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New Zealand: In unprecedented move, Parliament bestows human legal status on river

A river in New Zealand has become the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person.

The New Zealand parliament passed the bill recognising the Whanganui River, in North Island, as a living entity.

Australia: New report reinforces scientists' fears—large sections of the Great Barrier Reef are dead; another round of bleaching underway

SYDNEY, Australia — The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, so enormous it can be seen from space, so beautiful it can move visitors to tears.

In wake of record visitation to US NP system, tales of overcrowding, understaffing woes are easy to find

There should be little doubt that the National Park Service's Find Your Park campaign for its centennial in 2016 was a resounding success, with overall visitation up nearly 8 percent to 331 million, setting a record for the third consecutive year.

Tanzania: PAs to be remapped, demarcated in bid to stem human–wildlife conflicts

T anzania has started to re-map and demarcate its national parks, game and forest reserves in an effort to curb conflicts between humans and wildlife that have been stoked by drought.

A scorching drought in many parts of East Africa has forced nomad pastoralists searching for water and fresh pastures for their cattle into protected wildlife areas, officials said.

California wildlife biologists baffled after losing track of pioneering wolf pack

In August 2015, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife made a landmark announcement: Trail cameras in northern California had captured images of a pack of gray wolves. It included two adults and five loping pups, all with unusual black coats.

TNC maps key conservation areas in 7 Western states

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservation group has created maps identifying key landscapes in three Western states most likely to sustain native species amid climate change and is distributing money to protect private lands in those areas through use-limiting easements or outright purchases.

Hiring freeze has caused several historic buildings in Independence NHP to close, union says

As federal employees in Philadelphia await President Trump’s first budget -- and the massive cuts hinted at in leaks -- workers at some agencies say they’re already feeling the squeeze.

China: Government OKs plans for huge NP to protect tigers, leopards

CHANGCHUN, March 2 (Xinhua) -- China plans to build a national park 60 percent larger than Yellowstone National Park as a sanctuary for highly-endangered Siberian tigers and Amur leopards.

Canada: UNESCO review team delivers highly critical report on threats to Wood Buffalo NP, a WH site

Canada’s largest World Heritage Site is under threat from unfettered oilsands development and hydro dams on the Peace River — where the B.C. government is now planning to build the massive Site C dam — says a hard-hitting report by a United Nations agency.

Indonesia: Enviros charge timber company is illegally clearing one of country's last coastal peat swamp forests, a biodiversity hotspot

A timber plantation company is illegally clearing one of Indonesia’s last coastal peat swamp forests, a carbon reservoir and biodiversity hotspot home to hundreds of endangered orangutans, say observers who are imploring President Joko Widodo’s administration to intervene.

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