Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Biodiversity Exploring the vital connections between nature's well-being and our own. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:18:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 6 species ‘friendships’ that keep our planet healthy Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:35:59 +0000 The diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema) found only in the rainforest of Madagascar, enjoys sun bathing and can leap 30 feet in one bound. Lemurs are vital to spreading seeds through the forest and are thus natural planters key to ecosystem health. CI has, with partners, successfully reintroduced these lemurs back into rainforest regions from which they had previously disappeared.To celebrate the U.N.’s International Day of Friendship, a look at how some species work together to keep ecosystems running smoothly.]]> 0 5 things you didn’t know about wildlife trafficking Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000 tiger in IndiaAs the future of our planet's most iconic species is called into question, policymakers are struggling to turn the tide before it’s too late.]]> 6 Wildlife trafficking: A threat to your security Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:15:00 +0000 elephants, KenyaThe illegal wildlife trade affects you more than you thought. Here's how you can help stop it. ]]> 0 Beating the heat: 5 species that are cooler than you are Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:26:41 +0000 Termite moundsAs the weather heats up, humans can learn a thing or two from nature about how to stay cool.]]> 0 Saving a shipwreck to save a village Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 USAT Liberty shipwreck, Bali, IndonesiaOne of Bali's most popular dive sites is important for fish — and for local communities. Here's how we're helping to protect it.]]> 0 Whale shark ‘bling’ could unlock mysteries of giants of the deep Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:14:00 +0000 1 Arnaz the remoraTechnological advances are bringing us closer to understanding the world's largest fish. ]]> 8 Under pressure, an ‘alien’ world reveals secrets — and warning signs Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:31:36 +0000 The deep-sea frill shark is rarely seen by humans. Eel-like in shape, this species can measure 6 feet long and eat things that are more than half of its body length. (© Mario Sánchez Bueno)Ocean scientist Greg Stone takes us 18,000 feet under the sea. ]]> 1 For a week, swim with the sharks Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:13:31 +0000 Whale shark in Cendrawasih Bay in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat archipelago. © Burt Jones and Maurine ShimlockOn tap for Shark Week: CI hits the open seas for new insights on how to protect sharks.]]> 0 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. ]]> 2