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Caribou collapse: look to oil-sands, not wolves, says new study

Caribou collapse: look to oil-sands, not wolves, says new study

Posted Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Caribou in Alberta are falling foul, not to wolves, but instead to the stress of ongoing work to extract the one of the dirtiest of fossil fuels, oil-sands. That's one of the conclusions from a study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, which recommends more sensitive placing of oil-infrastructure to ease pressure on the declining reindeer.

Caribou collapse: look to oil-sands, not wolves, says new study

Marine species at risk of mass extinction

Marine species at risk of mass extinction

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

An unprecedented number of marine species are at risk of extinction. Increasing levels of CO2 contributes to rising temperatures. In turn, increased temperatures lead to more CO2 being absorbed into the ocean. Increased CO2 in the ocean leads to increasing ocean acidification and hypoxia, which are devastating for marine life.

Marine species at risk of mass extinction

Save the old men of the forest to house the forest's young

Save the old men of the forest to house the forest's young

Posted Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:24:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

An old tree can support dozens of different nesting animals and birds who don't have the woodpecker's powers. Trees are a good thing for the environment right? Well, yes, but replacing old with new is bad news for a multitude of creatures that rely on the ravages of time to help them make a home in the trees.

Save the old men of the forest to house the forest's young

Protected species found on sale in Thai markets

Protected species found on sale in Thai markets

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

Madagascan species at risk of extinction are commonly found on sale in Thai markets says a WWF-backed body investigating the trade in endangered species. TRAFFIC surveyed sales for 15 days in Bangkok and eight of Thailand's provinces and found 591 Madagascan reptiles and amphibians available on sale.

Protected species found on sale in Thai markets

Are rats and bees the solution to Africa's bushmeat problem?

Are rats and bees the solution to Africa's bushmeat problem?

Posted Mon, 13 Jun 2011 19:48:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

With the bushmeat trade growing annually, experts recognise that innovative solutions are required to halt this illegal activity. Commercial trading in bushmeat - the meat and other parts of wild mammals, birds and reptiles - is a highly lucrative industry, particularly prevalent in central Africa. Bushmeat trading is on the rise within many central African countries

Are rats and bees the solution to Africa's bushmeat problem?

Area of sustainably managed forest increases

Area of sustainably managed forest increases

Posted Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:04:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

There has been a 50% increase in the area of tropical forests under sustainable management since 2005. ITTO, a Japan-based intergovernmental body, promotes the sustainable management, use and trade of tropical forest resources.

Area of sustainably managed forest increases

Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:25:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The numbers of albatross and other sea-birds drowning after being snared by longline fishing hooks is three times higher than thought - at 300,000 per year. The new number in a study published in Endangered Species Research, is all the more shocking because measures to make longline fishing safe have been proven to work.

Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

Toxin found in endangered seal could threaten numbers

Toxin found in endangered seal could threaten numbers

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 13:46:27 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A dangerous toxin has been found in an endangered Hawaiian seal, further threatening its survival. Scientists from the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered ciguatoxin in the Hawaiian monk seal and are concerned other marine mammals may have come into contact with the poison which is produced by marine algae.

Toxin found in endangered seal could threaten numbers

Kill ship speed not whales, say wildlife conservation groups

Kill ship speed not whales, say wildlife conservation groups

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:07:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Whales swimming near the Californian coast have increasingly become victims of hit-and-sail accidents, as shipping crowds into the important marine sanctuaries there. Now conservation groups have filed a petition with the US Department of Commerce, asking for a speed limit to halt the sea-lane carnage.

Kill ship speed not whales, say wildlife conservation groups

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

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

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

This year's update to the Red List of Threatened Species says that some of the largest species of bird in the world are close to extinction. The update has also resulted in the threat level for the Great Indian Bustard being upgraded to Critically Endangered, the highest level of threat.

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

Last ditch attempt to save the spoon-billed sandpiper

Last ditch attempt to save the spoon-billed sandpiper

Posted Tue, 07 Jun 2011 03:00:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Can a rescue team of conservationists save Critically Endangered sandpiper? Spoon-billed sandpipers are well-camouflaged amongst their tundra habitat, with a unique spoon-shaped bill. Breeding in Chukotka in north-eastern Russia, the spoon-billed sandpiper migrates an astonishing 8000 kilometres to over-winter in Southeast Asia.

Last ditch attempt to save the spoon-billed sandpiper

Airports play their part to protect wildlife

Airports play their part to protect wildlife

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:50:00 GMT by John Dean

Several US airports are taking steps to ensure that they protect precious wildlife habitats at times when they are making increasing demands on land. The latest one to be recognised is the St. Lucie County International Airport, which was awarded the Regional Director's Conservation Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region.

Airports play their part to protect wildlife

Delight at mountain gorilla twin surprise

Delight at mountain gorilla twin surprise

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:14:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

They're only the sixth pair of twins recorded in Rwandan mountain gorilla history and have arrived, with perfect timing, to give a boost to the endangered species before the annual naming ceremony. The new twins come hot on the heels of the fifth recorded double birth, in the Hirwa Group of mountain gorillas.

Delight at mountain gorilla twin surprise

New technology to transform India's Project Tiger

New technology to transform India's Project Tiger

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

Tools helping to map the tiger's habitat and protect numbers. Project Tiger is run by Indian wildlife and forest management officials. Its aim to produce a 'tiger atlas' alongside a 'tiger habitat population evaluation system'.

New technology to transform India's Project Tiger

Are efficient stoves the way to halt deforestation?

Are efficient stoves the way to halt deforestation?

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

A new study shows that more effective methods of preventing deforestation are needed. A new study, published in Nature Climate Changehas found that REDD+ is a valuable tool in forest conservation.

Are efficient stoves the way to halt deforestation?

WWF demands action from leaders in Brazzaville

WWF demands action from leaders in Brazzaville

Posted Tue, 31 May 2011 21:14:44 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Forestry summit could be key to protecting these habitats. As reported on The Earth Times previously, Congo is currently hosting a 'Summit of the tropical forest basins of the world'. This summit aims to establish a formal agreement between the three tropical forest basins of the Congo, Amazon and Borneo-Mekong.

WWF demands action from leaders in Brazzaville

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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

Twenty years after ban ivory still being traded

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 06:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Indonesian President Signs Long-Awaited Forest Clearing Moratorium Decree

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 18:27:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

The secret to getting up close and personal with Mountain Gorillas

Posted Fri, 25 May 2012 13:30:02 GMT by David Hewitt

Satellites help save warblers' forest homes

Posted Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:57:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Rare crocodile increasing with grassroots conservation

Posted Tue, 13 May 2014 14:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Water, Food and Air are not free

Posted Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Romanian Ancient Woodland Needs Protection

Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:42:12 GMT by Dave Collier

New technology to transform India's Project Tiger

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

Stop habitat loss to save Sumatran elephant

Posted Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:01:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Sea Shepherd fights slaughter of pilot whales in Faroe Islands

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 11:23:00 GMT by Lucy Brake