Can we save the snow leopard?

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Filed under: Environment




The newly established park in the the Toguz-Toro region of Kyrgyzstan is a place of incredible beauty. But beyond its rich landscape and abundance of endangered species, it is also home to countless mysterious legends. The mystical and enigmatic stories of Kan-Achu, well known to its locals, have a fairly consistent message: All species in nature play… Read more »

How do we combat environmental myths and misperceptions?

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Filed under: Central Asia Environment Health Peace and security




In Central Asia, after the Soviet Union’s collapse, uranium enrichment largely stopped in former Soviet countries like Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. This left behind “yellow hill” tailing sites storing huge amount of low grade processed uranium ore. Water, soil, and air pollution due to tailings have had critical impact on everyday life for years in this region.

The three gentle giants of Prespa

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I recently spent a morning with the rangers of Ezerani Nature Park, and it was an eye-opening experience. As I accompanied them to the first mission of the morning – a reported case of illegal logging in some far-flung corner of the park – the sheer scale of the task confronting these guys became instantly… Read more »

What six easy snapshots can tell you about our changing climate

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Filed under: Climate change Disaster response Environment




Today is the first day of COP21, and the stakes have never been higher. It is hoped that these crucial talks will reach a deal to limit the warming of our planet to two degrees Celsius. In his recent blog, my colleague Damiano Borgogno introduced the Global Support Programme, which was created because “ the technical information… Read more »