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Scientists Lament “Humpty Dumpty” Effect on World's Most Spectacular, Rare Wildlife: ‘We can’t always put things back together again’ says research team
Some of the world’s largest, most spectacular and unheralded mammals are silently slipping away, species like Tibetan wild yaks and Patagonia’s huemul, Bhutan’s takin and Vietnam’s saola. 
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Good Governance Needed to Build Support for Fishing Restrictions
Good governance appears to be a prerequisite for local support of strong fisheries restrictions, the key finding in a recently published study of 16 fishing villages in East Africa that are struggling to achieve fisheries sustainability.
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Study in Nature Ecology and Evolution Says Australia’s Devastating Wildfires Were Made Worse by Logging

Logging of intact, native forests increases the risk and severity of fire, and likely had a profound effect on the recent, catastrophic Australian bushfires, according to new research published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution by a team from the University of Queensland, ANU, Macquarie University, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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A Reality Check for Biodiversity Offsetting: New Study Says Massive New Development Projects Don’t have the Space to Compensate for the Full Extent of their Biodiversity Losses
A research team studying the use of offsets to achieve No Net Loss (NNL) of biodiversity to address negative impacts of development projects found a disturbing trend: we are running out of land for offsetting. The results are published in the journal Nature Communications.
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Can Big Data Save the Planet?
A new paper in Nature Communications says that the “big data” revolution, which encompasses techniques to capture, process, analyze and visualize large datasets in a rapid timeframe, could benefit the planet if tightly coupled with ongoing sustainability efforts. 
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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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GOOD NEWS: New Data Analysis Identifies the Planet’s Best “High Value Biodiversity” Habitat Areas. BAD NEWS: Only 18.6 Percent are Currently Protected
A team of scientists combined fine-resolution data of highly threatened habitat with intact natural systems, revealing a first-of-its-kind global map of the world’s remaining high-value biodiversity habitat areas. 
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Wild canids and hyenas are potential flagships for conserving a wide diversity of habitats in India

A new study reveals that wild canids (wild dogs, jackals, wolves, foxes) and striped hyenas can serve as flagship species for increasing India’s conservation potential

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A New Hope for the World’s Most Endangered Gorilla
The EU announced a four-year, two million euro initiative to protect the Cross River Gorilla – the world’s most endangered great ape – and secure the Cross River National Park, while promoting sustainable livelihoods for communities that live adjacent to the gorilla’s forest home.
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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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