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[DIGEST: IFLS, BBC, Yale, Washington Post]

Even as China enjoys the wealth and advancements rapid industrialization has brought to its country, it is beginning to grapple with dire costs to its environment, including some of the world’s most polluted air and waters; plummeting fisheries; and disappearing wild places. When previously wild places are logged, farmed, divided by roads, and consumed by cities, the creatures that live there disappear — especially when those creatures command a high price on the black market. For China, that means its rarest and most iconic wild animals, including the Siberian tiger, the giant panda, Amur leopards, the Tibetan antelope, and the Asian elephant, are about to disappear forever.

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