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Australia faces wave of native extinctions without urgent action on invasive species, CSIRO reports

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Australia could face a wave of plant and animal extinctions by 2050 unless it takes urgent action to address the threat of invasive species, according to a new report that finds the problem is already costing at least...

New species of rare tadpole-carrying frog discovered in northern NSW

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A new frog species, one of only two in Australia known to carry its tadpoles on its body, has been discovered in the Gondwana rainforests world heritage area in northern New South Wales. The tiny frog measures 16mm an...

US to declare ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more species extinct

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The ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species are expected to be declared extinct by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday. It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a...

​Fossilised long-legged giant penguin identified as new species

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In January 2006 a group of children in summer camp in Waikato, New Zealand, went on a fossil-hunting field trip with a seasoned archaeologist. They kayaked to the upper Kawhia harbour, a hotspot for this sort of activ...

Rewriting extinction: Ricky Gervais joins celebrities creating comics to save species

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Ricky Gervais is the latest celebrity to join an ambitious year-long storytelling campaign called Rewriting Extinction with the launch of a comic called Bullfight. Since it launched in June, more than 300 celebrities,...

Up to half of world’s wild tree species could be at risk of extinction

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Between a third and half of the world’s wild tree species are threatened with extinction, posing a risk of wider ecosystem collapse, the most comprehensive global stocktake to date warns. Forest clearance for farming ...

Feeding birds in our gardens is a joy – but it may be harming weaker species

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Feeding birds is hard-wired into our national psyche. The apocryphal Victorian “tuppence a bag” for seed for the Trafalgar Square pigeons has morphed into a national pastime, with an estimated 17m households spending ...

Tropical invaders: the Med’s warming seas put native species in hot water

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Pasquale Tuccio docked his small, blue and white wooden boat at the old pier on Linosa, one of Italy’s tiny Pelagie islands in the strait of Sicily. Inspecting his gillnet, he found a slipper lobster, some sea bream, ...

One airport, 1,300 snakes: San Francisco helps to save endangered species

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Across from the San Francisco international airport, and past the bustling highway that hugs it, lies what appears to be an empty lot. But the 180-acre, airport-owned parcel of land, which sits beyond the tarmac, tuck...

Sierra Nevada red fox wins protection as endangered species

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The slender, bushy-tailed Sierra Nevada red fox will be listed as an endangered species, federal wildlife officials announced, saying its population has dipped to just 40 animals in an area of California stretching fr...

Invasive species have cost UK at least £5bn since 1970s, study reveals

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Invasive species such as the grey squirrel, Japanese knotweed and the European rabbit have cost the UK economy at least £5bn since the mid 1970s, according to research. Ecosystem-altering plants and animals that wipe ...

New IUCN green status launched to help species ‘thrive, not just survive’

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A new conservation tool could help put thousands of threatened animal and plant species on the road to recovery, allowing creatures such as the Sumatran rhino and the California condor to flourish once again. Scientis...

The fight to save one of America’s last lesbian bars: ‘We’re like an endangered species’

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Everyone at the Cubbyhole has an origin story. Mona Williams was 21, queer, and had been kicked out by their family when they first arrived at the quaint little lesbian bar on a street corner in New York’s West Villag...

Grasshopper species named after murdered wildlife rangers in Spain

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A new species of grasshopper discovered in Catalonia in north-east Spain has been named in honour of two local wildlife rangers who were murdered by a hunter in 2017. The insect, a member of the orthoptera order that ...

Endangered Species review – bizarrely perky safari thriller deserves a mauling

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The days of Africa-set films featuring white protagonists using glowing savannas as set dressing for first-world problems seemed to be numbered, but hold on: here is a fist-bitingly self-regarding family drama with Ph...

Plastic rafting: the invasive species hitching a ride on ocean litter

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Japan’s 2011 tsunami was catastrophic, killing nearly 16,000 people, destroying homes and infrastructure, and sweeping an estimated 5m tons of debris out to sea. That debris did not disappear, however. Some of it drif...

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