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Replacing beef with beans could save the planet, because people farts are better than cow farts

Australian Popular Science, May 31, 2017: To be sure, “any significant dietary shifts from animal to high-protein plant based foods will obviously take a considerable amount of time, likely on the scale of years to a few decades,” said William Ripple, a coauthor of the study and distinguished professor of ecology at Oregon State University.

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Wolves need space to roam to control expanding coyote populations

ScienceDaily, May 23, 2017: "It will be interesting to see the influence of large predators on smaller predators in other parts of the world, especially the role of the big cats such as jaguars, leopards, lions and tigers," said co-author William Ripple of Oregon State University.

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When wolves return to the wild, everything changes

In Yellowstone, the wolves quickly reclaimed their spot as top predator. Ecologist William Ripple of Oregon State University has been studying the wolves since their return.

Affluent countries give less to wildlife conservation than rest of the world

Professor William Ripple, Co-author and Oregon State University Professor concluded: 'The Megafauna Conservation Index is an important first step to transparency – some of the poorest countries in the world are making the biggest investments in a global asset and should be congratulated, whereas some of the richest nations just aren’t doing enough.' Publication details.

Are some wolves being ‘redomesticated’ into dogs?

Bill Ripple is co-author on a new publication out in BioScience, titled "A New Dog". To find out how gray wolves might be affected by eating more people food, Thomas Newsome, an evolutionary biologist at the Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and his colleagues examined studies of what’s happened to other large carnivores that live close to people.

Reversing “Empty Forest Syndrome” in Southeast Asia

National Geographic, February 8, 2017.

David Macdonald celebrates a coalition of conservationists that has drawn attention to the urgency of saving the world¹s mega-fauna

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, January 26, 2017: A group of us, many of whom have been working together over our professional lifetimes, was led by Professor Bill Ripple in writing an article entitled ‘Saving the World’s Terrestrial Megafauna’.

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A New Report Says We're Hunting the World's Mammals to Death. What Can Be Done?

Smithsonian.com, November 2, 2016: “The large mammals are much more threatened than the small ones,” says William Ripple, a professor of ecology at Oregon State University and lead author of the study. “This is likely because there is more meat on large mammals.”

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Eating The World’s Mammals To Extinction

The Huffington Post, November 2, 2016: “Unsustainable hunting for consumption and trade of wild meat, also known as bushmeat, by humans represents a significant extinction threat to wild terrestrial mammal populations,” said the study, led by William Ripple, an ecology professor at Oregon State University

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People are hunting primates, bats, and other mammals to extinction

Science, October 18, 2016: William Ripple, the lead author, became aware of the issue a few years ago while studying Africa’s starving lions, who couldn’t find enough prey to feed themselves. It turned out that the large carnivores were competing with humans for bushmeat like gazelles, says Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

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