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2018 Large Carnivores Report published

Large carnivores represent a fundamental link in the food chain and a key species for the stability of ecosystems. Their state of health may determine knock-on effects that influence animals and vegetation of the whole ecosystem to which they belong.…

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Here are the winners of the Underwater photographer of the year 2019 contest

The winners of the Underwater photographer of the year 2019 have been announced; this is the annual photographic contest organised in the United Kingdom since 1965, with the aim of celebrating underwater photography, whether in oceans, lakes or even swimming…

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FAO Report on biodiversity, agriculture threatened

FAO, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, has recently published the first report on the State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, to inform the world that biodiversity, on which our agriculture and our food systems is…

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SOS insects, 40% of species are at risk

Insects account for around two thirds of known animal species. After appearing on Earth around 479 million years ago, they have colonised every continent. These extraordinary animals, which have achieved an unparalleled evolutionary success, are now threatened with extinction. According…

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The population of monarch butterflies is increasing in Mexico

Good news is arriving from Mexico for the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus): recent research has revealed that the population of monarch butterflies wintering in Central Mexico in 2018 increased by 144% against the previous year. This is what emerges from…

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Abruzzo National Park, 11 bear cubs born in 2018

Good news for the Marsican brown bear. No less than eleven cubs have been born in 2018 in the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. This is a very positive result, confirming the reproduction rate of this species living in…

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The Madagascan pochard has been reintroduced into the natural environment

The Aythya innotata, a diving duck considered almost extinct, is once again living on Lake Sofia, in Northern Madagascar. Indeed, 21 of these ducks raised in captivity have been released, after being held for a number of days in a…

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Shortfin Mako sharks at risk due to fishing

Shortfin Mako sharks, thus named due to the size of their pectoral fins, and cousins of great white sharks, are seriously threatened by intensive fishing, because they are unintentionally captured by fishermen, who often take then them ashore anyway, to…

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National Tree Day

Trees make an essential contribution to life: they provide refuge for many animals, they transform carbon dioxide into oxygen using photosynthesis, reduce noise pollution, mitigate wind, offer us cool shade in the summer and shield us from cold air in…

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