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Richard Leakey, Kenyan conservationist and fossil hunter, dies at 77
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Richard Leakey, Kenyan conservationist and fossil hunter, dies at 77

He led expeditions that recalibrated scientific understanding of human evolution with the discovery of the skulls of Homo habilis (1.9 million years old) in 1972 and Homo erectus (1.6 million years old) in 1975

When conservation provides wildlife a new lease of life and gives locals new livelihood options
India

When conservation provides wildlife a new lease of life and gives locals new livelihood options

Many of the locals who have the deepest knowledge of the forests and the wildlife in these areas do not have steady employment, make a living by farming or doing odd jobs

'Conservation cannot just be left to people living with wildlife': How this eco-warrior is trying to save Planet Earth
India

'Conservation cannot just be left to people living with wildlife': How this eco-warrior is trying to save Planet Earth

Dr Krithi K Karanth, the first Indian to receive the Wild Innovator Award, through her multiple efforts tries to address the animal-human conflict and believes that empathy is the way forward in protecting the environment

Odisha's ‘black tigers’ owe their appearance to genetic mutation, Indian scientists find
India

Odisha's ‘black tigers’ owe their appearance to genetic mutation, Indian scientists find

The researchers noted that this has important implications for tiger conservation as such isolated and inbred populations are prone to extinction over even short periods of time

Birds of prey are threatened with global decline due to habitat loss and poisons find IUCN
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Birds of prey are threatened with global decline due to habitat loss and poisons find IUCN

Harpy eagles were once widespread throughout southern Mexico and Central and South America, but tree cutting and burning has dramatically shrunk their range.

China's wandering elephant herd shines a light on habitat loss and conservation failures
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China's wandering elephant herd shines a light on habitat loss and conservation failures

China's strict anti-poaching laws and conservation efforts has lead to an increase in the population of the endangered Asian elephants.

Amazon's hydropower plant contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions
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Amazon's hydropower plant contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions

Indigenous and environmental groups protested the construction in 1990s but it was revived as an ROR plant in 2011.

Indian conservationists release a dozen of the world's smallest pygmy hogs into the wild
India

Indian conservationists release a dozen of the world's smallest pygmy hogs into the wild

Once thought to be existing, the conservation programme released seven male and five females to boost the population.

Nature and humans collide in these eight winning images from the 2021 BigPicture Competition
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Nature and humans collide in these eight winning images from the 2021 BigPicture Competition

The annual photography competition encourages photographers to contribute their work to celebrate Earth's rich diversity and inspire action to protect it.

National laws necessary to conserve natural resources, but empowering traditional institutions is difference-maker
India

National laws necessary to conserve natural resources, but empowering traditional institutions is difference-maker

Traditional institutions are efficient and speedy in dispensing justice at the community-level as they understand the needs of the people

Chernobyl's toxic nuclear site presents a unique chance to protect biodiversity
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Chernobyl's toxic nuclear site presents a unique chance to protect biodiversity

Since the disaster, elk, wolves and the stocky endangered breed of Przewalski's wild horses native to Asia.

In Beloved Beasts, Michelle Nijhuis shows that history can help contextualise and guide modern conservation
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In Beloved Beasts, Michelle Nijhuis shows that history can help contextualise and guide modern conservation

Through the eyes and actions of individuals, Beloved Beasts portrays the evolution of the surprisingly young field from a pursuit almost solely of the privileged Western elite to “a movement that is shaped by many people, many places, and many species.”

Avian flu outbreak in India brings forth links to environment, animal and human health
India

Avian flu outbreak in India brings forth links to environment, animal and human health

Since many wetlands where migratory birds visit are unprotected, involving communities in their management is essential, according to experts.

India's recent avian flu outbreak highlights environmental, animal-human interaction concerns
India

India's recent avian flu outbreak highlights environmental, animal-human interaction concerns

Regular monitoring of wild aquatic birds and the wild bird-poultry-wetland interface is essential to understanding avian influenza viruses’ prevalence.

Baby sharks grow faster but smaller in warming oceans, struggle to survive, study claims
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Baby sharks grow faster but smaller in warming oceans, struggle to survive, study claims

The sharks are growing very fast, but to an ultimately smaller size, which is a problem for survival, say experts.

Indian beasts that existed 50,000 years ago could hold the key to evolution and extinction
India

Indian beasts that existed 50,000 years ago could hold the key to evolution and extinction

The persistence of megafauna even after the arrival of modern humans in India is linked to the long coexistence with modern humans and other human ancestors.

Human lives lost to wildlife-human conflict should be compensated better: Scientists
India

Human lives lost to wildlife-human conflict should be compensated better: Scientists

Higher compensation could improve conservation efforts, and help narrow down species to prioritise in conflict-prone zones, the study said.

New species of alpine plant discovered, endemic to Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh
India

New species of alpine plant discovered, endemic to Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh

The alpine plant species is critically endangered, as per guidelines from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Indonesian orangutans airlifted back into the wild after COVID-19 threat subsides
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Indonesian orangutans airlifted back into the wild after COVID-19 threat subsides

Poaching and habitat loss decimated the population of the critically-endangered species in Indonesia before the threat from SARS-CoV-2.

Endangered Gir lions conquer viral threat, experts advise moving some prides to other Parks
India

Endangered Gir lions conquer viral threat, experts advise moving some prides to other Parks

The 2018 virus outbreak was a reminder that the steady growth in the animal's population cannot be taken for granted.