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To save the axolotl, Mexico looks to the past
A Mexico City lake and its canals are the only place on Earth where the axolotl lives. But over the years, it has been drained, polluted and crowded with predatory invasive species — severely endangering the salamander. A new effort aims to change that.
December 6, 2023
After nearly 50 years, water back on the global agenda
This week, the United Nations holds its first global freshwater conference in nearly 50 years. In the years since, the global population has doubled — yet the challenges facing the health of, and access to, freshwater resources have been largely overshadowed by the climate and biodiversity crises.
March 22, 2023
It's 2023 — is this the year fresh water has its moment?
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.
January 17, 2023
News spotlight: New satellite offers view into nearly all of Earth’s waters
In case you missed it: As climate change drives sea level rise, and more extreme droughts and floods, understanding the world’s water patterns is increasingly important. Luckily, scientists are coming up with new ways to adapt. The latest: satellites.
January 3, 2023
News spotlight: Cities turn to nature to revive their rivers
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.
December 12, 2022
Notes from the field: Protecting an African oasis
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.
November 17, 2022
In China, engineered wetlands remove waste from fresh water
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.
August 24, 2022
News spotlight: Warming waters spawn salmon famine
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.
August 22, 2022
Nature meets culture: Art exhibit explores Indigenous ‘water defenders’ — and more
Here's some recent arts and culture news to help bring nature to life, wherever you are.
July 14, 2022
Meet a scientist: the freshwater defender
Growing up in Kenya on the edge of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, Leonard Akwany always felt most at home in nature. Long days fishing and birding with friends forged a special connection to the lake, eventually leading to a career focused on protecting it.
February 10, 2022
Expert: Ending the global water crisis ‘starts in your back yard’
Conservation News spoke to a Conservation International freshwater scientist about the key differences between the climate crisis and the water crisis — and why we must tap into different solutions for each.
January 29, 2021
New science: Saving freshwater species, lessons from China and more
Protecting nature starts with science. Here’s a roundup of recent scientific research published by Conservation International experts.
November 12, 2020
For billions without clean water, ‘wash your hands’ is complicated
Conservation News spoke with Conservation International’s Colleen Sorto about how when it comes to water and human health, where your water comes from can be just as important as how you use it.
June 17, 2020
New science: saving life on land, record-breaking rays, freshwater action plan
Here’s a roundup of recent science published by Conservation International experts.
April 16, 2020
In photos: From forest to mega-city, a river’s journey
An Indonesian river is transformed as it winds downstream.
June 15, 2016
5 Father’s Day cards for our favorite animal dads
These animal dads at least deserve a Father’s Day card for all of the work they’ve put in.
June 15, 2018
Before and after: In four short years, new forest takes root
On the edge of an Indonesian national park, a photographer documents farmland being reclaimed by the trees.
May 25, 2016
As native plants vanish, parched Moroccan peaks get seeds of hope
Community nurseries are helping mountain villagers protect their livelihoods in the face of a changing world.
November 15, 2016
The trees that could make or break Mexico City’s future
CI’s Jürgen Hoth talks air pollution, the illegal drug trade and why planting trees isn’t always the answer.
December 15, 2016
Why are freshwater species in trouble? Bad p.r., for one
New research aims to show people how we can protect important freshwater ecosystems by shining the spotlight on large, charismatic freshwater species that people largely ignore.
October 11, 2017
3 reasons for optimism this Earth Day
This Earth Day (April 22), you could be forgiven for feeling gloomy about the state of our planet.
April 21, 2017
As a vital lake vanishes, a woman fights for the people it leaves behind
Indigenous woman and “climate warrior” Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim has brought the struggles of her community onto the global stage.
April 5, 2016
What coffee and airplanes could mean for forests
In light of recent reports on climate change, forests are making headlines.
April 14, 2016
Peru establishes new national park in the Amazon
Peru established Yaguas National Park in an untouched area of the Amazon.
January 25, 2018
Citing threats to wildlife, experts urge caution amid dam-building rush
With more thoughtful planning, developers could minimize environmental impacts that have soured dams’ reputation.
January 8, 2016
Murders of environmental activists reflect chronic clashes over resource use
The tragic loss of Berta Cáceres and other activists is a frightening omen for the future of the land they fought to protect.
March 31, 2016
Threats to protected areas jeopardize global freshwater supplies
Where does your water come from? The answer may surprise you.
July 15, 2016
We’re in a global water crisis. It’s time to turn to nature
Water crises in Cape Town and Southern California have shined a light on the plight of the planet’s fresh water in the face of climate change — and the critical role that nature plays in addressing today’s most pressing water challenges.
October 16, 2018
Protecting the planet’s freshwater: 3 things you need to know
Nature-based solutions were mainstream at last week’s Stockholm World Water Week.
September 7, 2018
To protect its precious water, Bogotá looks to the Big Apple
A recent workshop in Bogotá highlighted the challenges to protecting water by protecting nature in Latin American cities.
January 30, 2018
Tourism, traditions combine in fight to save a threatened forest
As their flooded forest disintegrated around them, the Peruvian village of Tingana decided to act.
February 25, 2016
For Caribbean island nations, nature is first line of climate defense
In the Caribbean Islands, nations are turning to nature to mount an effective defense against extreme weather impacts.
October 13, 2017
A world away from Paris, erratic climate pushes a country to the edge
As a record drought decimates crop yields in Papua New Guinea, many families are relying on the ocean as a safety net.
December 7, 2015
Halt in construction of Brazilian dam sign of progress on indigenous rights
This news could signal a shift for historically marginalized communities.
April 28, 2016
Parched Cape Town’s lesson for cities: Protect nature
Human Nature talked to Conservation International’s freshwater lead about what cities have to do to protect their water supplies in a changing climate.
March 20, 2018
Field notes from “Cambodia’s beating heart”
Cambodia is trying to stop the loss of its lifeblood: the fish that thrive in these waters.
May 9, 2018
New tool provides gauge for freshwater health
Scientists created a scoring system for freshwater health.
March 19, 2018
Funds adding fuel in tech’s climate race
Agustin Silvani, vice president of the Conservation Finance Division at Conservation International, explains the importance of tech accelerators.
April 25, 2019
Protecting fisheries can fight poverty: study
Freshwater protected areas can boost fish stocks to pull communities out of poverty.
February 7, 2019
These 7 maps shed light on most crucial areas of Amazon rainforest
Thirty million people call the Amazonia region home — and they all depend on its forests every day.
January 17, 2017
What on Earth is ‘natural capital’?
This concept could literally revolutionize the way nature is protected.
July 13, 2016
5 things you might not know about mountains and climate change
The health of the world’s mountains is not set in stone.
March 15, 2016