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Oil and gas platform threatens Critically Endangered whale

Oil and gas platform threatens Critically Endangered whale

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2011 15:27:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

The Critically Endangered Western gray whale is under threat from the development of a new oil and gas platform off Russia's Sakhalin Island. The biggest concern is the proximity of the proposed platform to the feeding grounds of the Critically Endangered Western gray whale. The area earmarked for the project is near Piltun Bay, the primary feeding area for Western gray whale mothers and calves.

Oil and gas platform threatens Critically Endangered whale

Human activity threatening unique Antarctic marine ecosystem

Human activity threatening unique Antarctic marine ecosystem

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2011 15:09:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Antarctica's unique marine ecosystem is being increasingly threatened by human activity, according to a new report published this week. According to a new study by a team of scientists in the UK and the U.S., human activity is degrading Antarctica's marine ecosystems, placing native species under increasing pressure and upsetting the delicate balance of this exceptional region.

Human activity threatening unique Antarctic marine ecosystem

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch shows a good year for little birds

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch shows a good year for little birds

Posted Fri, 01 Apr 2011 10:39:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Small birds come up tops in this year's Big Garden Birdwatch. The latest Big Garden Birdwatch has yet again delivered excellent results about the U.K's garden birds. Over 600,000 people in Britain joined in, noting down information about the birds they had seen in their back gardens; which is a record-breaking number of respondents and makes this the world's biggest bird survey.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch shows a good year for little birds

Traditional cork best for biodiversity conservation

Traditional cork best for biodiversity conservation

Posted Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:26:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Traditional cork bottle stoppers best for biodiversity conservation and economy, according to new study. A new study published in the journal Biological Conservation, proves exactly the opposite, demonstrating that cork extraction is in fact an economic activity that should be promoted for the benefit of biodiversity. The research is the first to look at the impact of cork extraction on biodiversity, using birds as indicators.

Traditional cork best for biodiversity conservation

Deepwater may have killed 50 times estimated death toll of dolphins and whales

Deepwater may have killed 50 times estimated death toll of dolphins and whales

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:04:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Counting carcasses is not a good way to measure marine death tolls say scientists who have studied the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on cetacean species in the Gulf of Mexico. As many as 50 times more whales and dolphins were killed than carcasses were recovered after the 2010 disaster.

Deepwater may have killed 50 times estimated death toll of dolphins and whales

WWF and Small-scale fishers adopt sustainable fishing in the Coral Triangle

WWF and Small-scale fishers adopt sustainable fishing in the Coral Triangle

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:27:00 GMT by Brooke Janssens

WWF forms new partnership with handline fishers in the Coral Triangle in an effort to lead them into the sustainable fishing market. Our oceans have long been regarded as limitless suppliers of food, but the technological advances in our fishing techniques allow us to harvest fish at an unnatural and devastating rate.

WWF and Small-scale fishers adopt sustainable fishing in the Coral Triangle

Swedish Government defends wolf hunt

Swedish Government defends wolf hunt

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:35:01 GMT by Laura Brown

Environment Minister defends country's decision to cut wolf numbers. Sweden has a wolf population of over 200, spread across 20 packs. Two years ago the decision was taken to keep the population at or around this level. This means the return of an annual wolf hunt with a quote of 20 wolves.

Swedish Government defends wolf hunt

Rhino poaching crisis in Africa 'worst in decades'

Rhino poaching crisis in Africa 'worst in decades'

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:03:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Well-equipped, sophisticated organized crime syndicates have killed more than 800 African rhinos in the past three years - just for their horns. Populations of African rhinos had been rising over the past few decades, with the population of Critically Endangered black rhino increasing to 4,840 in the most recent estimate, up from 4,240 in 2007.

Rhino poaching crisis in Africa 'worst in decades'

Tiger numbers on the rise in India

Tiger numbers on the rise in India

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 21:25:01 GMT by Helen Roddis

According to a new official census released in Delhi today, the tiger population in India has increased to 1,706 - up from 1,114 in 2008. The report was published during the International Conference on Tiger Conservation (ICTC) taking place in Delhi this week, and the purported figures suggest that numbers may have risen for the first time in a decade.

