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Celebrating biodiversity today - putting conservation into politics

Celebrating biodiversity today - putting conservation into politics

Posted Sun, 22 May 2011 00:00:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

May 22 was proclaimed as the International Day of Biodiversity (IDB) by the United Nations. 2011 is also the UN International Year of Forests, and hence forest biodiversity has been chosen by the UN as the theme for this years' IDB.

Celebrating biodiversity today - putting conservation into politics

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK

Posted Sat, 21 May 2011 21:05:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

Insect mediated pollination is a service provided by nature. The estimated economic value of this service stands at 15 billion euros per year in the EU. Moreover, many wild plant species, which characterise our natural and also cultural landscapes, depend on insect pollination.

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK

UK butterfly revival could be hit by cuts

UK butterfly revival could be hit by cuts

Posted Fri, 20 May 2011 12:22:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Research shows rare species of butterflies are showing signs of recovery yet a reduction in funding could harm conservation efforts. The data comes from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme, the largest of its kind in the world which is run by Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

UK butterfly revival could be hit by cuts

Indonesian President Signs Long-Awaited Forest Clearing Moratorium Decree

Indonesian President Signs Long-Awaited Forest Clearing Moratorium Decree

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

Indonesia's president signs a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions, expected to be signed on January 1. The decree was part of a $1 billion deal with Norway to protect Indonesia's natural forests and peatlands. Indonesia's forests, like the Amazon, are some of the world's last tropical rainforests, and some of the world's most diverse ecosystems.

Indonesian President Signs Long-Awaited Forest Clearing Moratorium Decree

First Canadian city bans shark fin trade

First Canadian city bans shark fin trade

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 15:40:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

The city of Brantford, Ontario, has captured the attention of the world by becoming the first city in Canada to call a halt to the trade in shark fins. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that around 73 million sharks are killed every year, mostly for their fins. The majority of the fins are taken using barbaric methods where the shark is thrown back into the ocean alive and without its fin.

First Canadian city bans shark fin trade

Plan aims to manage white nose syndrome across borders

Plan aims to manage white nose syndrome across borders

Posted Tue, 17 May 2011 22:03:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

A new plan released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aims to coordinate management of white nose syndrome, a deadly disease killing bats. The plan provides a framework for investigating and responding to white nose syndrome, outlining who is responsible for which activities, and how they will coordinate their efforts.

Plan aims to manage white nose syndrome across borders

Critically Endangered species given boost by new study

Critically Endangered species given boost by new study

Posted Tue, 17 May 2011 21:08:21 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Species with low populations can still be saved. These species, such as the Siberian tiger and mountain gorilla, were thought by some scientists to be 'too rare to save'. Some of the world's most endangered species exist in populations far smaller than previous studies had argued were necessary for survival.

Critically Endangered species given boost by new study

Bees Need Pods

Bees Need Pods

Posted Tue, 17 May 2011 16:57:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Bees get refuelling stations with drinks of sugary water. Bees are dying all over the world in a terrible phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. According to the book - A World without Bees, bee colonies are being wiped out and nobody is quite sure why. You want to help, but what do you do?

Bees Need Pods

Is war really good for biodiversity?

Is war really good for biodiversity?

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

In recent days, WWF and Greenpeace issued a call for the suspension of bluefin fishery in the Mediterranean, as tuna boats headed for the Libyan waters for the fishing season due to open Sunday 15th May. It looks like the Mediterranean tuna fleet is likely to exploit the possibility of unregulated hauls in Libyan waters.

Is war really good for biodiversity?

Increasing wild rabbit survival through supplemental food

Increasing wild rabbit survival through supplemental food

Posted Sun, 15 May 2011 18:26:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

One-fifth of all vertebrate species worldwide are threatened with extinction and many have undergone declines. Several rabbit species also face similar circumstances and have become increasingly threatened with habitat loss.

Increasing wild rabbit survival through supplemental food

Africa's sea turtles need extra protection

Africa's sea turtles need extra protection

Posted Fri, 13 May 2011 20:52:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Existing protected areas are inadequate in safeguarding turtles from fishing nets, a new study has found. This is the first comprehensive tracking study of olive ridley turtles during the nesting season, using satellite transmitters to follow 18 female turtles.

Africa's sea turtles need extra protection

Demand for illegal bear bile sores in Asia

Demand for illegal bear bile sores in Asia

Posted Fri, 13 May 2011 11:08:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

A new report by TRAFFIC finds that that the illegal trade of bears in Asia is continuing unabated. The poaching of bears in Asia is driven mainly by the increasing demand for their bile. Bear bile is used as a key ingredient in many traditional medicines, sold commonly as pills, powders and flakes.

Demand for illegal bear bile sores in Asia

WSC wades in to stop US bog turtle decline

WSC wades in to stop US bog turtle decline

Posted Wed, 11 May 2011 16:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Bog turtles, tiny fen-dwelling reptiles found at scattered sites in the north-east and eastern US, are being hit by a mysterious decline in numbers. Now the Wildlife Conservation Society (WSC) has partnered with other wildlife agencies to track the scope of the problem, and try and find out why North America's smallest turtle is coming under renewed threat.

WSC wades in to stop US bog turtle decline

Malaysian state plans to make shark finning illegal

Malaysian state plans to make shark finning illegal

Posted Tue, 10 May 2011 08:39:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

The state of Sabah in Malaysia is likely to be the first in the country to introduce a ban on shark hunting for their fins. Shark finning is a lucrative industry as many countries enjoy it as a delicacy but has recently caught the attention of the world and now the Sabah state government is concerned that the barbaric slaughter of sharks for their fins is damaging their tourism industry.

Malaysian state plans to make shark finning illegal

WWF releases rare footage of Sumatran tigers

WWF releases rare footage of Sumatran tigers

Posted Mon, 09 May 2011 19:20:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Two Sumatran tiger families caught on camera. Camera traps captured images and footage of 12 Sumatran tigers, including two females with cubs, in the Bukit Tigapuluh forests. This is a great boost for tiger conservationists as there are thought to be only 400 of the Critically Endangered Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild

WWF releases rare footage of Sumatran tigers

Gray wolves lose protection in US states

Gray wolves lose protection in US states

Posted Fri, 06 May 2011 09:26:00 GMT by John Dean

Gray wolves have lost their protection in parts of the United States after their numbers made a recovery, a move that means they can be hunted again. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has removed Endangered Species Act protection from gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains, including Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon and Washington, and northern Utah.

Gray wolves lose protection in US states

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The GBR in black or white: coral bleaching or coal dust?

Posted Tue, 24 May 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

Posted Tue, 10 May 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Islands and their biodiversity

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:30:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:40:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

Posted Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Helmeted hornbills lost to poaching for trinkets for China/Japan.

Posted Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

New Species of Rafflesia for Philippines.

Posted Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:59:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Prince Charles calls for more sustainable fishing

Posted Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:53:25 GMT by Linden Volsun

Our favourite fish under threat says new study

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Seafood fraud affecting conservation measures

Posted Fri, 27 May 2011 16:16:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

First Canadian city bans shark fin trade

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 15:40:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

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

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

How ocean acidification is affecting coral reef ecosystems

Posted Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:33:00 GMT by James Mathews

How pedal-powered films are helping save Uganda's last gorillas

Posted Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:59:13 GMT by Luis Dominguez

New sanctuaries for rare freshwater dolphins in Asia

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

Macaque monkeys on Mauritius, a sad monkey's tale

Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:12:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

More support needed for Arab World Heritage sites

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