Links to share – Conservation Edition

Welp, this is bad news: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/mar/10/earths-oceans-are-warming-13-faster-than-thought-and-accelerating?CMP=fb_gu

Super tuskers are elephants whose tusks weigh more than 50 kg each (or touch the ground), they are getting preeeettty rare because ivory is worth between 1,500 and 2,000$ per kilo. We just lost another one in Tsavo not long ago: https://www.yahoo.com/news/poachers-kill-rare-giant-elephant-kenya-152539665.html

Another story about hunting a super tusker: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-03-08-timbavati-risks-tourist-backlash-to-hunt-a-super-tusker/#

There’s a very good Radiolab episode on legally hunting charismatic megafauna and its role in conservation: http://www.radiolab.org/story/rhino-hunter/

In Mozambique, the elephants have evolved to become tuskless because of all the poaching, which generates a weird mix of awe and sadness in me. https://www.awf.org/blog/going-tuskless

How Americans think about climate change…this combines my ridiculous passion for maps with interesting data: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/03/21/climate/how-americans-think-about-climate-change-in-six-maps.html?_r=2

An excellent article on the nuanced costs and benefits of organic agriculture…and our uncertainty about them:http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/3/e1602638.full

A night parrot was photographed in 2013… It was the first time there had been concrete evidence of one since the 1880s…and of course there’s a controversy as wealthy birders attempt to flock* to the sight*, and as less wealthy birders are excluded: http://sunshinecoastbirds.blogspot.ie/2017/03/cash-for-night-parrot.html

Interview with my bestie, Sam, on the first bee to be put on the endangered species list: http://www.wnyc.org/story/buzz-over-bumblebees/

How aquarium trade affects reef conservation: https://thefisheriesblog.com/2017/03/27/marine-aquarium-trade/

*Pun intended

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