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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

Southeast Asia's Tropical Peatlands could Disappear by 2030

Southeast Asia's Tropical Peatlands could Disappear by 2030

Posted Tue, 03 May 2011 15:29:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Southeast Asia's peatlands could vanish by 2030, releasing mass amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.Like Southeast Asia's tropical rainforests, the region's peatlands are disappearing at alarming rates. In fact, they could vanish altogether by 2030, says a new study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Southeast Asia's Tropical Peatlands could Disappear by 2030

Ile aux Aigrettes rewilding experiment reports success

Ile aux Aigrettes rewilding experiment reports success

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

Researchers at the University of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences report that after ten years, introduced tortoises served as ''effective seed dispersers'' for regrowing an endangered tree species in Mauritius' Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve. Beginning in 2000, 18 adult and sub adult Giant Aldabran Tortoises were brought to the island of Ile aux Aigrettes in an effort to save and regrow the island's endangered ebony forest

Ile aux Aigrettes rewilding experiment reports success

Shark fins tracked by DNA

Shark fins tracked by DNA

Posted Fri, 29 Apr 2011 09:20:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Scientists are now able to track where shark fins have originated from through their DNA. The finding that sharks have DNA 'zip codes' means that the fight against the shark fin trade is strengthened as scientists can work out what region sharks where born in. Whilst sharks tend to have a wide habitat in which they live they are connected to the coastal regions where they always go to reproduce.

Shark fins tracked by DNA

Early warning wobbles that predict an eco-tipping point

Early warning wobbles that predict an eco-tipping point

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

A paper published in Science today offers hope of new predictive tools for warning of an impending ecosystem collapse. The research, into the changes in the fish food chain of a Wisconsin lake, revealed that a sudden shift to dominance by large predatory fish was long-heralded by the timely measuring chlorophyll levels.

Early warning wobbles that predict an eco-tipping point

Alien invasion of the Antarctic

Alien invasion of the Antarctic

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:04:00 GMT by Mario Balzan

New research looks at the risk of biological invasion with fresh produce in the Antarctic region. With an exponentially increasing population of tourists and researchers, the Antarctic region is currently at increasing risk of non-native species introductions.

Alien invasion of the Antarctic

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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

International Bat Weekend is Here!

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:30:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Lobsters lose out to global warming

Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:30:49 GMT by JW Dowey

Save Tropical Forest, NOW!

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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

Eco forestry rewards scheme 'hits problems'

Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:58:51 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Sea change in Europe is slow

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

How the genes of Cedric and Spirit can help save the Tasmanian devils

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Oil Exploration suspended in Virunga World Heritage Site

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:19:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

The Wolf Renaissance

Posted Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:56:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tag and track - Ant roads in the woods

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

Scottish first marine reserve reaping rewards of protection

Posted Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:01:00 GMT by Louise Murray

International Year of the Rhino declared

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

Fish stocks ready to recolonise the NE Atlantic?

Posted Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:04:31 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Seal Culling in Namibia

Posted Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:33:00 GMT by Michelle Simon