Tag Archives: Wildlife

Rewilding: four tips to let nature thrive

Sophie Wynne-Jones, Bangor University; Ian Convery, University of Cumbria, and Steve Carver, University of Leeds What would rewilding mean for a country like the UK? Bringing back wolves and bears? Returning the land to how it looked in prehistoric times? How will people fit into this wild and unimaginably different place? Questions like these abound whenever rewilding is in the …

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Just 3% of Earth’s land ecosystems remain intact – but we can change that

Cheetahs in the Serengeti in Tanzania. A J Plumptre, Author provided Andrew Plumptre, University of Cambridge Few things excite biologists more than contemplating the parts of the world still relatively free of human damage. For the last 30 years, scientists intent on protecting Earth’s biodiversity have sought to enshrine targets for preserving and expanding these remaining areas of wilderness. But …

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How coyotes and humans can learn to coexist in cities

Coyotes and other wildlife are making backyards and urban communities part of their homes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Silvio Santos Lauren E. Van Patter, Queen’s University, Ontario It’s a common story in many North American cities: a coyote is seen on an urban trail, sports field or schoolyard. Members of the public panic, insisting that the proximity or frequency of these sightings …

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Three ways to head off the next pandemic in the wild meat trade

Happy Auer/Shutterstock Julia E. Fa, Manchester Metropolitan University As much as 70% of the infectious diseases that emerged in humans over the last 30 years were zoonotic, which means they were caused by pathogens which originated in domestic or wild animals. Nearly 1.7 million undiscovered viruses may exist in wildlife. Despite these alarming numbers, epidemics are still relatively rare events. …

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How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050

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Wouter Taljaard/Shutterstock Michael Obersteiner, University of Oxford; David Leclère, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and Piero Visconti, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. The sharpest declines …

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