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Sharks swim in safety, in The Bahamas at least

Sharks swim in safety, in The Bahamas at least

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:09:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The Bahamas has outlawed the commercial fishing of sharks. The islands' government announced yesterday that the 630,000 square kilometers ( or 243,244 square miles) of the country’s waters are now off limits to commercial shark fishing.

Sharks swim in safety, in The Bahamas at least

Conservationists appeal for tourists not to eat whale meat in Iceland

Conservationists appeal for tourists not to eat whale meat in Iceland

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:04:00 GMT by John Dean

Conservationist groups have issued an appeal for tourists not to eat whale meat when they visit Iceland. Icelandic fisherman argue that hunting whales is part of the island's heritage but, according to IFAW, a Gallup poll from June 2010 showed just 5% of Icelanders claim to eat the meat regularly.

Conservationists appeal for tourists not to eat whale meat in Iceland

Conservation mission to save petrels on Henderson Island underway

Conservation mission to save petrels on Henderson Island underway

Posted Tue, 05 Jul 2011 18:38:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Rats to be eradicated from unique bird sanctuary in remote part of the globe. Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service and other nature conservancy projects is funding a world-leading mission to Henderson Island in the Pitcairn Islands.

Conservation mission to save petrels on Henderson Island underway

Protecting the 'known unknowns' from extinction

Protecting the 'known unknowns' from extinction

Posted Mon, 04 Jul 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Making sure that we conserve those species not yet known to science is a tricky task – but one that researchers publishing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences think they have moved forward on. Their model predicts that the majority of undiscovered species live in areas that are already top priority for conservationists.

Protecting the 'known unknowns' from extinction

Europe clears own waters of fish this week

Europe clears own waters of fish this week

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

Yesterday, European Union waters were fished out for the year according to a new report, which says the day on which the continent has to rely on international waters is getting earlier each year. A report from OCEAN2012 and the new economics foundation says that the need to import seafood to the union comes six days earlier than it did last year.

Europe clears own waters of fish this week

CSI Rainforest: genetic codes can catch out illegal loggers says study

CSI Rainforest: genetic codes can catch out illegal loggers says study

Posted Sun, 03 Jul 2011 16:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Genetic fingerprinting can help track wood and ensure that illegal loggers are brought to book say an Australian team who are working on a DNA fingerprint for all the planet's grass and tree species. DNA fingerprinting has been used in Australia since 2007 to prove that timber is legally sourced and the practice has spread to Europe and the United States of America.

CSI Rainforest: genetic codes can catch out illegal loggers says study

Letting London's parks grow wild again key to bringing back wildlife

Letting London's parks grow wild again key to bringing back wildlife

Posted Thu, 30 Jun 2011 22:27:00 GMT by David Hewitt

Central London's birding expert talks conservation, kestrels and keeping the public happy as he takes The Earth Times on a wildlife-themed tour of Regent's Park. Arguably the last place you'd think of if you were asked to name London's top havens for birds but the figures don't lie: last year alone, some 124 species of birds were spotted either just feeding or nesting in the Royal Park, among them ospreys, little owls common terns and peregrine falcons.

Letting London's parks grow wild again key to bringing back wildlife

Rainforest birds rebound in parts of Amazon laid low

Rainforest birds rebound in parts of Amazon laid low

Posted Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:21:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The tragic loss of biodiversity from rainforest destruction can be reversed, says a study just published on PLoS ONE, which recorded a return of tropical birds to parts of the Amazon previously felled. The fragments of Brazilian rainforest that recovered their brightly-colored birds were the larger of those left by the loggers - aided by the regrowth of secondary forest.

Rainforest birds rebound in parts of Amazon laid low

Experts argue over future of 'Happy Feet' penguin

Experts argue over future of 'Happy Feet' penguin

Posted Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:25:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Penguin found washed up on New Zealand's coast could be released into wild or kept in captivity. The fate of a juvenile Emperor Penguin found washed up on a New Zealand beach has gripped the country and its media.

Experts argue over future of 'Happy Feet' penguin

Good news for wildlife in Afghanistan

Good news for wildlife in Afghanistan

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:58:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Despite a decade of conflict in Afghanistan, the country's wildlife is holding on. A new survey carried out by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists has shown that large mammals are surviving in some areas of Afghanistan after ten years of conflict.

Good news for wildlife in Afghanistan

How the genes of Cedric and Spirit can help save the Tasmanian devils

How the genes of Cedric and Spirit can help save the Tasmanian devils

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Tasmanian devils, the pug-shaped ferocious predators of the marsupial world, are under mortal threat from a face-eating cancer. But ground-breaking new genetic research, online now in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is helping conservationists to form a plan to protect the last of the big carnivorous marsupials.

How the genes of Cedric and Spirit can help save the Tasmanian devils

World Heritage sites in danger

World Heritage sites in danger

Posted Fri, 24 Jun 2011 20:09:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Over-exploitation of resources is damaging the world's valuable natural World Heritage Sites. IUCN have stated that mining and oil/gas exploration should not be permitted within World Heritage sites. African World Heritage sites are particularly at risk from commercial mining and oil/gas exploration, with a quarter of all sites threatened.

World Heritage sites in danger

New map tracks protected fish and wildlife

New map tracks protected fish and wildlife

Posted Fri, 24 Jun 2011 13:51:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Online resource provides mapping tool to see where protected fish and wildlife live and blossom. A new interactive map has gone live online in Washington helping to keep track of populations of fish and wildlife deemed to be at risk of changing habitat and falling numbers.

New map tracks protected fish and wildlife

Controversial hunting restrictions on New York deer

Controversial hunting restrictions on New York deer

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:19:01 GMT by Laura Brown

Proposals to bring in restrictions on the hunting of young deer in New York State meets with stiff opposition. There are around a million white tailed deer in New York state. Managing thier numbers through hunting is seen as a viable way to keep numbers down. Too large a population and they cause problems for farmers and foresters, damaging a local ecosystem.

Controversial hunting restrictions on New York deer

Rescuing and Rehabilitating Chimps in MONA's Sanctuary

Rescuing and Rehabilitating Chimps in MONA's Sanctuary

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:40:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Animal rescue charity plans 10th anniversary celebration to raise funds. Chimpanzees are our nearest relative, and share many of our own traits: the need for family and companionship, a desire for status within the group, and sometimes volatile personal relationships with other chimps and the humans they encounter.

Rescuing and Rehabilitating Chimps in MONA's Sanctuary

More support needed for Arab World Heritage sites

More support needed for Arab World Heritage sites

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 15:57:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Only two natural sites located in Arab states have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in the past 15 years. A new report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found that Arab countries should propose more sites for inclusion on the list, as well as managing their existing sites more successfully.

More support needed for Arab World Heritage sites

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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

The South Island Robin survives much better now

Posted Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:17:36 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Farmland birds bear brunt of CAP says UK charity

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

One of the world's biggest birds is in grave danger

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 11:05:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Help spot the invaders on British shores urges marine charity

Posted Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:49:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Marine species at risk of mass extinction

Posted Tue, 21 Jun 2011 07:56:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Losing Our Grizzly Bears: the fall of the wild

Posted Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:55:00 GMT by Chris Nunnally

Climate change 'poses threat to caribou'

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:35:01 GMT by John Dean

Extensive shark sanctuary declared for an Indonesian island

Posted Wed, 01 Dec 2010 12:15:02 GMT by Lucy Brake

Sharks worth much more alive than dead

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 21:58:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Are efficient stoves the way to halt deforestation?

Posted Thu, 02 Jun 2011 09:07:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry