Vast majority of Europe's key habitats in poor or bad condition – report

The vast majority of protected landscapes across Europe are rated as in poor or bad condition and vital species and their habitats continue to decline despite targets aimed at protecting them, according to a report.

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Restoring the American Chestnut with Genetic Engineering Splits the Conservation Community - The Allegheny Front

Scientists are hoping a genetically modified American chestnut can restore the iconic tree. Some groups say it could be a Trojan horse for more GMO trees.

Rewild to mitigate the climate crisis, urge leading scientists

Restoring natural landscapes damaged by human exploitation can be one of the most effective and cheapest ways to combat the climate crisis while also boosting dwindling wildlife populations, a scientific study finds.


Let’s not waste this crucial moment: We need to stop abusing the planet

By making us more aware of the nature around us, COVID-19 lockdowns could inspire us to fight back against climate disaster.

New poll shows 90% of Pennsylvania voters want Senate, House to address environmental priorities

More than 90 percent of Pennsylvania voters polled want Harrisburg to pursue environmental priorities, including pipeline safety, preserving farmland, cleaning up rivers and streams and protecting drinking water quality.


Mining taking place on more than 20 percent of Indigenous land in the Amazon

Illegal mining, specifically, is affecting at least 370 Indigenous lands, the vast majority of which is occurring in Peru.


'Heads in the sand': Conservationists condemn US failure to protect wolverines

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has denied protection to wolverines under the Endangered Species Act, frustrating conservation groups who argue the species faces an existential threat from the climate crisis.


Fifth of countries at risk of ecosystem collapse, analysis finds

One-fifth of the world's countries are at risk of their ecosystems collapsing because of the destruction of wildlife and their habitats, according to an analysis by the insurance firm Swiss Re.


Reducing the risk that wildlife trade will lead to infectious diseases

As the Covid-19 pandemic decimates tourism, poaching is on the rise in Africa. The search is on for alternative ways to meet communities' basic needs.


'It should be about the duck': Ire as new US nature stamps feature hunting gear

US artists, hunters and conservationists concerned stamps promote the idea that conservation always involves hunting.


Becca Lucas: 'Kiss the Ground' misses the complexity of climate solutions in the soil

The new Netflix documentary misses the opportunity to explore the diversity of solutions to climate change on the farm.

Mountain butterflies 'will have to be relocated as habitats get too hot'

The diversity and resilience of cold-loving butterfly species is threatened by global heating which will destroy genetically unique populations, according to a study.


Prakash Kashwan: American environmentalism's racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation

US ideas about conservation center on walling off land from use. That approach often means expelling Indigenous and other poor people who may be its most effective caretakers.

40% of world’s plant species at risk of extinction

Two in five of the world's plant species are at risk of extinction as a result of the destruction of the natural world, according to an international report.


Four environmental fights on the 2020 ballot

Across the country voters will weigh in on ballot measures to decide issues like wolf reintroduction, taxes on oil companies and renewable energy standards.
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