By elevating conservation to nationally-prioritized agendas -- like economic development and food security -- conservation groups are engaging new stakeholders in demonstrating the positive long-term impact of environmental protection.
We find ourselves presented with an opportunity -- given the annual media festival that is Shark Week -- to better inform ourselves and to appreciate that we as humans have very little (if nothing) to fear from sharks.
Every year up to 73 million sharks are killed, tens of millions for their fins alone. Illinois is the fifth state in America to ban the sale, trade, possession and distribution of shark fins.
They've shut down power stations and terrorized beachgoers. But does a surge in stories about jellyfish wreaking havoc really point to a man-made surg...