NATURE

Parties at the CITES conference in Johannesburg voted for proposals to list devil rays, thresher sharks and silky sharks under Appendix II, offering them better protection from international trade following unsustainable fishing for their fins in recent years
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty
Stunning images of our nation’s wildlife make up this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards winners
Delegates at CITES yesterday voted to ban international commercial trade in all eight species of pangolin
The proposed reintroduction of species such as the wolf and lynx to the British countryside is a highly contentious issue. Accurately measuring the impact of rewilding on biodiversity may help to win over the sceptics

Long live the King

It is barely half a century since the Born Free story caused the world to re-evaluate humanity’s relationship with lions. A few brief decades later, are we on the verge of having to reassess once more, as lions slide towards…
From the hotly debated topic of elephants and ivory to deciding the fate of lesser-known creatures struggling for survival, this year’s CITES conference is sure to be one of the most important and potentially game-changing meetings yet
Enormous structure found in the seabed between the Torres Straight and Port Douglas, could unlock the history – and future – of the Great Barrier Reef
The Annamite Mountains stretch through Laos, Vietnam and northeast Cambodia and are home to a host of unusual creatures, including the little-seen saola, one of the world’s rarest large mammals. But as Melody Kemp reports, a lack of protection from…
Indonesia’s trade in wild birds for domestic use is putting several species, including its own national bird, in grave danger
Only four Northern hemisphere cities are likely to be cool enough to host the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games by 2100 – Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow
Civil war and associated illegal mining in the DRC region could see one of our ‘closest living relatives’ completely wiped out within the next few decades
The Great Barrier Reef’s only endemic mammal is now extinct
Bewick’s swan numbers are dropping – and no one knows why. An epic aerial adventure into the Russian Arctic tundra aims to find out the answer
As climate change increasingly melts ice and permafrost in the Earth’s most northern regions, deadly toxins – presumed buried forever – are returning to the surface
A progressive approach to conservation unites snow leopards and local villagers in the Indian Himalaya
Listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN, the double-humped camel has nonetheless proved a remarkable breed. John Hare of the Wild Camel Protection Foundation outlines makes a case for the future of the species
In Thailand, marine biologists are teaming with sports fishermen to help find, record and preserve one of the ocean’s most mysterious creatures

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