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Fires have destroyed 12,000 square kilometres of the South American wetland so far © Alamy

World’s largest tropical wetland ablaze: our...

Tue, 15/09/2020
This year, the Pantanal – the world’s largest tropical wetland – has seen three times as many fires as 2019, exacerbated by climate change and likely started by humans. The BirdLife Partnership is calling on the Brazilian and international governments to urgently increase action.
Dr David Boyd at a demonstration in Norway

Interview with UN rapporteur Dr David Boyd: the...

Wed, 22/07/2020
Dr David Boyd, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, and a supporter of our #1Planet1Right campaign, speaks to BirdLife on why nature is a human right, the process required to make it so, and whether this ambitious goal is even feasible...
A quintet of warblers by George Boorujy, Photo © Mike Fernandez

Inner-city wildlife: feast your eyes on the...

Tue, 19/05/2020
Since 2014, larger-than-life paintings of more than one hundred bird species threatened by climate change have been wowing residents and spreading awareness in Harlem, New York. The project is set to cross the Atlantic to Europe, bringing with it the power to reconnect city-dwellers with nature.
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Our campaign to make a healthy natural...

Wed, 22/04/2020
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the BirdLife Partnership is launching a bold new campaign to add a new article to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the right to a healthy natural environment. Find out why this addition is so crucial and read our letter to the UN Secretary-general.

The time for nature restoration is now

Thu, 16/04/2020
What do you see out of your window? Before confinement, did you actually know about that old tree, the noisy redstarts that cheep around your bedroom every morning, the violet flowers defying the sidewalk concrete? Nature is all around us, but you probably hadn’t realized.

#GreenRecovery – Rebooting and reboosting our...

Tue, 14/04/2020
If COVID-19 has shown us anything, it's that we can mobilise together rapidly, effectively and massively against challenges of life and death. Science tell us that planet’s survival demands similarly dramatic measures to fight the climate crisis and save nature.
Santa Marta Blossomcrown © Martin Mecranowski / Shutterstock

We are all connected – for worse, but also for...

Mon, 06/04/2020
The rapid spread of Coronavirus has shown us that the world is even more connected than we realised – and that our connections are also the key to facing this emergency together. Could the world’s rallying cry against current crisis be a hopeful sign of the environmental sea change to come?
© CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Conservation in the time of Coronavirus: a...

Wed, 18/03/2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate, BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita provides an update on measures taken, impacts on the wider conservation world, and the light at the end of the tunnel

Climate and biodiversity: two birds of the same...

Wed, 19/02/2020
To protect biodiversity also means to keep carbon within nature – and not eject it into the atmosphere where it changes the climate. We’re in a climate and biodiversity emergency: the EU must act accordingly.

Will the EU Green Deal be Europe's "man...

Tue, 18/02/2020
For the EU Green deal to be the announced “moonshot moment” our leaders will need to connect with their inner young idealist and manage to turn off the more-of-the-same autopilot. Recent weeks suggest that won’t be easy...
The Greater Green Leafbird is now Endangered © vil.sandi / Flickr

7 things you might have missed from the 2019 Red...

Fri, 13/12/2019
Every year, our scientists work around the clock to update the threat status of birds on the IUCN Red List of threatened species. While the amazing recovery of the Guam Rail might have taken centre stage, 2019 heralded plenty more important discoveries. From victims of climate change to exciting new information on unknown birds, here are the latest ups and downs of the avian world that might not have made the headlines.
© Jean De Dieu Bucankura

Transforming livelihoods through nature-based...

Tue, 05/11/2019
Tharcisse Vyamungu goes about briskly planting tree seedlings in the sun soaked fields of Lake Tanganyika Basin in Burundi. Vyamungu and other local farmers are tending to a number of tree nurseries dotting the farmlands. They are enhancing climate change resilience.

Farmers deserve a just ecological transition, and...

Mon, 28/10/2019
To avert the climate and biodiversity crises, we must drastically reduce our carbon footprint. What does that mean for the people and regions whose economy has been made entirely dependent on intensive agriculture? They deserve a just transition, and the CAP should pay for it.
Bird puns were the order of the day for BirdLife and the RSPB © Rachel Gartner

Photo essay: speaking out for birds at the Global...

Mon, 23/09/2019
Climate change is already beginning to profoundly impact bird populations across the world. Find out which birds we fought for at this week’s Global Climate Strike, and why it’s so important to speak out for nature and people.
© Felicien Karekezi Uwizeye

Using science and community approaches to fight...

Mon, 09/09/2019
Climate change is affecting the livelihoods of the population around the world. Challenging situations require innovative interventions and BirdLife is working hand in hand with local communities, who have unique knowledge of their landscapes, to build alternatives in Rwanda and Burundi.
Ecuador's cloud forests are among the most rapidly deforested habitats in the world © Claudia Hermes

As the climate changes, where should we put our...

Fri, 17/05/2019
Welcome to our science showcase, where we talk to a BirdLife scientist about their recent work. This time, Dr Claudia Hermes from our Red List team talks about a new climate change toolkit which has won this year’s BioOne Ambassador Award.
The Adelie Penguin was one of five species studied © Jane Younger

Which penguin species will be hardest hit by...

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.
The Rufous Hummingbird may not be common for much longer © Ryan Bushby

6 things you might have missed from the Bird Red...

Fri, 23/11/2018
The recovery of the Northern Bald Ibis and Pink Pigeon are big news – but what about the other birds in this year’s Red List update? Some you may recognise, others you may not, but their stories can tell us a lot about the state of the natural world. Here are the highlights.