If I’ve learned anything in my four years managing CI’s blog, it’s this: blog views can be unpredictable. Obviously good content is crucial, but sometimes a great post — one that’s interesting, timely and a unique source of information on an important issue — just doesn’t get the attention I’m hoping it will.
As a follow-up to last week’s list of our 10 most popular blogs of 2013, here are seven posts you may have missed this year — blogs that may give you a little more insight into the many ways in which the health of nature (or lack thereof) impacts all our lives.
1. In Samoa and Fiji, Natural Forests Help Limit Cyclone Damage Before Typhoon Haiyan, there was Cyclone Evan, which devastated several Pacific islands in late 2012. For Fiji, things might have been worse if the country’s forests hadn’t been as well preserved.
2. 4 Ways Dwindling Natural Resources Could Lead to Conflict From freshwater access to the link between overfishing and piracy, there’s a direct connection between the health of nature and global security.
3. Why Monkeys Matter: Q&A with Stephen Nash, Wildlife Artist Stephen Nash’s career as a scientific illustrator may seem obsolete in the modern world of photography, but his works continue to play an important role in documenting the planet’s primate species.
4. 5 Years Later, Peruvian Farmers Reveal New Attitudes Toward Forest Protection Margarita Mora is struck by how much has changed in Peru’s Alto Mayo region since her last visit.
5. Colombian Communities Shift From Sea Turtle Predators to Guardians How a conservation agreement has helped two Wayuu communities change the way they think about sea turtles.
6. 10 Indigenous Peoples’ Victories to Celebrate In honor of the 10th anniversary of CI’s Indigenous and Traditional Peoples Program, we share a few of the milestones with which we’ve been privileged to be involved.
7. Fighting Off the Desert in South Africa’s Succulent Karoo A sheep farmer’s daughter, Malinda Gardiner reflects on the challenges of herding on pastureland where “an acre lost to desertification is an acre virtually lost forever.”
Molly Bergen is the senior managing editor of Human Nature.