Tag Archives: wildlife disaster

‘They’re everywhere’: has the decline of the seal hunt saved the polar bear

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There are over 2,500 polar bears in the coastal area that includes Labrador and northern Quebec, according to Environment Canada. Photograph: Danita Delimont/Getty Images/Gallo Images

Despite vanishing sea ice and shorter winters, Labrador’s polar bear population is among the healthiest in the world – and it could be thanks to the harp seals

May 24, 2018 — Guido Rich, 28, an Inuit hunter from Rigolet, Labrador, brings his Ski-Doo to a careful stop on the sea ice, mindful of the precious cargo it hauls: the body of an 800lb male polar bear. It takes Rich and two other men to roll the animal off the sled and on to the ice, while his wife and young children watch. Continue reading ‘They’re everywhere’: has the decline of the seal hunt saved the polar bear

Rangers find 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia

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Young Asian elephant caught in a snare in Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. The snare was likely set to catch a wild pig, the elephant juvenile perished before vets could get to the scene. Photograph: Wildlife Conservation Society – Cambodia

Snares – either metal or rope – are indiscriminately killing wildlife across Southeast Asia, from elephants to mouse deer. The problem has become so bad that scientists are referring to protected areas in the region as “empty forests.”

May 22, 2018 — A simple brake cable for motorbikes can kill a tiger, a bear, even a young elephant in Southeast Asia. Local hunters use these ubiquitous wires to create snares – indiscriminate forest bombs – that are crippling and killing Southeast Asia’s most Continue reading Rangers find 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia

Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

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A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact

May 21, 2018 — Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet. Continue reading Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point

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Summers Place Auctions sells first Dodo skeleton in a century for £346,300 Summers Place Auctions announces the sale of a 95% complete composite skeleton of a Dodo the first to come up for sale since the early 20th century. It was part of the fourth Evolution sale at Summers Place Auctions on Tuesday, 22nd November 2016 and the hammer went down at £280,000.
Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

We are destroying the world’s biodiversity. Yet debate has erupted over just what this means for the planet – and us

January 16, 2018 — Just over 250 million years ago, the planet suffered what may be described as its greatest holocaust: ninety-six percent of marine genera (plural of genus) and seventy percent of Continue reading Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point

Deadly irukandji jellyfish ‘drifting south towards Gold Coast’ as sea temperatures rise

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A marine stinger warning sign is seen at a beach in Townsville in far-north Queensland. Experts warn venomous irukandji jellyfish are drifting south. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP

Expert warns Queensland’s tourism industry could face future collapse after stinger found at Fraser Island and a boy stung on sunshine coast

January 10, 2018 — Deadly irukandji jellyfish are drifting further south along Queensland’s coastline and could eventually put tourism as far south as the Gold Coast at risk, an expert has warned. Continue reading Deadly irukandji jellyfish ‘drifting south towards Gold Coast’ as sea temperatures rise

Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

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Steart Marshes in Somerset, a £20.7m wetland reserve recently created under EU law to compensate for loss of habitat on the Severn estuary, a Natura 2000 site. Photograph: Jim Wileman for the Guardian

Compliance committee considers complaint alleging government breached Aarhus convention by not consulting public over withdrawal bill

January 9, 2018 — The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation. Continue reading Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN

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’

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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’

Why LED lights are becoming a big problem

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EARTH AT NIGHT. This composite image shows a global view of Earth at night, compiled from over 400 satellite images. NASA/NOAA

The popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health

MIAMI, USA (Nov. 23, 2017) — They were supposed to bring about an energy revolution – but the popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health, researchers said Wednesday, November 22. Continue reading Why LED lights are becoming a big problem

‘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