Biodiversity : Features

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  • Voices from Planet 21

    13 August 2012

    In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles.  We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Bringing nature back to Holland

    8 June 2012

    The Netherlands’ ambitious plan to conserve and encourage wildlife back to this low-lying country by linking its nature reserves through a network of migratory corridors has been put on hold. But the ecologists are fighting back, as Andrew Balcombe reports.

  • COMMENTARY: Act now to save life in and above our seas

    27 December 2011

    Despite having signed up to designate a network of Marine Protected Areas around the British Isles by 2012, to save its marine wildlife, the UK government recently confirmed that the UK will not have a completed network of MPAs until at least 2015. In this Commentary, Kate Sugar calls for more urgent action. 

  • In Berlin, bringing bees back to the heart of the city

    8 September 2011

    In Germany’s capital — and in cities as diverse as Hong Kong and Chicago — raising bees on rooftops and in small gardens has become increasingly popular, as urban beekeepers find they can reconnect with nature and maybe even make a profit. 

  • Saving marine life in the Coral Triangle

    12 February 2011

    Covering a vast area of ocean surrounding the nations of Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon islands lies one of the richest and most bio-diverse areas of the planet, the Coral Triangle. 

  • Editor's blog: Goodbye tigers

    15 February 2010

    After the anticlimax of Copenhagen, a hush has descended on the climate debate. President Obama mentioned the word 'climate' only once in his recent State of the Union speech. But the problem has not gone away, as seen by the announcement that the past decade has been the hottest since records began in 1880, and new warnings by the World Glacier Monitoring Service that glaciers across the globe are melting so fast that many will disappear by the middle of the century. But perhaps that relative silence on the issue has opened the door to news about other pressures on the planet, reminders that have been drowned out by the flood of climate talk in recent months.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Hawksbill turtles - keepers of the coral

    13 February 2010

    Timid and difficult to locate underwater, hawksbill sea turtles in their marine habitat have long managed to evade the efforts of researchers. But Rainer von Brandis struck it lucky when he found himself swimming among hawksbills in the Amirante Islands of Seychelles, and his subsequent study revealed that these graceful reptiles are vital to the maintenance of coral reef biodiversity.

  • Murals are helping to save Mexico's turtles

    25 January 2010

    Murals depicting marine life can be found in most towns on the Baja peninsula in Mexico - on restaurant walls, the facades of schools, or the sides of gas stations. They include large illustrations of endangered sea turtles in a variety of scenes. All have been inspired by a conservation group formed in 1999. Now, a decade later, a careful research project has shown how successful this experiment in public education has been in changing attitudes towards the conservation of these endangered creatures.

  • LETTER FROM SIBERIA Feeding the birds in Khakassia

    20 January 2010

    In Siberia, as elsewhere, birds are under pressure from loss of wild habitat, industrial farming and pollution. And even from the loss of old traditions of winter feeding. But now, says Elena Kim, children are learning to help more of the region's birds through the long cold winter.

  • ANALYSIS Under a sooty exterior A green China emerges

    18 November 2008

    You've heard the environmental horror stories: rivers running black, air unfit to breathe, two new coal-fired power plants a week. But thanks to a surging entrepreneurial spirit and new policies, China is fast becoming a leader in green innovation, from recycling to developing electric cars to harnessing the wind. This article by Fred Pearce is reproduced by arrangement with Yale Environment 360