07 Apr 2010:
Atlas of Global Conservation
Maps Planet’s Animals, Plants, Habitats
To mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, The Nature Conservancy is publishing The Atlas of Global Conservation
, which presents a comprehensive picture of the planet’s animals, plants, and habitats and
The Nature Conservancy
The Atlas of Global Conservation
the threats they face. Based on information compiled by researchers and conservationists around the world, the atlas maps the health of habitats and species on each continent, illustrating where nature is most threatened and where it is thriving. For the first time, the atlas maps specific ecosystems, such as salt marshes and kelp forests worldwide, and depicts concentrations of freshwater birds, seabirds, and marine mammals. Each map is supported by a database, which is searchable at a one-kilometer scale. In compiling the atlas, The Nature Conservancy received contributions from more than 70 research institutions and consulted scientific archives and Google maps. “It was easy to get data for the United States, parts of Australia, Europe,” said Jonathan Hoekstra, lead author of the atlas. “But for Russia? Latin America? The team had to be creative in finding those experts.” The atlas will be published April 22, but an interactive version
is available online.
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Yale School of Forestry
& Environmental Studies
Yale Environment 360
articles are now available in Spanish and Portuguese on Universia
, the online educational network. Visit the site.
Business & Innovation
Policy & Politics
Pollution & Health
Science & Technology
Antarctica and the Arctic
Central & South America
Photographer Robert Wintner documents the exquisite beauty and biodiversity of Cuba’s unspoiled coral reefs. View the gallery.
is now available for mobile devices at e360.yale.edu/mobile
The Warriors of Qiugang
, a Yale Environment 360
video, chronicles a Chinese village’s fight against a polluting chemical plant. It was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
Watch the video.
Top Image: aerial view of Iceland
. © Google & TerraMetrics.
A three-part series Tainted Harvest
looks at the soil pollution crisis in China, the threat it poses to the food supply, and the complexity of any cleanup. Read the series.