Tag Archives: international union for conservation of nature

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

Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves undermines global protection

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David Suzuki has implored Australia to ‘wake up’ and face the interconnected issues of climate change and ocean health. Photograph: Scott Oates

Conservationist and 1,461 other scientists release statement describing Australia’s oceans as a ‘global asset’ that must be protected

September 26, 2017 — Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and more than 1,461 other scientists. Continue reading Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves undermines global protection

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

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

Swimming with whale sharks? Don’t copy these snorkelers

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CROWDED. A screengrab of a viral video showing snorkelers in Malaysia crowding around a whale shark.

A viral video reminds us why it’s wrong to touch whale sharks and how we can be better stewards of these gentle giants

MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 19, 2017) — A viral video of snorkelers crowding around and touching a whale shark has sparked online anger and calls for respect for the gentle sea creatures. Continue reading Swimming with whale sharks? Don’t copy these snorkelers

Seized ivory comes almost exclusively from recent poaching: study

part of an estimated 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory to be set ablaze
A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger stacks elephant tusks, part of an estimated 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory to be set ablaze, on a pyre at Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

90 percent of the ivory in 14 large seizures between 2002 and 2014 came from animals that had died less than three years before the tusks were confiscated

November 7, 2016 — Seized illicit shipments of elephant ivory are almost entirely made up of tusks from recently poached animals rather than siphoned from government stockpiles, scientists using a forensic technique reported on Monday.  Continue reading Seized ivory comes almost exclusively from recent poaching: study