Positive Conservation News - March 2019

March 31, 2019

It's time once again for our monthly dose of positive conservation news from around the world, with a lot of conservation successes, including an EU wide ban on a bee harming pesticide and the creation of a huge Marine Protected Area around Ascension Island. Read on to find out what else happened this month!

Why are insects in danger and how can we help?

March 21, 2019

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. 
- E.O. Wilson 

It has been hard to read the news lately without hearing about impending catastrophe facing the planet as a result of declining insect numbers the world over. Habitat fragmentation, overuse of pesticides, pollution, global warming, and other pressures could apparently lead to the disappearance of insects within the next 100 years, and along with them would go the vital services which they provide humanity, our 'life support systems'

So how alarmed should we be, and what can we do about it? Read on to find out the facts behind the headlines and what you can do in your lives to help out our struggling insects. 

World Wildlife Day 2019 'Life Below Water' : How To Help Our Oceans

March 03, 2019

March 3rd was designated as World Wildlife Day by the UN in 2013 as an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's diverse array of fauna and flora. The theme for 2019 is 'Life below water: for people and planet' and is the first year to focus on marine life

Oceans provide us with 50% of the oxygen we breathe and stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than the atmosphere. They regulate the Earth's climate and weather by transporting warm water from the equator to the poles and vice versa. Research states that blue spaces reduce psychological stress and improve our moods, even more than green spaces do. Entering the water can calm us by reducing our heart rate and sending blood to the brain and heart. This is known as the mammalian diving reflex. Almost 200,000 ocean dwelling species have been identified, but this number could in reality be closer to a million. The ocean deserves to be celebrated and protected, for the sake of the marine species that depend on it and the future generations of humans who should benefit from it.
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