Conservation Letters presents cutting-edge advances in the science and practice of conserving biological diversity and promoting human well-being. The journal promotes high-impact, problem-focused studies on globally important, policy-relevant topics that provide conservation practitioners, policy-makers and researchers insights and techniques for better ensuring the persistence of biodiversity. The journal is committed to providing authors a rapid assessment and publication process.
Brazilian beef industry moves to reduce its destruction of rain forests
Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil, home to the world's largest herd of commercial beef cattle. But a new study led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's ...
Whale watching impacts on minke whales are not likely to be a conservation threat
Wildlife tourism, like whale watching, can substantially disrupt the activities of the animals targeted but does it threaten populations with extinction?
Urban taste for bushmeat poses threat to Amazonian wildlife
Research has uncovered alarming evidence of an under-reported wild-meat crisis in the heart of Amazonia.
Research partnership is key to biodiversity conservation
A new policy paper led by University of York scientists, in partnership with Proforest, aims to increase awareness among researchers of the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach to safeguarding ecosystems and species.
Study: World's primary forests on the brink, study says
An international team of conservationist scientists and practitioners has published new research showing the precarious state of the world's primary forests.
Researchers: Yellowstone grizzlies not in decline
(AP)—A government-sponsored research team says there are no signs of decline among Yellowstone's grizzly bears despite warnings from outside scientists.
Cod mislabelling eradicated in Dublin's supermarkets but not takeaways
The Irish media's coverage of the fish mislabelling scandal in 2010 contributed to ending the practice of cod mislabelling in supermarkets but not in takeaways, a study has found.
Ivory burning and cartels: Are anti-poaching efforts repeating the mistakes of the 'war on drugs'?
Illegal poaching, fuelled by the demand for alternative 'medicines' and luxury goods in Asian markets, continues unabated. In response unprecedented levels of funding are being invested in enforcement, while events such as ...
Enforcement and anti-poaching measures set to fail
In a paper published in Conservation Letters, researchers from the University of Kent's Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) argue that despite record levels of funding being invested in enforcement and an ...
Plan to delist gray wolf endangers other threatened species, researchers find
The federal government's proposal to discontinue protection for the gray wolf across the United States could have the unintended consequence of endangering other species, researchers say.
The people's choice: Americans would pay to help monarch butterflies
Americans place high value on butterfly royalty. A recent study suggests they are willing to support monarch butterfly conservation at high levels, up to about 6 ½ billion dollars if extrapolated to all U.S. households.
Researchers are using new technologies to combat invasive species
A new research paper by a team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame's Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) demonstrates how two cutting-edge technologies can provide a sensitive and real-time solution to screening ...
Buzzards less likely than humans to kill pheasants, study finds
Scientists have shown that pheasants are more likely to be killed by people than by birds of prey.
Polar bear researchers urge governments to act now and save the species
(Edmonton) A University of Alberta polar bear researcher along with eleven international co-authors are urging governments to start planning for rapid Arctic ecosystem change to deal with a climate change catastrophe for ...
Amazon freshwater ecosystems found vulnerable to degradation
A study published in Conservation Letters this week found that freshwater ecosystems in the Amazon are highly vulnerable to environmental degradation. River, lake and wetland ecosystems—encompassing approximately one-fi ...