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New Global Alliance Commits $80 Million to Save the World's Wild Cats and Their Ecosystems

Commitment Unites Donors from China, India, the United Arab Emirates and the United States to Collectively Provide $80 Million in Cornerstone Funding for Panthera's $200 Million Initiative for Wild Cats


EnviroAtlas Ecosystem Mapping Tool Launched by US EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 6 May 2014 released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers, helps decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on our fragile ecosystems and the communities who depend on goods and services from these ecosystems. EnviroAtlas is available to the public and houses a wealth of data and research.


NASA Launching Five Earth-Observing Missions in 2014 to Obtain Crucial Data for Scientists Trying To Understand Our Changing Planet

With the launch of five Earth-observing missions in 2014 -- more Earth-focused launches in a single year in more than a decade -- NASA will be able to deliver even more crucial data to scientists trying to understand our changing planet.


Jaguar Given New Protection: Belize and Panthera Sign Critical Conservation Agreement

A trilateral agreement pledges collaborative implementation of science-based conservation initiatives that secure and connect jaguars and their habitats in Belize and beyond its borders, facilitate land development that is both ecologically sustainable and economically profitable, and mitigate human-jaguar conflict throughout the country.


Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve In Mexico Hailed a Model for Sustainable Development

Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo, credited with securing the future of one of Mexico's most critical ecosystems, Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, and supporting the livelihoods of disadvantaged rural communities, received a UN 2013 Champions of the Earth award. The Reserve is home to more than 110 species of mammals 334 bird species, and 2,308 plant species. 


New Research Reveals The Biomechanics Of How Marine Snails Swim

Equipped with high-speed, high-resolution video, researchers discovered how the larvae of Atlantic slipper limpets, marine snails, swim, a behavior that determines individual dispersal and ultimately, survival.


George Schaller’s Wildlife Conservation Journeys in Tibet Wild

George B. Schaller shares special moments throughout his book Tibet Wild: A Naturalist's Journeys on the Roof of the World, and tells of his connections with animals in ways that can benefit others in their pursuit of animal preservation. There are more than 20 game reserves around the world stemming from Schaller’s work.


Sylvia Earle Alliance’s Mission Blue and Partners Establish Ocean Hope Spots

On October 22, 2013, news coming from the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 3) reported that Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN),  have launched 31 new Mission Blue Hope Spots -- places of special significance in the ocean where Mission Blue will focus its efforts. There are now 50 Hope Spots globally. Mission Blue calls this “a path forward for protecting our Blue Heart.”


Tropical Forest Carbon Sink Hinges On Unique Housing Arrangement Between Trees And Bacteria

A unique housing arrangement between a specific tree species and carbo-loading bacteria may determine how well tropical forests can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, says new research from 16 September 2013 in an advance online publication of the journal Nature.


Elephant Rescue Efforts Gaining Momentum

“Elephants across Africa and Asia are being poached for their ivory at increasing levels,” says WWF.  Fortunately, there are many local human populations, national and international organizations and governments in the world often working together to save elephants and their habitats, groups in Asia and Africa, and even with elephant sanctuaries in the United States.


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