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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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Are exotic skins out of fashion?

Covid-19 may be the tipping point when it comes to crocodile, python, ostrich, and clothes.
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A virus wiped out 90% of this turtle species. Can it recover?

The Bellinger River snapping turtle nearly went extinct before anyone knew it was in trouble. Conservationists are working to ensure it doesn’t disappear.
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Blood is life — The amazing dragon's blood tree

New research proposes classifying the threatened Middle Eastern tree as an “umbrella species” because of its oversized ecological role.
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Freshwater species are disappearing fast — this year is critical for saving them

Scientists and policymakers have developed a time-sensitive plan to help save ailing freshwater ecosystems and imperiled species. 
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Killing gods: The last hope for the world’s rarest reptile

After decades of dams, overhunting and pollution the Yangtze giant softshell turtle is down to three known individuals.

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The invasion of giant pythons threatening Florida

Bounty hunters and biologists wade deep into the Everglades to wrestle with the invasion of giant pythons threatening the state's wetlands.

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In the belly of the beast: journalist delves into wildlife trafficking

Ivory, pangolin scales, bear bile: Rachel Nuwer, author of the new book “Poached,” saw it all as she trekked from rainforests to posh restaurants on the trail of wildlife traffickers.
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Rescuing sea turtles from fishermen’s nets

An organization on the coast of Kenya tries to persuade local residents to help return the trapped reptiles to the ocean, rather than sell their meat and shells for a living.
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For an Amazon tribe, phone cameras shine a light on their wildlife

Armed with smartphone cameras, teams of indigenous Matsés people have partnered with North American herpetologists to inventory the reptiles and amphibians of their territory.

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As turtles go, so go their ecosystems

Turtles were once a tough group of animals. Sea turtles survived the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. But the modern descendants of this ancient group are struggling to survive.

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As turtles go, so go their ecosystems

Turtles were once a tough group of animals. Sea turtles survived the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. But the modern descendants of this ancient group are struggling to survive.

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The mystery of the sick turtles: Q&A with animal disease detectives Chrissy Cabay and Daniel Woodburn

A puzzling disease lurks among western pond turtles, one of only two native freshwater turtle species that live in the state of Washington in the U.S.

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Audio: Maroon 5’s James Valentine on why he's working to stop illegal logging

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EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

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