Tag Archives: endangered species

‘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

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

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ADDED PROTECTION. Whale sharks are among the animals that received added protection at the Conservation of Migratory Species conference held in Manila. File photo by Gonzalo Araujo

Host country the Philippines lobbies for the inclusion of the whale shark, which has become a major tourist attraction

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 29, 2017) — Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organizers said on Saturday, October 28. Continue reading Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat

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SEIZED. Indonesian officials discover more than 100 pangolins on Tuesday, October 24, in a raid on a fishing boat off the east coast of Sumatra island. Screenshot from AFP

Pangolins – docile animals with a thick armor – are indigenous to parts of Southeast Asia and Africa and are the world’s most trafficked mammal

PEKANBARU, Indonesia (Oct. 29, 2017) — Indonesian authorities have seized more than 100 pangolins, all of them alive, an official said Wednesday, October 25, a haul of the critically endangered species that conservationists estimate to be worth about $1.5 million. Continue reading Indonesia seizes 101 pangolins on fishing boat

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in ethiopia
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

Climate change could wipe out a third of parasite species, study finds

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An assortment of specimens from the Smithsonian’s parasite collection. Photograph: Paul Fetters for the Smithsonian Institution/Courtesy of Science Advances

Parasites such as lice and fleas are crucial to ecosystems, scientists say, and extinctions could lead to unpredictable invasions

September 7, 2017 — Climate change could wipe out a third of all parasite species on Earth, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. Continue reading Climate change could wipe out a third of parasite species, study finds

ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report

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BIODIVERSITY-RICH REGION. The ASEAN region is home to globally significant natural resources on land and in water, including about 18% of all species assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Photo courtesy of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity releases the second edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook as it opens its new headquarters in UP Los Baños

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 3, 2017) — The biological diversity or biodiversity in the ASEAN region, which is home to the “mega-diverse countries” of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia, will greatly be eroded by 2100 if the destruction of the environment continues unabated, a recently launched report by an intergovernmental organization revealed. Continue reading ASEAN region to lose 70-90% of habitats by 2100 – report

Alien species invasions and global warming a ‘deadly duo’, warn scientists

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Argentine ants (Linepithema humile) feeding on food scraps. They can damage delicate ecosystems and also interfere with electrical wiring. Photograph: Victor Suarez/Alamy Stock Photo

Foreign animals and plants can cause huge damage, with the march of Argentine ants in the UK a new example of how climate change is boosting the threat

July 25, 2017 — Invasions by alien species and global warming form a “deadly duo”, scientists have warned, with the march of Argentine ants in the UK a new example. The public are being asked to be on Continue reading Alien species invasions and global warming a ‘deadly duo’, warn scientists

Rising seas threaten scores of species on Pacific islands with extinction

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Fiji Banded Iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus). Credit: Thomas Cockrem / Alamy Stock Photo.

The Chuuk flying fox. The Black-spotted Cuscus. The Fijian crested iguana. The Mariana skunk. The greater monkey-faced bat. Poncelet’s giant rat.

July 13, 2017 — Not exactly household names, but these creatures have something in common: they’re all critically endangered and they all live on islands in the Pacific Ocean that are at high risk from rising sea levels. Continue reading Rising seas threaten scores of species on Pacific islands with extinction

Government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

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Land clearing in Queensland is an increasing danger to the environment and threatened species because the federal government is failing to enforce laws. Photograph: WWF Australia

Huge spike in Queensland land clearing destroys ecological communities and habitat of threatened species, according to analysis

July 11, 2017 — The federal government is allowing the huge spike in land clearing in Queensland to destroy threatened ecological communities, the habitat of threatened species and increase Continue reading Government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town

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CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Authorities identify the illegal haul as critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). Photo from Frederic Cayao’s Facebook page

Authorities say the cargo of critically-endangered Hawksbill turtles was bound for Balabac, an island town in the southernmost part of Palawan known as a backdoor for wildlife trafficking

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (Jul. 7, 2017) — Authorities intercepted a boat carrying 70 dead critically-endangered marine turtles off the coast of Dumaran town in northern Palawan on Thursday, July 7. Continue reading Haul of dead sea turtles seized in Palawan town