The animals that roam free.
"Charismatic mega-fauna" like lions, but also tiny field mice - wildlife comprises all animals that are not domesticated. From the strange to the beautiful, wild mammals, birds and fish can play important roles in the ecosystem. And humans often depend on wildlife to survive.
Active war zones don't just leave scars on the people involved in them or civilians in their path, conflict also affects the land people depend on for their livelihoods, as well as the wildlife that inhabits it. What impact does war have on the environment? How do environmental problems increase the likelihood of conflicts flaring up? And how is wildlife affected by human combat?
Wildfires in Australia have left a trail of destruction behind them. At least 27 people have died, more than 2,000 homes have been lost, and smoke has traveled as far as Brazil and Argentina. 10.3 million hectares (25 million acres) have burned since the start of the fire season. That's more than six times the size of the fires in the Amazon last summer and the 2018 California wildfires, combined.