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Time for fishing bans to protect threatened tuna stocks says report

Time for fishing bans to protect threatened tuna stocks says report

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 16:37:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Tuna and billfish are among the most economically important species in our seas, however, they are also suffering at the hands of overfishing and according to the first study of its kind on global populations, seven species are now 'threatened' by fishing.

Time for fishing bans to protect threatened tuna stocks says report

Camera traps puts animal conservation in the picture

Camera traps puts animal conservation in the picture

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

A camera trap study spanning three continents and seven countries has taken some 52,000 images, allowing a rare glimpse into the lives of some of the world's most endangered mammals. The study has made it clear that habitat loss and fragmented forests are detrimental to the survival of many species.

Camera traps puts animal conservation in the picture

China accused over 'legal' tiger and leopard trade

China accused over 'legal' tiger and leopard trade

Posted Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:22:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A British environmental charity says that China's regulated trade in legal big cat skins provides the perfect cover for those engaged in dirtier practices. The EIA has written to the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao to urge action to match pledges made on tiger conservation.

China accused over 'legal' tiger and leopard trade

Holidaymakers can help conserve leatherback turtles

Holidaymakers can help conserve leatherback turtles

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:50:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Keep your eyes peeled for the leatherback turtle this month in the UK, says the Marine Conservation Council - and let them know about your sightings. These monstrous paddlers are most common in the UK's waters at this time of year, as they follow the jellyfish swarms northwards.

Holidaymakers can help conserve leatherback turtles

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:40:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Chile has banned the practice of shark-finning which costs up to 73 million sharks their lives each year. Shark fins are usually sold to the Far East, where they are made into shark fin soup. The toll on some of the ocean's biggest and baddest predators can be terrible - they are often de-finned before being dumped, still alive, back into the sea.

Chile latest country to act on shark fin toll

Go down to the woods

Go down to the woods

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:20:00 GMT by Jessica Allan

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is encouraging the British public to celebrate the cultural and natural heritage of forests and woods, Jessica Allan highlights the importance of their campaign. In global climate change; trees act as carbon sinks, so their loss increases the amount of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere.

Go down to the woods

Invasive species continue to affect ecosystems after removal

Invasive species continue to affect ecosystems after removal

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:47:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Scientists from the University of California have thrown new light on how invasive species can affect local ecosystems, even after their removal from the environment. The Kudzu Vine, Brown Tree Snake, the Common Carp, Garlic Mustard and the Blue Mussel - just a few of hundreds of invasive species threatening ecosystems across the planet.

Invasive species continue to affect ecosystems after removal

Dams damned by court ruling on saving Snake River salmon

Dams damned by court ruling on saving Snake River salmon

Posted Wed, 03 Aug 2011 17:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

An endangered species of salmon are not being given adequate protection by the American government a court has ruled. Delighted conservation, fishing and tribal groups now want action they say will save the salmon species and provide thousands of jobs.

Dams damned by court ruling on saving Snake River salmon

Eradicating domestic cat populations for wildlife protection on Christmas Island

Eradicating domestic cat populations for wildlife protection on Christmas Island

Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:43:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

Cats in the Australia shire of Christmas Island are now legally required to be de-sexed, tattooed, and micro-chipped for registration and further importation is no longer permitted. This is considered to be the first step in controlling the long-term impact of stray and feral cats for the protection of local wildlife.

Eradicating domestic cat populations for wildlife protection on Christmas Island

World Rhino Day 2011 coming - get ready to blow your horns for rhinos!

World Rhino Day 2011 coming - get ready to blow your horns for rhinos!

Posted Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:20:33 GMT by Martin Leggett

Conservation groups have announced World Rhino Day 2011, for the 22nd September - with the aim of bigging up some noise, across the globe, for these endangered giants of the savanna. After a terrible 2010, with poaching rampant, the need to both halt the poaching gangs, and to kick rhino-horn out of the 'traditional medicine' cabinet has never been more urgent.

World Rhino Day 2011 coming - get ready to blow your horns for rhinos!

Reserves alone cannot stop biodiversity collapse

Reserves alone cannot stop biodiversity collapse

Posted Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:34:37 GMT by Martin Leggett

It's time to ditch the one-strand policy of habitat protection, and move towards reining in human numbers and consumption as well. That's the radical conclusion from a paper published by a pair of respected ecologists in Marine Ecology Progress Series today. A broad review of a century of developing 'protected areas' has shown only local success, with a continuing crash in biodiversity worldwide, the authors say.

Reserves alone cannot stop biodiversity collapse

Tiger's death highlights concerns

Tiger's death highlights concerns

Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:51:00 GMT by John Dean

It comes to something for a species when the death of a single animal can represent a disaster - but that's what has happed in Indonesia. The concern about the recent death of the Sumatran Tiger indicates wider concerns for a species that is now down to just 400 in the wild.

Tiger's death highlights concerns

Mapping mangroves aids conservation of valuable habitats

Mapping mangroves aids conservation of valuable habitats

Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:21:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Scientists use remote sensing to determine the best method of monitoring mangrove habitats. Mangroves are particularly good at reducing coastal erosion by providing a buffer against the effects of waves, currents and flooding.

Mapping mangroves aids conservation of valuable habitats

New framework helps relocation of species threatened by climate change

New framework helps relocation of species threatened by climate change

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:39:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

A new decision-making framework is providing hope for maintaining biodiversity through shifting species that are affected by climate change. Many species today are struggling to cope with the Earth's rapidly changing climate. As a result biodiversity managers are faced with a major decision on when, if ever, to relocate these species to ensure their survival.

New framework helps relocation of species threatened by climate change

Our favourite fish under threat says new study

Our favourite fish under threat says new study

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The fish on which we most rely are under threat of extinction says a new survey of scombrids, which include mackerel and tuna - overfishing, pollution and destruction of ocean habitat is the cause say the compilers of the Red List of Threatened Species.

Our favourite fish under threat says new study

Trade in snakes, macaques, sharks out of control, CITES affirms

Trade in snakes, macaques, sharks out of control, CITES affirms

Posted Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:19:01 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

CITES convention examines effects of trade on at-risk species like long-tailed macaques, sharks, and several snake species. Unsustainable wildlife trade not only devastates local ecosystems, it also causes great suffering to individual animals and can introduce invasive species that damage ecosystems abroad.

Trade in snakes, macaques, sharks out of control, CITES affirms

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Conservation and Reintroductions

Posted Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International cooperation can create recovery from the Aral Sea disaster

Posted Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:41:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Biodiversity Progress Today

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:36:00 GMT by JW Dowey

No Bryde's for the future?

Posted Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:18:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

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

Tiger Conservation is an Issue

Posted Mon, 27 May 2013 13:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Bonds for trees programme announced

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

Wildlife and farmers - should we share or spare?

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

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK

Posted Sat, 21 May 2011 21:05:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

Hope for the Javan Rhino

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

Sharks and marine turtles in trouble around the world

Posted Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:14:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Five Lost Frogs Rediscovered

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:55:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

The Wilding of Europe

Posted Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:48:24 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Save the Congo chimpanzee!

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

Oil and gas platform threatens Critically Endangered whale

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2011 15:27:00 GMT by Helen Roddis