Saving the Iberian Lynx

We’ve already seen how invasive species, introduced into ecosystems by humans, pushed the kakapo and black robin to the edge of extinction in New Zealand. We’ve seen how the destruction of tropic rainforest for palm oil cultivation is endangering orang-utans, tigers, elephants and other fauna in Malaysia and Indonesia. Through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,…

All Things Pangolin

In case you didn’t know, 18 February 2017 was World Pangolin Day.  But what are pangolins? And why do they get a whole day all to themselves? To find out, I made my way to the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) seminar – “Saving Pangolins: Earth’s Most Trafficked Wild Mammals”. Here’s the speakers: From right to…

Monday’s Conservation Success Story

For the first of The PBD’s “Conservation Success Stories”, we head 12,000 miles from the UK, to New Zealand. The country is home to some of the world’s most remarkable birds – the kakapo, the kiwi, the takahē, the now-extinct moa. But this piece concerns one of New Zealand’s much smaller but no less endearing species…

How Can You Mitigate Palm Oil’s Environmental Impact?

Explosive growth in palm oil plantations in tropical regions is a real problem.  It’s not particularly new. Short-term economic policies pursued by Southeast Asian governments in the 1970s began the trend, and massive demand increases since then have reaped an environmental whirlwind.  Palm oil plantations now cover over 27 million hectares of the Earth’s surface….