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Multi-million dollar fund announced for US wildlife projects

Multi-million dollar fund announced for US wildlife projects

Posted Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:08:00 GMT by John Dean

The longstanding connection between nature conservation and hunting and fishing in the US has been confirmed with the announcement of a $749 million fund for wildlife projects. US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said that the money was coming from excise tax revenues generated by sportsmen and women and would go to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies.

Multi-million dollar fund announced for US wildlife projects

Less big fish means more little fish

Less big fish means more little fish

Posted Sun, 20 Feb 2011 13:09:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

People are eating the oceans dry of the big predatory fish leaving the smaller fish to claim the waters. Scientists have confirmed that with humans overfishing the big predatory fish at the top of the food chain the smaller fish are thriving in their new niche. People's desire to eat the big fish species, such bluefin tuna, cod and grouper, has meant their numbers have reduced worldwide by a massive 60 percent.

Less big fish means more little fish

Sea Shepherd success as Japan ends whaling season early

Sea Shepherd success as Japan ends whaling season early

Posted Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:19:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

The Japanese government has announced that they have decided to bring this year's Antarctic Ocean whaling season to an early end. A statement by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries they said their whaling fleet will be returning home shortly as a result of the ongoing harassment that they have been receiving from the anti-whaling activists in the Antarctic Ocean, naming the vessels run by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Sea Shepherd success as Japan ends whaling season early

Serengeti World Heritage Site under threat from new highway

Serengeti World Heritage Site under threat from new highway

Posted Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:05:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

The Serengeti World Heritage Site in Tanzania is in serious danger as the government pushes on with plans for a major new roading link. At a meeting with the World Bank, Tanzania's President, Jakaya Kilwete, gave his support and approval for the major highway project. President Kilwete said that the highway planned through the Serengeti National Park is not a major disaster for the environment.

Serengeti World Heritage Site under threat from new highway

Cocaine production spells doom for Colombia's rainforests

Cocaine production spells doom for Colombia's rainforests

Posted Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:00:01 GMT by Michael Evans

Colombian rainforests under threat due to an increase in production of coca to meet world demand for cocaine. More than 1,821 species of birds, 623 species of amphibians, 467 species of mammals, 518 species of reptiles and 3,200 species of fish are found, mainly in the country's vast tracts of tropical forest.

Cocaine production spells doom for Colombia's rainforests

Elephant numbers on the increase in Kenya

Elephant numbers on the increase in Kenya

Posted Tue, 15 Feb 2011 17:18:00 GMT by Louise Murray

A real conservation success story, a new elephant census in Kenya's Tsavo ecosystem shows numbers increasing despite ivory poaching and a prolonged drought in the area. The Earth Times spoke to Patrick Omondi, senior assistant director of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), who co-ordinated the elephant census, which is held every three years.

Elephant numbers on the increase in Kenya

Trade in bushmeat decimating Tanzanian forests

Trade in bushmeat decimating Tanzanian forests

Posted Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:27:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Bushmeat taken from one of the most threatened forests in the world is placing significant pressure on the Udzungwa forest species and ecosystems. In Tanzania, international and local environmentalists have just released a new report which confirms that bushmeat hunting alongside destruction of the forests is a major threat to this unique environment.

Trade in bushmeat decimating Tanzanian forests

Africa urged to come together to protect migratory birds

Africa urged to come together to protect migratory birds

Posted Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:20:00 GMT by David Hewitt

The migratory map of Africa is tipped to change significantly over the next few decades as birds react to the effects of climate change. The Finnish ornithologist Johannes Leche is widely credited with undertaking the first proper study of the migratory patterns of birds, with his pioneering work in the mid-18th century based largely upon the technique of ringing individual animals.

Africa urged to come together to protect migratory birds

Cracking the Naturalist's Code: The Fight for the Great Bear

Cracking the Naturalist's Code: The Fight for the Great Bear

Posted Sat, 12 Feb 2011 17:16:00 GMT by Eric M. Keen

From a shack in the fjords of British Columbia, one young naturalist is waging war against a consortium of the world's largest oil companies. His arsenal: gum boots, binoculars, and data - lots of it. What would compel him to such extremes? Two reasons: Whales and oil. I'll explain...

