Wildlife Conservation

Extinction Rebellion arrests pass 1,000 on eighth day of protests

‘Die-in’ staged at Natural History Museum as protesters gather at legal site in Marble Arch Frances Perraudin The Guardian More than 1,000 people have been arrested at Extinction Rebellion climate protests in London, police have said, in what organisers described as “the biggest civil disobedience event in modern British history”. The Metropolitan police said on Monday that as of 10am they had made 1,065 arrests and that 53 people had been charged in relation to the protests. Police cleared activists from Waterloo Bridge ... Read More »

Our leaders are ignoring global warming to the point of criminal negligence. It’s unforgivable

Humanity survived the cold war because no one pushed the button. On climate change, the button has been pushed again and again Tim Winton The Guardian I’ve been asking myself a question – and even posing it makes me queasy. Is it too late – are we beyond saving? As a culture and a polity, when it comes to climate change, have we arrived at a point where we are now expected – even trained – to abandon hope and ... Read More »

Meet ‘Mr. Earth Day,’ the Man Who Helped Organize the Annual Observance

Nearly 50 years after 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, more than 190 countries mark the annual day for raising awareness of environmental causes. Olivia B. Waxman Time And the stakes only grow as the years go by. Though Earth Day has been dogged by rumors that it was founded by a murderer and as communist propaganda, the truth is much more straightforward — but no less fascinating. TIME spoke to Denis Hayes, ... Read More »

It’s not just the protests. Here’s how young people are helping the planet

According to the latest World Economic Forum Global Shapers Annual Survey, which covers more than 30,000 individuals under the age of 30 from 186 countries, climate change and the destruction of nature remain the… Natalie Pierce World Economic Forum Put clearly, our planet is under threat, and we know it. That’s why members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Communitylaunched Voice for the Planet at the Annual Meeting 2019 in Davos. It’s a global activation campaign calling on governments, businesses and… ... Read More »

Thousands block roads in Extinction Rebellion protests across London

Climate group occupies major landmarks in campaign that could last several days Matthew Taylorand Damien Gayle The Guardian Thousands of people have blocked well-known landmarks and a bridge in central London, bringing widespread disruption to the capital in a “climate rebellion” that organisers say could last several days. Parents and young children joined older people, scientists, teachers and long-term environmentalists to occupy major junctions and demand urgent action over the escalating ecological crisis. The protests are part of a global campaign organised ... Read More »

Climate Change Drives Collapse Of Baby Corals In Great Barrier Reef

The catastrophic die-off from recent ocean heat waves severely affected the reef’s ability to produce new corals and bounce back. Chris DÁngelo HuffPost The deadly back-to-back bleaching events that hammered Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in 2016 and 2017 led to a collapse in the recruitment of new corals, severely affecting the ecosystem’s ability to recover from the devastation. That’s according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, which found that the number of juvenile corals that settled ... Read More »

‘Serious concerns’: New study reveals how heatwave hit Shark Bay dolphins hard

Shark Bay was hit hard by a marine heatwave which swept through the World Heritage-listed area in 2011, but new research released this week reveals the heatwave also had a devastating impact on the local dolphin population, raising “serious concerns” for its future. Cameron Myles WAtoday The research, released in the peer-reviewed journal Current Biology on Monday, showed how the survival rates of newborn Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in the area dropped by more than 12 per cent in the wake of the ... Read More »

1100 mutilated dolphins found washed up on beaches in France

A record number of dolphins’ bodies have been found horribly mutilated on the French Atlantic coast. 9news AP What has shocked French marine researchers wasn’t just the brutality of the deaths of these highly intelligent mammals, but the numbers involved – a record 1,100 have landed on France’s beaches since January. The mass deaths, widely blamed on industrial fishing, have alarmed animal welfare groups and prompted France’s ecology minister to launch a national plan to protect them. “There’s never been ... Read More »

Wall of Death: Will Feds challenge use of international driftnets?

Senators and representatives have been proposing bills on controversial fishing practice in recent years, but is the United States standing tough on the global stage? Parimal M. Rohit theLog NATIONWIDE—Labeling anything as a “Wall of Death” is certain to capture the attention of, well, anyone who is paying attention to whatever is being labeled as a Wall of Death. In this instance the Wall of Death is a drift gillnet, also known as a driftnet. Most people reading The Log ... Read More »

More fish, more fishing: why strategic marine park placement is a win-win

Australia has some of the most spectacular marine ecosystems on the planet – including, of course, the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Authors: The Conversation Many of these places are safe in protected areas, and support a myriad of leisure activities such as recreational fishing, diving and surfing. No wonder eight in ten Aussies live near the beach. Yet threats to marine ecosystems are becoming more intense and widespread the world over. New maps show that only 13% of the oceans ... Read More »

Huge fish found washed up along the Coorong near mouth of the Murray River

A sunfish has been found washed ashore near the mouth of the Murray River in South Australia over the weekend, and one expert believes it is the Mola mola species. By Camron Slessor ABC The gigantic fish is known for its sheer size and odd body shape, often distinguished by its flattened body and fins. A photo of the creature was posted on social media on Monday, with two fishermen standing over it on the sand. Linette Grzelak, who posted the ... Read More »

‘Consumers must act’: Jane Goodall’s plea to avoid a ‘bleak’ future

Individuals everywhere must make different choices if humanity – and many of the world’s other species – are to avoid a “bleak” future, leading environmental campaigner Jane Goodall says. Peter Hannam The Sydney Morning Herald Dr Goodall, who is heading to Australia in May for a series of talks dubbed Rewind the Future, said “the consumer must take responsibility”, adding “the accumulation of millions of ethical choices will certainly make a… The renowned naturalist, who turns 85 next month, said the increase in ... Read More »

Diver almost swallowed by whale off South Africa coast can’t wait to get back in the water

A diver who was almost swallowed whole by a whale said the experience hasn’t put him off going back into the water. By Tom Livingstone 9News Staff South African man Rainer Schimpf was diving in waters off Port Elizabeth last month when a Bryde’s whale got a little too close for comfort. The 51-year-old was with a group photographing sharks when he said the water began to churn around him and everything went dark. The giant mammal was feeding on ... Read More »

A chimpanzee cultural collapse is underway, and it’s driven by humans

Language, music, and art often vary between adjacent groups of people, and help us identify not only ourselves but also others. Authors: The Conversation And in recent years rich debates have emerged and spawned research into culture in non-human animals. Scientists first observed chimpanzees using tools more than half a century ago. As this complex behaviour appeared to differ across different populations, researchers concluded that tool use in apes was socially learned and therefore a cultural behaviour. This was the ... Read More »

It took scientists seven days and a ‘global collaboration’ to figure out what fish this is

A rare hoodwinker sunfish that washed ashore at a Californian beach left scientists baffled when they could not identify it. Alexis Moran ABC An intern at the University of California had spotted the 2.1-metre fish at the Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve. Researchers turned to social media for help to identify the creature through a series of photos posted on the Coal Oil Point Facebook page in late February. It was there that the sunfish was identified by marine scientist ... Read More »

Climate change: narrate a history beyond the ‘triumph of humanity’ to find imaginative solutions

One reason why people find it difficult to think about climate change and the future may be their understanding of human history. Amanda Power The Conversation The present day is believed to be the product of centuries of development. These developments have led to a globalised world of complex states, in which daily life for most people is highly urbanised, consumerist and competitive. By this account, humanity has triumphed over the dangers and uncertainties of the natural world, and this ... Read More »