Wildlife is in peril, but that doesn’t mean conservation has failed

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: April 22

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: Washington, DC

Publisher: Vox Media

Author(s): Benji Jones

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A chat with journalist Michelle Nijhuis about her new book Beloved Beasts on the history of the modern conservation movement.

You don’t have to look far to find signs that wildlife is in peril. And most of the news stories about it these days follow a predictable formula: Species are going extinct and, in most cases, humans are to blame.

To be clear, that’s true, and there’s every reason to be alarmed. A report from September, for example, found that the populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish have declined by almost 70 percent, on average, since 1970. Another finds that 1 million species are threatened with extinction.

But what those stunning numbers — and the headlines they inspire — tend to obscure is the more hopeful stories of success in conservation. Though they may be harder to find, there are many.

Read the full article here.

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