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Fatal Fences Are Decimating Nature

Scientists have long known that isolation is a killer of nature. Organisms must be connected to others of their species – to maintain viable populations. Such connectivity allows species to limit inbreeding, maintain genetic diversity, withstand random demographic fluctuations, and recolonize areas from which they have gone locally extinct. Many species also...

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Can Conservation Corridors Save Nature?

Ecosystems are being rapidly fragmented as the human footprint spreads across the Earth.  ALERT’s Mason Campbell, from James Cook University in Australia, tells us about a key initiative that might help nature to survive the onslaught. Humans are quickly chopping up the natural world, isolating wildlife populations and making them more prone...

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Turbulent Times in the Amazon

Sometimes conservation controversies explode so fast in one place that it becomes almost white-hot. That’s what’s happening right now in the Amazon—with a cyclonic mix of good and bad news. We summarize here some of the key highlights. GOOD NEWS BIG NEW PARK First, Peru has just declared an expansive new national...

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Damming The Tropics Will Not Work

Dam.  Say it again.  Dam. That’s the sound of degraded wild rivers, devastated fish populations, planetary warming, and indigenous and local residents losing their homes and livelihoods.  Damn. While large-scale dams have long been touted as an environmentally friendly energy resource—as green—they are anything but. TROPICAL DAMS In the tropics, a slew...

Mining Madness In The Amazon

Mining Madness In The Amazon

Legal and illegal mining is veering out of control in the Amazon — imperiling not just surviving wild-lands but also national parks, protected areas, and indigenous peoples too.  Here, John Seed from the Rainforest Information Centre and ALERT member Philip Fearnside give us a glimpse of the ongoing onslaught in Ecuador and...

Why Do We Support Dumb Development?

Why Do We Support Dumb Development?

Many people argue that societies must exploit their land and natural resources to prosper. But even if you accept this, why are we supporting ‘dumb development’ — projects that destroy and pollute ecosystems while just losing money? In Malaysian Borneo, for example, research by Nicola Abrams and her colleagues has shown that...

Kenya Dams Will Ruin The Serengeti

Kenya Dams Will Ruin The Serengeti

The iconic Serengeti ecosystem of eastern Africa — until recently threatened by a major new highway — is being imperiled again.  Here, three eminent Serengeti authorities —  senior staffers Bakari Mnaya and Mtango Mtahiko from Tanzania National Parks, and Eric Wolanski from James Cook University — tell us how proposed dams on...

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