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Plenty more fish in the sea? Not in the Mediterranean

Plenty more fish in the sea? Not in the Mediterranean

Posted Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:28:02 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Our insatiable appetite is devastating fish populations in the Mediterranean. The report documents the first comprehensive assessment of native marine species for an entire sea; an enormous undertaking. Almost half the species of Mediterranean sharks and rays are threatened, in addition to at least 12 other fish species. The main threats to fish populations in this region are - predictably and sadly - overfishing and pollution.

Plenty more fish in the sea? Not in the Mediterranean

Loggerhead turtles 'on the move' pick up more pollution

Loggerhead turtles 'on the move' pick up more pollution

Posted Tue, 19 Apr 2011 23:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

In a first for conservationists seeking to help the beleaguered loggerhead sea turtle, scientists making use of satellite transmitters have been able to accurately track how the turtle's movements expose them to a range of man-made chemicals. And it seems that those turtles that are Floridan stay-at-homes fare better than those ranging along the eastern US seaboard.

Loggerhead turtles 'on the move' pick up more pollution

Congo to host international tropical forest summit

Congo to host international tropical forest summit

Posted Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:21:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Tropical forests need our help - can the summit in Congo halt deforestation? The objective of the summit is to ensure sustainable management of forest ecosystems and to contribute to climate regulation. To achieve this, the summit aims to establish a formal agreement between the three tropical forest basins, which will encourage them to share conservation strategies.

Congo to host international tropical forest summit

US wolves to be hunted again

US wolves to be hunted again

Posted Mon, 18 Apr 2011 15:07:00 GMT by Louise Murray

In historic move on Friday, the US Fish and Wildlife service removed endangered species status protection from gray wolves in five US rocky mountain states. Wolf hunts are already planned in Montana and Idaho, where the animals are blamed for attacking livestock, and a decline in elk numbers.

US wolves to be hunted again

Protecting the rainforests: whose responsibility is it?

Protecting the rainforests: whose responsibility is it?

Posted Mon, 18 Apr 2011 10:51:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

Rainforests: Today, the conservation of this biological diversity is increasingly recognised as a major issue for our society, and through the years it has become a focus of many environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as several government authorities throughout the world. A key date in delving support to conservation was the 5th of June 1992 when the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was opened for signature at the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Protecting the rainforests: whose responsibility is it?

Greenpeace: Oceans Still in Peril, Hope on the Horizon

Greenpeace: Oceans Still in Peril, Hope on the Horizon

Posted Sat, 16 Apr 2011 09:16:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

According to an April 2011 report released by Greenpeace, the earth's oceans are in jeopardy due to the devastating effects of overfishing and bycatch. DThe report's findings indicate that careless industrial fishing practices continue to be a large part of our ocean's troubles, and are now responsible for reducing populations of ecologically vital animals like cod, sharks and tuna by up to 90 percent.

Greenpeace: Oceans Still in Peril, Hope on the Horizon

Mekong freshwater biodiversity threatened by dam project

Mekong freshwater biodiversity threatened by dam project

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:08:01 GMT by Helen Roddis

Fierce opposition is growing over the proposed Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River in Laos, with critics warning that it will have devastating impacts on freshwater biodiversity. Lower Mekong countries, including Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, are scheduled to decide on whether the dam project can move ahead on April 22.

Mekong freshwater biodiversity threatened by dam project

Sea Shepherd fights slaughter of pilot whales in Faroe Islands

Sea Shepherd fights slaughter of pilot whales in Faroe Islands

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

The annual massacre of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands has begun in earnest and anti-whaling activists are determined to stop the killing. The Sea Shepherd has previously been involved in helping the pilot whales in the yearly slaughter in the Faroe Islands. They are particularly concerned now about the barbaric way that the whale hunting is carried out on these islands.

Sea Shepherd fights slaughter of pilot whales in Faroe Islands

Is Brazil's Cerrado the ''ugly duckling'' of conservation?

Is Brazil's Cerrado the ''ugly duckling'' of conservation?

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:09:00 GMT by Laura Brown

A renewed campaign to encourage consumers and campaigners to save the Cerrado, being destroyed twice as fast as the Amazon Rainforest. Because of a generation of destroying the land to plant crops for European consumers, and eradication of wildlife and plant life at twice the rate of that in the Amazon Rainforest, conservationists fear it could disappear within two decades.

