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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

Whaling fleet prevented from refueling as the fight for whales heats up

Whaling fleet prevented from refueling as the fight for whales heats up

Posted Tue, 18 Jan 2011 09:35:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Anti-whaling activists are continuing to make life difficult for the whalers in the Southern Ocean and they may now return to Japan empty handed. The Sea Shepherd group has managed to intercept the ship that is supplying the Japanese vessels hunting for whales in the South Ocean. The conservation group is planning to prevent the Japanese whaling supply ship, the Sun Laurel, from delivering fuel and other supplies to both the whalers and their factory ship.

Whaling fleet prevented from refueling as the fight for whales heats up

Environmentalists believe sanctuary failing to protect polar bears

Environmentalists believe sanctuary failing to protect polar bears

Posted Mon, 17 Jan 2011 10:22:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

A conservation group is planning to sue the US government for what they believe is a failure to care for a critical polar bear sanctuary in Alaska. The Centre for Biological Diversity believes that the US Interior Department has allowed harmful oil and gas developments to go ahead and as a result has significantly damaged polar bears habitat in Alaska.

Environmentalists believe sanctuary failing to protect polar bears

Saving the Jaguar

Saving the Jaguar

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

A campaign has been launched to save the jaguar in Northern Mexico and parts of south-western United States where its numbers are endangered. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will develop a plan to preserve habitats, starting with research into numbers and distribution of the animals, about which very little is known. A Jaguar Recovery Team has been assembled

Saving the Jaguar

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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

Water, Food and Air are not free

Posted Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Elephant killing cannot continue' says WWF

Posted Thu, 15 Mar 2012 17:03:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

China accused over 'legal' tiger and leopard trade

Posted Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:22:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

How wolves could save threatened lynx species

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:43:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Act on rhino horn demand WWF tells Asian governments

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:01:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Fisheries Reform (fish) School!

Posted Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:53:19 GMT by Colin Ricketts

WWF releases rare footage of Sumatran tigers

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

Prince Charles calls for more sustainable fishing

Posted Fri, 03 Feb 2012 11:53:25 GMT by Linden Volsun

Chitwan shines, but the railway threatens

Posted Wed, 05 Feb 2014 07:31:00 GMT by JW Dowey

A quarter of mammals at risk of extinction

Posted Tue, 15 Nov 2011 04:44:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop