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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

Tuamotu Kingfisher: Scientists fighting losing battle to save world's rarest bird

Tuamotu Kingfisher: Scientists fighting losing battle to save world's rarest bird

Posted Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:48:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

With just 125 left on one island, the fight to save the Tuamotu Kingfisher is an uphill struggle for scientists despite the backing of local farmers. With bright blue feathers, an orange head a green black the Tuamotu Kingfisher is quite an eye-catcher, but with just 125 of them left on one last Pacific island seeing one was going to be a thing of the past without intervention.

Tuamotu Kingfisher: Scientists fighting losing battle to save world's rarest bird

Concentrate on ''reefs of hope'' says conservation charity

Concentrate on ''reefs of hope'' says conservation charity

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:35:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Warming seas could spell death for much of the planet's coral and it's time to prioritise those reefs which have a long-term future says a leading conservation charity. Coral reefs have been stress-tested by a conservation charity to find those which are most likely to survive the changes of global warming and on which conservationists should target their efforts.

Concentrate on ''reefs of hope'' says conservation charity

Forest charity slams high speed rail plans

Forest charity slams high speed rail plans

Posted Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:55:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The Woodland Trust says 21 ancient woodlands are threatened by government high speed rail plans and wants the public to join its fight against them. The Trust also accuses the Government of misleading the public by understating the loss of ancient habitats: the public consultation document records loss of land at only 19 ancient woods, while the trust maintains 21 will be lost and a further 27 sites affected.

Forest charity slams high speed rail plans

Crackdown on illegal bear trade and horrific bear bile spectacle

Crackdown on illegal bear trade and horrific bear bile spectacle

Posted Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:59:00 GMT by John Dean

Wildlife campaigners have welcomed a decision by the Vietnamese government to crack down on the illegal extraction of bear bile for tourists. The news comes after the World Society for the Protection of Animals' (WSPA) recently published a report highlighting the practice, which occurs because the bile has medicinal applications.

Crackdown on illegal bear trade and horrific bear bile spectacle

Assessing the vital signs of coral reefs

Assessing the vital signs of coral reefs

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 23:49:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

A new tool has been developed to take the pulse of coral reefs; giving insights into how climate change is impacting their health. An important part of understanding the impacts humans are having on coral reefs is gaining knowledge of their biological productivity. However, in the past measuring how productive coral reefs are has been time-consuming and expensive, requiring ongoing measurement as scientists need to trace the changes in the dissolved oxygen of seawater as it moves over the reef.

Assessing the vital signs of coral reefs

Gray wolf lawsuit settled in Idaho and Montana

Gray wolf lawsuit settled in Idaho and Montana

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 23:27:14 GMT by Ruth Hendry

It seems likely that gray wolves will be taken off the Endangered Species List in northwestern U.S. Gray wolves were once widespread across the Northern Rockies. However, by the early 1900s the population was driven to near extinction by trapping and poisoning. In 1974, gray wolves were listed as an endangered species and since that year the population has slowly recovered.

Gray wolf lawsuit settled in Idaho and Montana

Russians join fight for sustainable fisheries

Russians join fight for sustainable fisheries

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

Article removed due to inaccuracies

Russians join fight for sustainable fisheries

Zoos being urged to breed endangered species

Zoos being urged to breed endangered species

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 23:49:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Zoos around the world are being asked to team up to shelter and breed endangered animals as a form of biodiversity insurance. The research found that between 20 and 25 percent of endangered species of mammals are already kept at the zoos and just a slightly lower figure for birds. However, the concern is that the species that are facing an acute risk of extinction are not so well represented.

Zoos being urged to breed endangered species

Oil Exploration suspended in Virunga World Heritage Site

Oil Exploration suspended in Virunga World Heritage Site

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

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has withdrawn permission that allows companies to drill for oil in Africa's Virunga National Park. Virunga National Park is Africa's first National Park. It has an astonishingly high biodiversity and is home to many rare species including chimpanzees, forest elephants and the endangered eastern gorilla.

Oil Exploration suspended in Virunga World Heritage Site

Native plants pushed out by introduced species as cities grow

Native plants pushed out by introduced species as cities grow

Posted Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:19:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Urbanisation is a human phenomenom but plants too are affected by the growth of cities and a new study finds flora is becoming less diverse. While the number of species in the city has remained constant at around 700, the team found many changes in the make up of the city's flora. Many non-native plants have been introduced and flourished in the city in the past 70 years, while native plants have been declining at a rate of 2.4 species-a-year.

Native plants pushed out by introduced species as cities grow

Global conservation issues for 2011

Global conservation issues for 2011

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:12:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

15 environmental issues with far-reaching implications for the Earth's biodiversity. In researching this report, the authors aimed to ''identify emerging issues that could have substantial impacts on the conservation of biological diversity and... to encourage policy-relevant, practical research on those issues''.

Global conservation issues for 2011

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Whales are wailing (in Faroes and Puget Sound)

Posted Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:58:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Conservation is too conservative in the UK

Posted Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:08:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Watch the whale population in Norway!

Posted Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:32:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Blue Shark life and death in the Azores

Posted Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:19:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Carbon credits, afforestation and wildlife diversity, at last

Posted Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:30:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Another extinct cetacean?

Posted Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ant eater lovers wanted

Posted Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:29:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Diverse worlds of animals and plants disappearing

Posted Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Gorillas see tourists by appointment

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

Sea change in Europe is slow

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

Preventing bycatch shark loss

Posted Wed, 16 Nov 2011 14:43:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

East Winch'ed to Safety

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 18:50:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Elephant Killing Causes Internet Controversy

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

Otters are the comeback kings

Posted Thu, 18 Aug 2011 08:57:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Project AWARE: Active in the oceans of the world

Posted Thu, 21 Jun 2012 08:02:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Poaching in Kenya to end?

Posted Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:26:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

2011: The Year of the Turtle, for conservationists at least

Posted Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:33:09 GMT by David Hewitt

Twenty critically endangered Siamese crocodiles hatch in Lao PDR

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:18:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Speciation taking place in Gall wasps

Posted Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:03:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Deep-Sea Vents contaminated by vehicles

Posted Thu, 24 May 2012 20:03:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong