Environmental Round Up 6

A quick round up of some of the conservation and environmental stories this week:

1) A New Threat in the Serengeti to the World’s Greatest Animal Migration

A planned highway in the national park could interfere with the annual wildebeest migration and promote poaching.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/03/06/serengeti-wildebeest-migration-highway-poachers

 

2) How technology is taking conservation science to the next level.

Paraguay-based conservation project Para La Tierra are making the most of new tech to increase both environmental impact and reach. Founder Karina Atkinson explains

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/apr/02/how-technology-is-taking-conservation-science-to-the-next-level

 

3) ESPA Researcher wins 2015 Young Women in Conservation Biology Award

An Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)-funded research project has contributed to a top award for Julie Razafimanahaka, a researcher in the P4GES project. The Africa Section of the Society of Conservation Biology (SCB) created theYoung Women Conservation Biologists Award (YWCB) to recognize the achievements of young women in Africa who advance the discipline of conservation biology on the continent. The panel were impressed by Julie’s exemplary commitment and contribution to conservation in Madagascar and her growth from volunteer researcher to director of Madagasikara Voakajy in less than one decade.

http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2015-03/62567

 

4) A Struggle to Save the Scaly Pangolin

With its scaly exterior, peculiar body shape and propensity for rolling into an armored ball when threatened, the pangolin has invited comparison to the artichoke and the pine cone.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/science/a-struggle-to-save-the-scaly-pangolin.html?_r=0

 

Can trophy hunting help with animal conservation?

I’m a strict vegan but I believe that trophy hunting, particularly for big cats, can sometimes benefit threatened wildlife. Could this be right

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/22/can-trophy-hunting-help-animal-conservation-lucy-siegle

 Tanzanian plains

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