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Habitat destruction, trade in animal parts and climate change are all to blame for the loss of biodiversity around the world.
It is problematic when local plants and animals become extinct, as they fulfil important ecological functions for the ecosystem. DW's latest content concerning biodiversity is collated below.
The Mekong River begins in Tibet and runs through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before exiting in Vietnam's delta region. But ever since China built several mega dams along the river, the rhythm of the flowing giant has been getting out of sync. So what does this mean for the environment and the people living alongside the world's twelfth longest the river?