Conservation is a major issue around the world with the impacts that humans have on natural ecosystems through activities from mining, building new cities and global warming. There are many conservation groups and efforts that lobby for the conservation of particular species (for example, the polar bear) or groups of animals (for example, tigers), while others are aimed at entire habitats, such as the Amazon rainforest. Conservation efforts can also aim to protect natural resources. Some conservation is done by setting aside national parks and wildlife preserves, while other conservation works targets specific threats to particular species. Read about various conservation efforts and issues below.
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To Preserve the Earth, Rethink Our Relationship with Nature (Op-Ed)
A woman walks down a road surrounded by tall green trees.
October 7th, 2015
The planet faces a booming population, but a stark future can be avoided if nations push for sustainable development.
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Walk with Elephants: Explore African Sanctuary on Google Street View
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September 21st, 2015
You don't have to leave home to hang out with one of the world's most beloved tusked mammals.
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Paying for Nature's Bounty? It May be the Cheaper Alternative (Op-Ed)
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It may seem unusual to pay for something as, well, natural as nature, but a new economic model suggests just that, and it seems to be working, argues Jane Carter Ingram.
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Sneezing Monkeys & 'Walking' Fish: Fascinating New Species Discovered
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October 6th, 2015
Hundreds of new species have been discovered in the Himalayas in recent years, but many face danger as climate change and overdevelopment alter their habitats.
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Panda Protections Save Other Species, Too
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September 16th, 2015
The laserlike focus on saving the charismatic giant panda has helped many other species in China survive, but more could be done, a new study finds.
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Thirsty Butterflies Disappearing from the UK
August 10th, 2015
Some butterfly species could disappear from southern Britain in the next 35 years if climate change and habitat loss continue, according to new research.
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Wild Beauty: Winning Ecology Photos Feature Sunbirds and Zebras
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August 3rd, 2015
The winning photos from a recent ecology photo contest prove that Mother Nature is always ready for her close-up.
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'Doomsday' Seed Vault: The Science Behind World's Arctic Storage Cube
September 24th, 2015
The ongoing civil war in Syria has led to the first-ever withdrawal from the Svalbard "doomsday" Global Seed Vault.
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Will Future Generations Preserve the National Parks? (Op-Ed)
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August 25th, 2015
What's the best way to maintain U.S. national parks? Show up.
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Photos: Delicate, Disappearing Butterflies of Southern Britain
August 10th, 2015
Photos of butterflies that will likely go extinct by 2050 in southern Britain if their habitats aren't preserved and droughts worsen.
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