A surprising win-win: Intensive vanilla farming and biodiversity conservation

Read the full story at Anthropocene Magazine.

Vanilla farms help boost the number of species found on land previously cleared for agriculture in Madagascar, scientists find.

New database to support conservation

Read the full story from Newcastle University.

Scientists have created a new tool to fill the large gaps in our understanding of where and how human activities threaten wild species around the world.

Gone for thousands of years, wild bison return to the UK

Read the full story at e360.

Wild bison, absent from the United Kingdom for thousands of years, are being reintroduced to a forest near Canterbury, England to help restore the woods to their natural state.

The Wilder Blean project, a partnership of Wildwood Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust, is returning bison to the West Blean and Thornden Woods, a forest dominated by just a few species, namely pines from commercial tree plantations dating back to the 1970s. The bison will knock down trees and trample over shrubs, creating space for new plants to take hold. A greater diversity of flora will attract new insects, birds, and reptiles, and will also help the woods store more carbon, conservationists say.

Once nearly extinct, bison are now climate heroes

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Indigenous tribes are leading the effort to bring back the bison — a victory not only for the sake of biodiversity, but for the entire ecosystem they nurture

Biodiversity crisis affects billions who rely on wild species, researchers say

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The latest global assessment of the decline in plant and animal life found some bright spots but recommended significant changes to hunting and other practices to address the risks.

Experts predict top emerging impacts on ocean biodiversity over next decade

Read the full story from the University of Cambridge.

Lithium extraction from the deep sea, overfishing of deeper-water species, and the unexpected ocean impacts of wildfires on land are among fifteen issues experts warn we ought to be addressing now.

Could human pee be the key to saving seagrass?

Read the full story at Hakai Magazine.

Treating wastewater creates struvite—a nutrient-rich crystal that might just be the key to bolstering struggling seagrass beds.

Improved biodiversity data, standards needed as investment ops grow

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Biodiversity is increasingly becoming a priority for investors as they study the impacts of a company’s nature-related impacts, even as standards on such information are lacking, according to a report from Moody’s.

A warming climate decreases microbial diversity

Read the full story from the University of Oklahoma.

Researchers conducted an eight-year experiment that found that climate warming played a predominant role in shaping microbial biodiversity, with significant negative effect.

The uncomfortable relationship between business and biodiversity: Advancing research on business strategies for biodiversity protection

Panwar, R., Ober, H., & Pinkse, J. (2022). “The uncomfortable relationship between business and biodiversity: Advancing research on business strategies for biodiversity protection.” Business Strategy and the Environment, 1– 13. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.3139

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to stimulate research on business strategies for biodiversity protection. To that end, we first dispel a common misperception among business scholars that biodiversity loss is caused by only a few industries, clarifying that it is driven by practically all. Further, we organize corporate biodiversity protection strategies into four categories based on temporal and spatial dimensions, namely, conservation, restoration, compensation, and reparation. Finally, we illustrate the unsettled nature of the field and the continuing debates among conservation biologists about the best approaches to biodiversity management. We argue that (i) a firm’s biodiversity protection strategy should aim to mitigate the primary driver through which the firm causes biodiversity loss; (ii) firms should report performance in each of the four biodiversity protection strategies separately; and (iii) interdisciplinary collaborations among corporate sustainability scholars and conservation biologists are critical to developing effective biodiversity protection strategies.