Tag Archives: biodiversity

Rangers find 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia

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Young Asian elephant caught in a snare in Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. The snare was likely set to catch a wild pig, the elephant juvenile perished before vets could get to the scene. Photograph: Wildlife Conservation Society – Cambodia

Snares – either metal or rope – are indiscriminately killing wildlife across Southeast Asia, from elephants to mouse deer. The problem has become so bad that scientists are referring to protected areas in the region as “empty forests.”

May 22, 2018 — A simple brake cable for motorbikes can kill a tiger, a bear, even a young elephant in Southeast Asia. Local hunters use these ubiquitous wires to create snares – indiscriminate forest bombs – that are crippling and killing Southeast Asia’s most Continue reading Rangers find 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia

UNEP: ‘We need to speed up’ on climate change

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‘The train has left the station, the train is speeding up, but we need to speed up more,’ says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 27, 2017) — United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) head Erik Solheim on Wednesday, October 25, said nations “need to speed up” when it comes to climate change. Continue reading UNEP: ‘We need to speed up’ on climate change

Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

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Brazil’s Renca reserve is roughly the size of Switzerland and home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity. Photograph: Fabio Nascimento/Greenpeace

Campaigners welcome U-turn on Renca reserve but threat still exists as Brazil president has close ties to mining industry

September 26, 2017 — Amazon conservation groups have hailed a victory as the Brazilian government announced a U-turn on plans to open up swaths of the the world’s biggest forest to mining corporations. Continue reading Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

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Farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in Ethiopia. Photograph: J.van de Gevel/Bioversity International

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals

September 26, 2017 — The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts. Continue reading Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Chile’s Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

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Fish swim off Easter Island. AFP image

Indigenous people who live on Chile’s Easter Island far out in the Pacific vote to create a vast marine protection zone, covering an area of 720,000 square kilometers (280,000 square miles) around the island

September 5, 2017 — Chile’s Environmental Minister Marcelo Mena, speaking at an environmental conference in La Serena, northern Chile, said the vote by the native Rapanui people means Chile will have the largest marine protection zone in Latin America. Continue reading Chile’s Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

Securing our food now and into the future

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WEALTH OF THE SEA. An undated handout picture made available by Australia’s James Cook University (JCU) on 31 January 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File/James Cook University

‘It’s about time to protect the oceans’

April 11, 2017 — Oceans mean the whole world.

They provide us food. They offer shelter to many species that enable life to exist on earth. They protect us from the impacts of climate change. Continue reading Securing our food now and into the future

State of the Environment report: bright spots, but much more to do

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Australia’s rapidly growing population, concentrated in a few urban areas, is one of the most urgent pressures on the environment. Photograph: johan63/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Australia has made solid progress in many areas covered by the five-yearly report, but population pressures, invasive species and climate change still present huge challenges

March 6, 2017 — First established in 1996 and occurring every five years, the State of the Environment report is prepared by independent authors and provides a report card across nine Continue reading State of the Environment report: bright spots, but much more to do

To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

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Bank notes are checked in 1929 at the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Photograph: FPG/Getty Images

Abolishing debt-based currency isn’t a new idea, but it could hold the secret to ending our economies’ environmentally damaging addiction to growth

November 5, 2016 — When it comes to global warming, we know that the real problem is not just fossil fuels – it is the logic of endless growth that is built into our economic system. If we don’t keep the Continue reading To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

One in 10 UK wildlife species faces extinction, major report shows

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A dead hedgehog trapped in an electric fence on a farm in Suffolk. Photograph: FLPA/Alamy Stock Photo

State of Nature reveals the destructive impact of intensive farming, urbanisation and climate change on plants, animals and habitats

September 14, 2016 — More than one in 10 of the UK’s wildlife species are threatened with extinction and the numbers of the nation’s most endangered creatures have plummeted by two-thirds since 1970, according to a major report.  Continue reading One in 10 UK wildlife species faces extinction, major report shows

Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s wilderness in 25 years – study

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An area of the Amazon rainforest which has been slashed and burned stands next to a section of virgin forest. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Experts warn there may be no unspoilt places left within a century as report shows an area twice the size of Alaska has been lost since 1993

September 9, 2016 — Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s remaining wilderness in the last 25 years and there may be none left within a century if trends continue, according to an authoritative new study.  Continue reading Humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s wilderness in 25 years – study