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‘Forgotten Five’ in need of rescuing
‘Forgotten Five’ in need of rescuing
Rhino poaching is decreasing. The environmental affairs department says that 259 fewer rhinos were poached last year than the year before —...
We’re killing off life, but there is hope
We’re killing off life, but there is hope
The cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal. It evolved for semi-arid areas and used to roam South Africa. But most of its habitat...
One million species risk extinction due to humans — draft UN report
One million species risk extinction due to humans — draft UN report
Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how...
Climate change claims its first mammal extinction
Climate change claims its first mammal extinction
The Bramble Cay mosaic-tailed rat’s first recorded encounter with humans was violent. Sailors on the HMS Bramble, on discovering the...
Editorial: Our moment of reckoning is now
Editorial: Our moment of reckoning is now
There’s a universally accepted joy in being a child. Or at least, there should be. Perhaps the only aspect that can compete with the wonder that...
Fossil teeth reveal new facts about a mass extinction 260 million years ago
Fossil teeth reveal new facts about a mass extinction 260 million years ago
Around 260 million years, the earth was dominated by mammal like reptiles called therapsids. The largest of these therapsids were the dinocephalians, a genus composed of several herbivorous and carnivorous species....
Hunters should stop using lead bullets and help save the vultures
Hunters should stop using lead bullets and help save the vultures
Vultures in Africa are in crisis. Across the continent...
Why coral reefs are important and why they are dying
Why coral reefs are important and why they are dying
More than 11 billion pieces of plastic larger than five centimetres wide are littering coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific region, according to a...
​Toughie, the ‘loneliest frog on Earth’, croaks
​Toughie, the ‘loneliest frog on Earth’, croaks
Another day, another species wiped out. This time it’s Toughie, called the “loneliest frog on Earth” by a variety of groups all the way up to...
A fifth of all plant species on earth are close to extinction
A fifth of all plant species on earth are close to extinction
One in five types of plant worldwide is at risk of extinction from threats such as farming and logging that are wrecking many habitats, a first...
Humans driving sixth mass extinction
Humans driving sixth mass extinction
The world is witnessing extinction rates unseen in the last 65-million years. That was when dinosaurs died off – thanks to a mixture of an...

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