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    5 Big Threats to Rivers

    5 Big Threats to Rivers

    By Tara Lohan If we needed any more motivation to help save our ailing rivers, it should have come with the findings of a recent study, which revealed that “Nowhere is the biodiversity crisis more acute than in freshwater ecosystems.” Rivers, lakes and inland wetlands cover 1% of the Earth but provide homes for 10% of […]

    Former Industrial Wasteland Becomes New Nature Reserve in England

    Former Industrial Wasteland Becomes New Nature Reserve in England

    A former industrial wasteland in Manchester, England, has officially been designated an 1,824-acre nature reserve that will provide 300,000 locals with access to nature, a press release from Natural England and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said. The Flashes of Wigan and Leigh will become one of England’s most extensive urban nature […]

    More Than Half of Palm Species Threatened With Extinction, Study Finds

    More Than Half of Palm Species Threatened With Extinction, Study Finds

    It’s hard to imagine a world without palm trees. Members of the recognizable Arecaceae family drop coconuts onto white-sand beaches, pierce their fronds through the greenery of rainforests and line glamorous boulevards from Los Angeles to Miami.  But a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution Monday warns that we might have to. A […]

    Nearly 2,000 Environmental Defenders Killed in Last 10 Years

    Nearly 2,000 Environmental Defenders Killed in Last 10 Years

    At a rate of every other day for the past 10 years, an environmental defender has lost their life protecting their home. That’s one sobering statistic from the latest Global Witness report “Decade of Defiance: Ten Years of Reporting Land and Environmental Activism Worldwide.” For every year since 2012, the environmental and human rights organization […]

    Pollinator Gardens on Bus Stop Roofs Grow Across Europe

    Pollinator Gardens on Bus Stop Roofs Grow Across Europe

    Across Europe, more and more bus stops are sporting a new look — with lush green roofs designed to support pollinators. The number of bus stops topped with pollinator gardens is expected to increase another 50% in the UK alone by the end of this year. The “bee bus stops” began popping up in Utrecht, […]

    Grasslands Build Biodiversity and Resilience Over Centuries

    Grasslands Build Biodiversity and Resilience Over Centuries

    The perhaps underappreciated champions of underground carbon storage and resilience, grasslands can often be found at most latitudes in open, continuous areas. Their grasses grow to between eight inches and seven feet in height with roots that go deep underground, according to NASA Earth Observatory. The height of the grass depends on soil depth and […]