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Kunming Declaration: Nature Defenders Warn Global Biodiversity Pledge Lacks Urgency

Kunming Declaration: Nature Defenders Warn Global Biodiversity Pledge Lacks Urgency

By Jessica Corbett More than 100 countries on Wednesday concluded a round of negotiations on global efforts to restore and protect the variety of life on Earth by pledging “urgent and integrated action” to achieve “transformative change, across all sectors of the economy and all parts of society.” While conservation advocacy groups worldwide welcomed the […]

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    It’s International Gibbon Day! Check Out These Magnificent Primates

    It’s International Gibbon Day! Check Out These Magnificent Primates

    October 24 marks International Gibbon Day, a global celebration of these adorable, singing and acrobatic primates. This day is also important because they are the most endangered of group of apes, according the World Wildlife Fund. There are 20 different species of gibbons and they are endemic to the tropical and subtropical rainforests of south […]

    Beluga Whale in River Thames ‘Very Lost and Quite Possibly in Trouble’

    Beluga Whale in River Thames ‘Very Lost and Quite Possibly in Trouble’

    Beluga whales are normally found in icy Arctic and subarctic waters. So onlookers were undoubtedly surprised to spot one of the distinctive white whales swimming very far south in the UK’s River Thames. Ecologist and ornithologist Dave Andrews first posted footage of the unusual sighting onto Twitter on Tuesday and said the whale was feeding […]

    Wild Tiger Population Nearly Doubles in Nepal

    Wild Tiger Population Nearly Doubles in Nepal

    Thanks to dedicated conservation efforts, Nepal now has an estimated 235 wild tigers in the country, a nearly twofold increase from its baseline of 121 individuals in 2009, the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) announced Sunday on the occasion of Nepal’s National Conservation Day. The South Asian nation is now on track to become the first […]

    Belize’s Incredible Barrier Reef Recovers From ‘In Danger’ Status

    Belize’s Incredible Barrier Reef Recovers From ‘In Danger’ Status

    Thanks to a series of conservation measures enacted by Belize’s government, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System—one the world’s most incredible, diverse ecosystems—has been removed from the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger sites. The historic decision came this week during a World Heritage Committee meeting in Bahrain, just five months after the Belizean […]

    10 Tips for Traveling More Responsibly

    10 Tips for Traveling More Responsibly

    Each year, almost 1.2 billion people travel abroad, making travel and tourism one of the largest industries in the world. Representing a whopping 10 percent of the global economy, it supplies millions of jobs and benefits countless communities. Yet while travel has many positive impacts, it can also take a heavy toll on the environment, […]

    Mediterranean at Risk of Becoming a ‘Sea of Plastic,’ WWF Warns

    Mediterranean at Risk of Becoming a ‘Sea of Plastic,’ WWF Warns

    The Mediterranean Sea is turning into a dangerous plastic trap, with record levels of pollution from microplastics threatening marine species and human health, according to a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report released Friday. Coinciding with World Oceans Day, the WWF report “Out of the Plastic Trap: Saving the Mediterranean From Plastic Pollution” raises the […]