Mapping the Planet’s Critical Areas for Biodiversity & Nature’s Contributions to People

New science points to areas where conservation can provide 90% of nature’s contributions to people and meet biodiversity goals.

Matthew L. Miller

Story type: TNC Science Brief

Prioritizing Land Protection to Save Mammals from Extinction

A new study identifies habitats where strengthening existing conservation protections can reduce extinction risk for mammals.

Justine E. Hausheer

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Loss of Coastal Ecosystems Increases Risk from Tropical Cyclones

Science identifies where coastal ecosystems will be crucial for coastal protection services in a world altered by climate change.

Sarah Hülsen

Forest Management Can Keep Carbon in Forests and Protect Communities from Wildfire in the American West

The U.S. is investing billions of dollars to reduce forest fire risks. New research maps the hot spots where investments in strategic forest management could offer the biggest payoff for people and climate.

Cara Cannon Byington

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Solar Energy Development Doesn’t Have to Destroy Vital Habitat (but It Could)

With careful planning, the U.S. could produce needed solar energy and still protect lands important for animal movement and migration.

Cara Cannon Byington

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The First World Map of Tidal Marshes

A new global map of tidal marshes, one of the world’s most productive ecosystems.

Mark Spalding

The Value of Words + Pictures

Think nature-based tourism is only tied to wildlife watching and hiking? New science says we need to think again—especially in the Eastern Caribbean.

Mark Spalding

Why Protected Areas Must Consider What’s Beneath the Surface

New research finds that 85% of protected areas with groundwater-dependent ecosystems have groundwatersheds that may be underprotected.

Matthew L. Miller

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The Ocean Has Almost No Wilderness Left

New research shows that just 13.2 percent of the ocean remains as wilderness, free from human impacts.

Justine E. Hausheer

Flight Over the Bas-Ogooué: Using Drones to Map Gabon’s Wetlands

Nature Conservancy scientists are using unmanned aerial vehicles to create the first-ever detailed wetlands map of coastal Gabon, in partnership with NASA and the European Space Agency.

Justine E. Hausheer

Global Wilderness Areas in Decline Despite Conservation Targets

New research revels that global wilderness areas are in rapid decline despite recent increases in protected areas.

Justine E. Hausheer