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Our 9th -and final issue - of the BIOSEC newsletter has now been released!
As we near the end of the Project BIOSEC, the team reflect on their personal and professional highlights of the last four years.
Airports may seem unlikely sites for research into conservation issues - but they can reveal a lot.
George Iordăchescu: New investigative documentary WOOD provides important context to the debate on global illegal logging. But in its quest for a solution, it overlooks more nuanced social and political dimensions.
In the advent of what infectious disease scientists have labelled a 'novel coronavirus', Sarah Bezan argues that zoonotic disease transfer is in fact far from new. Instead, it is an emergent iteration of the ‘old’ violences of extractivism, colonial expansion, and animal commodification.
Despite its eagerly anticipated publication, the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 lacks new and radical thinking about ways to develop an ecologically sustainable society, and risks producing and/or deepening serious inequalities and injustices.
In recent months, the European Commission has taken radical action to tackle deforestation in the Carpathian region. But this legislation goes beyond simply addressing non-compliance: the measures also trigger serious changes in national legislation and advance the criminalisation of environmental offences, argues George Iordăchescu.
The piece, written by Amy McDermott for the PNAS Journal Club blog, reviews findings from the authors' recent publication in World Development journal.
Evidence shows that rampant deforestation will worsen the frequency and intensity of future global pandemics. Yet implementing indiscriminate bans on timber harvesting and trade will have an immediate and serious impact on already vulnerable environments and livelihoods, as well being ineffective in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.