Effective conservation science must shift away from doomsday views and toward solutions: Study

Mongabay.com

  • Too much of conservation research focuses on describing the state of nature, in particular declines in biodiversity, and not on developing sustainable solutions to conservation challenges, say the authors of a new study.
  • Studies that “ring the alarm bell” tend to dominate because of the challenges of doing the kind of complex multidisciplinary research needed to develop workable solutions, and the fact that professional and financial incentives are lacking for the latter kind of work.
  • The researchers highlighted three cases in which the accumulated body of research on a particular conservation challenge took a solution-oriented trajectory and met with success: South Asian vultures, whooping cranes, and seabird bycatch.

Conservation science that more effectively serves the goals of protecting and enhancing global biodiversity must shift away from tracking declines and toward devising real-world solutions, a recent study suggests.

Too much of the field’s research focuses on describing the state of nature (such as the fact that a particular population is declining), and too little on what is causing those declines and how to address it, the authors write in their paper in the journal Conservation Letters. Tiếp tục đọc “Effective conservation science must shift away from doomsday views and toward solutions: Study”

A museum let a group of penguins wander its empty rooms, and they couldn’t take their eyes off the paintings

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Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo recently went on a field trip to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. 
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo recently went on a field trip to the nearby Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
  • The adorable penguins freely wandered the halls as they admired Baroque and Impressionist masterpieces.
  • The museum’s director, Julián Zugazagoitia, expected them to be big fans of Monet’s “Water Lilies,” but they were far more drawn to Caravaggio.
  • The museum’s video of the penguins’ field trip has since racked up hundreds of thousands of views.

As we continue to stay at home, penguins around the world are having a blast. They’re meeting whales in the aquarium, roaming the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, and even getting their first art history lesson. Tiếp tục đọc “A museum let a group of penguins wander its empty rooms, and they couldn’t take their eyes off the paintings”

Humans Are Driving Other Mammals to Become More Nocturnal

Scientific American

The shift could change which prey animals hunt or make it harder to find food

Humans Are Driving Other Mammals to Become More Nocturnal
European beaver (Castor fiber) in the middle of a  French city, Orléans. Credit: Laurent Geslin

Humans dominate the animal world. Whether hunting or competing for limited space and resources, we are the planet’s superpredator. Other animals seem to understand this, avoiding people if they can help it. But as the human population expands, it is getting harder for other creatures to find somewhere to hide during the day. Now new findings indicate mammals around the world have come up with another strategy: They are becoming nocturnal. Exactly what this bizarre shift means for the future of individual species—and entire ecosystems—is unknown. Tiếp tục đọc “Humans Are Driving Other Mammals to Become More Nocturnal”

Photographer Spends Years Taking Photos Of Endangered Animals, They’re Heartbreakingly Beautiful

animalchannel.co

 

When you think of ‘endangered species,’ what do you think of? Maybe a tiger or a polar bear? But, what about a saiga or a white-bellied pangolin?

Sadly, there are now 41,415 on the ‘red list,’ and approximately 16,306 of them are endangered and threatened with extinction. British photographer Tim Flach was on a mission to capture as many photos of these endangered species as possible. The results are heartbreakingly beautiful.

After spending two years tracking down these elusive species, Flach created a body of work fittingly titled Endangered. His photos offer us a rare glimpse into the lives of these gorgeous, threatened creatures.

Flach’s stunning photos are a reminder for us to have respect for Mother Nature and all of its inhabitants. Before you know it, these unique, wonderful animals will no longer be sharing this planet with us.

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Lack of care leads to elephant rampages

Last update 11:34 | 12/01/2018
VietNamNet Bridge – For centuries, residents in Phuc Son Commune, central province of Nghe An have lived comfortably with wild elephants, but as bamboo forests – the main diet of many elephants – are replaced with industrial trees, things are changing. Many elephant herds are now finding it difficult to find enough food to survive. 
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Elephants at the Pu Mat National Park in the central province of Nghe An. Many elephant herds in the province are now finding it difficult to find enough food to survive. — Photo: baonghean.vn

Last October, six wild elephants went on a rampage in a commune village and destroyed family crops.

The family called neighbours for help to chase the elephants away. However, the wild beasts refused to go until they had destroyed two hectares of acacias and other trees. Tiếp tục đọc “Lack of care leads to elephant rampages”

What’s the kindest way to kill a lobster?

Last update 14:10 | 12/01/2018
“Lobster is one of those rare foods that you cook from a live state,” the recipe says.
“Quickly plunge lobsters head-first into the boiling water… Boil for 15 minutes,” the recipe then instructs.
It’s the tried-and-trusted method for many of us with any experience of cooking lobster – and there are dozens of similar recipes online.

But on Wednesday Switzerland banned the practice and ordered that lobsters be stunned before being despatched to our plates to avoid unnecessary suffering in the kitchen.

It comes amid growing scientific evidence that lobsters – and other invertebrates, such as crayfish and crabs – are able to feel pain. Tiếp tục đọc “What’s the kindest way to kill a lobster?”