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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’

‘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

Melting Arctic ice cap falls to well below average

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The 2017 summer ice minimum was 610,000 sq miles below average as part of an ongoing decline driven by climate change. Photograph: Lev Fedoseyev/TASS

This summer’s minimum is the eighth lowest on record and shrinking ice cap increasingly linked to extreme weather events around the world, say scientists

September 21, 2017 — The Arctic ice cap melted to hundreds of thousands of square miles below average this summer, according to data released late on Tuesday. Continue reading Melting Arctic ice cap falls to well below average

Spectacular rebirth of Belize’s coral reefs threatened by tourism and development

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Coral reefs in Laughing Bird Caye. Photograph: Fragments of Hope/Lisa Carne

Report reveals improvement but also details danger posed by tourist-generated pollution, oil extraction and climate change

August 22, 2017 — Just below the surface of the turquoise sea, coral flutters majestically amid schools of puffed up porcupine fish and fluorescent blue and yellow angelfish. Continue reading Spectacular rebirth of Belize’s coral reefs threatened by tourism and development

Government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

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Land clearing in Queensland is an increasing danger to the environment and threatened species because the federal government is failing to enforce laws. Photograph: WWF Australia

Huge spike in Queensland land clearing destroys ecological communities and habitat of threatened species, according to analysis

July 11, 2017 — The federal government is allowing the huge spike in land clearing in Queensland to destroy threatened ecological communities, the habitat of threatened species and increase Continue reading Government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

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SERIOUS DAMAGE. This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland, Australia. File photo by Sarah Lai/AFP

An independent report says the ‘unprecedented’ bleaching and coral die-off in 2016 was ‘a game changer’

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 26, 2017) — Australia’s plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last year, experts said Friday, February 24. Continue reading Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020

elephants are among the species most impacted by humans
A victim of poachers in Kenya: elephants are among the species most impacted by humans, the WWF report found. Photograph: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact

October 27, 2016 — The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.  Continue reading World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020

Calls for climate action over Great Barrier Reef bleaching

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‘WAKE-UP CALL.’ An undated handout photo obtained on March 21, 2016 shows a diver filming a reef affected by bleaching off Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Photo from XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP
‘The reef can recover but we must speed up the shift to clean, renewable energy,’ says environmental group WWF

SYDNEY, Australia (Mar. 21, 2016) — Environmental groups Monday, March 21, urged greater action on climate change after the government sounded the alarm over severe coral bleaching in the pristine northern reaches of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Continue reading Calls for climate action over Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Plenty of fish in the sea

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In this file photo, group of fishermen empty their nets at a beach of the Indian Ocean in Aceh, Indonesia, December 22, 2015.Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA
The world is withdrawing from a joint bank account of fish without knowing what has been withdrawn, or the remaining balance

PARIS, France (Jan. 21, 2016) — The global fisheries catch has been underestimated by more than half since 1950, with tens of millions of tons unreported every year, said a study Tuesday, January 19, warning that stocks may be running low.

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