Cracking the Naturalist's Code: The Fight for the Great Bear

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

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

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

Conservationists around the world have pledged to make 2001 the Year of the Turtle and bring some of the world's oldest species back from the brink of extinction. While for the Chinese 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, for an international group of conservationists it is the Year of the Turtle. For, after some 220 million years of being on the planet, around half of all species are now under threat from a range of man-made problems

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

Asian tiger numbers could triple

Asian tiger numbers could triple

Posted Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:07:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Concerted efforts to develop joined up tiger reserves could triple tiger numbers in Asia. In November 2010, the heads of government of the 13 tiger range countries signed the St Petersburg declaration promising to double the world's population of wild tigers by 2020. An international team of scientists led by Dr Eric Dinerstein of chief scientist at WWF in the United States set out to discover whether this was even possible.

Asian tiger numbers could triple

New reserves proposed to protect sub-Antarctic marine life

New reserves proposed to protect sub-Antarctic marine life

Posted Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:51:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

The New Zealand Government has just unveiled plans to create three massive new marine reserves surrounding the sub-Antarctic Islands. Antarctic islands are protected in the future. Because of the remoteness of these islands and that they are not widely fished at this time, they require unique approaches.

New reserves proposed to protect sub-Antarctic marine life

Concern for shark populations in conservation report

Concern for shark populations in conservation report

Posted Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:46:01 GMT by John Dean

A new report has expressed concern about the future of the world's shark populations despite a decade of conservation work. The 20 countries account for more than 640,000 tonnes annually, nearly 80 per cent of total shark catch reported globally. The top ten are named in the report as Indonesia, India, Spain, Taiwan, Argentina, Mexico, Pakistan, United States, Japan, and Malaysia.

Concern for shark populations in conservation report

Fish decline linked to weather cycle in Atlantic

Fish decline linked to weather cycle in Atlantic

Posted Wed, 26 Jan 2011 10:07:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

New research suggests that a cyclical weather pattern in the Atlantic Ocean is responsible for the recent reported decline in striped bass populations. The striped bass was once one of the success stories of conservation. Previously overfished, then serious catch limits were put in place and the population of striped bass was able to recover: fishermen where then once again able to fish for these large, trophy fish along the East Coast of America.

Fish decline linked to weather cycle in Atlantic

Britain's great bustards population set to take off thanks to EU funding boost

Britain's great bustards population set to take off thanks to EU funding boost

Posted Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:33:01 GMT by David Hewitt

Once extinct in the UK, the great bustard looks on the verge of a remarkable comeback, thanks to a new injection of funding from the European Union. It was way back in 1832 that the great bustard finally went the way of the dodo and disappeared from the British Isles. Over-zealous gamekeepers and hunters, combined with a loss of habitat also led to the disappearance of the world's biggest flying bird from several other European countries.

Britain's great bustards population set to take off thanks to EU funding boost

Sharks dying for soup - stop shark finning

Sharks dying for soup - stop shark finning

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

An average of five humans have been killed by sharks each year since 2000, yet every year we kill up to 75 million sharks for their fins, used in Chinese shark's fin soup, and as bycatch in our fisheries. Shark finning has expanded globally due to rising demand by affluent Chinese for the high status shark fin soup. Retailing at about US$ 430/kg in Hong Kong the trade is a lucrative one for fishermen. Finning is inhumane and cruel in the extreme.

Sharks dying for soup - stop shark finning

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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

Satao, the elephant king, is killed

Posted Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:10:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Virunga National Park safe - for now

Posted Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:31:26 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Quoll story will unveil all marsupial ills?

Posted Sat, 31 May 2014 09:40:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Rare crocodile increasing with grassroots conservation

Posted Tue, 13 May 2014 14:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whitley Wonders in Haiti and Ecuador (Awards)

Posted Sat, 10 May 2014 11:50:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Orcas' Hebridean overture

Posted Wed, 07 May 2014 07:43:00 GMT by Penny Bunting

Critically endangered whales face fresh threat from new oil development

Posted Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:14:42 GMT by Lucy Brake

WCS pledges to protect endangered freshwater turtles and tortoises

Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:36:30 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Fish in troubled waters with 30 species endangered

Posted Thu, 16 Dec 2010 15:53:56 GMT by Paromita Pain

Shark fins tracked by DNA

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

Hedgehogs, gardens and general conservation in the urban environment

Posted Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:44:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Forest Elephants Disappear as We Watch

Posted Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:42:39 GMT by Dave Armstrong

First Canadian city bans shark fin trade

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

WWF releases rare footage of Sumatran tigers

Posted Mon, 09 May 2011 19:20:00 GMT by Ruth Hendry

Conservation mission to save petrels on Henderson Island underway

Posted Tue, 05 Jul 2011 18:38:01 GMT by Julian Jackson