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The United States is grappling with a wild pig invasion. Working out where they roam and why is the first step towards controlling the population
Increased interest in the farming of endangered animals as a conservation method has led to a closer look at pangolins. Could farming their meat and scales save wild populations?
Louise Callaghan is the Middle East correspondent for the Sunday Times and author of Father of Lions, the true story of Abu Laith, his family and team, who ran a zoo in Mosul during the Isis occupation, risking their lives to protect the animals in their care
Will 2019 go down as the year that the world finally took meaningful action to protect rainforests to the preservation of life on Earth? And can photographers help this cause by producing breathtaking images of forests around the world, asks Keith Wilson?
The concept of renewable energy in the Middle East sounds incongruous, for this is a region that is home to more than half of the world’s crude oil and more than a third of its natural gas reserves. However, local attention is slowly turning to both the sun and the region’s desert winds. In time, this shift in emphasis could play as key a role in limiting damaging effects of the climate crisis as any other. Can the Middle East go green?
In an epic new book from traveller and curator Susan Whitfield, 80 leading scholars detail the history of the fabled Silk Road is through its people, cultures and landscapes
Massive scientific investment has now identified the primary threats to biodiversity, but comparably little research has examined how and why some conservation initiatives spread while others falter
Large-scale air travel is under public scrutiny, and refusing to fly is increasingly in vogue, but can not dismantling the aviation industry really be justified?
A review of climate crisis coverage in the global media has revealed that rich countries and poor countries take a very different approach to environmental reporting
The Chinese government aims to put a ‘social credit system’ in place by 2020; a virtual scoring platform that uses personal data to assess the behaviour and ‘trustworthiness’ of every citizen. But can 24/7 surveillance ever be a good thing, and is the growing accessibility of personal data placing the UK on a similar path?
A new green cemetery in Paris indicates the growing desire among citizens for an eco-friendly death
For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Rory Walsh visits the leaning tower of Belfast
The story of Margate is one of early success, severe downturn and, now, revival through a conscious strategy of ‘culture-led regeneration’ that has seen thousands of Londoners flock to the east coast both as tourists and as new residents. But can the injection of culture and a splash of new blood really change lives for the better, and if so, for whom?
Marco Magrini looks at the carbon capturing power of the ocean’s giants
Marine Protected Areas are designed to benefit the marine ecosystem and human coastal populations, but are they actually achieving both?

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