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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

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

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Sharks and rays suffer (extinction) in the Mediterranean

Posted Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The endangered Tapaculo adapts to fragmentation of its forest.

Posted Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bottom trawling for orange roughies to get green light?

Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Pacific bluefin tuna nears a critical state.

Posted Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:25:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Extinction danger for great apes, Hawaiian plants and many more!

Posted Mon, 05 Sep 2016 20:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Wood we/Wouldn't we sustain our woods-well we did, once!

Posted Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

International Bat Weekend is Here!

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:30:13 GMT by Paul Robinson

Lobsters lose out to global warming

Posted Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:30:49 GMT by JW Dowey

Save Tropical Forest, NOW!

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The GBR in black or white: coral bleaching or coal dust?

Posted Tue, 24 May 2016 09:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Area of sustainably managed forest increases

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

A small pocket of conservation in Iran

Posted Thu, 10 Oct 2013 04:09:00 GMT by JW Dowey

King Penguin Genetic Diversity Recovers on Macquarie Island

Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 00:22:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How pedal-powered films are helping save Uganda's last gorillas

Posted Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:59:13 GMT by Luis Dominguez

Malaysian state plans to make shark finning illegal

Posted Tue, 10 May 2011 08:39:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Rare butterfly flying high again

Posted Thu, 26 May 2011 10:06:01 GMT by Kieran Ball

Serengeti World Heritage Site under threat from new highway

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

Dolphin ecology from the inside out

Posted Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

Posted Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:25:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Conservationists appeal for tourists not to eat whale meat in Iceland

Posted Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:04:00 GMT by John Dean