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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.
Fire cut a devastating swath through Australia in 2019-20, leaving a heavy toll of death and destruction in its wake. (Shutterstock)

Money won’t save the planet, so philanthropy needs to adapt

Philanthropy in the form of financial donations is not a solution to the natural disasters caused by climate change. A new philanthropy of social change is needed.

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