Is Brazil's Cerrado the ''ugly duckling'' of conservation?

£100 million investment for UK river wildlife

£100 million investment for UK river wildlife

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:14:00 GMT by Laura Brown

New funding to clean rivers and waterways to boost wildlife. The funding represents the start of a four year programme to tackle pollution, invasive weeds and removing redundant man-made structures like dams and weirs that inhibit the growth and development of natural wildlife.

£100 million investment for UK river wildlife

Antarctic penguins in trouble due to climate change

Antarctic penguins in trouble due to climate change

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Antarctic penguin numbers have more than halved since the 1980's, in tandem with their favourite food. Krill densities are down almost 80%, largely due to climate change reducing winter ice cover in this fast-warming region.

Antarctic penguins in trouble due to climate change

Climate change 'poses threat to caribou'

Climate change 'poses threat to caribou'

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

Melting sea ice, brought about by climate change, could be forcing two species of caribou nearer to extinction, according to wildlife campaigners. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has responded to the claims about the Peary caribou and the Barren-ground Caribou by launching a review of their status.

Climate change 'poses threat to caribou'

Naked chicks are a puzzle for penguin scientists

Naked chicks are a puzzle for penguin scientists

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 08:07:00 GMT by Laura Goodall

'Naked' chicks are suddenly appearing in penguin colonies in South Africa and Argentina, leaving scientists perplexed. The bald penguin chicks have a condition called feather-loss disorder. Although all penguins are born with downy feathers, some chicks inexplicably 'moult' their down before their adult feathers arrive, leaving them temporarily bald.

Naked chicks are a puzzle for penguin scientists

Chilean efforts to ban 'shark finning' praised by Pew

Chilean efforts to ban 'shark finning' praised by Pew

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

Shark finning, the horrific practice of cutting off the fins of sharks, and then dumping them still alive into the sea to die, is being pushed back by a new bill going through the Chilean Senate. The measure, which would help stop the wasteful slaughter of increasingly endangered sharks, is being supported by a visiting Pew Environment Group team.

Chilean efforts to ban 'shark finning' praised by Pew

North America's Smallest Seahorse Endangered by Gulf oil Spill

North America's Smallest Seahorse Endangered by Gulf oil Spill

Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 07:01:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

The dwarf seahorse, which resides in seagrass located throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean, is threatened with extinction from pollution caused by the Gulf oil spill disaster.

North America's Smallest Seahorse Endangered by Gulf oil Spill

New 'distance to extinction' index could sharpen conservation focus

New 'distance to extinction' index could sharpen conservation focus

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:41:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A new way to decide how close a species is to extinction has been proposed in a new paper in Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. The measure, known as the SAFE index, looks at the population today, in comparison to the smallest population that is viable, for a species. This 'distance to extinction' should complement existing measures to help conservationists prioritize resources.

New 'distance to extinction' index could sharpen conservation focus

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Whales are wailing (in Faroes and Puget Sound)

Posted Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:58:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Conservation is too conservative in the UK

Posted Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:08:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Watch the whale population in Norway!

Posted Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:32:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Blue Shark life and death in the Azores

Posted Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:19:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Carbon credits, afforestation and wildlife diversity, at last

Posted Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Another extinct cetacean?

Posted Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ant eater lovers wanted

Posted Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diverse worlds of animals and plants disappearing

Posted Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Gorillas see tourists by appointment

Posted Sun, 29 Jun 2014 08:39:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Sea change in Europe is slow

Posted Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:50:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The Terrible Turtle Trade in Indonesia

Posted Tue, 02 Apr 2013 09:07:20 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Is war really good for biodiversity?

Posted Sun, 15 May 2011 23:00:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

New hammerhead shark species in danger

Posted Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:46:09 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Hand over forests for better management

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

Pacific conservation resurgence

Posted Tue, 06 May 2014 11:05:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Satellites help save warblers' forest homes

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

New sanctuaries for rare freshwater dolphins in Asia

Posted Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:54:35 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Russians join fight for sustainable fisheries

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 08:22:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Five Lost Frogs Rediscovered

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

Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists injured in clash with Yushin Maru No 2

Posted Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:57:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop