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Biodiversity on Organic Farms in Telangana, India

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Most commercial agriculture around the world comes in the form of monocultures, where whole fields are devoted to a single plant. Monocultures are stark landscapes, built around the logic of factories…

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- Feb 14, 2017
Anthro versus Ecocentric Conservation Perspectives: An Academic Comparison

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Conservation is most often discussed from two main ethical standpoints: the preservation of natural resources for human use (an anthropocentric position that supports biodiversity protection for the well-being…

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- Feb 09, 2017
Letter from the President

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It has been almost eight years since the conservation-media magazine Voices for Biodiversity was born. The changes that have occurred over these years, both for the world and for Voices for Biodiversity,…

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- Jan 26, 2017
The Last Unicorn: William deBuy's Search for the Elusive Saola

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The Last Unicorn taps into a primal human instinct — the search for pure and innocent beauty. This quest has captured our attention for hundreds of years, and is perhaps the reason unicorns are ubiquitous…

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- Nov 29, 2016
Bird Conservation in Colombia’s Andean Forests

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I wake up at 4:30 a.m. in my tent and go out to admire the dark, cloud-covered forest. I meet with my team of locals to warm up and discuss our plan of action. Over a nice cup of Colombian coffee, we sit…

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- May 08, 2016
Loktak Lake: The World’s Only Floating Lake

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Picture a lake where massive landmasses covered in shaggy green vegetation naturally generate over its surface. They have no base, yet still become so dense that they can bear not only the load of occupants,…

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- Jan 27, 2016
The Economic Value of Nature

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In recent years there has been an effort to determine the economic value of nature by national governments and international committees. Although this utilitarian view applied to the complexity of nature…

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- Feb 01, 2015
A Brief Biodiversity Explainer

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You have probably read a lot of articles that mention biodiversity, but sometimes it can be unclear exactly what biodiversity is and how biodiversity loss impacts your life. As we enter the new year, here…

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- Feb 07, 2013
Rat Island

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The battles of island conservation come to life in Will Stolzenburg’s riveting tale. He recounts the efforts of determined conservationists to bring scores of wildlife back from the brink of extinction…

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- May 14, 2012
Ethnobotany and Ethnocide: an interview with Wade Davis

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Loss of biodiversity and cultural diversity are inextricably linked in a developing world. While genocide is widely condemned, ethnocide – the complete destruction of entire cultures – is tacitly accepted…

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- May 07, 2012
Q&A with Luke Dollar

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Luke Dollar, a conservation biologist whose work on the fossa in Madagascar has revealed much about an otherwise esoteric species, speaks about the importance of involving people in conservation, his research…

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- Apr 30, 2012
Searching for the Fossa

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Voices for Biodiversity’s Julia Osterman takes readers on a journey to the mysterious island of Madagascar, where she spent time researching the rare fossa, the largest native predator on the island. Julia…

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- Apr 16, 2012