CONSERVATION NEWS

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Walking shark, Hemiscyllium halmahera
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Indonesia protects ‘walking sharks.’ Are other sharks next?

By Mary Kate McCoy

April 19, 2023
The Indonesian government has granted six species of threatened “walking sharks” the highest level of protection — a move experts hope will lead to the conservation of other sharks, whose numbers have plummeted due largely to the shark fin trade.
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Why a new treaty to protect the high seas is a ‘game-changer’

By Vanessa Bauza

March 10, 2023
Roughly two-thirds of the world’s oceans lie beyond national boundaries in an area known as the “high seas” — yet only about 1 percent of that largely unexplored expanse has been protected. Now, nearly 200 countries have agreed on the first-ever United Nations treaty to protect the high seas.
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News spotlight: Ice sheet warming at highest rate in 1,000 years

By Mary Kate McCoy

January 30, 2023
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.
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News spotlight: Could seaweed be our new big climate ally?

By Max Marcovitch

January 9, 2023
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.
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News spotlight: New satellite offers view into nearly all of Earth’s waters

By Emma Cummings-Krueger

January 3, 2023
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.
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