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Half of world’s mangrove forests are at risk due to human behaviour – study
The loss of the ecosystems, which are vast stores of carbon, would ‘be disastrous for nature and people across the globe’, says IUCN

Patrick Greenfield

23, May, 2024 @4:00 AM

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The IUCN says which animals may face extinction. But is it up to the job?
Twenty-five scientists on conservation frontlines publish concerns that the red list of threatened species is outdated and unreliable

Matthew Ponsford

22, Nov, 2023 @3:00 PM

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The shrinking sea: why the Caspian is under threat – a photo essay
With the rivers that feed it drying up, less rainfall and a hotter climate, the world’s largest inland body of water is in peril. With five countries sharing it, can the political will to save this unique habitat be found?

20, Nov, 2023 @12:00 PM

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The lost world: Venezuela’s unique tepui frogs face new perils
Living in carnivorous plants or rolling like balls to flee from predators, amphibians on these tabletop peaks evolved like no others. Can they avoid extinction as their home heats up?

Luke Taylor

14, Oct, 2023 @8:00 AM

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‘We can carry on for ever’: meet Iceland’s last whale hunter
For Kristján Loftsson, the 80-year-old who is more or less singlehandedly keeping the fin whale hunt alive, comparisons with Moby-Dick’s obsessive hero Ahab are ‘an honour’. Will opposition to the dying industry finally catch up with him?

Daniel Boffey in Reykjavík

13, Oct, 2023 @1:00 PM

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Crocodile dies after chewing on electric wire after being ‘attracted’ to it
The 10-year-old male Cuban crocodile at the Smithsonian zoo in Washington probably bit on electrical equipment in its enclosure

Samira Asma-Sadeque

26, Dec, 2022 @6:12 PM

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Lost and found: twitchers delight at sweet song of the black-browed babbler
Since the bird was ‘rediscovered’ by accident in Borneo in 2020, ornithologists have returned to study the melodious species last documented more than 170 years ago

Graeme Green

01, Dec, 2022 @4:00 PM

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‘Generally ignored’ species face twice the extinction threat, warns study
Wildlife with little data faces double the risk of dying out – which may mean many more species are endangered than previously thought

Phoebe Weston

04, Aug, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Down but not out: how the European mink found refuge on an Estonian island
Pushed to the brink by invasive American mink and habitat loss, a reintroduced wild population is finally thriving on Hiiumaa island

Tom Peeters in Hiiumaa, Estonia

29, Mar, 2022 @8:30 AM

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‘I feel I’ve made a mark’: the man who built homes for 60,000 swifts
Retired salesman John Stimpson was so moved by the cries of birds unable to find nests, he decided to act. Now he has made enough boxes to house half the UK’s swifts

Phoebe Weston

20, Jan, 2022 @7:45 AM

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Atlantic fishing nations agree to ban catches of mako, world’s fastest sharks
Conservationists hail move as ‘critical breakthrough’ to protect endangered shortfin mako, prized for meat, fins and sportfishing

Karen McVeigh

24, Nov, 2021 @6:26 PM

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Farmers tempt endangered cranes back – by growing their favourite food
In Cambodia’s fertile Mekong delta, farmers are switching to the rice varieties loved by the world’s tallest flying bird to help stop its decline

Anne Pinto-Rodrigues

20, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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