Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Oceans Exploring the vital connections between nature's well-being and our own. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:51:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Of Monterey and men: How a Great American author ushered in age of ecology Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000 sea otter, CaliforniaTide pools influenced the philosophy behind Steinbeck's best-known novels. They also changed the way people thought about nature. ]]> 2 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 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 Reconnecting with nature in the shadow of war Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Woman and her children in Timor-Leste. (© Conservation International/photo by Lynn Tang)After years of conflict, communities in Timor-Leste struggle to heal — and rebuild links to the ecosystems that sustain them. ]]> 0 Opportunity, calamity in the balance amid plans to mine the deep sea Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:26:59 +0000 A baby octopus (graneledone verrucosa) moves across the seafloor as ROV Deep Discoverer explores Veatch Canyon during the Okeanos Explorer Northeast U.S. Canyons 2013 expedition.How seabed mining can be environmentally responsible: a CI expert explains.]]> 1 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 Ocean’s Seven: 7 ocean-themed books to read this summer Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000 sea lion asleep on sand, Galapagos IslandsCI staff share their favorite page-turners about our planet's largest biome.]]> 0