With coral reefs at risk, new ‘Changing Planet’ explores innovative solutions
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<p>In the third year of the sweeping global PBS series &ldquo;<a href="https://www.pbs.org/show/changing-planet/" target="_blank">Changing Planet</a>,&rdquo; Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan explores how climate change is affecting some of Earth&rsquo;s most vulnerable ecosystems &mdash; and the groundbreaking science that&rsquo;s offering hope.</p><p><span style="background-color:initial;font-family:inherit;font-size:inherit;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;white-space:inherit;">The ..read more
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New film drops beat for ‘climate heroes’
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5d ago
<div><p>To her fans, DJ and music producer Jayda Guy is the Grammy-nominated artist spinning propulsive dance beats at some of the world&rsquo;s biggest festivals.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color:initial;font-family:inherit;font-size:inherit;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;white-space:inherit;">But in a new documentary, Guy returns to her &ldquo;nerdy&rdquo; roots as a marine scientist &mdash; bringing viewers on a journey to explore one of nature's most potent climate allies: blue carbon ..read more
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Meet a scientist: the fisheries aficionado
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5d ago
<div><p>Ana Gloria Guzm&aacute;n-Mora is the executive director of Conservation International&rsquo;s Costa Rica program, where she works with local communities and governments to help them meet their goals for protecting the planet. &nbsp;</p><p>Conservation News spoke with Guzm&aacute;n-Mora about her encounter with the biggest fish on the planet, the communities that give her hope for Earth&rsquo;s future and the limitless rewards that come from taking risks.&nbsp;</p></div><div><p><strong>Question: What sparked y ..read more
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Climate-induced species migrations could upend human society: study
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5d ago
<p><em><strong>Editor&rsquo;s note:</strong> If the tuna that Pacific Island communities have reliably fished for generations suddenly change their behavior &mdash; teeming in totally new areas of the ocean or in smaller numbers, for example &mdash; this behavioral shift doesn&rsquo;t affect only the tuna. Caused by&nbsp;warming waters due to climate change, this shift&nbsp;affects everything and everyone, from other species in the marine food chain to the livelihoods of fishers all over the Pacific.</em></p><p><em><a h ..read more
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5 myths about farmed seafood
Conservation International Blog | Oceans
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5d ago
<p><em><strong>Editor&rsquo;s note: </strong>With 3 billion people relying on seafood as their chief source of protein, farmed seafood &mdash; known as &ldquo;aquaculture&rdquo; &mdash; will be crucial to feeding a growing population without further depleting our oceans. Although it supplies nearly half of all seafood consumed globally, aquaculture gets a bad rap. In this piece, we puncture some of the myths about farmed seafood.</em> </p><p><strong>Myth #1: Only a few fish species come from aquaculture</strong></p> ..read more
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Biologist’s keen eye spots (another) new species in the Pacific
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1M ago
<p>Diving in the waters of Samoa, Mark Erdmann watched as a haze of colorful little fish &mdash; each no bigger than a raisin &mdash; hovered over a coral reef, nearly motionless to avoid predators.&nbsp;</p><p>With the dazzling diversity of species that live on a coral reef, Erdmann, a Conservation International marine biologist, might have easily overlooked the dwarfgobies. To the untrained eye, they are nearly indistinguishable from dozens of similar species. But he glimpsed something new on the little fishes: a red stripe across the top of the heads and a patt ..read more
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Deep-sea expedition reveals over 100 new species in the Pacific
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<div><p>A recent deep-sea expedition off the coasts of Chile and Peru is revealing the secrets of a vast underwater mountain system &mdash; and making the strongest case yet for greater protections there.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color:initial;font-family:inherit;font-size:inherit;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Using underwater robots capable of descending more than 4,500 meters (14,760 feet), researchers say they may have discovered more than 100 never-before-seen species liv ..read more
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How an accidental forest saved a village from a storm for the ages
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1M ago
<p>It all started with an earthquake.</p> <p>It was not out of the ordinary when the ground began to tremble in the fishing <em>barangay</em> (village) of Silonay, Philippines, on November 15, 1994: Part of the Pacific Ocean&rsquo;s &ldquo;Ring of Fire,&rdquo; the Philippines is no stranger to earthquakes. But in the months after the temblor, something strange happened: Mangrove seedlings began to sprout up along the muddy banks of the nearby river that emptied out to the ocean.</p> <p>Before the earthquake, a few mangroves grew near the oc ..read more
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Lights, camera, coral: Under the sea, behind the scenes with a VR film crew
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1M ago
<p><em><strong>Editor&rsquo;s note:</strong> Today, Conservation International&rsquo;s first virtual reality (VR) film, &ldquo;Valen&rsquo;s Reef,&rdquo; debuts at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity; <a target="_blank" href="https://www.conservation.org/stories/virtual-reality/valens-reef">watch the film here</a>. Fresh off accompanying a VR film crew on the shoot in Indonesia&rsquo;s Bird&rsquo;s Head region, Conservation International (CI) filmmaker John Martin explains why filming in this new medium is so dif ..read more
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How one ocean voyager uses tradition to connect to the future
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1M ago
<p>Voyagers in Samoa tap into their cultures&rsquo; traditions to connect with the ocean.</p><p>The preferred means of travel? The Va&rsquo;a (pronounce &ldquo;vaka&rdquo;), a canoe traditionally used by the Polynesians to travel across the Pacific Ocean. The Va&rsquo;a is not just a means of transportation&nbsp;&mdash; it&rsquo;s a way to connect with other cultures while learning to live in harmony with nature.</p><p>Conservation International works with the <a href="https://gaualofa.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Samo ..read more
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