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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Hunting permits issued by the Mongolian government for endangered snow leopards have been rescinded following huge public backlash.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 The snow leopard hunting permits have now been rescinded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

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

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

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Diversity of camels conserved for 3000 years.

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Islands and their biodiversity

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Dolphin calves born in the Mekong

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

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

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New research could save seabirds from fishing longlines

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 08:33:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Dolphins evolving into groups separated by ocean conditions

Posted Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:06:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Russians join fight for sustainable fisheries

Posted Mon, 21 Mar 2011 08:22:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

WSC wades in to stop US bog turtle decline

Posted Wed, 11 May 2011 16:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Records of recent conservation in America

Posted Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:49:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Thankfully, elephants are scared of bees

Posted Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:20:00 GMT by James Mathews

Albatross deaths from longline fishing higher than thought

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

Antarctic penguins in trouble due to climate change

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 19:00:00 GMT by Louise Murray

New 'distance to extinction' index could sharpen conservation focus

Posted Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:41:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Naked chicks are a puzzle for penguin scientists

Posted Mon, 11 Apr 2011 08:07:00 GMT by Laura Goodall