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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

How wolves could save threatened lynx species

How wolves could save threatened lynx species

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:43:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The loss of top predators has had unintended consequences for other species argues new reseach which says that wolves can help balance coyote and lynx populations. The Canada lynx was listed as a threatened species in 2000 after decades of decline cause by loss of food and changes to its habitat.

How wolves could save threatened lynx species

US landowners key to wildlife projects

US landowners key to wildlife projects

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

United States landowners have a key role to play in the protection of endangered American wildlife. That's one of the key messages to come out of the recent award by the US Government of $53m in grants to wildlife projects.

US landowners key to wildlife projects

Farmland birds bear brunt of CAP says UK charity

Farmland birds bear brunt of CAP says UK charity

Posted Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:13:40 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The Common Agricultural Policy needs reform if declines in farmland bird species are to be halted says the RSPB. The Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme surveyed 145 common European bird species in 25 countries between 1980 and 2009 and farmland birds were the most at risk species with their numbers at an all time low.

Farmland birds bear brunt of CAP says UK charity

Conservation boosts crop yields, researchers say

Conservation boosts crop yields, researchers say

Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:43:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Farming and protecting ecosystems go hand-in-hand, say researchers. Agroecosystems combine the two goals for a sustainable future. Can farmers double their production while protecting ecosystems? Absolutely, say researchers from the International Water Management Institute and the United Nations Environmental Programme.

Conservation boosts crop yields, researchers say

England's national biodiversity plan

England's national biodiversity plan

Posted Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:44:00 GMT by Jessica Allan

The UK government have published a strategy to halt biodiversity decline by 2020, in order to fulfil their commitment under the Convention on Biological Diversity. The strategy includes some ambitious and wide-ranging goals, but are these appropriate?

England's national biodiversity plan

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Raven-mad or just nutcrackers: mutualism among trees and crows.

Posted Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Parrots that can't fly or breed

Posted Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Rare cats can be counted

Posted Sat, 02 Jan 2016 10:41:08 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Latest IUCN news on threats to species everywhere !

Posted Sat, 26 Dec 2015 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Having a whale of a time

Posted Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:41:33 GMT by Paul Robinson

Rare Rainforest Trees assume Great Importance

Posted Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:39:05 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Jumby hawksbills enjoy their beach

Posted Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:14:25 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Cuban crocodile gets a lift !

Posted Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:22:41 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The future of Australia's conservation efforts?

Posted Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:36:17 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

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

Londoners urged to take action to arrest the decline of the 'Cockney sparrow'

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2011 05:33:00 GMT by David Hewitt

Deep-Sea Vents contaminated by vehicles

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

Condors are in California, but for how long?

Posted Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:29:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Monk Seals under threat in Hawaiian conservation zone

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

Latest State of Observed Species (SOS) report published

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

Protected species found on sale in Thai markets

Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:22:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Mekong river Irrawaddy dolphins face extinction

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

Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles hatch in Lao PDR

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

IWC should have whale conservation as priority - WWF

Posted Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:57:00 GMT by Martin Leggett