Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Biodiversity Exploring the vital connections between nature's well-being and our own. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:58:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Making the Links: June 2015 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:58:53 +0000 A palm oil plantation in North Sumatra, Indonesia. A ban on trans fats could lead to an increase in demand for palm oil. (© Tory Read)How shark attacks, the trans fat ban and other news stories reflect the links between people and nature. ]]> 1 Species success stories offer glimmer of hope amid extinction crisis Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Iberian lynx cubs in Spain. Thanks to a combination of conservation efforts, the species tripled its population in 10 years, enough of an increase to lower its threat status from Critically Endangered to Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (© PROGRAMA DE CONSERVACIÓN EX-SITU DEL LINCE IBÉRICO)New IUCN data indicates serious species declines — but there are some bright spots. ]]> 1 Dispatch from Atauro: Search for Species Raises More Questions Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Timor-Leste RAP team on boatWhen it comes to species research on this small Timor-Leste island, this expedition was just the beginning. ]]> 0 In Age of Upheaval, World Heritage Sites Offer Model for Conservation Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:39:53 +0000 A family of gorillas in Virunga National Park © CI/ photo by John MartinIf we fail to conserve World Heritage Sites, how can there be any hope that we can save the rest of our natural world?]]> 1 Dispatch from Atauro: Night Hikes, Bat Caves and a Trove of New Species Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:33:59 +0000 This unidentified species of shrew is the first shrew ever recorded on Atauro Island, an unexpected discovery for the CI team. Only one other shrew had ever been found in all of Timor-Leste in the last century. (© Conservation International/photo by David Emmett)A CI expedition finds a trove of unexpected discoveries — and more reasons to protect nature at a potential tourist destination.]]> 0 Making the Links: May 2015 Fri, 29 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Mexico City. Local Market in Mexico City where you can buy local produce.How food waste, the Mediterranean migrant crisis and other topics in the news reveal the ties between people and nature. ]]> 0 Dispatch from Atauro: On Arid Island, Life Hinges on Forest Tue, 26 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000 CI team in forest of Atauro Island, Timor-LesteSearch for species continues in a place where life subsists precariously on a trickle of water.]]> 2 On a Tiny Island, Searching for a Spitting Cobra Fri, 22 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000 sunset, Atauro Island, Timor-LesteA special CI series: A fascinating speck of an island off Timor-Leste has never been formally studied — until now.]]> 0 Why Do We Need Species? Fighting Climate Change, for One Mon, 18 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000 common dwarf salamander, GuatemalaEvery day we learn more about just how crucial species are for human well-being. ]]> 7 Unlocking the Mystery of the Manta — Via Satellite Thu, 14 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000 (© Conservation International/photo by Mark Erdmann)The more we learn about mantas, the better we can protect them — and the people they benefit.]]> 3