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Isabella Tree On Rewilding England & Regenerative Agriculture
From the vantage point of the Knepp Castle Estate, travel journalist Isabella Tree speaks with writer Jennifer O’Mahony on the unexpected success of rewilding one of the most biodiverse spots in England—and its symbolic connection to the world’s current crises.
A Look At The Post-Coronavirus City
We tend not to think of cities as places where nature can thrive. But with peacocks on the streets of Madrid and deer wandering through London suburbs, nature has asserted its dominance during the COVID-19 crisis—and, as writer Jennifer O’Mahony points out—some European cities are determined to keep their blocks green after enjoying car-free, unpolluted, and untamed urban spaces.
The DNA Bank: The Frozen Ark
It’s estimated that dozens of species of plants and animals are experiencing extinction every day. But biobanks, repositories for the DNA and cells of endangered or near-extinct species, are working to save them. For our latest issue, writer Jennifer O’Mahony interviews professor Mike Bruford, who runs the UK-based Frozen Ark and CryoArks, on how freezer networks could revive the biodiversity slipping through our grasp.
The Icebox: Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Located 1,300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seed storage facility that acts as a food bank for crops that are dying out due to intensive agriculture and unpredictable weather patterns. For our latest issue, writer Jennifer O’Mahony interviewed its manager Grethe Helene Evjen on its history and purpose—and how climate change is proving its not as failsafe as we think.
The Riverwatcher: Salatou Sambou
As part of our Stewards of the Wild portfolio featuring individuals on the frontlines of conservation, Atmos speaks with Kawawana conservationist Salatou Sambou who, for years, has worked to revive traditional fishing practices in the Mangagoulack communities and patrolled southern Senegalese waters to ensure that regulations on where and how fishing takes place are being respected—and, ultimately, to save the area from destitution.
The Sanctuary: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
At Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, amidst an ecosystem of other endangered species, northern white rhinos Najin and Fatu have become the last hope for their kind—and a symbol for the future of conservation. Atmos interviews Professor Hildebrandt, head of the reproduction management department at Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, who leads a team of scientists who announced in 2019 that they had successfully created two viable northern white rhino embryos using in vitro technology and sperm from long-dead males.
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