CONSERVATION NEWS

News, views and features from the front lines of conservation

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2023 look ahead: Freshwater takes the spotlight

By Mary Kate McCoy

January 17, 2023
From roaring rivers to seasonal springs, freshwater is essential to life on Earth. Yet these ecosystems — and the species within them — tend to be overlooked, receiving only a fraction of the attention and funding dedicated to nature conservation.
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News spotlight: Cities turn to nature to revive their rivers

By Mary Kate McCoy

December 12, 2022
In case you missed it: Around the world, rivers have been treated like repositories of trash and toxic runoff — some so heavily polluted that they caught on fire. Now, cities from Australia to Europe to North America are turning to nature to restore their waterways.
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Notes from the field: Protecting an African oasis

By Mary Kate McCoy

November 17, 2022
Three countries — Angola, Botswana and Namibia — share the precious freshwater resources of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin, an oasis in the heart of the Kalahari Desert.
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The constructed wetlands were created by the people in Xiadong Village.
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In China, engineered wetlands remove waste from fresh water

By Kiley Price

August 24, 2022
In China, “engineered wetlands” are helping villages decontaminate their water by moving it through traditional infrastructure — such as shallow septic tanks — and into natural ecosystems such as marshes, plants and soil that absorb pollutants.
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News spotlight: Warming waters spawn salmon famine

By Matthew Ribel

August 22, 2022
In case you missed it: Millions of salmon commute up Alaska’s Yukon River every fall in search of safe places to spawn. But as waters begin to warm, their populations have slumped to all-time lows.
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