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North America’s tiniest turtle vanishing

Despite decades of conservation work, populations of North America's smallest turtle, the bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii), is continuing to decline. Habitat destruction, invasive plants, road-kill, and the illegal pet trade…

Bats worth billions

US agriculture stands to lose billions in free ecosystem services from the often-feared and rarely respected humble bat. According to a recent study in Science bats in North America provide…

15 conservation issues to watch

Deforestation near Gunung Palung in Indonesian Borneo. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler Deforestation, oil spills, coral acidification: these are just a few examples of ongoing, and well-researched, environmental changes that…

Forgotten species: the plummeting cycad

Everyone knows the tiger, the panda, the blue whale, but what about the other five to thirty million species estimated to inhabit our Earth? Many of these marvelous, stunning, and…

Epidemic hits Amazonian indigenous group

An epidemic, suspected to be malaria, has struck down dozens of people of the Yanomami tribe in the Venezuelan Amazon, reports the Associated Press. Leaders of the three impacted village…

Losing nature’s medicine cabinet

An interview with Dr. Christopher N. Herndon. In all the discussions of saving the world's biodiversity from extinction, one point is often and surprisingly forgotten: the importance of the world's…

The true cost of the Commonwealth Games

UK newspapers have been flooded this week and last by reports of the Commonwealth Games’ venue literally caving in and collapsing, athletes have deemed their village accommodation "filthy" and terrorists…

Photos: world’s top ten ‘lost frogs’

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) have sent teams of researchers to 14 countries on five continents to search for the world's lost…