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Only 17 percent of free-flowing rivers globally are protected, new research shows

New science about the fate of freshwater ecosystems released today by the journal Sustainability finds that only 17 percent of rivers globally are both free-flowing and within protected areas, leaving many of these highly-threatened systems­—and the species that rely on them —at risk. “Populations of freshwater species have already declined by 84 percent on average since 1970, with […]