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Nearly half of South Africa’s Protea species on the brink of extinction

Loss of habitat to agriculture, the spread of invasive species and changes to natural fire cycles are biggest culprits

Our wonderful wetlands need protection now

Humanity is amazed by our natural world but fails to value its importance to our survival

Grass roots of Ice-Age extinctions

Mammoths and sabre-tooth cats once roamed the continent, but were our ancient ancestors responsible for their disappearance?

We’re killing off life, but there is hope

Sipho Kings reports on the findings of a mega government report on the state of our plants and animals, and what’s being done to secure their future

One million species risk extinction due to humans — draft UN report

Biodiversity loss and global warming are closely linked, according to the 44-page Summary for Policy Makers

Climate change claims its first mammal extinction

Climate change has eaten away at the only known habitat where the rodent had evolved to live

Editorial: Our moment of reckoning is now

'At the M&G we have committed to redoubling efforts to ensure we offer even greater prominence to the threat of climate change'

Fossil teeth reveal new facts about a mass extinction 260 million years ago

A study has found that a local event rather than a global shift in climate caused the mass extinction in South Africa

Hunters should stop using lead bullets and help save the vultures

A new threat to vultures is emerging: lead poisoning from ammunition used by game hunters

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

​Toughie, the ‘loneliest frog on Earth’, croaks

Unable to migrate and not enough time to adapt to climate change, the Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog is extinct.

Activists hijack Cites and shoot down local solutions

Countries that wiped out their own species are now dictating how others should manage theirs.

A fifth of all plant species on earth are close to extinction

Thousands of new plants are being discovered every year, but the movement of agriculture and urbanisation are threatening a fifth of all species.

Humans driving sixth mass extinction

Scientists have pointed fingers at humans for rates of extinction that are 100 times higher than would be normal without human intervention.

Almost the end for Kenya’s northern white rhino

With just five left on earth, the animal's end is inevitable, and experts argue whether it's viable to give the species a resurgence in captivity.

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