmland being reclaimed by the trees.
May 25, 2016
New pact enlists locals to help protect a jewel of South America
A new agreement will enable local communities in Suriname to generate income in a way that keeps their forest and traditional livelihoods intact.
August 22, 2017
Camera traps capture snapshots of conservation success in Sumatra
Sumatra’s biodiversity is at a critical juncture and Batang Gadis National Park is a high priority for conservation efforts
November 22, 2017
These women protect the trees that protect Ecuador
Mangroves do more than protect coasts — they’re also lifelines for nearby communities.
November 10, 2016
My ‘aha!’ moment: A day in the life of an illegal logger
How a summer in the Peruvian Amazon led Natasha Calderwood to shift her career path toward conservation.
March 17, 2017
The forest behind your perfume
In the forests of Venezuela, three villages have found a crucial source of livelihood amid the country’s roiling economic crisis.
August 29, 2016
In a first, a drone helps nab illegal logger in Peru
A man was caught illegally cutting down trees in Peru’s Alto Mayo Protected Forest.
May 16, 2018
Wildlife loss in tropical forests is bad news — and not just for animals
New research sheds light on the link between species loss and forests’ ability to fight climate change.
April 27, 2016
To improve crop yields, just add trees
In an Indonesian province plagued by deforestation, a group of women farmers has found a more sustainable way to feed their families.
October 20, 2016
To a country on the edge of development, what is nature worth?
Conflict, poverty and disease prevented the collection of data on the state of Liberia’s ecosystems for decades — until now.
March 21, 2017
Eyeing coffee’s climate impact, new initiative seeks sustainability for entire crop
The world’s most valued tropical crop — threatened by climate change — could be its first completely sustainable one.
December 1, 2015
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
What is the Tropical Forest Standard? An expert explains
Here are 6 things you need to know about the Tropical Forest Standard.
September 5, 2019
Charting a sustainable path in a land of peat, oil palm and pollution
Indonesia is the world’s top palm oil producer — yet too often, yields come at the expense of nature’s health.
November 17, 2016
How Incan ruins and Brazil nuts are fighting deforestation in Bolivia
Through conservation agreements, indigenous Bolivian communities are expanding their incomes while leaving forests standing.
March 3, 2017
Amazon facing worst fire season on record, expert says
New tech could help countries and remote communities fight wildfires before they start.
July 21, 2016
On remote Philippine island, female forest rangers are a force to be reckoned with
Palawan communities are linked to the land by tradition, spirituality and survival — and women like Nolsita Siyang are rising up to defend it.
March 8, 2016
Conservationist on climate action: ‘Pessimists never get anything done’
Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan stresses the importance of optimism in the face of climate change during an interview with C-SPAN.
August 19, 2019
In a country racked by climate change, farming must change, too
Liberia considers how to mitigate climate change while strengthening its economy.
November 23, 2017
Commentary: Road project puts Malaysian primates at risk
Russ Mittermeier shares insights from a recent “primate-watching” trip to Malaysian Borneo.
January 15, 2016
As Colombia pursues peace, nature could be powerful bridge
One of the country’s greatest assets offers a powerful route toward reconciliation.
September 30, 2016
Primates face greater extinction threat than any other large mammal group
Tropical forest destruction threatens 63 percent of the world’s primate species with extinction. But experts say there’s hope of reversing this trend.
February 3, 2017
New UN climate report is bleak, but there's a solution: trees
The UN report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns of detrimental environmental consequences if land use management does not become more sustainable.
August 8, 2019
From machetes to maps: How a ‘red line’ eased conflict in Bolivia’s Amazon
After years of dispute, competing land users found common ground through a map they drew together.
August 19, 2016
For critical climate change action, Paris Agreement just the beginning
As the world’s nations sign the historic agreement, a climate expert outlines the next steps countries need to take.
April 20, 2016
Researchers discover two tiny new primate species in a far-flung forest
CI’s Russ Mittermeier was part of the team that discovered two new species of Tarsier in Indonesia — a “Yoda-like” primate threatened by deforestation.
May 4, 2017
3 science stories you should know about
Conservation International scientists explore three specific ways to keep our oceans and forests healthy.
June 27, 2018
In palm oil, Liberia sees economic boom — but forests may lose
CI Liberia’s Liam Walsh explains the opportunities and challenges that increased palm oil production could pose for the country.
October 28, 2016
Forests and facts: 5 things to know about a gloomy new study
According to a new study, the world’s tropical forests are in such poor shape that they are emitting more climate-warming carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than they absorb.
September 29, 2017
Tourism, traditions combine in fight to save a threatened forest
As their flooded forest disintegrated around them, the Peruvian village of Tingana decided to act.
