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‘Climate-smart’ farming boosts forests, food security in Madagascar
In Madagascar, a sustainable agriculture program aims to help farmers adapt to the increasing droughts and intense cyclones of a warming planet. According to a new report, those efforts are paying off.
January 17, 2024
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
3 things our experts loved in April
Conservation International is powered by 1,500 people in more than 30 countries — their interests, like their hometowns, are all over the map. In this monthly feature, our experts share some of their favorite things.
April 27, 2023
News spotlight: How does your diet affect the environment?
In case you missed it: Every bite of food we eat comes with an environmental cost. But not every diet is created equal. A new tool illustrates the toll our food system takes on nature — comparing dietary staples like meat, fish, dairy, eggs and grains.
February 6, 2023
News spotlight: Climate change is killing pollen
In case you missed it: Rising temperatures are putting the pollen from essential crops — including tomatoes, canola and rice — at risk.
July 6, 2022
Cactuses are struggling to beat the heat: 3 stories you may have missed
In case you missed it: Global warming is threatening cactuses, reduced genetic diversity is putting our food systems at risk and climate change is altering the way sounds travel across the ocean.
April 18, 2022
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
Stopping overfishing? There’s an app for that
Overfishing continues to push global fish populations to the brink of collapse. Smartphone apps can help change that.
May 5, 2016
My ‘aha!’ moment: In Madagascar, a fisheries discussion without the fishers
How working with octopus fishers in Madagascar led Kame Westerman to make a surprising discovery about women and conservation.
March 7, 2017
When it comes to food production, sustainability pays. Here’s how
Students are finding ways for sustainable fishers and farmers to make more money.
June 5, 2018
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
In remote Pacific, popular fishing method spells trouble for tuna
Fish aggregating devices are helping industrial fishers take an unexpected toll on bigeye tuna populations.
October 12, 2016
Photo essay: In South Africa, a woman’s struggle to sustain the land that sustains her
At an age when many people are slowing down, Gertruida Cloete continues to face daily hardships while protecting her fragile, wild home.
March 6, 2016
To feed itself, Hawai‘i must make sea change, study finds
To feed its growing population, Hawai‘i is looking to produce more locally sourced seafood, which has a smaller environmental footprint.
May 31, 2018
How an ancient tradition could save Hawai‘i’s oceans
The revival of traditional fishponds can be good for communities and coral reefs alike.
September 5, 2016
Where reefs are restaurants, challenge is keeping them stocked
Scientists develop research to curb overfishing in Hawaiian Islands.
December 11, 2017
In the news: Escaped lions highlight plight of park neighbors
A recent case of escaped lions in South Africa’s Kruger National Park is a tragic example of the tension that can exist between people and wildlife around protected areas.
July 14, 2017
Scan and serve: New tool traces seafood from ocean to plate
CI Brazil is pioneering a seafood traceability program that uses smartphone technology to give consumers the power to make sustainable choices with a few finger swipes.
May 10, 2017
In Indonesia marine park, survey finds troubled waters
The first in-depth marine assessment of the Natuna Islands revealed the precarious state of the environment in this isolated region.
January 28, 2016
Two ears, one mouth
In South Africa’s Eastern Cape conservationists are connecting with local communities through culture, science and shared values.
August 9, 2017
Women’s work: Fighting for nature
Jennifer Morris describes her five female role models in conservation.
March 8, 2018
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
In diver’s paradise, communities unite to protect their most valuable resource: reefs
The communities of Atauro Island in Timor-Leste announce that they have unified their marine protected areas into a single network, with the goal of strengthening conservation — and getting paid for it.
October 23, 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
From bean to barista: 4 things to know about coffee and climate
Our sustainable coffee expert explains how climate change is ravaging coffee farms all over the world — and how you can help.
October 1, 2019
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
Indonesian coffee farmers grapple with climate of uncertainty
Shifting weather patterns may make coffee harder to grow in North Sumatra — but it’s still better than the alternative.
February 5, 2016
Social media turns tide of ocean protection in Brazil
Brazil recently announced the creation of two marine protected areas totaling 900,000 square kilometers.
April 17, 2018
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
Study clears the waters on a dirty threat to Hawai‘i’s reefs
Of all the threats facing Hawai’i’s coasts and coral reefs, one of the trickiest to stop is mud.
January 20, 2016
Citing threats to wildlife, experts urge caution amid dam-building rush
With more thoughtful planning, developers could minimize environmental impacts that have soured dams’ reputation.
