Tag Archives: species extinction

‘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

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

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

More than 1,000 people killed in India as human and wildlife habitats collide

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Villagers watch as a herd of wild elephants walks towards them looking for food in Kurkuria, about 45km east of Gauhati, India. Photograph: Anupam Nath/AP

Elephant and tiger territories are shrinking as India’s growing population encroaches on wild spaces causing an increase in fatalities

August 1, 2017 — A deadly conflict is under way between India’s growing population and its wildlife confined to ever-shrinking forests and grasslands. Data shows that about one person has been killed on average every day for the past three years by roaming tigers or rampaging elephants. Continue reading More than 1,000 people killed in India as human and wildlife habitats collide

Study: our Paris carbon budget may be 40% smaller than thought

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Participants looks at a screen projecting a world map with climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21). Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

How we define “pre-industrial” is important

July 24, 2017 — In the Paris climate treaty, nearly every world country agreed to try and limit global warming to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures, and preferably closer to 1.5°C. Continue reading Study: our Paris carbon budget may be 40% smaller than thought

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

Climate change driving birds to migrate early, research reveals

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Birds with long migrations are expected to suffer most, as other species reach breeding grounds before them. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

A University of Edinburgh study finds birds are arriving at breeding grounds too soon, causing some to miss out on food

December 30, 2016 — Migrating birds are responding to the effects of climate change by arriving at their breeding grounds earlier as global temperatures rise, research has found. Continue reading Climate change driving birds to migrate early, research reveals

Scientists warn of ecological recession as biodiversity declines

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Bats in urban Australia are one indicator used to assess biodiversity (Pic: Flickr/Lance)

Species loss has pushed ecosystems past a danger threshold across more than half of the terrestrial world

July 22, 2016 — Humans have reduced biodiversity – the teeming variety of plant and animal life that competes and co-operates in every ecosystem – to below safe levels across more than 58% of the planet’s land surface.  Continue reading Scientists warn of ecological recession as biodiversity declines

The key to halting climate change, admit we can’t save everything

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Triage would replace the status quo of inadequately managing public land and endangered species. Photograph: Paul Souders/Corbis
The best use of resources is to adopt a triage approach to climate change – deal with the direst circumstances first, and work from there

March 7, 2016 — Climate change, and human resistance to making the changes needed to halt it, both continue apace: 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history, we may be on the brink of a major Continue reading The key to halting climate change, admit we can’t save everything