endangered habitats

Why it could take a century for Australia's animals to recover from the bushfires – video explainer

Why it could take a century for Australia's animals to recover from the bushfires – video explainer

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT OF DEAD ANIMALSAn estimated 1 billion animals have been killed during or as a result of Australia’s catastrophic bushfire season, and experts fear some species now face
Kangaroo Island bushfires: grave fears for unique wildlife after estimated 25,000 koalas killed

Kangaroo Island bushfires: grave fears for unique wildlife after estimated 25,000 koalas killed

Greatest concerns for endangered Kangaroo Island dunnart and glossy black-cockatoo after third of island burnedEcologists have grave concerns for the future of unique and endangered wildlife on
Revealed: 'monumental' NSW bushfires have burnt 20% of Blue Mountains world heritage area

Revealed: 'monumental' NSW bushfires have burnt 20% of Blue Mountains world heritage area

More than 10% of forest in NSW national parks destroyed by fire this season, with the damage to Gondwana rainforest a ‘global tragedy’ • ‘Absolutely suffocating’: how are you affected by smoke haze
One-third of tropical African plant species at risk of extinction – study

One-third of tropical African plant species at risk of extinction – study

Experts say new approach to classify plants’ conservation status suggests 7,000 species at riskA third of plant species in tropical Africa are threatened with extinction, a new study suggests. Plants
To the moon and back with the eastern curlew

To the moon and back with the eastern curlew

Ultra-endurance athlete, aerodynamic wonder … and facing extinction. Why the bird who flies 30,000km a year needs Australia’s mudflats • Vote for your favourite in the 2019 bird of the year pollThe
Stripped bare: Australia's hidden climate crisis

Stripped bare: Australia's hidden climate crisis

An epidemic of land clearing is sabotaging efforts to address climate change. Farming communities are bitterly divided over the issue – but it also has global consequences Continue reading...
Josh Frydenberg backs Angus Taylor's account of grasslands meeting

Josh Frydenberg backs Angus Taylor's account of grasslands meeting

Former environment minister says Taylor had disclosed family interest in grasslands case before controversial meetingFormer federal environment minister Josh Frydenberg has defended setting up a
Australia's oldest things: how mind-boggling timelines meet the climate emergency | Jeff Sparrow

Australia's oldest things: how mind-boggling timelines meet the climate emergency | Jeff Sparrow

They were here before us and should live on long afterwards. With 12 years to avert catastrophe, we need to imagine the aeons to come and consider the creatures that outlive usWilbur the tortoise has,
Wales scraps £1.4bn Gwent Levels M4 relief road scheme

Wales scraps £1.4bn Gwent Levels M4 relief road scheme

Environmentalists welcome move but business leaders and Tories criticise decisionA controversial scheme to build a £1.4bn motorway through the Gwent Levels in south Wales has been scrapped by the
Baby elephant rescued from lake in India – video

Baby elephant rescued from lake in India – video

An elephant calf was coaxed out of Dipor Bil, a lake in north-east India, after it became separated from its mother. Officials managed to encourage the animal out of the water and into the safety of
PM says bill that mentions testing make-up on animals is 'action' on extinction crisis

PM says bill that mentions testing make-up on animals is 'action' on extinction crisis

Scott Morrison claims to have passed laws ‘dealing with that very issue’ raised by the UN environment reportScott Morrison has identified a bill that restricts testing make-up on animals as an example
One of last four giant softshell turtles dies in Chinese zoo

One of last four giant softshell turtles dies in Chinese zoo

Death of Yangtze giant softshell turtle came a day after artificial insemination attemptThe world’s rarest turtle has moved closer to extinction after a female died in a Chinese zoo, leaving just
Deadly skin-eating fungal disease wipes out 90 amphibian species in 50 years

Deadly skin-eating fungal disease wipes out 90 amphibian species in 50 years

Study reveals extent of chytrid fungus and how devastating it has been for frog, toad and salamander species worldwideA deadly disease that wiped out global populations of amphibians led to the
Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’

Tokyo Olympics venues ‘built with wood from threatened rainforests’

Use of tropical plywood from Malaysia and Indonesia risks destruction of orangutan habitat, say NGOsWood from threatened south-east Asian rainforests has been used to build venues for the Tokyo 2020
‘Rich soup of life’ in Gwent wetlands at risk from motorway

‘Rich soup of life’ in Gwent wetlands at risk from motorway

Campaigners fear the loss of rare biodiversity if a £1bn bypass is approved by the Welsh assemblyThe Gwent Levels is a low-lying patchwork of wetlands, divided by drainage ditches first dug by the
Five countries hold 70% of world's last wildernesses, map reveals

Five countries hold 70% of world's last wildernesses, map reveals

First map of Earth’s intact ecosystems shows just five nations are responsible for most of them – but it will require global action to protect themJust five countries hold 70% of the world’s remaining
Caledonia’s lost forest to be restored to glory in £23m rewilding

Caledonia’s lost forest to be restored to glory in £23m rewilding

Ancient woodland will be pieced back together as part of Europe-wide project that will give endangered species their habitats backOnly a few tattered scraps of woodland in the Cairngorms provide
‘Terror being waged on wildlife', leaders warn

‘Terror being waged on wildlife', leaders warn

National and conservation leaders say the annihilation of nature is a dangerous ‘blight on humanity’, ahead of major summit• Dominic Jermey: This corrupt, illegal war on wildlife makes losers of us
UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees

UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees

DfID says scheme to protect species in Indonesia and Liberia will create 16,000 jobsThe UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African
Chimp sanctuary created by World Bank threatened by World Bank-backed dam

Chimp sanctuary created by World Bank threatened by World Bank-backed dam

Bank helped create reserve for endangered primates, but has since funded studies used to approve dam that would flood newly created habitat Less than a year after it helped to create one of the