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Climate Change

Study Predicts Unique Animals and Plants of Africa’s Albertine Rift Will be Threatened by Climate Change
NEW YORK (March 8, 2018) — A new study by scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other groups predicts that the effects of climate change will severely impact the Albertine Rift, one of Africa’s most biodiverse regions and a place not normally associated with global warming.
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STUDY: With Global Forests Dwindling, International Conservation Goals May Fall Short Without Targeted Protection for Intact Forests
New research published today in Nature Ecology & Evolutiondemonstrates the extraordinary value of Earth’s remaining intact forests for addressing climate change and protecting wildlife, critical watersheds, indigenous cultures, and human health. 
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Original Arctic Explorer George Schaller’s Powerful Statement on Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

December 19, 2017 -- The following statement is by WCS Senior Conservation Scientist George Schaller on allowing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is part of the tax bill expected to pass Congress and be signed into law this week. Schaller was part of the original scientific expedition in 1956 that led to the Refuge’s creation:

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STUDY: Despite Forest Loss, An African Protected Area Still has Potential To Support Tens of Thousands of Elephants, 1K Lions

November 30, 2017 – Despite some forest loss, Mozambique’s sprawling Niassa National Reserve has the potential to support tens of thousands of elephants and 1,000 lions according to a new land-use study published in the journal Parks.

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Climate Adaptation: WCS Announces $2.5 Million in Awards to 12 Conservation Organizations Across the US
November 22, 2017 –  Through its award-winning Climate Adaptation Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced 12 new grants to nonprofit organizations exploring and implementing new methods for helping America’s wildlife and people adapt to rapidly shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change.
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New “Trillion Trees” Partnership Calls for Global Efforts To Protect and Restore 1 Trillion Trees
November 15, 2017 –– The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), WWF, and BirdLife International today launched the Trillion Trees programme, a 25-year initiative to help implement and scale global forest commitments and spur greater ambitions towards protecting and restoring one trillion trees by 2050—the number needed to reverse the global decline in tree cover.
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Annual Adirondack Loon Census: Volunteers Wanted
June 22, 2017 - WCS's Adirondack Program announces a call for volunteers to survey loons on Adirondack lakes as part of the 17th Annual Adirondack Loon Census. The event will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Participants can choose which lake in the Adirondacks they want to survey when they sign up.
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Cool Effect Partners with WCS to Save Madagascar’s Makira Natural Park
June 15, 2017 -- Cool EffectTM, a non-profit organization curating the world’s premier carbon reduction projects, announced the addition of Madagascar’s Makira Natural Park Project to its platform in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Individual contributions to the project will reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and conserve the rainforest’s endangered plants and species.
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WCS: The World Needs Unified Action on Climate Change

NEW YORK (June 1, 2017) – WCS released a statement in response to the announced withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Climate change refuge for corals discovered by WCS scientists (and how we can protect it right now)
May 17, 2017 – WCS scientists have discovered a refuge for corals where the environment protects otherwise sensitive species to the increasing severity of climate change. The bad news is that the reefs are showing signs of being overfished and weak compliance with local fisheries laws needs to be reversed to maintain the fish that help to keep reefs healthy. 
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