Charismatic organisms, “lost causes”, and conservation priorities

Alina Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors It’s no coincidence that the logo and mascot for the World Wide Fund for Nature (known as the World Wildlife Fund in Canada and the USA) is a panda, and that baby seals are now associated with Greenpeace. Pandas and seals are cute and cuddly, […]

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IPCC: Denying the Reality of Climate Change

By Stephanie Lepage General Science subject editor Sunday marks the release of the Summary for Policymakers of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC is an international panel of scientists, backed by the UN and charged with assessing the current state of climate change and climate […]

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IPCC reports: between the street and the policy-makers

by Pascal Lapointe & Karine Morin Science Policy subject editors In September, the people’s climate march became New York City’s biggest political event in recent times. Why the need for a “people’s” march in the first place? Because of a feeling that something is wrong, not only in policy circles, but also in environmental circles […]

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