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12 positive environmental stories from the past 12 months

Fri, 21/12/2018
Reading about the environment can sometimes seem like a depressing litany of fading species, increased development, and a warming planet. But there are reasons to be hopeful. As we approach the new year, here are 12 conservation wins we saw in 2018.

Satellite tracking app empowers communities to protect their own forest

Tue, 18/12/2018
This year we’re launching an innovative new programme using satellite technology and a mobile phone app to help locals monitor their forests. The Asia-Pacific Forest Governance Project, led by BirdLife and funded by the European Union, aims to involve the community in conservation and policy-making
A Helmeted Hornbill guards its nest, hidden in the tree. © Thipwan / Shutterstock

Saving the Helmeted Hornbill

Tue, 18/12/2018
The Helmeted Hornbill is under threat from a resurgence in demand for carvings made from its solid red casque. The trade is so intense that the bird is now Critically Endangered. Can it be saved?

When the beach clean-up is over

Mon, 17/12/2018

Beach clean-ups have become a bittersweet sight to see.

23 Condors Killed by Poison in Argentina

Fri, 14/12/2018
23 Andean Condors have been killed in Patagonia, Argentina, by a strong pesticide whose sale is prohibited in the country. These attacks follow ones in Jujuy and Mendoza provinces, and have conservation organizations extremely worried, as they represent a severe threat to the species.

23 cóndores mueren por envenenamiento en Argentina

Fri, 14/12/2018
En las provincias de Neuquén y Santa Cruz –Patagonia, Argentina– se registró la muerte de 23 cóndores andinos (vultur gryphus) a causa de un fuerte pesticida, cuya venta está prohibida en el país.
Field in Belgium

No time to lose, European Council!

Thu, 13/12/2018

Open Letter by BirdLife Europe, the European Environmental Bureau and Greenpeac

The Adelie Penguin was one of five species studied © Jane Younger

Which penguin species will be hardest hit by climate change?

Tue, 11/12/2018
As ice caps melt and sea levels rise, the survival of penguins will depend on their ability to adapt and relocate to new habitats. Now, a new genetic study reveals that some species may be better at adjusting than others.

Proof of life: the seabird egg that has Portuguese conservationists excited

Mon, 10/12/2018
Berlenga Island, off the West coast of Portugal, has a new inhabitant: the Band-rumped Storm-petrel. A female of this threatened species has laid an egg on the island, thanks to work by the EU-funded LIFE Berlengas project.