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It takes a lot more than the latest research data and alarming projections from conservation scientists to make headlines these days. What really grabs people’s attention are the pictures that illustrate what’s at stake and the damage already caused
NGOs shine a light on the underreporting of wildlife crime and call for the keeping of better records of offences across England and Wales
Pioneering laser photography is being used by scientists on the west coast of Scotland to assess the health of the area’s marine life 

Capturing the Galapagos

Annual competition looks to celebrate island life in all its glory
Increasing interest in offshore aquaculture is dividing environmentalists

Green loopholes

Well-meaning promises don’t always have positive outcomes. Marco Magrini finds that green paradoxes abound despite the best of intentions

Hunting the hunters

The RSPB introduces a new hotline for reporting the unlawful killing of birds of prey
With the death earlier this week of the world’s last male northern white rhino, the sub-species has been brought worryingly close to extinction. The demise of 45-year-old ‘Sudan’ in Kenya also has significant consequences for conservation of the species as…
The essence of street photography is its raw, unfiltered, unstaged realism. The key to this is mastering your sense of timing and not being embarrassed to approach potential subjects
For Marco Magrini, a tax on fossil fuels would be a no-brainer in order to get a supply-and-demand market place working fairly
Half of animal species in world’s most biodiverse areas could face extinction as global temperatures soar
Four-year project to reestablish safe breeding grounds for seabirds on remote Scottish islands declared a success

The unusual soil-spects

First global atlas of soil bacteria reveals a small minority of species have dominated world soils
Scientists discover how shrubs are dominating the Arctic tundra
War and conservation have a complicated relationship, with two studies undertaken in Africa showing significantly different responses to conflict and the impact on natural environments
Why is Europe so cold right now? Marco Magrini suggests looking north, to an exceptionally warm Arctic, for some answers
Threatened Californian owls are suffering from digesting rat poison administered to the state’s thousands of marijuana farms

Into the blue

With the majority of the ocean still remaining undiscovered, a team of marine scientists is about to set forth on one of the most ambitious deep-sea research and education projects ever attempted

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