Wildlife Conservation

Conservationists appalled at illegal killing of 25m birds a year in the Mediterranean

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Glued, poisoned, trapped, shot – a shocking report reveals enforcement failure at a colossal scale as hunters across southern Europe and the Middle East kill birds with impunity The Guardian John Vidal The Egyptians line their beaches with fine two-metre high nets that can stretch for miles across the Nile delta and… Conservationists appalled at… Read More »

World’s largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica

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Delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world’s largest marine protected area (MPA). Some 1.57m sq km (600,000 sq miles) of the Southern Ocean will gain protection from commercial fishing for 35 years. Environmentalists have welcomed the… World’s largest marine… Read More »

Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers in shock acquittal

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Seven leaders of an armed militia who led a 41-day stand-off at a US federal wildlife refuge in Oregon have been cleared of the charges against them. The surprise verdict acquitted them of conspiracy and firearms offences. A lawyer for one of the… Oregon wildlife refuge… Read More »

60 percent of global wildlife species wiped out

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Unprecedented rate of decline of animals because of human activity causing a “global mass extinction”, new report says. About 60 percent of the world’s fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles have been wiped out over the last four decades largely because of human activity, researchers say. The… 60 percent of… Read More »

Murder of Brazil official marks new low in war on Amazon environmentalists

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Luiz Alberto Araújo, a local government official in Pará state, was gunned down in front of his family: ‘It sends a message that no one is untouchable’ Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro It was just after sunset in Altamira, a small town nestled on a curve of the Xingu river in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, when Luiz Alberto Araújo, the… Murder of Brazil… Read More »

Fishing is worth more than jobs and profits to Australia’s coastal towns

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Many of the iconic coastal villages of Australia have a close association with professional fishing. In New South Wales, towns up and down the coast historically supported fishing fleets which supplied the seafood needs of locals, Sydney and the broader state community. Michelle Voyer  Alistair McIlgorm Kate Barclay  But the NSW fishing industry has changed significantly in the past 30 years, in response to a… Fishing is worth… Read More »

Scientists investigate death of 10,000 endangered ‘scrotum’ frogs in Peru

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Researchers and campaigners suspect pollution killed the rare Titicaca water frogs that are endemic to the famous lake and derive their nickname from their wrinkly skin Dan Collyns in Lima Scientists are investigating the mysterious deaths of at least 10,000 endangered frogs, in a river which leads into South America’s most famous lake on… Scientists investigate death… Read More »

Our love of cheap seafood is tainted by slavery: how can it be fixed?

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Murder and slavery have become endemic in the global fishing industry. Tom Levitt Will an ongoing legal case recognise crew members’ rights? And how can the industry police and fix itself? Arusting, unusable boat, abandoned at sea. Its crew left to fend for… Read More »

Cockroaches are not radiation-proof and most are not pests

Few animals have a worse reputation than the humble cockroach, but almost everything we think we know about them is an urban myth By Henry Nicholls Reputation: Yuck. Cockroaches are filthy, immortal scavengers that are unaffected by radiation. In a post-apocalyptic world, it will be these dirty little critters that survive. We would be better… Source: BBC – Earth – Cockroaches are not radiation-proof and most are not pests Read More »

Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing

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Roadsides are a haven for rare species, but council mowing is a threat. New schemes offer hope Jessica Aldred Orchid-spotters have long-known that the best site in the UK to take in a display of pyramidal orchids is a roadside verge in Warwickshire, yet the… Source: Wildflowers on the verge of disappearing | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Denmark Intends To Be The World’s First 100% Organic Nation

By True Activist Bhutan announced its plan to become the world’s first 100% organic nation in 2013, but it now has some competition. That’s right, Denmark’s government announced its plan to become Earth’s first 100% organic nation – and it has a solid plan of accomplishing that feat… Source: Denmark Intends To Be The World’s FIRST 100% Organic Nation | | Read More »

New elephant study shows catastrophic decline in Africa

‘Our living dinosaurs’ There are far fewer African elephants than we thought, study shows By David McKenzie and Ingrid Formanek, CNN Linyanti Swamp, Botswana (CNN)Scanning Botswana’s remote Linyanti swamp from the low flying chopper, elephant ecologist Mike Chase can’t hide the… Source: New elephant study shows catastrophic decline in Africa – CNN.com Read More »

Obama to create world’s largest marine reserve

President Barack Obama will travel to his native Hawaii next week to establish the world’s largest marine reserve and burnish his environmental legacy. WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse President Barack Obama will travel to his native Hawaii next week to establish the world’s largest marine reserve and burnish his environmental legacy… Source: Obama to create world’s largest marine reserve – AMERICAS Read More »

Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores

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Four-tuskers, hoe-tuskers, shovel-tuskers are all wiped out – now only a fragment of this keystone species remains Large ivory seizures in Singapore make it a smuggling hub of ‘primary concern’ If, just 800 generations ago, we took a summer holiday to Crete, Cyprus or Malta, we would have found familiar-looking islands, filled with the flowers and… Source: Elephants are the end of a 60m-year lineage – last of the megaherbivores | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Politics for the planet: why nature and wildlife need their own seats at the UN

Whether we consider wild weather, unprecedented Arctic melting and global temperatures, or the Great Barrier Reef, the global environment is generating alarming news. Predictions of multi-metre sea level rises, the collapse of marine biodiversity and food chains, and global warming far beyond 2℃ are equally concerning. Is our system of global environmental law and governance adequate to this crisis? Our short answer is “no”, but what should be done? We believe new… Source: Politics for the planet: why nature and ... Read More »

Protecting those who defend the environment is a matter of human rights

On World Environment Day, we urge governments to address the growing threat to activists and indigenous people by bringing those who harm them to justice.. The enjoyment of a vast range of human rights, including rights to life, health, food, water, and housing, depend on a healthy and sustainable environment. Today, on World Environment Day, let us remember that those who work to protect the environment are not only environmentalists – they are human rights defenders. And they are increasingly ... Read More »