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Nearly 400 aquatic species to be considered for protection under Endangered Species Act

Nearly 400 aquatic species to be considered for protection under Endangered Species Act

Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:22:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Nearly 400 species of southeastern U. S. aquatic plants and animals have been proposed for review by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to determine if they warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Nearly 400 aquatic species to be considered for protection under Endangered Species Act

Fisheries collapse is hidden by unreliable data

Fisheries collapse is hidden by unreliable data

Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:50:00 GMT by Dave Collier

A study has highlighted flaws in fisheries' assessments of the health of fish populations. Brad Erisman, a Scripps researcher, and colleagues have been looking at the populations of bass, using a combination of data sources.

Fisheries collapse is hidden by unreliable data

Saving the pernambuco tree

Saving the pernambuco tree

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:05:01 GMT by Jessica Allan

The plight of the pernambuco tree has struck a chord with musicians, and this has led to the the creation of a project aimed at conserving the species. The survival of the pernambuco tree is threatened by the continuing encroachment on its native habitat, and this has prompted the formation of the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative (IPCI).

Saving the pernambuco tree

Act on rhino horn demand WWF tells Asian governments

Act on rhino horn demand WWF tells Asian governments

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:01:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Action on rhino poaching in South Africa is putting more criminals behind bars for longer, but to protect these threatened animals, WWF says Asian governments need to act to cut demand too.

Act on rhino horn demand WWF tells Asian governments

Some loggerhead turtle populations downgraded to endangered status

Some loggerhead turtle populations downgraded to endangered status

Posted Tue, 20 Sep 2011 05:19:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Loggerhead turtle populations across the globe have been divided into nine distinct populations, with more than half downgraded from threatened to endangered status under the United States Endangered Species Act.

Some loggerhead turtle populations downgraded to endangered status

Bonds for trees programme announced

Bonds for trees programme announced

Posted Sun, 18 Sep 2011 22:01:01 GMT by Dale Kiefer

A coalition of conservation groups has announced a new bonds initiative aimed at increasing financial incentives to reduce deforestation of the world's tropical forests. Announced by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) and the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), the initiative calls for governments to enhance forest conservation efforts by purchasing bonds to help fund existing conservation commitments and goals.

Bonds for trees programme announced

Deep sea rules being ignored say reports

Deep sea rules being ignored say reports

Posted Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:35:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A coalition of conservationists and scientists are at the UN this week to argue that the organisations own rules on sustainable fishing in our deep oceans are being routinely flouted by member states.

Deep sea rules being ignored say reports

Hope for the Javan Rhino

Hope for the Javan Rhino

Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:20:01 GMT by Sharon Gill

The Ujung Kulon National Park has an ambitious goal: to increase the Javan Rhino population by 50% over the next five years. The Ujung Kulon National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, is home to the world-s last remaining fifty Javan Rhinos.

Hope for the Javan Rhino

Monk Seals under threat in Hawaiian conservation zone

Monk Seals under threat in Hawaiian conservation zone

Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:39:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Measures taken to protect Hawaiian monk seals in a conservation zone may not be working. The population of monk seals living in the marine conservation area around Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is declining by up to 4% a year.

Monk Seals under threat in Hawaiian conservation zone

'Paper reserves' need fleshing out for China's flora to blossom

'Paper reserves' need fleshing out for China's flora to blossom

Posted Wed, 07 Sep 2011 04:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A plan to put right the house of cards that is China's current approach to plant conservation, is outlined in September's issue of BioScience. The authors, 2 of whom are from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, say without the implementation of their 7-point plan, much of China's plant-species wealth could be put under threat.

'Paper reserves' need fleshing out for China's flora to blossom

Poaching still a factor in declining forest elephant populations

Poaching still a factor in declining forest elephant populations

Posted Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:22:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Forest elephants survey in the Cote d'Ivoire. Forest elephants in Cote d'Ivoire are still under threat from poaching despite a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory, a new WWF study has revealed. Researchers initially set out to determine the numbers of forest elephants in Cote d’Ivoire's Tai National Park.

Poaching still a factor in declining forest elephant populations

Booming bitterns are bouncing back

Booming bitterns are bouncing back

Posted Fri, 02 Sep 2011 18:23:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Britain's loudest bird is making a comeback. A relative of the more commonly seen grey heron, the highly secretive bitterns spend most of their time hidden in reed beds, making them incredibly difficult to survey by sight alone. Luckily for scientists, male bitterns have a unique booming call which they create by filling their gullets with air and then releasing it.

Booming bitterns are bouncing back

Wildlife and farmers - should we share or spare?

Wildlife and farmers - should we share or spare?

Posted Thu, 01 Sep 2011 18:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A paper out in Science suggests that both conservation and farming could benefit by living separately - while still being good neighbors. Sharing the same land in a more mixed landscape, by contrast, appears to leave wildlife and food harvests worse off in the long run, the team from the University of Cambridge and the RSPB conclude.

Wildlife and farmers - should we share or spare?

Finned sharks found washed up on New Zealand's coast

Finned sharks found washed up on New Zealand's coast

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:05:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

An anti-shark finning group is appalled at the mutilation of baby sharks discovered on New Zealand's beaches this week. Two people came across around 200 finless baby sharks washed up at Owhanake Bay, Waiheke Island, which is one of the many islands in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Finned sharks found washed up on New Zealand's coast

Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles hatch in Lao PDR

Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles hatch in Lao PDR

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:18:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society have good news about one of the world's rarest crocodiles. Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles have hatched in a zoo in Lao PDR, representing a significant step in the successful conservation of this species.

Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles hatch in Lao PDR

International deal on whale sanctuaries

International deal on whale sanctuaries

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:20:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Whales range across the oceans paying no heed to international boundaries, so a new deal between American and French Caribbean sancturies is good news for migrating humpback whales. Humpbacks travel more than 3,000 miles between the two safe havens, which will now better coordinate their conservation work and study the threats the majestic mammals face.

International deal on whale sanctuaries

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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

Mekong river Irrawaddy dolphins face extinction

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 11:09:23 GMT by Kieran Ball

Latest State of Observed Species (SOS) report published

Posted Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:26:52 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Congo to host international tropical forest summit

Posted Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:21:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Dog Days in North Virginia

Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:37:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Kings of the hill' vital for sculpting healthy ecosystems

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Great Apes threatened again, this time by habitat loss

Posted Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:54:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The secret to getting up close and personal with Mountain Gorillas

Posted Fri, 25 May 2012 13:30:02 GMT by David Hewitt

Critically endangered whales face fresh threat from new oil development

Posted Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:14:42 GMT by Lucy Brake

Struggle to halt possible bat extinction

Posted Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:55:05 GMT by Michael Evans

Antarctic penguins in trouble due to climate change

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Louise Murray