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When alien species become invasive, this can have severe ecological consequences. IPBES experts therefore stress the need for preventive measures.


The current energy crisis will worsen if we continue to rely on fossil fuels. So scientists develop new technologies for efficient energy conversion.


Marshlands are often underestimated, yet they are valuable ecosystems in urgent need of protection and restoration (in German)

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