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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

Why did the dragonfly cross the road?

Why did the dragonfly cross the road?

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 11:33:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

Conservation; Article currently in Biological Conservation on the impact of roads on dragonfly behaviour and mortality. Dragonflies are one of the most ancient and beautiful orders of insects. They are frequently top predators in wetlands, especially when fish are not present, and the predaceous younger larval stages are entirely confined to water habitats

Why did the dragonfly cross the road?

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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

Early warning wobbles that predict an eco-tipping point

Posted Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:54:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Snow leopard genetics

Posted Sat, 03 Dec 2011 20:10:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Save the shark: Ban shark finning

Posted Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:00:00 GMT by Paromita Pain

Superman releases turtle after plastic ingestion.

Posted Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:02:39 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Fisheries collapse is hidden by unreliable data

Posted Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:50:00 GMT by Dave Collier

The South Island Robin survives much better now

Posted Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:17:36 GMT by Dave Armstrong

IAS lose us ecosystems and biodiversity

Posted Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:57:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Booming bitterns are bouncing back

Posted Fri, 02 Sep 2011 18:23:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Eradicating domestic cat populations for wildlife protection on Christmas Island

Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:43:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

Oil threat to Virunga National Park

Posted Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:00:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts