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April 21-23, 2017

What's Working in Conservation

Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution in the area of global conservation with an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media.

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The global conservation movement has reached a turning point. We have documented the fast pace of habitat loss, the growing number of endangered and extinct species, and the increasing speed of global climate change. Yet while the seriousness of these threats cannot be denied, there are a growing number of examples of improvements in the health of species and ecosystems, along with benefits to human well-being, thanks to our conservation actions. Earth Optimism is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability.

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Small Plastics with Large Consequences

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Earth Optimism Summit Announces Student Video Competition

February 2, 2017

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Earth Optimism: "What's Working in Conservation"

February 1, 2017

The global conservation movement has reached a turning point. more

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Endangered No Longer: The Giant Panda's Remarkable Recovery

January 25, 2017

The lovable Giant Panda, as of 2016, is no longer considered an endangered species. more

Photo by Bert van Dijk

India's New Green Machine

January 13, 2017

India's unveiling of their new solar power plant might tackle widespread electrical issues across the ... more

Aquaculture Comes Full Circle

November 21, 2016

Until recently we were farmers on land and hunter-gatherers at sea, but how we get ... more

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The Remarkable Comeback of Przewalski's Horse

The Remarkable Comeback of Przewalski's Horse

December, 2016

Once nearly extinct, the population of these wild horses has rebounded on the dusty steppes ... more

Rare Afghan Deer Endures Two Major Wars, Is Ultimate Survivor

Rare Afghan Deer Endures Two Major Wars, Is Ultimate Survivor

August 15, 2016

Researchers feared the endangered ungulate had gone locally extinct. The Bactrian deer proved them wrong more

Rare Wolf or Common Coyote? It Shouldn't Matter, But It Does

Rare Wolf or Common Coyote? It Shouldn't Matter, But It Does

August 3, 2016

The concept of species is flawed, but it still has a huge bearing on conservation ... more

Behind the Scenes at the National Zoo With the World’s Most Dangerous Bird

Behind the Scenes at the National Zoo With the World’s Most Dangerous Bird

October 7, 2016

The zoo's cassowary “still has that mysterious aura about her—that prehistoric, dinosaur-walking-through-the-rainforest-quality." more

Ever Heard of the Bontebok? It’s an African Animal Humans Nearly Destroyed, Then Saved

Ever Heard of the Bontebok? It’s an African Animal Humans Nearly Destroyed, Then Saved

July 10, 2015

Part of this conservation success story relies on the bontebok’s inability to jump more

China Has Banned the Ivory Trade

China Has Banned the Ivory Trade

December 30, 2016

By the end of 2017, the world’s largest ivory market will be closed more

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