December roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this month
Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in December 2018.
Reindeer crash at the North Pole
A new study concludes that Arctic caribou populations (known as reindeer in their European range) have dropped by half in the past 20 years.
Icebreakers and record breakers
Combating climate change
The 24th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland concluded with a firm plan for putting the Paris climate agreement into practice.
A slimy siren
After a decade of research, scientists describe a new species of giant salamander that is native to the wetlands of Alabama and Florida.
For the first time in almost five years, a healthy specimen of the critically endangered Atlantic whitefish has turned up in Nova Scotia.
Turtles in the big city
Conservationists worked to ensure the survival of 94 critically endangered sea turtle hatchlings along a New York City beach.
Forests on the cutting edge
Research shows that intact forest ecosystems are still more effective than modern technology at capturing and storing carbon dioxide.
Conservationists in northeastern North America are working to combat a tick infestation that has caused a significant risk to moose populations throughout the region.
A bounty of deep sea corals
Almost 200 species of Great Barrier Reef corals have been found surviving in the deep waters off the coast of Australia.
Cree Nation conservation
The Cree Nation, in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, has identified 80,000 km2 of its territory in northern Quebec for conservation.