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Saving the Iquitos Gnatcatcher

Saving the Iquitos Gnatcatcher

Posted Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:45:01 GMT by Paromita Pain

For the first time in Peru, conservationists have purchased privately owned lands within a national protected area and then donated them to the national government. The donated lands are home to the Iquitos Gnatcatcher, a Critically Endangered bird first described in 2005. Actvists have hailed the move which they say will allow better conservation of this threatened species.

Saving the Iquitos Gnatcatcher

Return of the Short-Tailed Albatross

Return of the Short-Tailed Albatross

Posted Mon, 20 Dec 2010 08:09:02 GMT by Paromita Pain

The short-tailed albatross whose adult population number only about 3,000 were till recently found only on the Japanese islands of Kure Atoll and on Midway Atoll. Now they have spotted on the Hawaiian Islands. In a report the Seabird Program at the American Bird Conservancy, a US based conservation organization, says, this raises hopes that this once endangered bird might be gaining in numbers.

Return of the Short-Tailed Albatross

All is not lost for the polar bear, scientists say

All is not lost for the polar bear, scientists say

Posted Mon, 20 Dec 2010 07:00:02 GMT by David Hewitt

Over the past few years, the polar bear has become something of a 'poster animal' for the environmental movement. Rightly or wrongly, campaigners have used the iconic mammal's plight as a wake-up call, warning government, businesses and individual consumers that, if they don't clean up their act, these bears, and many more species besides, will be lost forever.

All is not lost for the polar bear, scientists say

Felling forests: Russia's way for highways

Felling forests: Russia's way for highways

Posted Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:20:03 GMT by Paromita Pain

Russia is building a highway through one of the Moscow region's last remaining forests. Environmentalists globally have protested the move. This will throw Russia's already delicate ecological balance into further jeopardy. The construction which had been mooted earlier was postponed due o public outcry but now is on again. Government officials say no part of the forest will be harmed but protestors have no faith.

Felling forests: Russia's way for highways

Fish in troubled waters with 30 species endangered

Fish in troubled waters with 30 species endangered

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

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has done an assessment of India's freshwater biodiversity after 13 years. It has included 30 fish species in the Western Ghats in its critically endangered list.

Fish in troubled waters with 30 species endangered

Northern Marianas leads Pacific Islands in fight against shark finners

Northern Marianas leads Pacific Islands in fight against shark finners

Posted Thu, 16 Dec 2010 12:51:09 GMT by Lucy Brake

In a bold move, the Senate of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has voted to prohibit all shark finning in its waters. Sharks living in the ocean around the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) have suffered from intense overfishing and poaching for their valuable fins. Sharks in particular are vulnerable to illegal fishing because, as a species, they reproduce very slowly.

Northern Marianas leads Pacific Islands in fight against shark finners

Advocacy group in Australia calls for global boycott of bluefin tuna

Advocacy group in Australia calls for global boycott of bluefin tuna

Posted Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:22:06 GMT by Lucy Brake

The Centre for Biological Diversity in Australia has appealed to the world to boycott bluefin tuna sold in sushi restaurants and in just over a week they already have 20,000 signatures from 91 countries. The price of bluefin tuna has soared this year to over US$170,000 for just one fish. This has created a significant increase in illegal bluefin tuna fishing and as a result there are now grave concerns that the bluefin tuna population is close to extinction.

Advocacy group in Australia calls for global boycott of bluefin tuna

Rewards offered for information leading to conviction of seal killers

Rewards offered for information leading to conviction of seal killers

Posted Mon, 13 Dec 2010 10:34:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Horrified by the appalling bashing of 23 fur seals in New Zealand last week, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has joined a number of groups offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.

Rewards offered for information leading to conviction of seal killers

Britain's Mistletoe Under Threat

Britain's Mistletoe Under Threat

Posted Thu, 09 Dec 2010 08:50:00 GMT by Emma McNeil

Conservationists from England's National Trust are warning that future Christmases in Britain could have to go ahead without the traditional mistletoe kisses. The National Trust is urging consumers to buy their mistletoe from British orchards with a sustainable supply of mistletoe.

