TAKING ON RIO TINTO

— mongolia, one of the least densely populated countries on earth, has only 1.9 people per sq km. once ruled by warlord genghis khan, its population consists mainly of herders living in traditional “gers” – circular white, yurt-like structures, that infrequently dot the desert landscape, surrounded by sheep, goats, camels and horses. displaced from their land by multinational mining companies, nomadic herders defied the odds to preserve their heritage for future generations read : an example to all

EMPTY FOREST SYNDROME

— in fact, hundreds of new-to-science species of plants and animals have been discovered in vietnam during the last three decades, and more are recorded each year. the antelope-like saola, for example. its gentle, streaked face looks as if it has just escaped from a jungle-dream painting by henri rousseau. heralded as “the last unicorn” for its rarity, the saola is the largest land-dwelling animal discovered anywhere since 1937. a small herd of long-lost rhinos, a barking deer and a striped rabbit have also turned up. so has a giant, 21-inch-long walking-stick insect, and many kinds of birds — laughing…

A MYRIAD OF WAYS

— the organic act of 1916 specifies that the national park system’s mission “is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein.” read : sea supports national parks in conservation mission

CARNAGE

— the study’s authors hope that the new research will act as a call to arms against the pandemic. read : amphibian ‘apocalypse’ caused by destructive pathogen

IN PLAIN SIGHT

— since then, governments have favoured what is known as a conservation advice, a weaker document that ministers only have to consider before making a decision about an environmental approval read : environment department doesn’t know if threatened species plans implemented

LEGAL FIGHTING EARN RELENT

— a crucial pollinator of crops such as cherries and plums, the rusty patched bumble bee has vanished from 90% of its historic range due to use of pesticides and habitat loss. the trump administration put on hold a plan to protect the bee before finally relenting following a legal fight read : five species under threat in the age of trump

CANNY LOVE

— they will shut down and not breed, as the environment and outward cues are telling them that conditions are not ideal or safe to expend all the energy it takes to raise a chick, any changes the cranes will pick up on right away, males wanting to have a safe place to do their mating dance to the females.” read : calgary zoo wildlife sanctuary 

PROLONGED BULL BISON PROCESS

— assiniboine & sioux tribes officials reached a deal with usda that would allow the transport of bull bison from the yellowstone ecosystem to fort peck reservation. read : yellowstone bison agreement reached

TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

— the international union for conservation of nature’s red list of threatened species, which inventories threatened species and serves as a tool to prioritize species for conservation action, has so far assessed less than 10 percent of the more than 390,000 recognized plant species. as comparison, it has assessed all recognized bird and mammal species. read : could machine learning be the key to better plant conservation?

PROGRESS FOR BIG INDICATORS

— fin whales, once hunted to the brink of extinction, have been upgraded from endangered to vulnerable, according to a report published this week by the international union for the conservation of nature (iucn). read : fin whales removed from global list of endangered species more: fin whales back from brink of extinction thanks to conservation efforts more : scientists count whales from space

WHAT SPECIES ARE IRRECOVERABLE IS HIGHLY POLITICAL

— faced with limited funding, conservation managers face the conundrum of how to allocate inadequate resources to recover as many species as possible. that’s why a team of scientists and researchers from arizona state university, along with the u.s. fish and wildlife service, developed the data tool, called recovery explorer. it compares potential outcomes based on investment amounts and recovery strategies. read : digital tool could help the U.S. save more endangered species

— WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

— “we packaged the product as a responsive web application. the product is currently being developed by IUCN for release later in the year”.   the modern human team comes from diverse backgrounds in anthropology, psychology and behavioural sciences; architecture, product design, service design, interaction design and interior design; data science, technology and business management. read more : redesigning the biggest list of endangered species in the world