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Gone are the days when a “Save the Rhino” advert was enough. Only about 25,000 rhinos are left in the wild, and thanks to poaching the species is critically endangered. Now, in an effort to drive down demand, conservationists are working on campaigns to understand what makes rhino horn consumers tick.

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Hunters under fire in battle to save polar bear from extinction

Summit to discuss limits on hunting as starvation hits numbers of Arctic predators

Shell rebuked for 'greenwash' over ad for polluting oil project

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell misled the public about the green credentials of a vastly polluting oil project in Canada, in an attempt to assure consumers of its good environmental record, a media watchdog will rule today.

UK accused over greenhouse gases

Britain's CO2 emissions are increasing, contrary to government claims, according to two new reports.

G8 plans 50% reduction in greenhouse gases

G8 nations, papering over deep differences, said today they would work toward a target of at least halving global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 but emphasised they would not be able to do it alone.

Rare rhino charges spy camera

The world's rarest rhino has been captured on video attacking a camera set up in an Indonesian jungle to study its habits.

An epidemic of extinctions: Decimation of life on earth

Species are dying out at a rate not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs, according to a report published today – and human behaviour is to blame. Emily Dugan counts the cost

Tolkiens threaten to halt 'Rings' films in row over takings

The epic legal battles over profits from The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy long ago eclipsed anything raging on Middle Earth, but New Line Cinema, the films' producer, has just got sight of its most formidable foe to date: the family of J R R Tolkien himself.

Extinction fear as mystery disease kills India's rare river crocodiles

Almost every day, park rangers in India are discovering the bodies of gharials, an extremely rare river crocodile which appears to have fallen victim to a mysterious disease that is puzzling the experts.

Newcastle 40 Sale 25: Newcastle on the ascent after Tait and Flood secure supremacy

Mathew Tait started this marvellously dramatic match and Toby Flood completed it despite an appalling performance by the referee, Martin Fox, who awarded three times as many penalties to Sale as to Newcastle. Although Sale were unable to take advantage - they converted one of four tries and missed with five penalties - it did nothing to spoil a terrific contest. Four tries a piece.

High-definition films: the battle for our screens

The big names in entertainment are battling to bring us high-definition films. As rival discs go on sale, Elisa Bray investigates why both sides could lose

Apple in talks with Hollywood over film downloads for iTunes

Apple's chairman Steve Jobs is heading for another showdown with the media industry over plans to start selling film downloads at the company's iTunes online store.

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
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