Category: Opinion

Opinion: COVID Underscores the Urgency of Holistic Community-Based Approaches to Conservation

April 27, 2020 Alasdair Harris Mongabay
Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable communities in the Global South go far beyond the looming public health emergency.  The broader economic and environmental ramifications are of profound importance to biodiversity conservation. How the conservation movement responds will determine our relevance and credibility in the eyes of many communities who depend on nature for their survival.

Opinion: How Starfish, Snails and Salmon Fight Pandemics

April 17, 2020 By C. Drew Harvell The New York Times
Now the world is seeing the deadly path cut by a terrestrial pandemic, spread by a new coronavirus that has killed tens of thousands of people worldwide as it continues its sweep. If anything good is to emerge from this, it will be in the quest to better understanding pathogens and their hosts, to find nature’s best defenses and to apply these findings to engineer a safer world.

Opinion: The Most Remote Islands in the Atlantic Ocean Need Protection

March 30, 2020 Pew Charitable Trusts
In the remote waters of the South Atlantic Ocean lies the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, some 2,400 kilometres (1,491 miles) west of South Africa. A chain of four islands, Tristan da Cunha covers a small land area—about one-tenth the size of London—but it has an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) close to three times the size of the United Kingdom: 754,000 square kilometres (291,121 square miles).