Britain's Mistletoe Under Threat

Evidence suggests deforestation of Amazon is slowing down

Evidence suggests deforestation of Amazon is slowing down

Posted Thu, 09 Dec 2010 07:00:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

The Brazilian government have presented evidence at the Cancun climate conference that supports the slowing down of deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil...

Evidence suggests deforestation of Amazon is slowing down

Coral expert predicts ''end in sight'' for reefs

Coral expert predicts ''end in sight'' for reefs

Posted Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:45:01 GMT by Steve Humphreys

Coral reefs around the world are in danger of disappearing in our children's lifetime, according to a leading expert. The combination of ocean acidification and rising temperatures could mean the end for some of the planet's most diverse ecosystems.

Coral expert predicts ''end in sight'' for reefs

Sumatran tiger survey reveals numbers strong

Sumatran tiger survey reveals numbers strong

Posted Wed, 08 Dec 2010 17:45:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Tigers are back in the news, and for once its good news. A survey of the Sumatran tiger population reveals that numbers are healthy with tigers found from sea level to 3200 metres (10,500 feet). This may be the second largest population after India.

Sumatran tiger survey reveals numbers strong

International scientists join forces to track endangered whales

International scientists join forces to track endangered whales

Posted Tue, 07 Dec 2010 10:20:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Successful tagging and tracking of a western gray whale has meant a team of Russian and American scientists have gained important insights into a population of endangered whales. The western gray whale is one of the world's most endangered whales species. Listed as Critically Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List for Threatened Species, there are thought to be only 130 western gray whales living today.

International scientists join forces to track endangered whales

Dolphins in rehab get hearing tests

Dolphins in rehab get hearing tests

Posted Mon, 06 Dec 2010 16:29:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Most years about 4000 marine mammals beach on US coasts and the causes are often hard to determine. New research in Florida tested the hearing of beached or net-entangled animals that survived, and found that almost 60% of stranding bottlenose dolphins were severely or profoundly deaf.

Dolphins in rehab get hearing tests

Practical Tips for Water Conservation

Practical Tips for Water Conservation

Posted Sun, 05 Dec 2010 11:03:00 GMT by Kirsten E. Silven

Discusses the importance of water conservation and the impact it can have on every type of life on Earth. Although water is a natural resource, there is not a limitless supply of fresh water.

Practical Tips for Water Conservation

Sea Shepherd attacks Japanese whalers with 'Godzilla'

Sea Shepherd attacks Japanese whalers with 'Godzilla'

Posted Thu, 02 Dec 2010 11:45:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

The Sea Shepherd's new anti-whaling boat was unveiled this week in efforts to step up this season's campaign against the Japanese whalers. The Sea Shepherd has just launched their new vessel, known as 'Gojira', to chase after Japanese whale boat harpooners who will be out hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean.

Sea Shepherd attacks Japanese whalers with 'Godzilla'

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Hatching Giants on Galapagos!

Posted Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Wolfing it in Oregon

Posted Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:41:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Can we afford extinction, or conservation?

Posted Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:48:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Humpbacks Come Back

Posted Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:55:54 GMT by JW Dowey

Sentinels for our distant past in Andamans?

Posted Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:18:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Conservation and Reintroductions

Posted Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:00:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:40:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

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

Human activity threatening unique Antarctic marine ecosystem

Posted Sat, 02 Apr 2011 15:09:00 GMT by Helen Roddis

Deep sea rules being ignored say reports

Posted Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:35:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Chilean efforts to ban 'shark finning' praised by Pew

Posted Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:08:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Dog Days in North Virginia

Posted Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:37:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Elephant Killing Causes Internet Controversy

Posted Tue, 05 Apr 2011 18:07:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Invasive species continue to affect ecosystems after removal

Posted Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:47:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Celebrating biodiversity today - putting conservation into politics

Posted Sun, 22 May 2011 00:00:01 GMT by Mario Balzan

Restored wetlands can take a century to regenerate

Posted Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:28:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Maps of the rare and unusual

Posted Sat, 18 May 2013 12:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Finned sharks found washed up on New Zealand's coast

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:05:00 GMT by Lucy Brake