Mostly, humans have been devastating to the planet but, on rare occasions, we get it right. Here are stories of people who live in harmony with their surroundings, from Tibet to Morocco and beyond.
A recent study finds that noise from human activities is intruding into many parks and other protected areas. Creating quiet zones and noise corridors can help reduce impacts from noise pollution.
With the right approach to data security, scientists' discoveries of the locations of rare and sought-after species needn't leave a trail for poachers to follow.
Wilderness areas are vitally important, yet are largely overlooked by the United Nations' list of natural World Heritage. This week's meeting in Poland is a chance to redress that balance.
Latest results from garden bird surveys in New Zealand show that at least six non-native species have declined over the past decade.
Intensified rice production in Cambodia's dry season is wreaking havoc on local bird populations.
The African court has demonstrated its autonomy in a continent where judicial independence remains shaky in many states.
'Australian values' have been mangled into meaninglessness by countless politicians. But there is an national character, shaped by the Australian land. New research investigates Outback values.
New Zealand just conferred personhood upon the Whanganui River, giving it standing to legally defend its rights. Can this novel strategy save the environment?
Zoos' role in conservation is divisive, but in Australia they could be critical in securing and even recovering threatened species.
International and local demand have brought Madagascar's palm species to the brink of extinction.
On the Tibetan plateau, the village of Yunta shows that animals and humans can live peacefully and care for each other.
Communities and indigenous people would like to conserve forests, nature and biodiversity. But their priority, like that of most people, is improving their own well-being and that of their children.
Both focus too much on controlling supply and not enough on demand.
Dingoes and wolves can help control destructive smaller predators, new research shows, but only if we encourage them across wide areas.
A century after they vanished, oysters have returned to the Dornoch Firth thanks to an ambitious natural cleaning project
A new study shows that the way humpback whales choose their habitats is affected by humans.
The "decision science" approach helps avoid unanticipated consequences of programs to bring species such as New Zealand's little bush moa, Waitomo frog, or laughing owl back from extinction.
Elephants, livestock and grass all play an important role in ensuring the survival of the Hirola - the world's rarest antelope.
Giraffe populations have declined by more than a third over the past 30 years. Two wildlife law experts explain the protections that would come with including them on a US list of endangered species.