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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

‘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

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

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’

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Forest land cleared for palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

This year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains

October 27, 2017 — Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using “conflict palm oil” from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy. Continue reading Nestlé, Mars and Hershey ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

flying insects caught in a malaise trap
Flying insects caught in a malaise trap, used by entomologists to collect samples. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

October 18, 2017 — The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Continue reading Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

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

‘Sixth extinction’ of wildlife faster than feared – scientists

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This November 21, 2015 handout photo provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service(USFWS) shows Wisdom (L), the world’s oldest known banded bird in the wild, with her mate on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE / KIAH WALKER

More than 30% of animals with a backbone – fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals – are declining in both range and population

PARIS, France (Jul. 12, 2017) — The sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is unfolding more quickly than feared, scientists have warned. Continue reading ‘Sixth extinction’ of wildlife faster than feared – scientists