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‘Sleepwalking through extinction’: China urged to end delays to Cop15 summit

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China has been urged to name a date for a key UN nature summit this year, amid growing frustration with Beijing and concerns among experts that we are “sleepwalking through this cataclysmic climate extinction”. After ...

Extinction obituary: the sudden, sad disappearance of the Christmas Island forest skink

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The last Christmas Island forest skink was named Gump. She lived in a spacious cage filled with rocks, soil, logs and a ready supply of fresh invertebrate food in the island’s national park. She wasn’t particularly ac...

Extinction obituary: why experts weep for the quiet and beautiful Hawaiian po’ouli

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The last po’ouli died in an unusual nest. Too weak to perch, the brownish-greyish songbird rested in a small towel twisted into a ring. He was the last of his species, the last in fact of an entire group of finches, a...

One in five reptiles faces extinction in what would be a ‘devastating’ blow

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More than a fifth of all reptile species are threatened with extinction, which could have a “devastating” impact on the planet, a new study warns. The largest ever analysis of the state of the world’s reptiles, publis...

Extinction Rebellion protesters force Lloyd’s of London to close HQ

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Extinction Rebellion protesters have forced the closure of the insurance market Lloyd’s of London, after using superglue, chains and bicycle locks to block entrances to the building. The environmental activist group s...

Fireproof Australia: who are the radical Extinction Rebellion splinter group?

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It was the re-election of a Coalition government in May 2019 that altered the trajectory of Sam Noonan’s life and politics. “I didn’t really care about politics until then,” Noonan says. “But then a lightbulb went off...

Extinction Rebellion stages mass protest in central London

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Supporters of the environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion have taken part in a mass sit-down protest in the heart of London’s shopping district. Several thousand demonstrators with multicoloured flags bearin...

Extinction Rebellion vows fossil fuels protest will ‘grind London to a halt’

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Extinction Rebellion has said it will conduct its most disruptive protest yet on the streets of London over the coming week, calling for an end to the fossil fuel economy. The environmental activist group, which encou...

Rebellion review – thoughtful documentary telling the real story behind Extinction Rebellion

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This balanced, thoughtful documentary tells the story of Extinction Rebellion from the inside. It’s directed by first-timers Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot, who capture the anything-is-possible euphoria of th...

How one of Florida’s most beloved animals may be close to climate extinction

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When Hurricane Irma ravaged south Florida in September 2017 it inundated homes, knocked out electricity for millions and killed more than 30 people. The devastation was not confined to humans, however. In the Florida ...

Extinction Rebellion donor leads world’s top-performing hedge fund

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The world’s 20 top performing hedge fund managers earned a record $65.4bn ($48bn) profit for their clients in 2021 after bets placed on rising stock markets paid off. The biggest winner was TCI, the fund run by Britis...

Extinction Rebellion activists cleared over London rush hour disruption

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Three activists who targeted London’s public transport network to raise the alarm about the escalating climate crisis have been acquitted by a jury. The three Extinction Rebellion campaigners disrupted rush hour servi...

‘We can’t save everybody’: could biobanking offer Australian animals a last hope against extinction?

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On 15 December 2014, inside a repurposed shipping container in the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the USA, Mark Mandica heard an unfamiliar animal call. It was a reddish-brown frog about the size of a peach, called Tough...

Jury clears Extinction Rebellion activists who targeted commuters

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Six climate crisis activists whose protest halted transport links serving London’s financial district have been acquitted by a jury. The group of Extinction Rebellion protesters targeted the Docklands Light Railway (D...

Extinction Rebellion blockades Amazon UK hubs on Black Friday

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Climate activists have blockaded Amazon distribution centres across the UK to highlight the company’s treatment of its workforce and what they say are its “environmentally destructive and wasteful business practices”....

Earth has seen five mass extinction events. What can we learn from them?

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Five times in the last 500m years, more than three-fourths of marine animal species perished in mass extinctions. Each of these events is associated with a major disruption of Earth’s carbon cycle. How such catastroph...

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