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The effect of wind turbines on bats

The effect of wind turbines on bats

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

Bat populations everywhere are being decimated by a combination of threats they have no defense against. For instance, there's white-nose syndrome in the northeastern and eastern United States. And now, bats are turning up dead in the vicinity of wind farms. The number of fatalities is appalling.

The effect of wind turbines on bats

The Battle of the Biomes

The Battle of the Biomes

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:14:00 GMT by Dave Collier

The delicate balance between savannah and forest is know better understood thanks to a study from Princeton. The natural world is constantly in a flux with delicate states of equilibrium disturbed by the smallest of changes. The ecosystems that exist on earth have been classified by the WWF and grouped into 14 types that include everything from tropical rainforests to the arctic tundra.

The Battle of the Biomes

Romanian Ancient Woodland Needs Protection

Romanian Ancient Woodland Needs Protection

Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:42:12 GMT by Dave Collier

WWF have launched a campaign to protect the old-growth forests of Romania. Not including Russia, Romania contains up to 65% of Europe's virgin forests. Due to economic and social pressures, this natural resource may be under threat with 150 square kilometres of European old-growth forest cleared every year.

Romanian Ancient Woodland Needs Protection

Dog Days in North Virginia

Dog Days in North Virginia

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

Those colonists have gone and done it again, George. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation in Washington DC have evidence that we really put the cat among the pigeons when we messed up the west. Or rather the coyote among the wolves.

Dog Days in North Virginia

Humpback Numbers Higher

Humpback Numbers Higher

Posted Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:39:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The highly endangered Humpback Whale 'Megaptera novaeangliae' was down to 1400 individuals 45 years ago (at the end of commercial whaling in 1966). Perhaps and hopefully there are too many to count now!

Humpback Numbers Higher

Coyote cross breeding threatens wolf survival

Coyote cross breeding threatens wolf survival

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:21:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Expanding across North America with European settlers, the coyote has helped push out the wolf population and now the animals are showing signs of cross breeding which could wipe out the genetically distinct wolf.

Coyote cross breeding threatens wolf survival

Tuna Dilemma

Tuna Dilemma

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:56:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

141 per cent of the permitted eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna catch has been landed in 2010. This figure is another 10% higher than the previous survey in 2008 and still takes no account of missing black market bluefin. Bluefin is a greatly-endangered giant fish, designed to predate rather than be predated.

Tuna Dilemma

Macaque monkeys on Mauritius, a sad monkey's tale

Macaque monkeys on Mauritius, a sad monkey's tale

Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:12:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A problem uncovered by BUAV is the distress macaque monkeys suffer in transit, when captured and also their fate (as wild monkeys). The British Union Against Vivisection has been active for a commendable 100 years and more, raising our awareness on issues that should horrify us all. Around 10,000 monkeys a year are exported from Mauritius for prices up to £2600 each.

Macaque monkeys on Mauritius, a sad monkey's tale

Community incorporated in conservation process

Community incorporated in conservation process

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2011 14:00:12 GMT by Peter Kahare

Kenya Forest Services has signed three crucial agreements with Community Forests Associations from three forest blocks in the World renowned Mau, Bahati and Ndundulu forests. The agreements bring the community on board in the management, protection and conservation of Eburu forest block in Mau water catchment, Bahati and Ndunduri forest blocks where members of the CFAs will take an active role in conservation.

Community incorporated in conservation process

Runoff, algae, quagga mussels; Erie and Huron suffering yet again

Runoff, algae, quagga mussels; Erie and Huron suffering yet again

Posted Sat, 08 Oct 2011 21:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Runoff has been a problem for generations in most countries. In the Great Lakes, it is now creating enormous blooms of algae on the coasts. Enter the Quagga! It's a large mussel, Dreissena rostriformis bugensis, that emigrated from the Ukraine, bearing a superficial resemblance to the Quagga zebra.

Runoff, algae, quagga mussels; Erie and Huron suffering yet again

Goliath grouper's comeback is a success story - Updated

Goliath grouper's comeback is a success story - Updated

Posted Fri, 07 Oct 2011 02:14:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

The Atlantic goliath grouper, once fished to near extinction, has made a successful comeback in Florida's waters. Now Florida State University marine biologists are studying the giant fish to learn the secrets of their success.

Goliath grouper's comeback is a success story - Updated

How marine reserves impact coral and fish populations

How marine reserves impact coral and fish populations

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 16:12:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Miami University have researched the protection afforded by marine reserves over a 10 year span. They used 87 patch reefs in and around the world famous Belize location of Glover's Reef Reserve.

How marine reserves impact coral and fish populations

Twenty years after ban ivory still being traded

Twenty years after ban ivory still being traded

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 06:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Leonardo di Caprio has this week taken over as global ambassador for this year's theme with the IFAW. TheInternational Fund for Animal Welfare is reminding us that it's twenty years since the ivory trade ban was put in place.

Twenty years after ban ivory still being traded

A Wildlife Corridor Under Severe Threat in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania

A Wildlife Corridor Under Severe Threat in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania

Posted Wed, 05 Oct 2011 19:30:00 GMT by Elise M. S. Belle

The Kilombero Valley in Tanzania is home to over 350 species of plants and a wide variety animals, many of them endemic or threatened with extinction. It also contains an important bird community, including three endemic species, namely a weaver bird and two species of Cisticola.

A Wildlife Corridor Under Severe Threat in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania

The resilience of Hawaiian reefs suggests a real opportunity for conservation

The resilience of Hawaiian reefs suggests a real opportunity for conservation

Posted Wed, 05 Oct 2011 12:36:00 GMT by Dave Collier

A look at historical connections between human behaviour and coral reef degradation and recovery shows considerable resilience. Natives of the Hawaiian Islands, like many island peoples, have traditionally obtained a large proportion of their protein intake from seafood obtained in the waters around them.

The resilience of Hawaiian reefs suggests a real opportunity for conservation

Protecting the innocent: Marshall Islands shark sanctuary

Protecting the innocent: Marshall Islands shark sanctuary

Posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 18:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The President of the Marshall Islands, Jurelang Zedkaia, declared the world's biggest shark sanctuary on October 2nd. The parliament or Nitijela unanimously passed a law prohibiting commercial shark fishing in the two million km2 piece of ocean surrounding the Pacific islands.

Protecting the innocent: Marshall Islands shark sanctuary

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New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Where have all the forests gone?

Posted Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Posted Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:35:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Posted Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:16:41 GMT by Paul Robinson

Baby elephants go on holiday to China!

Posted Mon, 09 Feb 2015 16:39:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

Posted Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:20:35 GMT by JW Dowey

New Andean frog species survives, for now.

Posted Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:02:45 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Losing our ocean life?

Posted Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:37:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Hatching Giants on Galapagos!

Posted Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Wolfing it in Oregon

Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:41:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

White syndrome (WS) destroys our coral reefs, but how?

Posted Wed, 05 Sep 2012 08:59:13 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pacific conservation measures for bigeye tuna are urgently needed

Posted Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:15:12 GMT by Dave Armstrong

US research highlights the plight of the bumblebee, numbers rapidly declining

Posted Sat, 08 Jan 2011 09:00:01 GMT by David Hewitt

An Amazonian nightmare of deforestation

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

Poaching still a factor in declining forest elephant populations

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

Mekong river Irrawaddy dolphins face extinction

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

Save the Congo chimpanzee!

Posted Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:49:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Oil threat to Virunga National Park

Posted Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Conservation and sport help turtles

Posted Sun, 27 Oct 2013 11:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Atlantic Seabirds get FAME

Posted Mon, 23 May 2011 19:55:01 GMT by Julian Jackson