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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

Coral reefs more vulnerable than they appear

Coral reefs more vulnerable than they appear

Posted Fri, 30 Sep 2011 05:50:51 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Coral reefs can appear healthy, until it's too late and they collapse. But new research outlines specific reef-fishing thresholds that must not be crossed, or collapse of the reef ecosystem becomes inevitable.

Coral reefs more vulnerable than they appear

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Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world.

Posted Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Primates matter, and this is why!

Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:15:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bottom trawling for orange roughies to get green light?

Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pacific bluefin tuna nears a critical state.

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:25:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Extinction danger for great apes, Hawaiian plants and many more!

Posted Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Wood we/Wouldn't we sustain our woods-well we did, once!

Posted Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International Bat Weekend is Here!

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

Community incorporated in conservation process

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

New technology to transform India's Project Tiger

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 09:02:00 GMT by Laura Brown

World Wetlands Day - 2nd February

Posted Sat, 02 Feb 2013 11:21:00 GMT by Michael Evans

The extinction of mammals

Posted Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:26:22 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Restored wetlands can take a century to regenerate

Posted Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:28:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

US landowners key to wildlife projects

Posted Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:28:00 GMT by John Dean

Conservation and sport help turtles

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

Broad Coalition Supports Recovery of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Posted Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:20:33 GMT by Natalie Hummel

Traditional cork best for biodiversity conservation

Posted Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:26:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Europe clears own waters of fish this week

Posted Mon, 04 Jul 2011 17:49:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts