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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

Rock climbing as a threat to cliffs' biological diversity

Rock climbing as a threat to cliffs' biological diversity

Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 11:16:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

Cliffs remain among the few ecosystems to be relatively unaffected by humans. Yet, with current trends, turning rock climbing into a mainstream sport, these ecosystems may be increasingly subject to human pressures and habitat degradation.

Rock climbing as a threat to cliffs' biological diversity

Sharks worth much more alive than dead

Sharks worth much more alive than dead

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 21:58:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

A new study investigates the economic benefits of sharks. Shark hunting is rife, even in protected areas such as marine reserves. The result is the unsustainable slaughter of up to 73 million sharks every year, decimating shark populations and damaging marine ecosystems.

Sharks worth much more alive than dead

Warning about forestry loss

Warning about forestry loss

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 16:07:00 GMT by John Dean

Wildlife pressure group WWF has warned that more than 230 million hectares of forest could disappear by 2050. The Living Forests Report argues that policymakers and businesses should unite around a goal of zero net deforestation and forest degradation by 2020.

Warning about forestry loss

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Thai tigers survive and breed in the wild.

Posted Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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

Wolfing it in Oregon

Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:41:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

International Year of the Rhino declared

Posted Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:31:59 GMT by Adrian Bishop

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

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

New Andean frog species survives, for now.

Posted Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:02:45 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Serengeti World Heritage Site under threat from new highway

Posted Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:05:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Ile aux Aigrettes rewilding experiment reports success

Posted Sun, 01 May 2011 08:26:00 GMT by Gracie Valena

New model studies Atlantic bluefin tuna populations

Posted Mon, 12 Dec 2011 08:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tag and track - Ant roads in the woods

Posted Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Frog conservation in the spotlight on Save the Frogs Day

Posted Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:43:07 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Help spot the invaders on British shores urges marine charity

Posted Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:49:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts