Animals are often integral to customs and cultural traditions. Some celebratory, some simply horrific.
We take a look through the lens at some environmental events and moments from around the world over the past week.
Tiny and slimy, slugs have the power to disgust, repel - and strip gardeners of their lettuce and their nerves. But for all their unappealing attributes, they are unique survivors that provide a legitimate eco-service.
A proposed wildlife overpass in LA will protect mountain lions from fast-moving traffic - and inbreeding.
New research questions whether the Gulf Stream, which grants Europe its temperate climate, can weather global warming.
Conservationists in Colombia are trying to save the blue-billed curassow - one of the country's most threatened birds.
Unwanted by the poultry industry, billions of male chicks are thrown into mechanical shredders or gassed to death the moment they enter this world. German researchers have developed a more humane alternative.
Lichens are the curious result of cohabitation between algae and fungi. Biologist Frank Bungartz tells DW about his passion for lichens - and why seeing them disappear should ring alarm bells.
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Giraffe numbers plummeted by 40 percent in the last three decades, and the species is now "vulnerable" to extinction.
Saiga antelopes are notoriously elusive. But you can see them in our latest interactive experience.
Preserving a recently discovered tropical peatland will be vital for the local ecosystem and the global climate.
How have decades of environmental destruction shaped the world's most biologically rich savanna, the Cerrado?
After almost a century of research, scientists capture rare ruby seadragons on video for the first time.
When a Ghanaian nature lover went to his fashion designer wife's studio, he was horrified to see fabric remnants being thrown away. He gathered up what he could and took it away with him. To what end, he had no idea.
DW reporter Jennifer Collins is fashion-addicted. She gave it up - and was shocked by what she learned.
Trading plastic trash for a reusable stainless steel bottle. This idea, among others, is helping the island of Principe go plastic-free. The program has already eliminated hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles.
Tiny particles, bags, bottles: When plastic lands in the ocean, it harms wildlife and the environment. But how much plastic does end up there, and where does it come from? An overview of problems and solutions.
In our multimedia special, we visit South Africa to find out why rhinos are being poached into extinction.
We showcase people and projects worldwide whose ideas are helping to conserve biodiversity.
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