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A quarter of mammals at risk of extinction

A quarter of mammals at risk of extinction

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2011 04:44:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

A new edition of the Red List of Threatened Species includes the world's most vulnerable creatures who are in danger of being wiped out.

A quarter of mammals at risk of extinction

The fungus that killed frogs

The fungus that killed frogs

Posted Tue, 08 Nov 2011 19:46:00 GMT by Ines Morales

The sudden appearance of a fungal epidemic that is wiping out amphibian species worldwide. Amphibians are currently engaged in a battle for survival - and losing.

The fungus that killed frogs

Let's save the corals

Let's save the corals

Posted Fri, 04 Nov 2011 13:34:01 GMT by Ines Morales

The loss of coral reefs and their attached biodiversity. A study from the Smithsonian, using new techniques such as DNA barcoding, discovered a larger variety of crustacean species in coral reefs than anyone had ever anticipated.

Let's save the corals

Rhino poaching in South Africa on the increase

Rhino poaching in South Africa on the increase

Posted Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:10:00 GMT by Dave Collier

Figures from the South African National Parks show an increase in rhino poaching compared to last year. Despite global events such as World Rhino Day, designed to raise awareness of the plight of rhinos and the market for rhino horn, the trade in rhino horns has not decreased.

Rhino poaching in South Africa on the increase

East Winch'ed to Safety

East Winch'ed to Safety

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

East Winch Wildlife Centre in King's Lynn, Norfolk and three other RSPCA centres save thousands of animals at each location every year as RSPCA hospitals. Research on success of seal rehabilitation began with a desire to measure the effectiveness of returning the animal to the wild.

East Winch'ed to Safety

Roads drive bats away, new study shows

Roads drive bats away, new study shows

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:19:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Major roads can reduce numbers of protected bats and ruin their habitat, says a new University of Leeds study.

Roads drive bats away, new study shows

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

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International Bat Weekend is Here!

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:30:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Lobsters lose out to global warming

Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:30:49 GMT by JW Dowey

Save Tropical Forest, NOW!

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The GBR in black or white: coral bleaching or coal dust?

Posted Tue, 24 May 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

Posted Tue, 10 May 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Islands and their biodiversity

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:30:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:40:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

Posted Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

Posted Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Pacific conservation measures for bigeye tuna are urgently needed

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

The role of what we eat on turtle conservation

Posted Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:50:00 GMT by Natalie Hummel

Slow loris poaching and the illegal pet trade

Posted Tue, 19 Jun 2012 20:08:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ile aux Aigrettes rewilding experiment reports success

Posted Sun, 01 May 2011 08:26:00 GMT by Gracie Valena

Deep-Sea Vents contaminated by vehicles

Posted Thu, 24 May 2012 20:03:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Satao, the elephant king, is killed

Posted Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Antarctic penguins in trouble due to climate change

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

A genetic tool in the fight against extinctions

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

Carbon grasped by Mangrove roots vastly underestimated

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 08:10:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Endangered salamander study looks for clues to amphibian decline

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