Tiger numbers on the rise in India

Tarkine Rainforest in Australia under threat from mining companies

Tarkine Rainforest in Australia under threat from mining companies

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:13:00 GMT by Nikki Bruce

Concerned groups struggle to get the Tarkine Rainforest listed as a National Heritage in order to save it from destruction. One of Australia's finest national parks, the Tarkine National Park is currently struggling to fend off various threats from mining companies.

Tarkine Rainforest in Australia under threat from mining companies

Two rare lion cubs saved in Somalia

Two rare lion cubs saved in Somalia

Posted Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:26:00 GMT by Brooke Janssens

As civil war wages through Somalia, animal trafficking often goes undetected, but two rare Berbera lion cubs had a struck of luck after being saved by the interventions of Somali authorities. The lions had been retrieved four weeks ago after Mogadishu's port manager took his concerns to Bancroft authorities; an organization dedicated to removing violence from public relations.

Two rare lion cubs saved in Somalia

Bats show gender differences are important in conservation

Bats show gender differences are important in conservation

Posted Sun, 27 Mar 2011 19:38:01 GMT by Laura Goodall

Conservationists may be taking a second look at how close to extinction some animals are, thanks to scientists who have spotted important differences between how male and female bats feed. They found that female bats feed in completely different areas to males. The females prefer to hunt specifically in aquatic habitats, such as lakes and marshes, but males hunt in a broad range of areas, including rivers, cities and farmland.

Bats show gender differences are important in conservation

People-power a win-win for forests and locals

People-power a win-win for forests and locals

Posted Sun, 27 Mar 2011 12:16:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

When people have a say in managing a forest, it works out to be best for both local forest use, and forest biodiversity, according to a new paper out in Science. With large proportions of threatened tropical forests hemmed in by rising populations, that has important implications for government policies on forest conservation.

People-power a win-win for forests and locals

Dolphins evolving into groups separated by ocean conditions

Dolphins evolving into groups separated by ocean conditions

Posted Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:06:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

New techniques have shown that groups of dolphins are separated by environmental factors which are starting to produce new species. Conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and other conservation and research groups found that currents are among the factors preventing dolphin mixing in the western Indian Ocean.

Dolphins evolving into groups separated by ocean conditions

Destroyed and degraded coastal marine ecosystems increasing global carbon emissions

Destroyed and degraded coastal marine ecosystems increasing global carbon emissions

Posted Fri, 25 Mar 2011 08:55:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

According to the new Blue Carbon Working Group, urgent action is needed to halt increasing carbon emissions from destroyed and degraded coastal marine ecosystems. Rapid and long-lasting emissions of CO2 are being released into the ocean and atmosphere due to the destruction of coastal carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves, seagrasses and tidal marshes.

Destroyed and degraded coastal marine ecosystems increasing global carbon emissions

Public outcry causes Mongolian government to backtrack on snow leopard hunting permits

Public outcry causes Mongolian government to backtrack on snow leopard hunting permits

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:56:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Hunting permits issued by the Mongolian government for endangered snow leopards have been rescinded following huge public backlash. Last month, the government of Mongolia issued four hunting permits to foreign nationals that would have allowed them to hunt and kill snow leopards in the name of ''research''. The snow leopard hunting permits have now been rescinded

Public outcry causes Mongolian government to backtrack on snow leopard hunting permits

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Humpbacks Come Back

Posted Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:55:54 GMT by JW Dowey

Sentinels for our distant past in Andamans?

Posted Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:18:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Conservation and Reintroductions

Posted Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International cooperation can create recovery from the Aral Sea disaster

Posted Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:41:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Biodiversity Progress Today

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:36:00 GMT by JW Dowey

No Bryde's for the future?

Posted Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:18:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Cuscomys comes back from the dead

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:16:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Posted Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:53:11 GMT by Paul Robinson

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

Posted Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:17:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Gorillas see tourists by appointment

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

Sea Shepherd fights slaughter of pilot whales in Faroe Islands

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

Making the ivory trade go up in smoke

Posted Thu, 28 Jun 2012 16:32:36 GMT by Martin Leggett

Dodo relative lives, but only just!

Posted Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Volunteers clear tiger traps in China

Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:44:14 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Losing Our Grizzly Bears: the fall of the wild

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

US Carvers Creek State wildlife park continues to expand

Posted Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:30:02 GMT by John Dean

Poaching still a factor in declining forest elephant populations

Posted Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:22:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Our favourite fish under threat says new study

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