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Temperatures Are Off The Charts: World Is Experiencing Its Fourth Global Coral Bleaching Event
New York, April 15, 2024 -- News released today by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) confirms what WCS scientists have been observing in the field for months: The world is experiencing its fourth global coral bleaching event, the second in the last 10 years. Read the NOAA/ICRI news release here. Bleaching-level heat stress, caused by prolonged increases in superheated ocean temperatures, is predicted to be extensive ...
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Wildlife Conservation Society Delegation Heading to Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) CoP14
Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Feb. 9, 2024 -- A Wildlife Conservation Society delegation is heading to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals CoP14, Feb. 12-17, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The WCS delegation will be led by Dr. Susan Lieberman, WCS VP of International Policy, and includes WCS scientists and experts from WCS International Policy, WCS Sharks and Rays, WCS Argentina, WCS Brazil, WCS Mongolia, WCS Afghanistan, WCS Temperate Asia, and WCS-EU. Lieberman is available for inter...
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New Paper: Highly Productive Marine Areas Are Essential to Future Conservation Efforts That Can Help Achieve 30x30
New York, January 19, 2024 – Scientists are providing in a new research paper an analysis of highly productive marine areas to help the world achieve the protection of at least 30 percent of the planet by 2030. The parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity agreed to this worldwide goal upon the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Biological Diversity Framework in 2022. The multifaceted contribution of highly productive marine areas, which enable biodiversity, su...
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Low Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’ Detected in Arctic Alaska Fish Species Harvested for Wild Foods

Wildlife Conservation Society scientists led an initial assessment of concentrations of “forever chemicals” in the filets of fish species harvested by Indigenous and rural residents of Arctic Alaska and described the results as “encouraging” because they were below levels of concern.

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Environmental leaders from 185 countries will gather in Vancouver, Canada for the Seventh Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) from August 22-26.

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Coral Triangle Day ‘OceansNeedActions’ 2023: CTI-CFF New Action Plan and Trust Fund to Strengthen Regional and Local Commitment

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) is thrilled to announce the celebration of Coral Triangle Day 2023, marking the beginning of the long-term ‘OceansNeedActions’ campaign.

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Reef Sharks are at a Much Higher Risk of Extinction than Previously Thought

A new study, featuring more than 150 researchers worldwide, including Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists who collected data at WCS programs in Mesoamerica, South East Asia, Melanesia and East Africa, says overfishing is driving reef sharks toward extinction.

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A Tribute to Dr. Roger Payne 1935-2023

The following tribute to Dr. Roger Payne, who died June 10, was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society:

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WORLD OCEANS DAY NEWS:  Preserving Ocean Health is Vital for Human Health,  Says Researchers Publishing in The Lancet

In conjunction with World Oceans Day on June 8th, esteemed researchers from institutions worldwide have published a compelling paper in the prestigious journal The Lancet, affirming that human health depends on thriving oceans.

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First-Ever A.I. Algorithm Correctly Estimates Fish Stocks

For the first time, a newly published artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm is allowing researchers to quickly and accurately estimate coastal fish stocks without ever entering the water.

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