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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

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

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Cuban crocodile gets a lift !

Posted Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:22:41 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The future of Australia's conservation efforts?

Posted Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:36:17 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New monkeys, same old monkeying-around with forests.

Posted Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:31:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Where have all the forests gone?

Posted Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pangolin conservation corrupted/immense losses explained.

Posted Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:35:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Spider monkey Valentine that you can help.

Posted Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:16:41 GMT by Paul Robinson

Baby elephants go on holiday to China!

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Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

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New Andean frog species survives, for now.

Posted Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:02:45 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Losing our ocean life?

Posted Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:37:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Stoat invasion

Posted Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:28:54 GMT by Paul Robinson

Sharks dying for soup - stop shark finning

Posted Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:55:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Rainforest conservation success, so far

Posted Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:32:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Para La Tierra fights back

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

Rock climbing as a threat to cliffs' biological diversity

Posted Thu, 05 May 2011 11:16:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

Oil and gas platform threatens Critically Endangered whale

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2011 15:27:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Pyros, the ursine romeo of the Pyrenees

Posted Sun, 12 May 2013 18:21:54 GMT by JW Dowey

Save the shark: Ban shark finning

Posted Thu, 06 Jan 2011 14:00:00 GMT by Paromita Pain

Conservation is too conservative in the UK

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

Booming bitterns are bouncing back

Posted Fri, 02 Sep 2011 18:23:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry