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  • 23 Nov 2023
    Bertie J. Weddell

    Exploring the Three P’s of Conservation: Products, Protection, and Processes

    Conservation in the Context of a Changing World: Concepts, Strategies, and Evidence Many issues in contemporary conservation provoke strong responses. Rewilding, mother trees, megafaunal extinctions, bioprospecting, the rights of nature, and other polarizing issues elicit intense reactions. In Conservation in the Context of a Changing World: Concepts, Strategies, and Evidence, I provide historical, ecological, and […]

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  • 31 Jan 2022
    Dennis Denisoff

    Why did Americans envision Oscar Wilde as a mushroom?

    Why, in 1882, did Harper’s Weekly publish a cartoon by Thomas Nast depicting Oscar Wilde as a mushroom? The question is one that marks the crucial influence of British decadence on the shape of modern ecological thought. The spores of this story appear as early as 1871, when critic Thomas Maitland (aka Robert Buchanan) turned […]

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  • 10 Dec 2021
    Julian Caldecott

    International Mountain Day, 11 Dec 2021

    On this day we consider mountain ecosystems, peoples, wild species, water and weather, and salute their vital role in sustaining life and livelihoods. We also renew our commitment to saving montane environments from the casual abuses of lowland power and ignorance

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  • 21 May 2021
    Adrian C. Newton

    Are the world’s ecosystems about to collapse?

    In 2016, a major environmental crisis occurred: much of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef bleached and died. The Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world, home to thousands of species, which together create a dazzling array of colour and movement. So to see the Reef suffer in this way is a genuine […]

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  • 10 Feb 2021
    Vincenzo Penteriani, Mario Melletti

    Climate change and bears: The case of polar bear and giant panda

    The effects of climate change on ecological processes and biodiversity is globally recognized. The main causes of this change are the anthropogenic gas emissions. If the current level of emission continues, several studies predict an increase of global temperatures from 3.7 to 4.8°C by 2100. Global mean temperature rose about 0.8 °C between 1880-2012, resulting […]

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  • 13 Jan 2021
    Vincenzo Penteriani, Mario Melletti

    Bear attacks on humans: a global perspective

    The media and scientific literature are increasingly reporting an escalation of large carnivore attacks on humans, mainly in the so-called developed countries, such as Europe and North America. Although large carnivore populations have generally increased in developed countries, increased numbers are not solely responsible for the observed rise in the number of attacks. For example, […]

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  • 25 Nov 2020
    Vincenzo Penteriani, Mario Melletti

    The Relationship between Bears and Humans

    The relationship between bears and humans dates back tens of thousands of years, during which time we have competed with bears for shelter and food. Our strong link with bears is attested to by the Neanderthal burial of ‘Le Regourdou’, in France, where the skeleton of a Neanderthal in a foetal position was found under […]

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  • 11 Nov 2020
    Vincenzo Penteriani, Mario Melletti

    Bears of the World: Why is this Book Needed?

    Bears of the World was born from the idea of two friends who were wondering about the lack in the scientific literature of a book on all the species of the bears of our planet. This book demonstrates why the study of human-bear interactions, and stakeholder perception and involvement, are crucial for bear conservation and […]

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