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Climate Surprise: Climate Change May Push Some Species to Higher Elevations – and Out of Harm’s Way

A new WCS-led study reveals that mountain-dwelling species fleeing warming temperatures by retreating to higher elevations may find refuge from reduced human pressure.

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End the Trade: New Coalition Invites Global Community to Take a Stand Against Future Pandemics
The global trade in wild animals has produced the conditions for disastrous and deadly pandemics, including COVID-19. To prevent the next pandemic, the Coalition to End the Trade is calling for the permanent end to the commercial trade and sale in markets of terrestrial animals for consumption, particularly birds and mammals. 
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Liquid Treasure of the Gobi: Water, the Climate Crisis, and the Wandering Khulan

Khulan (Equus hemionus), a species of wild ass living in the Gobi Desert, travel extremely long distances to meet their water needs – a strategy that will require urgent conservation interventions as local human impacts increase, says a team of scientists.

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WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Awards $2.7 Million to 13 U.S. Conservation Projects Implementing Approaches to Help Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced 13 new grants to nonprofit organizations implementing on-the-ground, science-driven projects that will help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change. 
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WCS Partners with Ecosia to Plant 900,000 Trees in Tanzania
WCS and the non-profit search engine Ecosia announced today a massive effort to replant some 900,000 trees in degraded landscapes in Tanzania. 
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World Wildlife Day Remarks by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper

The following are excerpts of remarks given today by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper at the Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020, on the theme of “Sustaining all life on earth.”

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WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Announces Request for Proposals for Nature-Based Climate Adaptation Projects
Through its Climate Adaptation Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is soliciting proposals from nonprofit conservation organizations implementing new methods that help wildlife adapt to the rapidly-shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change. 
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Blowing Up Biodiversity Offsetting: Scientists Propose New “Target-Based” Approach
A team of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), University of Queensland, and a dozen other organizations has developed a new alternative to “biodiversity offsetting” where compensation is provided to achieve an outcome of “no net loss” of biodiversity from development projects.
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Scientists Listen to Whales, Walruses, & Seals In a Changing Arctic Seascape
A  year-round acoustic study of marine mammals in the northern Bering Sea is providing scientists with a valuable snapshot of an Arctic world already under drastic pressure from climate change, according to WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), Columbia University, Southall Environmental Associates, and the University of Washington.
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STUDY: Humanity’s Footprint is Squashing World’s Wildlife

New study assessed 20K terrestrial species finding that 85 percent are now exposed to intense human pressure

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