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Bum-breathing turtles ‘at risk of extinction’

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Urgent action required to save white-throated snapping turtle amid fears that loss of eggs and hatchlings is crippling the population, says Queensland researcher

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More than a third of natural world heritage sites face ‘significant threats’

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Report says invasive species, tourism, poaching, dams and logging most pressing threats but climate change may eclipse all

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India’s largest dam given clearance but still faces flood of opposition

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The 3,000MW Dibang dam, rejected twice as it would submerge vast tracts of biologically rich forests, is to get environmental clearance – but huge local opposition could stall the project

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Water supply key to outcome of conflicts in Iraq and Syria, experts warn

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Security analysts in London and Baghdad say control of rivers and dams has become a major tactical weapon for Isis . . . → Read More: Water supply key to outcome of conflicts in Iraq and Syria, experts warn

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Guatemala’s indigenous community threatened by mega-dam project

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Q’eqchi Mayan families vow to fight construction, which they say will destroy their livelihoods and flood ancestral land . . . → Read More: Guatemala’s indigenous community threatened by mega-dam project

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More than 400 dams planned for the Amazon and headwaters

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Rainforest under threat from a “hydrological experiment of continental proportions” as well as oil, gas and mining, says report

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Chilean dam can’t hold back the hatred

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Residents say the dam linked to the Los Pelambres copper mine ‘created so much inequality that it broke the town’

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Ethiopian dam’s ecological and human fallout could echo Aral Sea disaster

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Study suggests irrigation projects linked to Gibe III dam could devastate Lake Turkana’s fisheries and affect livelihoods . . . → Read More: Ethiopian dam’s ecological and human fallout could echo Aral Sea disaster

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Burmese villagers exiled from ancestral home as fate of dam remains unclear

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Myitsone dam project, at the headwaters of the Irrawaddy, is caught in tug of war between the state and a Chinese corporation . . . → Read More: Burmese villagers exiled from ancestral home as fate of dam remains unclear

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