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How rhino horn poaching fuels criminal gangs in UK and Europe

Anna Taylor

18th May, 2012

endangered black rhino Rhino poaching hits record high as criminal gangs target museums and exhibitions in UK and Europe to cash in on lucrative trade more...

The global cost of China's destruction of the 'roof of the world'

Sylvia Downes

11th May, 2012

Tibetan plateau China's least talked about crime against Tibet is the damage to the Tibetan plateau: dams, deforestation, mining, poaching and the dumping of nuclear waste. And it is impacting on all of us more...

Activists return to defend Tasmania's forests as logging resumes

Ollie Milman

27th April, 2012

Deforestation An agreement that would end 30 years of verbal, and often physical, confrontation over the future of the forests in the Australian state of Tasmania is teetering on the edge of collapse. Ollie Milman reports more...

Cetaceans under siege as man-made perils blight the oceans

Anthony Wall

29th December, 2011

dolphins Whales, dolphins and porpoises have no respite from oil and chemicals, fishing nets, shipping, noise pollution and a host of other dangers brought about by man's unrelenting destruction of the oceans, says Anthony Wall more...

How eco-logging and livestock grazing can protect UK's natural landscape

Sam Campbell

9th December, 2011

A web of environmental, economic and social forces have shaped UK landscapes for years. Environmental awareness has slowed encroachment on natural areas, but serious threats persist. Is it time for a fresh approach? more...

Is there room for wildlife as Africa grapples with development?

Curtis Abraham

1st December, 2011

KIM WOLHUTER How poaching for the illegal wildlife trade, intensive farming, climate change and population growth all threaten Africa's unique wildlife more...

The conservation quandary: can wildlife NGOs save Africa's animals?

Ian Michler

21st November, 2011

endangered black rhino Conservation is a huge industry in Africa but wildlife populations across the continent are declining. So why isn't it working? more...

Tourism has a negative impact on Laos' wildlife

Dawn Starin

14th October,2011

wildlife trade Tourists eager to try exotic meat and buy wildlife souvenirs in Laos are helping destroy the country's natural heritage. The consequences for both people and environment are worrying, reports Dawn Starin

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Red squirrels under siege as conservation groups suffer financial squeeze

Sam Campbell

2nd September, 2011

red squirrel In the second of our 'wildlife at risk' series, Sam Campbell reports how habitat loss, disease and funding cuts leave the iconic red squirrel facing a bleak future more...

Endgame for polar bears as Arctic habitat melts away

Gavin Haines

24th August, 2011

Polar bear The recent polar bear attack in Norway is the latest reminder that time is running out for these iconic mammals, with runaway climate change and habitat loss. Gavin Haines reports more...

How the boom in climbing, biking and sailing is costing the earth

Isabella Kaminski

28th July, 2011

Cycling and the environment In the first of a two-part sport and environment special, Isabella Kaminski reports on how habitat damage, waste, nanotechnology and persistent organic pollutants are increasingly linked to our favourite outdoor pursuits more...

Chemical companies 'misleading' gardeners over toxic pesticides

Sarah Bentley

29th June, 2011

We may be  underestimating the risk of exposure to chemicals Despite a surge of interest in organic gardening, green fingered consumers continue to favour toxic chemicals to combat pests. But are they being exploited by clever marketing and inaccurate labelling? Sarah Bentley investigates more...

'Britain's rainforests' in danger as gardeners love affair with peat continues

Sam Campbell

3rd June, 2011

Chat Moss Peat site While the proposed sell off of UK forests attracted a chorus of criticism, the destruction of peat bogs continues almost unnoticed. Sam Campbell reports from current flashpoint Chat Moss, near Manchester
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Why invasive plants are the 'second biggest threat to biodiversity' after habitat loss

Carrie Madren

23rd March,2011

The Desmondium intortum As experts gather in London for a major conference addressing the often overlooked threat of invasive species to biodiversity, Carrie Madren gets a briefing from those on the frontline in the battle against 'pest plants' more...

The great wolf debate: hunt them down or let them flourish?

Joseph Mayton

15th February,2011

Long a symbol of the US wilderness - and a totem for the environmental movement - wolves are now the focus of a bitter conflict between those who want to increase the species' numbers and those that want to kill them more...

How one young activist is challenging the oil industry over Great Bear Rainforest pipeline

Eric Keen

9th March, 2011

A remarkable young environmentalist is standing in the way of a controversial Canadian oil pipeline which campaigners fear could become the next Exxon-Valdez or Deepwater Horizon disaster. Eric Keen reports more...

Revealed: how demand for shark fin soup fuels bloody harvest

Nick Kettles

11th January, 2011

As Gordon Ramsay tackles shark finning as part of Channel 4's Big Fish Fight, Nick Kettles investigates how the increasing popularity of fin soup is leading to the massacre of millions of sharks globally more...

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