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Oceans are teeming with life and are connected to society through history and culture, shipping and economic activity, geopolitics and recreation. (Shutterstock)

How a global ocean treaty could protect biodiversity in the high seas

International law does not meaningfully address biodiversity conservation in the high seas. We risk losing marine species before we have a chance to identify and understand them.
The pangolin, one of the most poached animals in the world, could have served as an intermediate host in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans. Wahyudi/AFP

Covid-19 or the pandemic of mistreated biodiversity

Covid-19, like other major epidemics, is not unrelated to the biodiversity and climate crisis we are experiencing.
A barn swallow scoops an insect from the pond’s surface. Richard Seeley/Shutterstock

Want to help rare birds? Dig a pond

Ponds create 'insect chimneys' which are a boon for hungry farmland birds.
Herd of Przewalski horses inside Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine). September 2016. Luke Massey (www.lmasseyimages.com)

The mystery of Chernobyl’s wild horses

Wild horses native to the steppes of Asia live now in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine), with an expanding population, 34 years after the nuclear accident.
Conservation is as much about the critical role of communities as custodians of biodiversity as it is about creating people-free zones. (Quang Nguyen Vinh/Pexels)

Why communities must be at the heart of conserving wildlife, plants and ecosystems

With the 2020 deadline for conserving biodiversity almost past, communities must now play a larger role in conservation.

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