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Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

Posted Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:20:35 GMT by JW Dowey

The hopes for Kathmandu must be high in Asia, and elsewhere. Can the overwhelming demand in China for illegal, unhealthy and morbid bits of animals be slowed down? Money certainly has not brought pleasure to China in the case of these people. The poachers too must be punished and faced with ultimate force if they are not to make these iconic species extinct. Nepal can produce this effect, so perhaps military efficiency is the answer to the violence and money of the traffickers.

Poaching tigers, and all the rest!

New Andean frog species survives, for now.

New Andean frog species survives, for now.

Posted Tue, 03 Feb 2015 10:02:45 GMT by Dave Armstrong

How often do we discover a new species, only to lose it? Many of the genus of these animals have already disappeared, as the dreaded fungal infections continue to decimate our amphibian around the world. Maybe the conditions of its natural habitat will enable this beautiful new species to survive. We can but hope!

New Andean frog species survives, for now.

Losing our ocean life?

Losing our ocean life?

Posted Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:37:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The damage afforded by our emissions on changing the climate are compounded by large-scale pollution of the oceans and overfishing as if they are going out of fashion. And they are! The realisation here is that we are going to lose many more marine plants and animals than we thought, unless the stress of conservation shifts to less-known animals and plants.

Losing our ocean life?

Hatching Giants on Galapagos!

Hatching Giants on Galapagos!

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

The Galapagos tortoise is, along with one or two other island species, precious and almost mythical in its great size and long life. Now, we at last, we are conserving these interesting creatures properly, instead of letting them slowly die out, like Lonely George!

Hatching Giants on Galapagos!

Wolfing it in Oregon

Wolfing it in Oregon

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

What to do with wolves? Are they any use and how dangerous are they? How can they be managed or do they manage wildlife themselves? Questions to be answered carefully and very fully.

Wolfing it in Oregon

Can we afford extinction, or conservation?

Can we afford extinction, or conservation?

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

In all the world, who will decide when to pull the plug on a species, when it is possible to save it from extinction. The answer is a computer, but then follows the question, who will control the use of the computer and have a veto on its advice? I think we know the answer to that.

Can we afford extinction, or conservation?

Humpbacks Come Back

Humpbacks Come Back

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

The large whales are now almost considered as close relatives. We all regard them as conserved by our actions, apart from one or two nations. Now the need is to look at the smaller mammals, the almost-extinct, and those creatures who never get a look-in when the IUCN declare others as critically-endangered. Some species such as the whale can now function even as samplers of the species beneath them in the food webs. We can get some idea of other populations’ progress if we study the diet of certain critical animals. The plant kingdom have already given us information about dim and distant climates and still more will appear as technologies allow us access to information we urgently need about how the Earth works.

Humpbacks Come Back

Sentinels for our distant past in Andamans?

Sentinels for our distant past in Andamans?

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

We need to protect many animals and plants throughout our domain, but the domain of other humans needs protection too, as we well know. Here is possibly the last totally isolated culture on earth, just about to be destroyed by poachers, unless we act to defend them from the disease and the desolation that our civilisation brings them

Sentinels for our distant past in Andamans?

Conservation and Reintroductions

Conservation and Reintroductions

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

With the elephant and rhino populations deeply depressed (as we are), reintroduction must be the real aim of conservation of the endangered. Once we have disposed of the poachers and pet traders, a real habitat with a real life must exist in some special somewhere for every species. The science of how to do it is still in its infancy, but here is a strong beginning.

Conservation and Reintroductions

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

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

We are told we need fish, but for most now, there simply won’t be any. Nutrition and sustainability hit yet another block, while not even the very rich will dine on sushi.

You shall have a (very little) fishy.

International cooperation can create recovery from the Aral Sea disaster

International cooperation can create recovery from the Aral Sea disaster

Posted Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:41:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The conference we mentioned last week has produced very hopeful 'green shoots' of hope for financial, agricultural and hydrological solutions to the problems facing the peoples around the Aral Sea. The environmental catastrophe of toxic dust, total loss of species and livelihoods and currently high levels of cancers and TB have finally stirred up increased international cooperation from a multitude of partners and donors such as Asian and Islamic banks. First, we have some heartening eco-news..

International cooperation can create recovery from the Aral Sea disaster

Biodiversity Progress Today

Biodiversity Progress Today

Posted Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:36:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Here is the promised simple report on the first day of the big Korean Biodiversity convention. We’ll have to wait longer for anything more concrete.

Biodiversity Progress Today

No Bryde's for the future?

No Bryde's for the future?

Posted Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:18:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

To live in the heavily industrialised coastlines of the world must be hell. These animals that do survive have already coped with the worst that life or humans can throw at them. Even if we manage to save these Bryde’s whales, will they survive the fish diet we have contaminated for them?

No Bryde's for the future?

Cuscomys comes back from the dead

Cuscomys comes back from the dead

Posted Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:16:55 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Any new species that is discovered is worth our time and effort to conserve. This mammal has been climbing in the Andean forest since the Incas kept them. We missed a lot of animals up there, as nobody lives in the remote area any more. Now we can make up for any Inca maltreatment, or reconcile with what may have been a cuddly pet!

Cuscomys comes back from the dead

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Posted Sat, 20 Sep 2014 08:53:11 GMT by Paul Robinson

With 2014 rhinos killed for their horns since January, the South African rhino is on its way out. We have to use emergency measures to stop the poaching, while Vietnam and other importing countries are responsible for preventing all their illegal wildlife trading. So far, little has been done-only one horn shipment has been stopped recently.

Kruger rhinos' final chance

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

Posted Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:17:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The fate of sturgeons around the globe is under discussion Endangered all, they represent an important, as well as a commercial, link to our past. If we allow such large species to simply disappear, then there is no hope for any smaller animals and plants, as we plod towards a sterile and deficient landscape for all humans who appreciate life the way it is.

Sturgeon survives, but not for long, it seems

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Dingo rules - both kangaroos and nutrient supplies.

Posted Wed, 10 May 2017 09:39:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Thai tigers survive and breed in the wild.

Posted Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Hedgehogs mirror wildlife problems around the world.

Posted Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Primates matter, and this is why!

Posted Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:15:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

The Casper octopus thrives in the deep sea, but exploiters are threatening

Posted Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:05:00 GMT by JW Dowey

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

Coral reef fish saviours?

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:34:03 GMT by Dave Armstrong

What is Happening to the Elephants?

Posted Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:48:11 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Reptiles finished off by habitat loss and so-called 'harvesting'

Posted Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:44:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Kenya steps up efforts to restore forests

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 04:48:00 GMT by Peter Kahare

Greening our oceans?

Posted Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:09:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Losing Our Grizzly Bears: the fall of the wild

Posted Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:55:00 GMT by Chris Nunnally

Is Brazil's Cerrado the ''ugly duckling'' of conservation?

Posted Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:09:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Diagnosing Coral Reef Diseases

Posted Thu, 24 Nov 2011 14:10:00 GMT by Ines Morales

Catshark kittens on a Scottish reef

Posted Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:29:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Naked chicks are a puzzle for penguin scientists

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