Human Nature - Conservation International Blog Exploring the vital connections between nature's well-being and our own. Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:13:31 +0000 en-US hourly 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 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 Village takes bold step to save fishery — with help from goats Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000 woman walking on beach, Ambodivahibe, MadagascarIn northernmost Madagascar, fishermen exponentially increased their fish catch in six years. Here's how. ]]> 2 Pope Francis reminds us: Protect our home Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Pope FrancisCould the Pope's new environmental encyclical mark a turning point in how we care for the Earth? ]]> 3 Connections and contradictions grow in Mexico’s ‘Water Forest’ Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000 SONY DSCMexico City needs this forest -- but do we know how to save it?]]> 4 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 6 Signs of Hope For Our Blue World Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000 green sea turtle, Abrolhos, BrazilOur oceans are in trouble — but new developments show there are signs of hope if we act soon. ]]> 4 As Oceans Warm, Hazards and Hope for Coral Reefs Fri, 05 Jun 2015 17:34:21 +0000 (© Lasti Kurnia/Marine Photobank)A remote strand of Pacific islands represents an “experiment” in how coral reefs can recover from widespread bleaching.]]> 1