January 8, 2016
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
To thrive in an uncertain future, islanders look to the past
“Gwala” is the traditional practice of temporarily closing off a reef when it begins to show signs of decline, allowing the ecosystem to recover.
February 21, 2018
Capital idea: Groundbreaking efforts look to finance ocean protection
Two new funds announced at the third annual Our Ocean conference in Washington, D.C., aim to advance ocean conservation — by helping to pay for it.
September 16, 2016
Your food has a climate footprint. Here’s what you can do
In the latest video in the VOX Climate Lab series, CI CEO M. Sanjayan discusses how our diets affect climate change.
December 12, 2017
With eye to hungry planet, new tech watches soil health
An estimated 10 billion people will walk the Earth by 2050 — how will humanity grow enough food on land that is increasingly tapped out?
February 15, 2018
To save Hawaiian fisheries, scientists look to locals for answers
Two new studies reveal that when it comes to managing fish populations, traditional knowledge can be as important as science.
February 22, 2017
Study spawns new method to curb overfishing
A new study offers a clearer picture of whether the ocean’s fisheries can continue to feed humanity into the future.
April 12, 2017
Demystifying the seafood label: Where your seafood actually comes from
When you buy seafood, your purchase affects fishers, businesses — even the health of the ocean.
May 16, 2017
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
Want to change the world? Give women land rights
More women than ever are growing the world’s food — yet men continue to make most land-use decisions.
October 14, 2016
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
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
Sustainability heavyweights take aim at environmental impacts of soy, beef, palm oil
A new effort is aiming to minimize the environmental impacts of soy, beef and palm oil with some significant players in sustainability.
September 6, 2017
In South Africa, the future of sustainable ranching looks bright
In Africa’s most biodiverse grasslands, a fifth-generation rancher tackles the challenges of sustainable livestock.
September 13, 2017
Tracing tuna from sea to fork
Scientists, businesses and governments are coming together for a common goal: to make all tuna fully traceable by 2020.
June 14, 2017
5 surprising places that are improving ocean health
While global ocean health may be suffering, these examples show that improvements are possible, country by country.
December 8, 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
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
Investigation finds rampant illegal fishing in Costa Rica
Recent research by Conservation International’s Costa Rica office found that the problem is worse than previously thought.
March 28, 2016
Field notes from “Cambodia’s beating heart”
Cambodia is trying to stop the loss of its lifeblood: the fish that thrive in these waters.
May 9, 2018
In parched South Africa, herders find ally in nature
Higher prices for cattle plus healthier rangelands means small-scale ranchers are better prepared for the next drought.
May 2, 2017
5 ways to go green
Here are five ways you can help the environment this year.
January 1, 2018
What the Hawaiian language revival means for conservation
The islands’ language is a powerful link to the lands and waters that sustain their people.
May 11, 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
Coalition maps the future of coffee in an uncharted climate
To make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product, we must take several key steps, including monitoring production and mapping out how climate change is affecting growing areas.
September 7, 2017
Where to target ocean conservation? New research points the way
Around the world, oceans are providers: of food, of livelihoods, of entire economies. But, where do people depend on them the most? Knowing this could help to better protect marine ecosystems.
December 20, 2018
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
Protecting fisheries can fight poverty: study
Freshwater protected areas can boost fish stocks to pull communities out of poverty.
February 7, 2019
Women scientists describe challenges of careers in conservation
Women scientists at Conservation International discuss their experiences with gender in the world of conservation.
February 10, 2018
Sustainable coffee: What it really means
Here's what "sustainably grown coffee" really means.
September 4, 2018
5 myths about farmed seafood
To feed a growing population without further depleting our oceans, farmed seafood will be crucial.
August 17, 2017
Want to fight climate change? Read these 3 books first
Climate change can seem like an impossibly large problem — what can any one of us do? Three recent books can help point the way.
April 19, 2018
3 ways climate change affects tropical rainforests
Climate change will affect tropical rainforests — here are 3 ways how.
June 26, 2018
5 things you might not know about mountains and climate change
The health of the world’s mountains is not set in stone.
March 15, 2016
Sweet news: Cacao making a comeback in Mexico
In Mexico, a new effort is boosting cacao production while protecting forests in the process.
October 27, 2017
In Galápagos, lobster fishers make unlikely — but effective — conservationists
Recently, the spiny lobster was nearly wiped out from the Galápagos — a disappearance that could have spelled disaster for the island’s fragile ecosystems.
May 8, 2017