Human Nature - Conservation International Blog http://blog.conservation.org Exploring the vital connections between nature's well-being and our own. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:35:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Once a Marine Protected Area Is Created, What Happens Next? http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/once-a-marine-protected-area-is-created-what-happens-next/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/once-a-marine-protected-area-is-created-what-happens-next/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20725 (© Conservation International/photo by Toby de Jong)In the Cook Islands, a former rugby star is working with rural villagers to shape the world’s second-largest MPA.]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/once-a-marine-protected-area-is-created-what-happens-next/feed/ 0 Local Efforts, Global Change: Sustainable Agriculture in South Africa http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/local-efforts-global-change-sustainable-agriculture-in-south-africa/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/local-efforts-global-change-sustainable-agriculture-in-south-africa/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:52:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20714 A flower field, Succulent KarooStretching from Namibia down the west coast of South Africa, the Succulent Karoo is a vast, semi-arid desert with sweeping]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/local-efforts-global-change-sustainable-agriculture-in-south-africa/feed/ 1 Conservation Tools: Satellites Sound Fire Alarm in Tropical Forests http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/conservation-tools-satellites-sound-fire-alarm-in-tropical-forests/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/conservation-tools-satellites-sound-fire-alarm-in-tropical-forests/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:50:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20671 A burning forest in Madagascar. (© Haroldo Castro)This is the latest post in Human Nature’s “Conservation Tools” blog series, which spotlights how cutting-edge technology is helping scientists]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/conservation-tools-satellites-sound-fire-alarm-in-tropical-forests/feed/ 1 When We Explore the Deep Sea, We are Exploring for Our Own Survival http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/when-we-explore-the-deep-sea-we-are-exploring-for-our-own-survival/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/when-we-explore-the-deep-sea-we-are-exploring-for-our-own-survival/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:48:59 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20685 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.]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/when-we-explore-the-deep-sea-we-are-exploring-for-our-own-survival/feed/ 0 8 Nature Books You Should Read This Summer http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/8-nature-books-you-should-read-this-summer/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/8-nature-books-you-should-read-this-summer/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:55:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20668 ghost crab, Costa RicaCI staff shares some of their favorite books about the natural world and humanity's role in it. ]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/8-nature-books-you-should-read-this-summer/feed/ 0 Urban Jungle: Restoring Rio’s Water Supply http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/urban-jungle-restoring-rios-water-supply/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/urban-jungle-restoring-rios-water-supply/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20657 Rio de Janeiro, BrazilOne reason to keep an eye on Rio after the World Cup? A new initiative to provide freshwater security for its people.]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/urban-jungle-restoring-rios-water-supply/feed/ 0 Exploring Gender Roles in Africa’s Largest Rainforest http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/exploring-gender-roles-in-africas-largest-rainforest/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/exploring-gender-roles-in-africas-largest-rainforest/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20643 With Madam Odette_croppedWithout understanding who uses what resources, a conservation project can easily fail to benefit local people. ]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/exploring-gender-roles-in-africas-largest-rainforest/feed/ 1 Gender + Conservation: A New Blog Series http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/gender-conservation-a-new-blog-series/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/gender-conservation-a-new-blog-series/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20634 woman in MadagascarMen and women use nature differently. How does this impact conservation efforts?]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/gender-conservation-a-new-blog-series/feed/ 2 4 American Conservation Stories to Celebrate http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/4-american-conservation-stories-to-celebrate/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/4-american-conservation-stories-to-celebrate/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20621 bald eagle, AlaskaOn the Fourth of July, here are four monumental conservation efforts to be proud of.]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/07/4-american-conservation-stories-to-celebrate/feed/ 2 In Cambodian Riverside Villages, New Attitudes toward Turtles http://blog.conservation.org/2014/06/in-cambodian-riverside-villages-new-attitudes-toward-turtles/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/06/in-cambodian-riverside-villages-new-attitudes-toward-turtles/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20607 releasing turtle hatchlings into Mekong RiverSarith is one of dozens of villagers who have gone from being hunters to guardians of this unusual species. ]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/06/in-cambodian-riverside-villages-new-attitudes-toward-turtles/feed/ 0