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Leaves and Twigs: A Weekly Roundup of the Best Sustainability Stories on the Web

What captivated the conservation community this week? 


Conservationists at CITES voted to regulate the trade of three types of hammerhead sharks.

  • Dozens of species earned new trade protection at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).  These include, for the first time ever, protections to trade in mantas and five shark species, the oceanic whitip, the porbeagle and three types of hammerhead sharks. [NY Times]
  • The 178 nations present at CITES—the world’s biggest wildlife summit—agreed unanimously to “strictly regulate the international trade in mahogany timber.” [The Guardian]
  • Following a trip to Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms and Rainforest Alliance Verified™ hotels, a reporter reveals that “workers learn sustainable practices that they can bring home, like conserving water and recycling.” [Family Focus Blog]
  • “According to a new report by NBC News’ Kerry Sanders, the welfare and existence of at least half of the world’s 18 penguin species will be negatively impacted if the warming of the Antarctic Peninsula persists.” [Huffington Post]
  • Canada’s glaciers appear to be headed “for an irreversible melt” according to a new study published by the Geophysical Research Letters. Specifically, “20 percent of all the ice contained in Canada’s glaciers could melt by the end of this century if global average temperatures increased by 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 F). [Treehugger]
  • Scientists can now more accurately estimate the variety of distinct species that existed centuries ago with mitochondrial DNA analysis. “What does that tell us about our impact on the natural world and our own future?” [Environment 360]
  • Is the world imagined in Jurassic Park becoming a reality? National Geographic explores the scientific possibility of reviving endangered species and asks “But is it a good idea?” [National Geographic]
  • “Tropical forests may  be less sensitive to global warming than previously thought argues a new study published in Nature Geoscience. [Mongabay]
  • Colombia is being reborn in the eyes of the world as an excellent tourist destination. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of visitors to Colombia grew by 10 percent a year on average (four times the world average). [Sustainable Trip]

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