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December 1, 2025 to December 5, 2025

2025 World Conference of Science Journalists

The World Federation of Science Journalists' 2025 World Conference takes place Dec 1-5 in Pretoria, South Africa, with the theme "Science Journalism and Social Justice – our role in promoting resilience."

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“The Last Lions of Africa: Stories From the Frontline in the Battle To Save a Species”

A straightforward but passionate new book explores efforts to save the big cat from extinction in “The Last Lions of Africa.” Our BookShelf review lauds the author for making clear the species’ complexity and the damage done by “sustainable” practices such as trophy hunting. And the loss ends not just with the lions. Read our review for the bigger picture.

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Grant Helps Chart Illegal Rosewood’s 10,000-Mile Journey

Two young journalists collaborated from continents apart — with the help of a Society of Environmental Journalists grant — to report on illicit trade in a highly prized timber. A new entry in our recently launched StoryLog column captures the whole process, from the spark of an idea, through research, a winning grant proposal, field reporting and published stories. Plus, lessons learned.

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In Madagascar’s South, Drought Pushes 1 Million Plus To Brink Of Famine

"In Madagascar’s deep south, 1.35 million people, including 100,000 children, could fall victim to malnutrition this year, as the worst drought in a decade grips the region.

This remote region has witnessed 16 famines since 1896, eight of which occurred in the past four decades. Most were the direct result of rainfall deficits, but misguided or failed policies have deepened the distress.

This year, with crop failures, pandemic-related restrictions curbing access to markets, and sharp increases in prices of essentials, food has remained out of reach for thousands.

Source: Mongabay, 12/29/2020

"Thousands Protest In Mauritius Over Dead Dolphins, Demand Resignations"

"Thousands of protesters demonstrated in the Mauritius capital Port Louis on Saturday to demand an investigation into an oil spill from a Japanese ship and the mysterious death of at least 40 dolphins that have been found near the site of the spill."

Source: Reuters, 08/31/2020

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