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The shrinking sea: why the Caspian is under threat – a photo essay

With the rivers that feed it drying up, less rainfall and a hotter climate, the world’s largest inland body of water is in peril. With five countries sharing it, can the political will to save this unique habitat be found?Text and photographs by Christ…

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‘We are powerless’: Indian villagers live in fear of torture in fight against bauxite mine

Adivasis in Banteji say they also face arrests, violence and harassment by police and company officialsFor months, they have been living in fear. The people of Banteji, a small tribal village amid the rolling green mountains deep in India’s Odisha stat…

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Rhino numbers rebound as global figures reveal a win for conservation

Tally rises to 27,000 but is still a far cry from former half a million, and Javan and Sumatran rhino remain critically endangeredGlobal rhinoceros numbers have increased to 27,000 despite populations being ravaged by poaching and habitat loss, new fig…

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How killing vultures endangers humans – video

Africa has lost about 90% of its vultures over the past 50 years. It’s a rapidly growing crisis, and the decline is not down to natural causes. Most of these birds are being poisoned, often unintentionally, by humans. We know the impact that mass vultu…

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Can 3D-printed tiger teeth help save our rarest animals from extinction?

Indian tribal hunting endangers wildlife but now a startup making 3D replicas is giving teeth to conservation effortsIn the lowland rainforests of Arunachal Pradesh in north-east India, tigers, clouded leopards, eagles and hornbills dot the landscape. …

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Against the Tide review – old ways vs the new in a study of modern Indian fisherfolk

Seafaring friends from Mumbai cope with a changing climate and an unforgiving economy in different ways in Sarvnik Kaur’s poetic, beautifully shot documentary Sarvnik Kaur’s patient, plangent documentary follows two fishers and friends from Mumbai’s Ko…

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Are debt-for-nature swaps the way forward for conservation?

Agreements to reduce developing countries’ debt burden in exchange for spending on nature will be on the agenda at a finance summit in Paris this weekAfter decades in the wilderness, and familiar to only those in the know, “debt-for-nature swaps” are b…

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Great pretender: the bird with an Elvis-like quiff that can’t stop mimicking

Scientists are learning the secrets of the greater racket-tailed drongo and other creatures in a jungle in south India from the people who have always lived thereIn the dense forests of south India’s Western Ghats, you may be lucky enough to spot a gre…

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‘It’s not like chicken farming’: why manta rays are chopped up in Sri Lanka

The gill plates of the extremely intelligent fish – many species of which are already categorised as endangered – are sold across east Asia as remedies said to have ‘no basis in medical science’Every morning, starting at 3am, Lakshan hacks up manta ray…

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