In many ways, it’s been a rough year for good news. 2014 saw the rise of ISIS, a resurgence of Ebola and increasing tensions between police and protestors across the globe, among other occurrences that seem to show the world at its worst.
Yet in times like this, it’s even more important to remember the positive stories, the ones that give us hope that things can and will get better. As I took a look back at Human Nature’s most-read blogs of the past year, most of these posts are strong conveyors of that message, reminding us that protecting nature is the key to our prosperity both now and in the future.
In case you missed them or want to revisit a favorite story, here are CI’s 10 most popular blog posts of 2014.
Mark Erdmann explains how the economics of ecotourism factored into the Indonesian government’s decision to award full protection to manta rays in the country’s waters.
According to John Buchanan, the cultivation of palm oil itself isn’t the problem — it’s where and how it’s grown that we need to change.
Will Turner shares a personal story to illustrate just how closely tied intact ecosystems are with human health.
In this Q&A, Jean-Christophe LeFeuvre gives his reaction to this milestone in marine conservation.
Elizabeth Selig spotlights new data on where marine life is the most and least threatened by human activities.
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Kevin Connor counts down a few inspiring stories of conservation from American history.
Then-CI President (and now Executive Vice Chair) Russ Mittermeier shares his optimism about movement toward a more sustainable economy in a country that Mittermeier has visited over 80 times in 30 years.
Fabio Scarano explains that despite new data showing that climate change impacts could be worse than we thought, we’ve reached a better understanding of the most effective ways to fight back.
Photographers, filmmakers and marine conservationists Shawn Heinrichs and John Weller share the motivation behind their new film about the communities supporting ocean protection in a remote Indonesian archipelago — as well as some of their inspiring images.
Molly Bergen is the senior managing editor of Human Nature.