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£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?

Londoners urged to take action to arrest the decline of the 'Cockney sparrow'

Londoners urged to take action to arrest the decline of the 'Cockney sparrow'

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2011 05:33:00 GMT by David Hewitt

Though sparrows and starlings are still the most-commonly-seen birds in London, shortages of suitable food and habitat are driving their numbers down, the Earth Times has learned. Alarmingly, in fact, the figures point to a drop of around 50 per cent over the past 15-to-20 years in both sparrow and starling populations in the capital.

Londoners urged to take action to arrest the decline of the 'Cockney sparrow'

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

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Islands and their biodiversity

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Feed the birds, but what about vultures?

Posted Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:30:01 GMT by Paul Robinson

Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:40:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

To log or not to log: Poland’s forest legacy.

Posted Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:15:00 GMT by JW Dowey

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

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

How fish may survive and even increase their populations

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

New Species of Rafflesia for Philippines.

Posted Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:59:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

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

First Canadian city bans shark fin trade

Posted Thu, 19 May 2011 15:40:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpipers arrive in Britain

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2011 06:19:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Catshark kittens on a Scottish reef

Posted Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:29:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Past decade sees over 1000 tigers killed in continued illegal trade

Posted Mon, 15 Nov 2010 13:00:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Peregrines produce despite vandals and egg stealers

Posted Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:18:42 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Special ELF 'mini-harpoons' to halt Caribbean Lionfish invasion

Posted Wed, 02 Mar 2011 13:10:00 GMT by Tamara Croes

Delight at mountain gorilla twin surprise

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 13:14:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Area of sustainably managed forest increases

Posted Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:04:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Protecting the innocent: Marshall Islands shark sanctuary

Posted Mon, 03 Oct 2011 18:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sea Shepherd attacks Japanese whalers with 'Godzilla'

Posted Thu, 02 Dec 2010 11:45:00 GMT by Lucy Brake