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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The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has withdrawn permission that allows companies to drill for oil in Africa's Virunga National Park.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

New measures to tackle the deaths of birds of prey in Scotland

New measures to tackle the deaths of birds of prey in Scotland

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:15:00 GMT by Laura Brown

An increase in the numbers of birds of prey killed in Scotland leads to the government to take action. Figures releases showing hotspots of the birds killed by poisonous chemicals reveal last year seven red kites and four golden eagles were killed. A sea eagle, brought to Scotland as part of a reintroduction programme was killed in the last twelve months.

New measures to tackle the deaths of birds of prey in Scotland

Tackling the toll of bycatch marine creatures

Tackling the toll of bycatch marine creatures

Posted Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:24:00 GMT by John Dean

An international animal welfare organisation has launched a competition to reduce the amount of sea creatures accidentally caught in fishermen's nets, known as by bycatch. The competition is offering a first prize of $30,000 and two $10,000 runner-up prizes. Additionally, working with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), the competition offers a $7,500 prize for the idea that will reduce the amount of bycatch found in tuna fisheries.

Tackling the toll of bycatch marine creatures

Unique tropical frog gives insight into amphibian genetics

Unique tropical frog gives insight into amphibian genetics

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:17:01 GMT by Helen Roddis

Unusual hybrid frog reveals importance of considering genetics in amphibian conservation. The hybrid frog is providing scientists with exclusive insights into the genetic make-up of different amphibian populations - with important bearing on future conservation measures. The unique hybrid was produced by scientists at the University of Manchester, who allowed two entirely different, critically endangered species of Central American leaf frogs to interbreed

Unique tropical frog gives insight into amphibian genetics

WWF - 50 Years of Conservation

WWF - 50 Years of Conservation

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 23:07:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Happy Birthday WWF! This year marks a momentous anniversary for WWF - 50 years of environmental conservation. Over the past 50 years, WWF has had many notable achievements. In the 1970s, Operation Tiger was launched - the first ever global campaign to save a species across its range. In the 1980s WWF, in conjunction with Save the Whales, successfully campaigned for a moratorium on commercial whaling. Filed in environmental issues: WWF/conservation.

WWF - 50 Years of Conservation

The school children that saved a rainforest

The school children that saved a rainforest

Posted Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:31:02 GMT by Nick St Clair

The story of how a small group of Swedish school children started a movement that saved a rain forest in Costa Rica. It was just over a year ago the Copenhagen climate talks opened to fervent hopes that the world would finally come together and address the planet's most pressing environmental problems. After a great deal of posturing and rhetoric, it sadly failed to deliver even a fraction of its promises. Filed in environmental issues: rainforests/conservation.

The school children that saved a rainforest

Keep off the seagrass! Why these vital grasses are vanishing

Keep off the seagrass! Why these vital grasses are vanishing

Posted Sun, 13 Mar 2011 16:10:00 GMT by Hunter R. Wert

Seagrass beds play an undoubtedly vital role within their ecosystem. Whether it's regulating the food chain, protecting the shoreline, attracting migratory sea life or providing shelter and an overall habitat to countless creatures seagrass is always being productive and giving back to the environment. Find out about the dangers these amazing organisms face, how it affects the environment and what you can do to help prevent these vital grasses from disappearing forever! Filed in environmental issues: seagrass/conservation.

Keep off the seagrass! Why these vital grasses are vanishing

Pollution driving sea stars to evolve apart

Pollution driving sea stars to evolve apart

Posted Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:07:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Description: Sea stars are among marine animals being fenced off genetically by plumes of pollution flowing into the sea. That's the conclusion of a genetic study on Californian sea stars by a pair of scientists at the University of Hawaii. Filed in enviromental issues: pollution/conservation.

Pollution driving sea stars to evolve apart

Mel Gibson battles to save the rainforest

Mel Gibson battles to save the rainforest

Posted Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:55:00 GMT by Louise Saunders

Mel Gibson has travelled to Guatemala in a bid to help protect a tropical rainforest. The 55-year-old actor - who is well-known for his environmental advocacy - joined forces with Prince Albert of Monaco to take part in a private fund-raising trip to the Central American nation in the hope of guaranteeing the future sustainability of the remote rainforest of the El Mirador Basin. Filed in environmental issues: celebrity/rainforests/conservation.

Mel Gibson battles to save the rainforest

A Sad Shark's Tale: The Great White

A Sad Shark's Tale: The Great White

Posted Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:09:01 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Great white shark population is worryingly low, say scientists. Great white sharks have an unwarranted reputation. In the media, sharks are cast as villains - man-eaters and killing machines. This couldn't be further from the truth. Great white sharks rarely attack humans and they play a vital role in the marine ecosystem. As top predators, sharks help to control many fish and marine mammal populations

A Sad Shark's Tale: The Great White

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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

Cuscomys comes back from the dead

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:16:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Posted Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:53:11 GMT by Paul Robinson

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

Posted Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:17:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

An Amazonian nightmare of deforestation

Posted Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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

Biodiversity within protected tropical forests threatened

Posted Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:26:58 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Airports play their part to protect wildlife

Posted Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:50:00 GMT by John Dean

WWF hits out at CITES closed door ivory talks

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:29:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Scottish first marine reserve reaping rewards of protection

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

Are Conservation Groups Right to Prioritize 'Iconic' Species?

Posted Mon, 21 May 2012 14:26:34 GMT by David Hewitt

Snow leopard genetics

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

IWC should have whale conservation as priority - WWF

Posted Mon, 11 Jul 2011 12:57:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Saving the Jaguar

Posted Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:00:00 GMT by John Dean

Para La Tierra fights back

Posted Thu, 20 Jun 2013 11:46:07 GMT by Joseph Sarvary

International scientists join forces to track endangered whales

Posted Tue, 07 Dec 2010 10:20:00 GMT by Lucy Brake