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Ecotourism can provide the critical difference between survival and extinction for endangered animals, according to new research from Griffith University. Using population viability modelling, the Griffith team of Professor Ralf Buckley, Dr Guy Castley and Dr Clare Morrison has developed a method t...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
As the year draws to a close, Carbon Brief takes a look at 2015’s top climate stories through the medium of numbers. Here are our top 15. 1. 1.5 Degrees Celsius Limit Over the last 12 months, after years of taking the back seat, the idea of a 1.5C limit to global temperatures m...
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Pangolins are one of the planet's most unique and adorable species. The scaly, anteater-like creatures live in parts of Asia and Africa, and there's an entire task forcededicated to their protection. A popular Pokemon character, Sandslash, was even based on these "artichokes on legs." And...
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Posted by on in Fishing
By Allie Wilkinson  More than 90 species of marine fishes in Europe’s waters are threatened with extinction, according to a report published today by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Sharks, rays, and other cartilaginous fish are at greatest risk, with about 40% f...
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Human activity has pushed marine life toward a “precipice of major extinction event,” according to a recent study conducted by a team of U.S. scientists. The study, published Thursday in the journal Science, warned that unless immediate action is taken to mitigate the damage, the rate of e...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Two recently released studies brought bad news for those living near coastlines around the world. One published in the peer-reviewed Nature Climate Change, the other in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the studies showed that existing computer models might hav...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
As this week's viral photo of 35,000 walruses crammed on an Alaskan shore reminds us, the climate crisis is still very much a thing. For those who missed it, a lack of Arctic ice evidently forced the poor creatures to huddle together on a narrow piece of land out of desperation -- normally, they're ...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Wild tigers are facing the risk of extinction in some countries due to a lack of accurate information on tiger populations, said WWF today.At the 2010 St. Petersburg ‘Tiger Summit’ when tiger range countries committed to the goal Tx2 - doubling wild tigers by 2022 - the global wild tiger population ...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
“Fed Up in Wyoming” reads the caption under this stunning photograph posted on a hunter's Facebook page (reproduced here under Fair Use). The photo is yet more evidence that, two years after political reactionaries led a successful campaign in the House of Representatives and then the Senate to ...
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Somewhere around two hundred thousand years ago, a new primate emerges on Earth. "The members of the species are not particularly swift or strong or fertile," the New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert writes in her new book, "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History." "They are, however, singularly reso...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
The world's biggest slaughterhouse for endangered whale sharks has been uncovered in southeast China, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. It's products are being traded across the world in health and cosmetic products. The largest slaughtering facility for Whale sharks ever seen has been uncovered in southe...
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Posted by on in Animals
Ten years ago the Iberian lynx was nearing extinction but today, thanks to an imaginative conservation program that has brought hunters, farmers and the tourist industry under its wing, its numbers have tripled from 94 to 312. "We can't claim victory yet but now there is hope," said Migue...
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The sweeping grasslands of the African savannah might not exist without elephants. They knock down so many trees that forests transform into plains, where other grazers and birds feed. Elephants maintain the shape of the land, and without them, everything would change. And for many, that would make ...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Anything that can be traded—legally or illegally—usually will be traded. That goes for the tusks, fins and other animals parts—and the endangered species that are attached to them. It hasn’t gotten the coverage that the issue deserves, but we’re currently in the middle of a poaching catast...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Poachers have likely killed off the last rhinos in Mozambique's Limpopo National Park, according to a park official who spoke with Portugal News. Park director António Abacar said that no rhinos have been sighted in Limpopo National Park since January, "which means that the ones that lived in the pa...
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Here are some grounds for hope. For decades, scientists and environmentalists have believed that we are driving so many species to extinction that there is little chance of preventing the world undergoing another mass extinction – such as the five that wiped out up to 95 per cent of species over the...
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Posted by on in General Environment
By JENNY BARCHFIELD The earth's environmental systems "are being pushed towards their biophysical limits," beyond which loom sudden, irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes, the United Nations Environment Program warned Wednesday. In a 525-page report on the health of the planet, the age...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Six years after the Yangtze river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), or baiji, was declared "functionally extinct" by scientists, another marine mammal appears on the edge of extinction in China's hugely degraded Yangtze River. In less than two months, 32 Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena asiaeorien...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
At some point in our lives most of us have been offered this advice: If you keep expectations low, you won't be disappointed. Photos by Michael E. EsteySmall, isolated wetlands like these produce 70 percent of the ducks in the critical prairie pothole region of North Dakota and South Dakota. Foll...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Viewers of this summer’s Hollywood blockbuster “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” may be surprised to learn that before our earliest ancestors arrived on the scene roughly seven million years ago, apes really did rule the planet. As many as 40 kinds roamed Eurasia and Africa between 10 and 25 million ...
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