Beavers dramatically change a landscape by building dams that create ponds of still water.
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Restoring entire ecosystems is a difficult and expensive process. Thankfully, certain species, called ecosystem engineers, can make restoration easier. Gaining social and political support is critical too.
Indigenous engineering and care for Country points to a better way to manage the Baaka.
The Osun River has become turbid and unsafe for consumption - threatening its cultural and biodiversity significance. Photo by: Stefan Heunis/AFP via Getty Images.
The ability of the Osun River to support biodiversity is being threatened by pollution and can only be rescued if the contamination ends.
Cheetahs in the Serengeti in Tanzania.
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One-fifth of Earth’s land could be restored to wilderness by reintroducing animals and improving management.
A restored prairie in southern Michigan.
Restoring former prairies that have been plowed under for farming delivers land, wildlife and climate benefits. But a new study finds that the weather plays a surprising role.
Maine’s Penobscot River flows freely where the Veazie Dam once stood. Dam removals have reopened the river to 12 native fish species.
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Thousands of dams across the US are aging and overdue for maintenance. Taking them down can revive rivers, restore fish runs and create new opportunities for tourism and outdoor activities.
Bighorn sheep on grassland in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
North America’s prairies once were home to millions of wild animals. Today, most of that land is farmed or developed, but some grasslands have never been plowed and could be rewilded.
The current state of our climate shouldn’t be dismissed as a ‘new normal’. The hard truth is many of our ecosystems will not recover from the damage.
A phytoplankton bloom stretching across the Barents Sea off the coast of mainland Europe’s most northern point.
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Populations of plankton are in decline. If we push this critical foundation of the marine food chain to extinction, we could cripple ecosystems for millions of years.