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In danger? Apparently not. Under threat? For sure. A Red-spotted Porcelain Crab (Neopetrolisthes maculatus) on anemone (Cryptodendrum adhaesivum). Steve's Bommie, Ribbon Reef #3, Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Richard Ling via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

UNESCO decides: Great Barrier Reef is not 'in danger'

Emily Lindsay Brown

2nd June 2015

Australia's government can breathe a sigh of relief as UNESCO keeps the Great Barrier Reef off its 'World Heritage in danger' list, writes Emily Lindsay Brown. But in return, it has committed to protect the reef from farm run-off and dredgings, and to implement its 'Reef 2050' sustainability plan. If Australia fails, the Reef could be officially 'in danger' as soon as 2020. more...
Sydney Action to Save the Reef, February 2013. Photo: Kate Ausburn via Flickr (CC BY).

Coal and climate change: a death sentence for the Great Barrier Reef

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

21st May 2015

Over the Great Barrier Reef's coral has already been lost, writes Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, and UNESCO is expected to add the site to its 'World Heritage in danger' list. The reef's survival will depend on the world's ability to control carbon emissions. So why is Australia planning to open vast new coal mines in the Galilee Basin? more...
The edge of an experimental sheep grazing exclusion zone (to the right) within Al Talila Reserve, Palmyra, photographed in March 2008 in the midst of an intense drought period. Sheep quasi uncontrolled grazing was allowed to the left of the fence. Grazing

Over-grazing and desertification in the Syrian steppe are the root causes of war

Gianluca Serra

5th June 2015

Civil war in Syria is the result of the desertification of the ecologically fragile Syrian steppe, writes Gianluca Serra - a process that began in 1958 when the former Bedouin commons were opened up to unrestricted grazing. That led to a wider ecological, hydrological and agricultural collapse, and then to a 'rural intifada' of farmers and nomads no longer able to support themselves. more...
Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) at RSPB Medmerry, West Sussex England. Photo: BiteYourBum.Com Photography via Flickr (CC BY-ND).

We must defend Europe's wildlife laws!

Martin Harper

12th May 2015

Europe's most important laws for wildlife, the EU's Nature Directives, are under threat in from a recently launched 'review', writes Martin Harper. The official purpose is to make the laws more effective, but in reality it's all part of the Commission's agenda to strip away regulations that impede business in its pursuit of profit. more...
Devil's Springs in the Florida Everglades, where a deep crevice leads to submerged caverns. Photo: Phil's 1stPix via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA).

Earth Day on the River of Grass

Grant A. Mincy

25th April 2015

President Obama Earth Day appearance on the Florida Everglades' failed to disguise the truth, writes Grant A. Mincy - that governmental and corporate domination of ecosystems brings their all too predictable destruction. It's not national parks that will save our nature, but restoration of the commons and their management by local communities. more...
A large hammerhead shark in the officially protected waters off Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Photo: Barry Peters via Flickr (CC BY).

Shark-counting divers off Costa Rica show marine reserves need active protection

Julia Baum & Easton R. White

24th April 2014

A Pacific island paradise 340 miles from Costa Rica's coast should be the ideal place for marine conservation, write Julia Baum & Easton R. White. But while its waters are indeed teeming with life, steep population declines in key shark and ray species show that stronger protection is badly needed. more...
fish in a marine protected area

Do protected areas for wildlife really work?

Eifion Rees

11th April, 2012

Can national parks and marine protected areas safeguard endangered wildlife against the growing pressures of population growth and climate change? more...
Seal Protection Action Group

TAKE ACTION to save Scotland's seals

Priyanka Mogul

8th February, 2012

There has been a significant reduction in the killing of seals in Scotland but the Seal Protection Action Group needs your help in ending the killings altogether more...
Marine Protected Areas

TAKE ACTION: Don't let the government back-track on UK marine protected areas

Ben Hudson

16th November, 2011

Show the government you support the creation of a marine conservation network to protect the UK's threatened sea life more...
Selfridges' Project Ocean

Project Ocean: Selfridges campaign to save fish, fashionably

Matilda Lee

10th June, 2011

Selfridges Creative Director Alannah Weston has raised the bar for ethical commitments in high-end retail more...
Shlomo Dowen, UK Without Incineration Network

CAMPAIGN HERO: Shlomo Dowen, UK Without Incineration Network

Matilda Lee

5th April, 2011

The head of the UK's grassroots anti-incineration network on working towards a zero waste economy, encouraging community engagement and avoiding 'defeatist' language more...
Parrotfish on North coast of East Timor

Can algae-eating fish save our coral reefs?

Anna Taylor

15th June, 2010

Coral reefs are under threat from all quarters - rising temperatures, ocean acidity, fishing practices... But can clever management of certain fish species help the reefs to recover their former glory? more...

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Barn owl in Kent

How to get involved in wildlife conservation

Laura Sevier

27th May 2010

From joining campaigns groups to making your garden more wildlife friendly, there are many ways to get involved with saving the natural world. Read on for inspiration... more...

CASE STUDY: Saving the black poplar

Hannah Davey

25th February, 2010

The native black poplar tree is now rarer than the giant panda with only 2,500 specimens remaining in Britain. The Crown Estate's conservation program aims to reinstate them more...
Fighting Coal

Fighting Coal

Frank Joseph Smecker

7th July, 2009

The Appalachians, America's vast network of mountains, has long been threatened by destructive coal mining practices. Local communities fighting mountain top removal are putting their hopes behind new legislation now in Congress more...
Cape gannets feeding their young at Lambert's Bay, South Africa

Overfishing sends Cape gannet ecosystem haywire

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Cape gannet chicks are facing starvation as a result of overfishing of sardines and anchovies off the coast of southern Africa, as well as an increase in predation by other species affected by the food shortage more...
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Californian Ocean Protection Council calls for a state-wide ban on Styrofoam packaging

Ecologist

16th January, 2009

Little angers environmentalists more than receiving food or products in Styrofoam packaging, and now the Californian Ocean Protection Council has called for a blanket ban on the use of the material in food containers across California. more...
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Can lawyers save the world?

James Thornton

12th June, 2007

A new species of eco-lawyer is emerging from the legal undergrowth. James Thornton advocates a wig-and-gown approach so campaigners can strengthen their case against unethical corporations more...
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On the EDGE

Mark Anslow

16th January, 2007

A new programme from the Zoological Society of London promises to protect endangered and little-known species more...

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