Bella Lack | Crowdfunder

Bella Lack is a campaigner for animal rights, wildlife conservation and environmental issues. She’s an ambassador for the Born Free Foundation and the Jane Goodall Foundation, has worked with the government in a bid to tackle poaching for ivory and works with the RSPCA. And she’s still just seventeen. Bella’s next project is a mission to investigate and highlight the extent of her generation’s disconnection from the natural world, how different it was for previous generations, and what she thinks governments should do about it.

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European Eels – slipping towards extinction?

How did a fish that was once so abundant and so familiar become listed in 2008 by the IUCN as Critically Endangered (the highest threat level), leading to headlines in the media this week which included “Man found guilty of smuggling £50m worth of live eels out of UK”? Unfortunately, writes Charlie Moores, it’s down to a combination of human-related causes that have impacted so much of the world’s wildlife: widespread habitat change, agricultural and industrial pollution, and exploitation and wildlife crime.

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Bumblebees – canaries in the countryside?

A headline in the UK’s The Guardian this week, stated that “Bumblebees’ decline points to mass extinction”. It was triggered by a report in the journal Science which analysed long-term data for 66 bumblebee species across both North America and Europe and concluded that “increasing frequencies of temperatures that exceed historically observed tolerances help explain widespread bumblebee species decline”. Should that matter, writes Charlie Moores, to us?

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