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Niger's exploding numbers threaten country's future
If the people of Niger (Nigeriens) remain uninformed about family planning and keep having children at the current rate the country's population will more than quadruple by 2050, imposing unmanageable demands on the economy, social services and the environment, according to research by Niger's national statistics agency. ... more

Penguins in peril from global warming
The penguin population of Antarctica is under pressure from global warming, says a new scientific report. The reduction in sea ice, and overfising, is threatening four populations that breed on the Antarctic continent - the Emperor, Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Ad�lie penguins. ... more

Poll finds big support for 'going green'
A British Survey of Public Attitudes and Behaviour toward the Environment has found that most people believe that being �green� is now the socially acceptable norm rather being an alternative lifestyle. ... more

Europe's fresh fish facing 'tragic' future
One hundred years of population growth and development in Europe is threatening the survival of fresh water fish, according to the first ever assessment of the problem. Of special concern is the heavy abstraction of water from rivers, along with the building of big dams and efforts to control flooding. ... more

New butterflies, snakes and orchids discovered
Eleven new species of animals and plants have been discovered in a remote area of central Vietnam known as the Green Corridor. They include two butterflies, a snake, five orchids and three other plants. ... more

Two-thirds of all polar bears may be lost in 50 years
Future reduction of sea ice in the Arctic could result in a loss of two-thirds of the world's polar bear population within 50 years, according to a series of studies released by the US Geological Survey (USGS). The Survey warns that the polar bear could be extinct in 75 years. ... more

Extinction crisis hits apes, corals, vultures and dolphins
Life on Earth is disappearing fast and will continue to do so unless urgent action is taken, according to the latest review of threatened and endangered species by the World Conservation Union. It adds another 190 species of plants, animals and birds to the Red List of theatened species, including corals for the first time. ... more

Rospuda Valley becomes environmental battleground
by Agnieszka Gorczynska

Poland and the Europeam Union are now at odds over the future of the pristine Rospunda Valley in north-east of the country. It is an area crammed with outstanding wildlife, but earmarked as the route for a badly-needed motorway to the Baltic states. This new report brings the story up to date ... more

Pacific coral reefs dying faster than expected
The central and western Pacific Ocean contains 75 per cent of the world's coral reefs and the world's highest coral diversity, but corals in this region are vanishing much more rapidly than previously thought, according to new research. ENS reports: ... more

Yangtze river dolphin thought extinct
The Yangtze river dolphin, until recently one of the most endangered species on the planet, has been declared officially extinct following an intensive survey of its natural habitat. ... more

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