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AP environment series asks What Can Be Saved

In this Feb. 19, 2019 photo, scientist Eloy Torres shows to a colleague a plant sample during a mission to study how temperatures and plant life are changing in the Andean ecosystem known as the paramos _ a mist-covered mountain grassland that lies between the top of the treeline and the bottom of the Humboldt glacier, in Merida, Venezuela . A team of scientists in Venezuela is trying to weather the political and economic crisis engulfing their country to record what happens as Venezuela’s last glacier vanishes. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Venezuela Vanishing Glacier

The Associated Press will roll out a series of in-depth, multimedia stories beginning Sept. 17 that will chronicle 12 examples of intense efforts being waged around the world to save or revive ecosystems, reversing some of humankind’s most destructive past actions and preserving vital natural habitats on Earth.

“What Can Be Saved?” is a visually-led series about the ordinary people and scientists who against enormous odds are restoring landscapes and species in a world affected by human activity and climate change.

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Scientist Eloy Torres shows a colleague a plant sample during a mission to study how temperatures and plant life are changing in Merida, Venezuela, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

“Reporting on the environment is a fundamental responsibility of today’s newsrooms,” said AP Deputy Managing Editor Sarah Nordgren. “Through this project, AP looks deeply at how people are trying to preserve ecosystems across our planet, sometimes successfully, sometimes with mixed results. ‘What Can Be Saved?’ opens a window of possibility on a subject that so often carries only bad news.” 

The first installment, which will be published on Tuesday, Sept. 17, will examine coral reefs under stress around the world and how a dedicated effort in Jamaica brought them back from the brink.

Future installments of “What Can Be Saved?” will explore efforts to save the lion population in Tanzania under threat from human encroachment, researchers working to restore forests in the Amazon and Appalachia damaged by mining, and uncomfortable choices that sometimes have to be made to save a species from extinction, among other topics. 

The series will unfold in photos, videos, text, animations, graphics and minidocumentaries over the next 12 weeks. Text and video will also be available in Spanish.

“What Can Be Saved?” is produced in collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. AP retains all editorial control.

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About the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Department of Science Education

HHMI is the leading private nonprofit supporter of scientific research and science education in the United States. The Department of Science Education’s HHMI BioInteractive division produces and provides free educational media to educators and millions of students around the globe, its HHMI Tangled Bank Studios unit creates powerful stories of scientific discovery for television and big screens, and its grants program aims to transform science education in universities and colleges. For more information, visit


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