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In new TED talk, doctor prescribes conservation
While it may seem unusual for a medical doctor to work for a conservation nonprofit, it's centered on a powerful premise: that human health and the protection of nature are inextricably linked.
December 5, 2023
In ‘The Last of Us,’ a warning for future pandemics
In a recent New York Times op-ed, Conservation International pandemic prevention fellow Neil Vora explains how climate change is raising the risk of new health threats, including fungal pandemics, and argues that governments need to step up their preparations.
April 11, 2023
Notes from the field: Protecting an African oasis
Three countries — Angola, Botswana and Namibia — share the precious freshwater resources of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin, an oasis in the heart of the Kalahari Desert.
November 17, 2022
News spotlight: Desert bacteria could unlock more powerful antibiotics
In case you missed it: Species living in extreme conditions could advance antibiotic production.
July 26, 2022
A tick-borne meat allergy is spreading: 3 stories you may have missed
In case you missed it: A tick that causes a meat allergy is shifting its range in response to global warming, climate change is taking a huge toll on India and species are disappearing before humans even know they exist.
May 23, 2022
Nature meets culture: Athletes with a climate cause, postcards for the planet and more
It can be hard to connect with nature in our daily lives. But with a little help, you can find nature everywhere. With that in mind, here’s some recent arts and culture news to help bring nature to life for you, wherever you are.
May 19, 2022
Oslo offers a blueprint for net-zero cities: 3 stories you may have missed
In case you missed it: Norway’s capital offers large cities a blueprint for cost-effective climate action, oil companies are selling their aging wells and moderate investments in nature could prevent future pandemics.
May 17, 2022
In warming world, viral spillovers are expected to increase: 3 stories you may have missed
In case you missed it: Climate breakdown may increase viral spillovers between animals, two baby mountain gorillas were born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a new species of frog was discovered in Australia.
May 9, 2022
To spur action, don’t give in to ‘climate doom’: 3 stories you may have missed
In case you missed it: Scientists fight "climate doom," forests managed by Indigenous peoples are powerful carbon sinks and honey from stingless bees in the Amazon can treat a range of ailments.
April 11, 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
2021 in review: Covid raged on — but nature provided hope
In 2021, Conservation News covered how nature has helped communities stay afloat during the pandemic — and why conservation is critical for public health. Here are some of our most-read stories of the year.
December 21, 2021
5 ways nature supports human health
Conservation News is highlighting how nature nurtures us — and why we must protect it. Here are a few of the ways nature supports human health.
November 5, 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
Report: Protect nature now — or face ‘Pandemic Era’
To prevent the next pandemic, governments must protect nature, according to a new report released today.
October 30, 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
Expert: Rollbacks of environmental protections imperil nature — and human health
In a recent op-ed for Scientific American, a Conservation International social scientist stressed the importance of strengthening environmental protections to prevent future pandemics.
June 28, 2020
Conservationists: Despite pandemic, ‘there is still work to do’
Conservation News asked three conservationists to explain their new realities during the COVID-19 pandemic — and why saving nature is really about saving ourselves.
June 24, 2020
For billions without clean water, ‘wash your hands’ is complicated
Conservation News spoke with Conservation International’s Colleen Sorto about how when it comes to water and human health, where your water comes from can be just as important as how you use it.
June 17, 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
What does COVID-19 have to do with nature? These 5 articles explain
Protecting nature will be critical to preventing future pandemics, some scientists say. With that in mind, here are five articles that explore the connection between nature and human health.
April 1, 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
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