Protected areas vulnerable to growing emphasis on food security

The image of a female Asian elephant in a tea plantation on the fringes of KazirangaNational Park in India, bordering the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, exemplifiespotential impacts to endangered species conservation in cropland-impacted parks. The elephant in the image is mock charging at rescuers extracting her calf from a trench at the edge of thefield. […]

Study shows how network of marine protected areas could help safeguard Antarctic penguins

New research led by BirdLife International, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and British Antarctic Survey highlights how a proposed network of marine protected areas could help safeguard some of the most important areas at sea for breeding Antarctic penguins. The findings, published today in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, show that if all […]

Hiking guides as a bridge leading to increased tourism sustainability in protected areas

Landscape view of old-growth forests in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park. Credit: Gianluca Piovesan A multidisciplinary survey focusing on the role ecotourism has in sustainable development, led by the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy) and published in Ecology and Society, reveals the great potential that hiking guides have in conveying principles of sustainability to tourists. […]

Protected Areas Are Not Safe from Climate Change

Approximately 15% of the world’s land is designated as protected areas to conserve our planet’s biodiversity. Currently, there are over 240,000 such protected areas. “These areas are more or less the backbone of biodiversity preservation on Earth, which is important for ecosystem functioning,” said Samuel Hoffmann, a postdoctoral researcher in biogeography at the […]

A new study has implications for how the world might be better protected against future volcano collapses — ScienceDaily

An international study led by Monash scientists has discovered how volcanoes experience stress. The study, published today in Scientific Reports, has implications for how the world might be better protected against future volcano collapses. Volcanic collapse is the worst-case scenario during volcanic crises. It can trigger dangerous tsunamis or devastating pyroclastic flows (for example Mount […]

All-female scientific coalition calls for marine protected area for Antarctica Peninsula

The participants of Homeward Bound Cohort 4, the largest all-female expedition to Antarctica. Credit: Will Rogan The Western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming places on earth. It is also home to threatened humpback and minke whales, chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies, leopard seals, killer whales, seabirds like skuas and giant petrels, […]

All-female scientific coalition calls for marine protected area for Antarctica Peninsula

IMAGE: The participants of Homeward Bound Cohort 4, the largest all-female expedition to Antarctica. view more  Credit: Will Rogan The Western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the fastest warming places on earth. It is also home to threatened humpback and minke whales, chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguin colonies, leopard seals, killer whales, seabirds like skuas and […]