What Can Be Saved?

An in-depth Associated Press series about the ordinary people and scientists who against enormous odds are restoring landscapes and species in a world damaged by climate change.

Published weekly on upr.org starting September 17, 2019 and runs until early December.

What Can Be Saved? One Of Europe's Last Untamed Rivers Is Threatened By Dams

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Felipe Dana / AP Photo

ALONG THE VJOSA RIVER (AP) — Under a broad plane tree near Albania’s border with Greece, Jorgji Ilia fills a battered flask from one of the Vjosa River’s many springs.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun.

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LOIBOR SIRET, Tanzania (AP) — Saitoti Petro scans a dirt road in northern Tanzania for recent signs of the top predator on the African savannah. “If you see a lion,” he warns, “stop and look it straight in the eyes — you must never run.”

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MADRE DE DIOS, Peru (AP) — Destruction of the forests can be swift. Regrowth is much, much slower.

But around the world, people are putting shovels to ground to help it happen.

What Can Be Saved? Intrepid Scientists Witness Final Days Of Venezuelan Glacier

Sep 24, 2019
Associated Press

MERIDA, Venezuela — Blackouts shut off the refrigerators where the scientists keep their lab samples. Gas shortages mean they sometimes have to work from home. They even reuse sheets of paper to record field data because fresh supplies are so scarce.

David J. Phillip / AP Photo

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That’s where he’s headed.

Intense efforts to save or revive ecosystems are being waged around the world, reversing some of humankind’s most destructive past actions and preserving vital natural habitats on Earth.

“What Can Be Saved?” is an in-depth, visually-led series of packages reported from across the globe about the ordinary people and scientists who against enormous odds are restoring landscapes and species in a damaged world.