WildEarth Guardians News Release Beloved Joshua Trees Move Toward Endangered Species Act Protection Washington, DC— In response to a petition by WildEarth Guardians, today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced it will review the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Multiple climate models predict severe range contractions in the next […]

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NPR reports It was a lifesaving mission as dramatic as any in the months-long battle against the wildfires that have torn through the Australian bush. But instead of a race to save humans or animals, a specialized team of Australian firefighters was bent on saving invaluable plant life: hidden groves of the Wollemi pine, a […]

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Jian Zhong Wang’s home in the southern Chinese city of Nanning is an inviting place. Light spills in through large bay windows, which offer a stunning view of the garden of thick-stemmed banana plants and chest-high cacti. The room is packed with intricately carved furniture: a dining table flanked by eight straight-backed chairs, a coffee […]

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Combat Desertification and Drought One of the biggest and least understood environmental challenges facing the globe, desertification refers to the irreversible degradation of soil through human activities such as deforestation, unsustainable farming, mining and overgrazing. It occurs when trees and root systems that bind the soil are removed, exposing topsoil to erosion, and when unsustainable […]

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