Tag Archives: conservation

New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

a flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the yasuní national park in ecuador
A flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the Yasuní national park in Ecuador. Photograph: Georg Ismar/Alamy

State oil company starts second phase of drilling in one of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots

January 10, 2018 — Ecuador’s state oil company has begun drilling the first of 97 planned wells inside a new field of the Yasuní national park, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Continue reading New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

humpback whales are among the species found in the revillagigedo archipelago
Humpback whales are among the species found in the Revillagigedo archipelago. Photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

Fishing, mining and new hotels will be prohibited in the ‘biologically spectacular’ Revillagigedo archipelago

November 26, 2017 — Mexico’s government has created the largest ocean reserve in North America around a Pacific archipelago regarded as its crown jewel. Continue reading Mexico creates vast new ocean reserve to protect ‘Galapagos of North America’

Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’

land clearing in wombinoo
Land clearing in Wombinoo. Photograph: Courtesy of the Wilderness Society

Native vegetation was home to several threatened species and was in a Great Barrier Reef catchment

November 24, 2017 — Queensland farmers are suspected of having defied rare federal government intervention and cleared a large swath of land without commonwealth approval, according to conservationists. Continue reading Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’

‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe

up to 36 million birds are being are stolen or killed annually, according to the unep report
Up to 36 million birds are being are stolen or killed annually, according to the UNEP report. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP

UN report warns crimes such as logging and poaching are putting ‘high pressure’ on ecosystems in 15 countries in the Danube-Carpathian region

November 22, 2017 — An environmental “looting” spree is threatening biodiversity and pristine forests across 15 countries in central and eastern Europe, the UN has warned. Continue reading ‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe

Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

logged trees are piled up in the białowieża forest in eastern poland
Logged trees are piled up in the Białowieża Forest in eastern Poland. Photograph: Artur Reszko/EPA

Poland is given two weeks to end its destruction of the Unesco-protected forest in a landmark ruling by the European court of justice

November 21, 2017 — Poland has been given two weeks to stop illegal deforestation in the Unesco-protected Białowieża forest or face fines of at least €100,000 a day. Continue reading Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

mount kilimanjaro - a natural wonder at risk from climate change as its glaciers shrink
Mount Kilimanjaro – a natural wonder at risk from climate change as its glaciers shrink. Photograph: khanbm52/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe

November 13, 2017 — From the Everglades in the US to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world. Continue reading From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

congo basin experts from the uk and drc take samples from the peatland
Congo Basin experts from the UK and DRC take samples from the peatland. Photograph: Kevin McElvaney/Greenpeace

Ancient peatlands that store huge amounts of carbon are under threat from logging

November 12, 2017 — Stumbling on submerged roots, attacked by bees and wading waist-deep through leech-infested water, the three researchers and their Pygmy guides progress at just 100 metres an hour through the largest and least-explored tropical bog in the world. Continue reading Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

flying insects caught in a malaise trap
Flying insects caught in a malaise trap, used by entomologists to collect samples. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

October 18, 2017 — The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Continue reading Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

planting trees to cut carbon emissions
Planting trees is one of the best ways to harness the power of nature to cut carbon emissions, says study. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study

October 17, 2017 — Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday. Continue reading Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur

native americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the dakota access pipeline
Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters were attacked by dogs and sprayed with a respiratory irritant when they arrived at the site. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

World leaders must do more to defend custodians of natural world whose lives are at risk from big business, says UN rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

October 6, 2017 — Global leaders must do more to protect indigenous people fighting to protect their land and way of life if the world is to limit climate change, according to the UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. Continue reading Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur