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Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

logged trees are piled up in the białowieża forest in eastern poland
Logged trees are piled up in the Białowieża Forest in eastern Poland. Photograph: Artur Reszko/EPA

Poland is given two weeks to end its destruction of the Unesco-protected forest in a landmark ruling by the European court of justice

November 21, 2017 — Poland has been given two weeks to stop illegal deforestation in the Unesco-protected Białowieża forest or face fines of at least €100,000 a day. Continue reading Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

Spectacular rebirth of Belize’s coral reefs threatened by tourism and development

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Coral reefs in Laughing Bird Caye. Photograph: Fragments of Hope/Lisa Carne

Report reveals improvement but also details danger posed by tourist-generated pollution, oil extraction and climate change

August 22, 2017 — Just below the surface of the turquoise sea, coral flutters majestically amid schools of puffed up porcupine fish and fluorescent blue and yellow angelfish. Continue reading Spectacular rebirth of Belize’s coral reefs threatened by tourism and development

Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders

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A Mbuti pygmy hunting camp in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve outside the town of Epulu, Congo. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP

An ambush by local rebel forces led to five deaths in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, while another ranger died in Virunga

July 17, 2017 — Four Congolese park rangers and one porter have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Continue reading Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders

Government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

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Land clearing in Queensland is an increasing danger to the environment and threatened species because the federal government is failing to enforce laws. Photograph: WWF Australia

Huge spike in Queensland land clearing destroys ecological communities and habitat of threatened species, according to analysis

July 11, 2017 — The federal government is allowing the huge spike in land clearing in Queensland to destroy threatened ecological communities, the habitat of threatened species and increase Continue reading Government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change – Unesco

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The world heritage convention demands strong action on climate change to protect coral reefs, Unesco says. Photograph: Justin Blank

Custodians of world heritage-listed sites should aim to keep global temperature increases to just 1.5°C, UN agency says

July 11, 2017 — Countries with responsibility over world heritage-listed coral reefs should adopt ambitious climate change targets, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would keep Continue reading Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change – Unesco

Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

a view of the ice canyon that now carries meltwater from the kaskawulsh glacier
A view of the ice canyon that now carries meltwater from the Kaskawulsh glacier, seen here on the right, away from the Slims river and toward the Kaskawulsh river. Photograph: Dan Shugar/University of Washington Tacoma

First ever observed case of ‘river piracy’ saw the Slims river disappear as intense glacier melt suddenly diverted its flow into another watercourse

April 17, 2017 — An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. Continue reading Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

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SERIOUS DAMAGE. This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland, Australia. File photo by Sarah Lai/AFP

An independent report says the ‘unprecedented’ bleaching and coral die-off in 2016 was ‘a game changer’

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 26, 2017) — Australia’s plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last year, experts said Friday, February 24. Continue reading Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

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NEW DESTRUCTION. This handout picture provided on January 20, 2017 by UNITAR-UNOSAT and taken on December 26, 2016, shows a close-up of a satellite-detected image of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Handout photo by UNITAR-UNOSAT/AFP

The UN’s cultural agency has reacted with outrage, calling the fresh destruction a ‘war crime’ and ‘cultural cleansing’

DAMASCUS, Syria (Jan. 21, 2017) — The Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria’s ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country’s antiquities chief said Friday, January 20. Continue reading ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

Great Barrier Reef: Australia’s ‘response plan’ draft contains no new action or funding

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A draft of the Australian government’s response plan to the coral bleaching on the Great Barrier reef includes no additional funding or action to combat climate change. Photograph: Reuters

‘Confidential’ draft acknowledges coral bleaching but does not make any attempt to address climate change

November 29, 2016 — The Australian government’s official “response plan” to the worst ever bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef commits it to no new action, pledges no new money and does not make any attempt to address climate change, according to a draft seen by the Guardian.  Continue reading Great Barrier Reef: Australia’s ‘response plan’ draft contains no new action or funding

Great Barrier Reef authority a ‘shell of its former self’, says Queensland minister

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According to conservationists, due to underfunding, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority risks being left unable to deal with the challenges of coral bleaching, the impacts of climate change, poor water quality and industrialisation Photograph: Justin Blank/AAP

Environment minister Steven Miles calls on federal government to fast-track extra $1.65m for agency tasked with protecting the reef

November 7, 2016 — Queensland’s environment minister has flagged concerns that the agency tasked with protecting the Great Barrier Reef is running as a “shell of its former self” amid the underfunding of a cornerstone program.  Continue reading Great Barrier Reef authority a ‘shell of its former self’, says Queensland minister