The Good News – March – First Edition

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the bad environmental news available left and right. That’s why I’ve decided to compile some links to recent good biodiversity news in this post. If all goes well, I hope to continue offering good news updates once a month. I not only offer links to genuinely good news, I also try to find the beauty in the news that makes us cringe. In the face of so many depressing reports, we need our hope to blossom.  … More The Good News – March – First Edition

3 Key Biodiversity Insights from Vandana Shiva’s Biopiracy

Vandana Shiva, a prominent scientist, activist, and feminist, has profoundly shifted my thinking about the preservation of biodiversity recently. Thanks to her book, Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge, published in 1997, I now see how patent protections negatively impact biologically diverse regions of the world when they support the competitive and monopolizing ownership of seeds, medicinal plants, agricultural crops, and other biological agents by multinational corporations. These patents promote private ownership over natural resources in a way that systemically prevents biodiversity preservation through the traditional use of the land by women, indigenous people, and farmers in the Third World.  … More 3 Key Biodiversity Insights from Vandana Shiva’s Biopiracy

Record and understand local biodiversity with iNaturalist app

I feel a stranger here, not just to the culture, but also to the living creatures around me. I want to learn their names. I wish to live a life like the naturalists Thoreau or Nabokov who spent time chasing streams or butterflies when they weren’t writing. I want to spend time walking, collecting, and observing. On top of that, I want to have an archive of my journeys, too. It may sound like a lot to ask for, but I’ve recently come across an app called iNaturalist that will help me with all of this. … More Record and understand local biodiversity with iNaturalist app

Palm Oil’s Threat to Biodiversity in Indonesia

The path toward extinction for much of Indonesia’s biologically diverse and exquisitely unique multitude of mammals, birds, and flora appears likely, if not inevitable. Indonesia has found itself in a double bind because of its own poverty and need for global investment paired with the global demand for the production of an extremely versatile commodity: palm oil. … More Palm Oil’s Threat to Biodiversity in Indonesia

Turkey: A Blindspot of Biodiversity

As a current resident of Turkey, this post is about how I began to see the country for what it is; a haven of biodiversity trapped in a political inferno for biodiversity support. It’s a place of natural history in which the lives of people and the lives of animals have intertwined throughout the centuries in legends. But today, it’s a place where residents don’t even know their own wealth–six years ago only 1.3% of the population considered environmental problems a main concern. Turkey is a place of blindness.  … More Turkey: A Blindspot of Biodiversity

In-situ and Ex-situ: Conservation Frenemies

In-situ and ex-situ conservation methods should not be considered equivalent strategies for protecting plant biodiversity. We must ensure for in-situ conservation (land preservation). This is especially true for biological hotspots. Ex-situ conservation (botanical gardens, gene and seed banks, or cryogenic preservation) can only supplement the rich genetic diversity that evolves in intact, wild ecosystems. … More In-situ and Ex-situ: Conservation Frenemies