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Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists injured in clash with Yushin Maru No 2

Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists injured in clash with Yushin Maru No 2

Posted Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:57:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Three Sea Shepherd Conservation Society anti-whaling environmental activists have been injured while attempting to disable the Japanese harpoon whaling vessel Yushin Maru No 2, it has been claimed.

Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists injured in clash with Yushin Maru No 2

Gill rakers demand threatens manta and mobula rays

Gill rakers demand threatens manta and mobula rays

Posted Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

With sharks becoming rarer, gill rakers from manta rays and mobula rays are being used instead. The use of endangered species for their reputed and superstitious powers is being manipulated by some people in China yet again. The trade and demand for gill rakers is putting manta and mobula rays at serious risk.

Gill rakers demand threatens manta and mobula rays

Study suggests human behaviour impacts upon seed evolution

Study suggests human behaviour impacts upon seed evolution

Posted Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:28:00 GMT by Claire Dunn

Recent study suggests that human behaviour is having previously unsuspected impacts upon seed dispersal and natural selection within seed-dispersing species.

Study suggests human behaviour impacts upon seed evolution

Trading the whale-hunt to save the whale - A whale quota system?

Trading the whale-hunt to save the whale - A whale quota system?

Posted Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:27:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A proposal this week, seeking to put a price on the head of each whale. Would a whaling quota system see the whaling industry bought off, as conservationists snap up their quotas? Or would the whalers be thrown a lifeline by a legitimization of hunting whales for meat?

Trading the whale-hunt to save the whale - A whale quota system?

Desperation shows after black year for rhinos

Desperation shows after black year for rhinos

Posted Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:39:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The last twelve months have seen a worrying descent in the fortunes of the magnificent-but-endangered rhino. Poaching, to satisfy patently-false claims of medicinal benefits has killed a record number of rhinos - and led to the extinction of two species of rhino. With more extreme measure being called for to deal with the escalating crisis, will 2012 see a turning point in the rhino's prospects?

Desperation shows after black year for rhinos

Record illegal ivory seizures in 2011

Record illegal ivory seizures in 2011

Posted Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:50:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Record large seizures of illegal ivory last year, from around 2,500 elephants, have made it a grim year, say conservationists. At least 13 seizures have been made of more than 800kg of ivory - more than double the previous year.

Record illegal ivory seizures in 2011

Spoon-billed Sandpipers Star at Slimbridge

Spoon-billed Sandpipers Star at Slimbridge

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:21:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whether pollution or simply habitat loss is responsible for almost the last spoon-billed sandpiper has yet to be investigated. The sooner we find ways of preserving in order to conserve, the better!

Spoon-billed Sandpipers Star at Slimbridge

Endangered salamander study looks for clues to amphibian decline

Endangered salamander study looks for clues to amphibian decline

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:27:00 GMT by James Mathews

The University of Florida has co-authored a new study on the endangered Ozark Hellbender giant salamander. The study aimed to observe and look deeper into the declining health and habitat of the salamander and can also be used as a measure of how our ecosystems are changing and affecting amphibians across the world.

Endangered salamander study looks for clues to amphibian decline

We may witness the end of the Canadian seal trade

We may witness the end of the Canadian seal trade

Posted Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:21:58 GMT by Dave Collier

As Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan ban international trade in seal skins, the Canadian seal industry faces the possibility of coming to an end.

We may witness the end of the Canadian seal trade

New model studies Atlantic bluefin tuna populations

New model studies Atlantic bluefin tuna populations

Posted Mon, 12 Dec 2011 08:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

It's a new model of how bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) influence each other's populations from both sides of the ocean. This is one of the largest and fastest bony fish on earth and presents a special predatory function over many smaller fish and squid.

New model studies Atlantic bluefin tuna populations

 Gorillas and Chimpanzees to end up on a plate

Gorillas and Chimpanzees to end up on a plate

Posted Sun, 11 Dec 2011 11:29:46 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Max Planck Institute in Leipzig have surveyed 109 resource management areas in Africa for twenty years to reach profoundly disturbing conclusions. The future of our nearest relatives is in doubt. In order to literally combat (in some cases) the decline of the Great Apes, it is now necessary to quantify the effects of every conservation measure.

Gorillas and Chimpanzees to end up on a plate

Satellites help save warblers' forest homes

Satellites help save warblers' forest homes

Posted Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:57:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Using satellites, American researchers have mapped changes to forests and made plans to save the Kirtland's warbler, a bird that was in danger of vanishing in the 1960s.

Satellites help save warblers' forest homes

Extant or Extinct

Extant or Extinct

Posted Thu, 08 Dec 2011 13:28:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Britain's butterflies are few in species to start with, but much loved, as opposed to their poor neighbours the moths and microlepidoptera. Report after report tells us almost as much as those on bird migrants or the ever-popular red squirrel.

Extant or Extinct

Snow leopard genetics

Snow leopard genetics

Posted Sat, 03 Dec 2011 20:10:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Central Asia needs to check the endangered snow leopard's (Panthera uncial) populations throughout the vast mountain ranges of the Pamir, Tien Shan, Altai, Karakoram and Himalaya.

Snow leopard genetics

A genetic tool in the fight against extinctions

A genetic tool in the fight against extinctions

Posted Thu, 01 Dec 2011 14:51:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Brown Argus occurs in southern Britain. It's a butterfly from the family of 'Blues' (It resembles the female Common Blue very closely), widespread in particular habitats. Researchers recently published a paper in Molecular Ecology entitled, ''Evidence for evolutionary change associated with the recent range expansion of the British butterfly in response to climate change.''

A genetic tool in the fight against extinctions

Hoolock gibbons rescued in India

Hoolock gibbons rescued in India

Posted Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:44:00 GMT by James Mathews

Gibbons are one of the largest types of apes that are found in India and a recent rescue mission has saved a small group that were stranded in a cluster of trees.

Hoolock gibbons rescued in India

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Cuscomys comes back from the dead

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:16:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Posted Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:53:11 GMT by Paul Robinson

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

Posted Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:17:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

An Amazonian nightmare of deforestation

Posted Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whales are wailing (in Faroes and Puget Sound)

Posted Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:58:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Conservation is too conservative in the UK

Posted Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:08:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Watch the whale population in Norway!

Posted Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:32:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Blue Shark life and death in the Azores

Posted Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:19:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Carbon credits, afforestation and wildlife diversity, at last

Posted Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Another extinct cetacean?

Posted Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Concern for shark populations in conservation report

Posted Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:46:01 GMT by John Dean

Critically Endangered species given boost by new study

Posted Tue, 17 May 2011 21:08:21 GMT by Ruth Hendry

One of the world's biggest birds is in grave danger

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 11:05:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Sea Shepherd clashes with Japanese whalers

Posted Sun, 02 Jan 2011 12:21:09 GMT by Lucy Brake

Scientists track leatherback turtle travels for the first time

Posted Thu, 06 Jan 2011 13:32:40 GMT by David Hewitt

Past decade sees over 1000 tigers killed in continued illegal trade

Posted Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:00:00 GMT by Louise Murray

The effect of wind turbines on bats

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:40:00 GMT by Ines Morales

Camera traps puts animal conservation in the picture

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:27:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Gray wolf lawsuit settled in Idaho and Montana

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 23:27:14 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Tackling the toll of bycatch marine creatures

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:24:00 GMT by John Dean