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E.O. Wilson’s last dream

In January 2017, I played telephone tag with E.O. Wilson. Routinely compared to Darwin (‘a modern-day Darwin’ or ‘Darwin’s natural-heir’ among others) E.O. Wilson is renowned for his work on…

Conservation deaths in 2021

This list acknowledges some of the deaths in 2021 that are significant to the broader conservation community. Did we miss a death that occurred in 2021 that's notable in conservation?…

Notable deaths in conservation in 2020

It is impossible to capture all of 2020's losses between the global pandemic, the impacts of natural disasters often exacerbated by human activities, and the atrocities committed against environmental defenders.…

Climate change claims a snail

Goodbye to a snail. The Aldabra banded snail (Rachistia aldabrae), a rare and poorly known species found only on Aldabra atoll in the Indian Ocean, has apparently gone extinct due…

Goodbye to the Baiji

Obituary for the Baiji: Chinese river dolphin declared extinct Baiji After a short illness spurred by pollution, overfishing, boat traffic, and obstructions like dams, the Baiji was declared "functionally extinct"…