The Burmese roofed turtle on The Evening Standard

A few months ago, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) happily announced that the Burmese roofed turtle is no longer in danger of biological extinction. The Burmese roofed turtle, which appears to be constantly smiling, was previously deemed “one of the most endangered turtles in the world” (O’Kane). These turtles once thrived in nature, but their populations have declined over the years due to “chronic egg collecting, subsistence harvesting of adults, and loss of critical nesting habitat” (O’Kane). Fortunately, the conservational efforts of the WCS, the Turtle Survival Alliance and the Myanmar Forest Department have contributed to an increasing population both…

Photo on CT Boom

At 2:18 pm on Wednesday, October 28th, I sat in a navy-blue lounge chair in the outdoor courtyard that extends from the back of my sorority house. With massive oak trees twisting above me, I felt last week’s cold front blanket me with chills. As I waited for the routine arrival of the squirrels who call the trees home, the sound of acorns dropping on iron tables and the cement ground filled the bustling air. Two minutes later, a squirrel ran into my view, jumping from branch to branch with agility that suggested he was crafted to exist on feeble…

Photo on UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

When we are asked to think of what we look forward to in the future, not many people would say they are excited to have to explain to their children the legend of the polar bear or the beauty of a coral reef. Not many people look forward to listening only to recorded versions of their favorite bird calls to hear their songs. Similarly, not many people would enjoy thinking of the future as an uncertain event in its entirety. The abrupt disappearance of millions of different species would not result in the destruction of human life as it is…

Allison Herbert

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