Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Biodiversity Exploring the vital connections between nature's well-being and our own. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:50:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 When We Explore the Deep Sea, We are Exploring for Our Own Survival Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:48:59 +0000 A diver explores the sea grass bed in Honduras. (© Joanne-Weston)In 1953, on the heels of a discovery of a second coelacanth specimen in the Comoros Islands off Madagascar’s coast, J.L.B. Smith, the man who described the species, wrote in the Times of London: “We have in the past assumed that we have mastery not only of the land but of the sea… We have not. Life goes on there just as it did from the beginning. Man’s influence is as yet but a passing shadow. This discovery means that we may find other fishlike creatures, supposedly extinct still living in the sea.” Unlike the coelacanth, which was thought to have gone extinct, we have known for centuries that giant squid have existed in our oceans’ depths. But unable to observe them alive in their deep sea home, we have understood very little about how they live, where they live and how they behave. That is, until 2012, when Drs. Edith Widder, Steve O'Shea and Tsunemi Kobodera filmedthe elusive and mysterious giant in its natural deep-sea habitat for the first time — a landmark moment in ocean exploration and an example of how technology and ingenuity can overcome the monumental challenges we face in exploring the deep. But it is a drop in the vast ocean-sized bucket of amazing discoveries waiting to be found.]]> 0 Exploring Gender Roles in Africa’s Largest Rainforest Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 With Madam Odette_croppedWithout understanding who uses what resources, a conservation project can easily fail to benefit local people. ]]> 1 4 American Conservation Stories to Celebrate Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 bald eagle, AlaskaOn the Fourth of July, here are four monumental conservation efforts to be proud of.]]> 2 In Cambodian Riverside Villages, New Attitudes toward Turtles Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 releasing turtle hatchlings into Mekong RiverSarith is one of dozens of villagers who have gone from being hunters to guardians of this unusual species. ]]> 0 Big Things Come in Small Climates Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:52:00 +0000 tree in field, CambodiaFor years, climate scientists ignored small patches of vegetation — yet they held a big secret.]]> 0 Indigenous Knowledge Could Help Rescue New Caledonia’s ‘Millennium Trees’ Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 measuring young kauri trees, New CaledoniaThe Mount Panié kauri is disappearing, posing a major threat to the ecosystems and culture tied to it. ]]> 1 How I Rediscovered the World Cup Mascot in the Wild Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:15:00 +0000 armadillo thumbnailSeveral attempts to rediscover the armadillo in nature had failed. I was the lucky one.]]> 0 The Guardians of Raja Ampat: Community-Driven Conservation in Indonesia Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 children and giant clam shell, Raja Ampat, IndonesiaWe came to hear stories of marine protection from those making it happen: the local people.]]> 3 Measuring What Matters: Acknowledging Nature’s Role in the Global Economy Thu, 22 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Waterfall, MadagascarTo determine the true wealth of countries, we need to move beyond GDP. ]]> 1 Mountain Bull, Legendary Kenyan Elephant, Found Dead Fri, 16 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 elephant, South AfricaThe wildlife poaching crisis claims another victim.]]> 1