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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

Over half of world’s wild primate species face extinction, report reveals

a few of the primates listed as endangered or critically endangered
Just a few of the primates listed as endangered or critically endangered. Top row l-r: brown-headed spider monkey, chimpanzee, Western gorilla; Bottom row l-r: Bornean orangutan, Siau Island tarsier, ring-tailed lemur. Composite: Alamy and Getty Images

Researchers warn of approaching ‘major extinction event’ if action is not taken to protect around 300 species, including gorillas, chimps, lemurs and lorises

January 18, 2017 — More than half of the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and lorises are now threatened with extinction as agriculture and industrial activities destroy forest habitats and the animals’ populations are hit by hunting and trade. Continue reading Over half of world’s wild primate species face extinction, report reveals

First US bumblebee species listed as endangered after numbers plummet

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A rusty patched bumblebee which the US Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing for federal protection. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters

Rusty patched bumblebee population plunged nearly 90% since the late 1990s

January 11, 2017 — The rusty patched bumblebee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once familiar to much of North America, was listed on Tuesday as an endangered species, becoming the first wild bee in the continental United States to gain such federal protection.  Continue reading First US bumblebee species listed as endangered after numbers plummet

Great Barrier Reef: Australia’s ‘response plan’ draft contains no new action or funding

government’s response plan to the coral bleaching
A draft of the Australian government’s response plan to the coral bleaching on the Great Barrier reef includes no additional funding or action to combat climate change. Photograph: Reuters

‘Confidential’ draft acknowledges coral bleaching but does not make any attempt to address climate change

November 29, 2016 — The Australian government’s official “response plan” to the worst ever bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef commits it to no new action, pledges no new money and does not make any attempt to address climate change, according to a draft seen by the Guardian.  Continue reading Great Barrier Reef: Australia’s ‘response plan’ draft contains no new action or funding

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

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

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IVORY. Elephant tusks seized by French customs in Ivry-sur-Seine, outside Paris on June 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

World leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) voted to call on countries to close ivory trade

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 11, 2016) — In a bid to stop the killing of elephants for their tusks, world governments voted Saturday, September 10, at a major conservation conference to urge the closure of all domestic ivory markets.  Continue reading World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets