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‘Earth looks fragile from space’: Jeff Bezos pledges $1bn to conservation

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has said he realised just how fragile the Earth was when he looked back down at it from space, while committing $1bn to conservation projects around the world.

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Toxics

Hong Kong green groups want quarantine hotels to stop using throwaway food containers, cutlery

Hotels have safety guidelines, but are not compelled to collect disposable items for recycling.
Toxics

Does nature have rights? A burgeoning legal movement says rivers, forests and wildlife have standing, too

Climate change and environmental destruction have inspired court cases around the country—and the globe—aimed at protecting the natural world.

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Biodiversity

Protecting NW Pennsylvania’s most pristine natural lake takes vigilance

Experts with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy work to protect Lake Pleasant from invasive plants, and people too.
Justice

Bolsonaro cracks down on illegal mining in Amazon amid global pressure – for now

Brazil government is determined to show the world a new, greener face after three years in which deforestation rates and global outrage exploded.

Justice

Murders of environment and land defenders hit record high

Figures from Global Witness for 2020 show violent resource grab continued unabated despite pandemic.

Population

‘It’s not sustainable’: overcrowding is changing the soul of US national parks

Travelers, tour guides and service workers share how years of record-high tourism are reshaping destinations in ways that may change them forever.

Biodiversity

Marseille biodiversity summit adopts motion to ban deep-sea mining

A motion calling for a ban on deep-sea mining has been adopted in Marseille at the world's biggest biodiversity summit since the pandemic, after an overwhelmingly supportive vote by governments and civil society groups.

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Toxics

France threatened with legal action over use of pesticides

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Climate

Avocados and vanilla among dozens of wild crop relatives facing extinction

Study finds agriculture and pesticide use threaten relatives of world's most important crops, considered crucial to food security.

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These popular tuna species are no longer endangered, surprising scientists

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COVID-19 and the fight against climate change: What have we learned?

As the world continues to battle the COVID crisis, we must not lose sight of the greatest long-term threat faced by mankind: climate change.

Justice

‘Everything is changing’: the struggle for food as Malawi’s Lake Chilwa shrinks

The livelihoods of 1.5 million people are at risk as the lake's occasional dry spells occur ever more frequently.

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Biodiversity

They're spawning! Researchers celebrate the return of native lake trout to Lake Erie

A conservation milestone has been reached: Lake trout are reproducing in Lake Erie, where the native fish were considered extinct.

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Biodiversity

LED streetlights decimating moth numbers in England

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