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Thousands of young people are striking from school today, the first of many demonstrations to demand action on climate change. Their demands (in the UK):
You can follow or join the movement by searching #FridaysForFuture, #YouthStrike4Climate, #Youth4Climate and #WhateverItTakes.
Find your local strike here.
The Russian government are closing a notorious whale gulag in the Bay of Srednyya. The whales were to be sold off to China to be placed in aquariums. Article
China and India have emerged as the worlds biggest reforesters. Article
Activists are launching a legal challenge to the Taiji Dolphin Hunt, contending that dolphins are wrongly classified as fish and should be protected as mammals. Article
Chris Packham is launching a new NGO, Wild Justice, to challenge nature policy in the UK courts. Article
Black leopard confirmed in Africa for first time in 100 years. Article
Electric fishing will be banned in the EU as of June 2021. Article
The EU are also planning an initiative to tackle pollinator decline. Article
Chester Zoo are launching the worlds first ever study of the Giant Pangolin. Article
A female octopus is probably not the ideal Valentine’s date…unless you’re into choking? Article
Floods in Australia have covered the Great Barrier Reef in dirty water. Article
Also in Australia, native turtles are facing extinction according to a new report. Article
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Your reminder that pangolins are bipedal. Video
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: the Lumix people's choice winner. Images
Hyena crunching bones. Video
Lil glass frog. Video
Horned treehopper from the Philippines. Image
Red crab feasting on the thousands of newly hatched babies she laid a month before. Video
Blue sea dragons hunt down Portuguese man-o-war, eat them alive, then steal the stinging cells to use as armor against their enemies. Video
Black and Chestnut Eagle. Video
Fluorescent fly testes. Image
The rather delightful sound of a Hoop Pine cone disintegrating. Video
A Howard Springs Toadlet snatching an unwary ant. Video
The Gerenuk, an African Long-Necked Antelope. Video
End fracking for good. Petition
End the Cage Age of intensively farmed animals. Petition
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