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    10 Orangutan Facts You Need to Know

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    Going to Extremes for Endangered Species: A Q & A with Conservation Writer William deBuys

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    How conservation photography is helping save L.A.’s cougars (the animals)

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    Kids get to know nature through citizen science

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    Save the cheetah = save the planet

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    Using Photography for Conservation: Advice from the Experts

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    Bees, flowers, and climate change

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    Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: researcher, first female president, strong voice for conservation in Indian Ocean biodiversity hotspot

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    13 photographers working to conserve biodiversity hotspots

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    The Role of Music in a Warming World

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    Connecting with Nature Through Citizen Science

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    Why money spent saving squirrels is better sent overseas

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    11 Things You Can Do To Protect Biodiversity

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    Birds, Monkeys and Temples: Diversity and Hope in the New Wild

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    Conserving Biodiversity with Traditional Knowledge, Women, and Bees

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    In early April, six other Earthwatch volunteer and I await instructions in an apple orchard in the Kullu Valley, the fruit basket of India. Dr. Kothari and Dr. Aman, the lead scientists on this research project, hand out survey [...]
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    Learning to Adapt from Great Horned Owls

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    Science Expedition to the Indian Himalayas

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    Writing About Nature

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    What’s a Biodiversity Hotspot?

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    Welcome to The Unfolding Earth

    The Unfolding Earth (TUE) explores the relationship of humans and nature as it unfolds in the earth’s most significant Biodiversity Hotspots. The goal of this website is to share the beauty of these places and the struggles to maintain […]