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Elephant Killing Causes Internet Controversy

Elephant Killing Causes Internet Controversy

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 18:07:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Bob Parsons of GoDaddy accused of inhumane action on video. CEO Bob Parsons, of internet service provider GoDaddy is a master of controversy, often flaunting GoDaddy Girls to advertise his site, and promoting his services by what he would probably see as ''Pushing the Envelope''. However he has perhaps gone too far by shooting an elephant and posting it on video.

Elephant Killing Causes Internet Controversy

New research could save seabirds from fishing longlines

New research could save seabirds from fishing longlines

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 08:33:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Hundreds of thousands of seabirds are dying as a result of being caught in commercial fishing longlines and now a research team may just have the answer to reducing the seabird bycatch. Traditional fisheries bycatch models are based almost entirely upon fixed maps of historic bird migration data and past fishery information and there is no consideration of more dynamic factors.

New research could save seabirds from fishing longlines

Carbon grasped by Mangrove roots vastly underestimated

Carbon grasped by Mangrove roots vastly underestimated

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 08:10:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Muddy mangrove swamps hold onto as much 25% of the carbon stored in similarly threatened tropical peat lands - despite covering a much smaller area. So says a paper in Nature Geoscience, which attempts to put a number to stored mangrove carbon for the first time. It reinforces their claim to conservation resources, for those trying to stymie tropical forest losses, and reduce climate-change causing emissions.

Carbon grasped by Mangrove roots vastly underestimated

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

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Hatching Giants on Galapagos!

Posted Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Wolfing it in Oregon

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

Can we afford extinction, or conservation?

Posted Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:48:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

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

Sea change in Europe is slow

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

Tapirs losing habitat and they’re still hunted!

Posted Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:32:54 GMT by JW Dowey

Russians join fight for sustainable fisheries

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

Dodo relative lives, but only just!

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

New reserves proposed to protect sub-Antarctic marine life

Posted Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:51:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Thankfully, elephants are scared of bees

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:20:00 GMT by James Mathews

Fish Competition within Degraded Coral Reef Ecosystems

Posted Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:40:42 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New technology to transform India's Project Tiger

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 09:02:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Bird kill during wind farm construction

Posted Fri, 13 Apr 2012 19:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch shows a good year for little birds

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