February 25, 2016
In camera-trap snaps, scientists tackle big data challenge
CI’s Jorge Ahumada gives a behind-the-scenes look at how technology is revolutionizing conservation biology.
January 21, 2016
What happens to U.S. landscape when protected areas vanish?
In the wake of the Interior Secretary’s recommendations to reduce 10 national monuments, a CI scientist explains what the legacy of that action could look like.
October 3, 2017
Nature inextricably linked to companies’ bottom lines
Protecting nature isn’t a luxury — it’s integral to the prosperity of communities, companies and countries.
April 1, 2016
Trust fund to help protect some of Philippines’ last primary forests
A new trust fund aims to finance the management of the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape.
October 7, 2016
The world’s national parks are not as secure as we think
New research reveals significant changes in the boundaries of one of America’s most iconic protected areas over time.
August 24, 2016
EU bid to halt imported deforestation ‘moot without investment’
In a new communication, the European Union announced steps it will take to promote global reforestation efforts and end deforestation related to EU imports of agricultural commodities.
July 23, 2019
Illegal logger turned forest champion — with help from hummingbirds
For Norbil Becerra, destroying forests was a necessary evil — until the day he saw a hummingbird.
January 5, 2016
Growing cleaner, better coffee in the ‘land of a thousand hills’
Conservation agreements are helping Rwandan coffee farmers improve production — and fetch a better price.
September 23, 2016
Europe moves to restrict import of unsustainable palm oil
Earlier this month, the European Parliament passed a resolution aiming to limit the import of palm oil that has caused deforestation. The Parliament also called for new sustainability criteria for palm oil entering the European market.
April 22, 2017
New bond aims to unlock private investment to protect forests
This first-of-its-kind investment mechanism could stimulate investor demand for reducing deforestation.
October 31, 2016
Deforested areas in the Amazon vulnerable to loss of legal protections, study finds
Human Nature talked to Conservation International scientists about what their findings about protected areas could mean for the Amazon’s future.
February 13, 2018
How ‘protected’ are Amazon’s protected areas?
New research on a phenomenon known as PADDD suggests they are not as secure as we might think.
October 18, 2016
For forests to combat climate change, 3 things we must do
It’s not as simple as planting a bunch of trees.
January 25, 2016
To fight deforestation, one country changed the equation
In Ecuador, it pays to save the forest.
November 23, 2015
What on Earth is ‘REDD+’?
Human Nature breaks down what “REDD+” is and how it helps to conserve forests.
March 28, 2019
A shortage of beer and fries? Climate change hits Europe where it hurts
Europe may have a shortage of beer and fries due to climate change.
October 10, 2018
Guyana aims to shift economy from gold to green
A new initiative aims to improve mining practices and ease the country’s transition to a greener economy.
January 27, 2017
Figueres to European leaders: Climate action requires protecting forests
Speaking before an audience of EU officials in Brussels, Christiana Figueres addressed the environmental footprint of products consumed by Europeans but produced elsewhere.
September 20, 2017
Climate change spells trouble for orangutans
Editor’s note: August 19 is World Orangutan Day. The world’s orangutan population is dwindling.
August 18, 2017
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
5 rainforest species that could save your life
The rainforest may be nature’s biggest pharmacy. Will continued deforestation stand in the way of life-saving medicines?
August 15, 2016
4 ways climate change is making life harder for tigers
A new threat looms for these remaining tigers: climate change.
July 19, 2017
What on Earth is ‘blue carbon’?
A term you might never have heard of has immense importance for curbing climate change.
November 1, 2016
Áreas desmatadas ilegalmente na Amazônia estão forçando a redução de áreas protegidas, diz estudo
Conservation News, conversou com os dois autores do estudo, cientistas da Conservação Internacional, Rodrigo Medeiros e Mike Mascia. Aqui, eles explicam a dinâmica que levou à perda generalizada das áreas protegidas de Rondônia durante a última década.
February 20, 2018
In global climate change fight, half a degree could make all the difference
Scientists say if Earth’s temperature were to warm any more than 1.5°C, we would experience devastating losses.
August 23, 2018
In Kenya’s storied hills, traditional ways confront a modern problem: climate change
Neutralize your carbon footprint through a new REDD+ project in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya.
July 26, 2017
Cloud-piercing satellites unleash torrent of new data, new insights into planet Earth
Radar-based technology could expand what we know about how people are using land from Sumatra to Peru.
March 21, 2016
3 ways climate change affects tropical rainforests
Climate change will affect tropical rainforests — here are 3 ways how.
June 26, 2018
Historic airline emissions agreement could be good news for forests
A new international agreement on aviation emissions has the potential to boost forest conservation, for the benefit of people and the planet.
October 13, 2016