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Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling; Sea Shepherd to resume whale defence

Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling; Sea Shepherd to resume whale defence

Posted Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:14:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

The Japanese have officially announced that they will return to the Southern Ocean to continue whaling, and now Sea Shepherd are preparing to battle once more. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been battling hard against this barbarism by the Japanese whalers and sees this as simply one more battle to be fought.

Japan to resume Southern Ocean whaling; Sea Shepherd to resume whale defence

'Kings of the hill' vital for sculpting healthy ecosystems

'Kings of the hill' vital for sculpting healthy ecosystems

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The 'apex consumers' of the living world - the lions and tigers and bears, not to mention whales - play an often overlooked role in shaping the ecosystem they sit at the top of. A new review in Science out today, from 24 ecologists, points to the dramatic effects that the weakening of those at the top of the food chain can have - and calls for a new approach that values the conservation of the 'kings of the hill'.

'Kings of the hill' vital for sculpting healthy ecosystems

Hand over forests for better management

Hand over forests for better management

Posted Tue, 12 Jul 2011 15:44:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A conference says Indonesia is losing out because of its failure to give proper land rights to its forest-dwelling citizens. In Indonesia, communities have rights to less than one percent of the country's forest land.

Hand over forests for better management

IWC should have whale conservation as priority - WWF

IWC should have whale conservation as priority - WWF

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

With the 63rd annual meeting of the IWC ongoing this week, the WWF has issued a call for the badly-split international organization to reform itself - and put the conservation of whales as its top priority. Threats from oil-and-gas exploration, ship strikes and noise pollution can - and should be tackled - whilst member nations remain deadlocked over whaling.

IWC should have whale conservation as priority - WWF

Bluefin tuna at 'risk of collapse' without drastic action

Bluefin tuna at 'risk of collapse' without drastic action

Posted Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

The first comprehensive assessment of tuna and billfish has put 5 of 8 tuna species on the Red List for threatened or endangered animals – and the IUCN is warning that Bluefin tuna are particularly vulnerable to vanishing, without the closure of fisheries. The report, out today in Science puts part of the blame on the higher prices of the remaining numbers of tuna and marlin.

Bluefin tuna at 'risk of collapse' without drastic action

Save horseshoe crabs to save the red knot argues scientist

Save horseshoe crabs to save the red knot argues scientist

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:19:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A tiny sea bird is reliant on the health of an American crab's breeding ground new research proves, meaning it's time to act on one to save the other. The horseshoe crab is used by fisherman as bait to catch other sea creatures and its blood is used by drug companies which prize its clotting ability.

Save horseshoe crabs to save the red knot argues scientist

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

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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

Tuna Dilemma

Posted Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:56:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New framework helps relocation of species threatened by climate change

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

Stork Renaissance

Posted Fri, 04 Apr 2014 06:35:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Posted Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:16:41 GMT by Paul Robinson

Shark fins tracked by DNA

Posted Fri, 29 Apr 2011 09:20:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Threatened jaguars prey on endangered green turtles

Posted Wed, 09 May 2012 12:07:32 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Carbon grasped by Mangrove roots vastly underestimated

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

Famous Osprey 'The Lady of the Loch' returns to Scotland

Posted Mon, 02 Apr 2012 08:35:59 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Latest State of Observed Species (SOS) report published

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

Advocacy group in Australia calls for global boycott of bluefin tuna

Posted Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:22:06 GMT by Lucy Brake