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A response to “On public interest in conservation and internet data”

Gold and sand mining near Mandor, West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

Gold and sand mining near Mandor, West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

  • This post is a response to “On public interest in conservation and internet data (commentary)”, which was published on Mongabay on July 15, 2019.
  • This text was published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

In their letter, Correia and colleagues raise two issues about our original article (Burivalova et al. 2018). Their first point questions the proposition that a growth in absolute search volume reflects an increase in public interest. We fully agree that this is unlikely to be a straightforward relationship: it would be affected by disparities in internet access, different reasons for searching the internet, and so forth.

See the full response in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.