User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Endangered Species
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You Say Striped Bass, I Say Rockfish. What's In A Fish Name? 30.7.2015 NPR News
Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
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For some, hunting lions in Africa is the ultimate experience 30.7.2015 AP Top News
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the so-called "Big Five" animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment. Now an American dentist's killing of a celebrity lion in Zimbabwe has triggered global revulsion, highlighting what critics say is an industry of trophy hunting that threatens vulnerable species across sub-Saharan Africa....
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In Cecil the Lion fallout, hunters defend Walter Palmer and fear big game bans 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

After the Minnesota dentist killed a protected lion, the global outcry has quickly spread – but some hunters argue the practice ‘brings us back to our roots’

For many it would be a horrifying sight, but when Dan Tichenor draws his bow and aims an arrow at an animal in the wild he feels an affinity with humanity’s ancestors and the age-old contest between hunter and hunted.

Humans evolved to be predators and there is no shame in perpetuating that instinct, he said. “It’s not just about observing the natural environment but being part of it. It brings us back to our roots as homo sapiens. This is how we survived through all our history.”

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Orangutans face extinction on Borneo where deforestation is unsustainable: UN 30.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Jul 30 : The massive conversion of Borneo's forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia's largest island, making it "clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different climate and, eventually, without orangutans, one of our closest relatives," a new United Nations report revealed on Wednesday.
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To save lions like Cecil, turn poachers into gamekeepers | Simon Jenkins 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Big game hunts outrage the west, but South Africa shows that sustainable ranching is more effective than bans A dentist from Wisconsin goes hunting in Zimbabwe and bags its most famous lion, Cecil. In response, Cecil’s friends have gone hunting in Minnesota in the hope of bagging its most infamous dentist, Walter Palmer. Welcome to the world of charismatic mega-species, their predators and protectors. One thing only is for sure, the predators are winning. Last month the Dallas Safari Club announced that one of its number had killed a black rhino in Namibia, one of four allotted for culling each year. The permit to do so had been auctioned for $350,000, which goes to the Namibian wildlife conservation service. Palmer paid $50,000 to kill Cecil, but who knows where that ...
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International outcry over death of lion brands big-game hunter as ‘villain’ 30.7.2015 Seattle Times: Health
The tempest over the killing of Cecil the lion by a Minnesota big-game hunter is playing out around the world, with court proceedings against two men, U.S. authorities offering to help and the hunter saying anger toward him has brought his dental practice to a halt.
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Killing of popular lion spotlights reports of corruption in southern Africa 30.7.2015 L.A. Times - World News
The illegal killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist has focused attention on the elite hunting industry in southern Africa, which critics say is poorly policed and riddled with corruption.
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One Point Of View On How Lions Can Earn Money For Africa 30.7.2015 NPR Health Science
Cecil the lion died in an apparently illegal hunt in Zimbabwe. But legal trophy hunting can bring in big bucks for Africa nations. Our interviewee thinks tourism is a far more profitable venture.
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WorldViews: As the world mourned Cecil the lion, five of Kenya’s endangered elephants were slain 29.7.2015 Washington Post
NAIROBI — While the world mourned Cecil, the 13-year-old lion that was allegedly shot by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, an even more devastating poaching incident was quietly carried out in Kenya.Poachers killed five elephants in Tsavo West National Park on Monday night. The carcasses were recovered by rangers on Tuesday morning — what appeared to be an adult female and her four offspring, their tusks hacked off.Read full article ...
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Peru stalling new national park for unique Amazon mountain range 29.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Over one million hectares, flora, fauna and people at risk from government failure to act The Sierra del Divisor region in the Peruvian Amazon was identified as a biodiversity conservation priority back in the early 1990s. More than 20 years later and Peruvians are still waiting - some more desperately than others given all the narco-traffickers, illegal loggers and gold-miners in or near the region. What’s so special about the Sierra del Divisor? It’s the “only mountainous region” anywhere in the lowland rainforest, according to Peruvian NGO Instituto del Bien Comun (IBC), while The Field Museum, in the US, describes it as “a mountain range” rising up “dramatically from the lowlands of central Amazonian Peru” and boasting “rare and diverse geological formations that occur nowhere else in Amazonia.” Its most iconic topographical feature is “El Cono”, an extraordinary peak visible from the Andes on a clear ...
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Sturgeon, paddlefish deaths on Lake Pepin investigated 29.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Some fishing operations have been temporarily halted after the discovery of the dead fish.
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U.S. hunter says he regrets his role in lion's death 29.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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Internet Attacks Lion Killer With Poisoned Yelp Reviews 29.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
People are flooding the Yelp and Facebook pages for Palmer's dental practice with negative reviews and comments referring to the lion's ...
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McCollum: Investigate Lion killing 29.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Rep. Betty McCollum said she wants the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate whether a Minnesota dentist violated any laws when he killed Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe.
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Cecil the lion's death prompts calls to ban trophy hunt imports to US 29.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

With African lion not listed on federal endangered list, imports are currently legal – but the death of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s celebrity lion, has driven calls for change

Conservationists are calling on the US government to ban the the import of lions killed in trophy hunting, following the death of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s most famous lion, who was allegedly killed by an American dentist this month.

As the African lion is not currently listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, it is legal to import lion trophies into the US. The US Fish and Wildlife service proposed listing African lions as threatened under the act last October.

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Rare rhino dies at Czech zoo, leaving just four northern white rhino on Earth 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Northern white rhino on brink of extinction after deaths of male in San Diego zoo last year and female named Nabire in Czech Republic this week

Only four northern white rhinos remain on earth after a 31-year-old female named Nabire died in the Czech Republic late on Monday, zookeepers said.

The animal born at Dvur Kralove zoo in the country’s north died from complications of a ruptured cyst, the zoo said in a statement on Tuesday.

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India conducts first official survey of Ganges dolphins 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Conservation programme aims to protect the endangered species and restore biodiversity of the polluted river, reports The Straits Times

The conservation of dolphins in India’s holiest, but most polluted waterway, is under the spotlight as the country conducts its first official count of the freshwater species.

An estimated 450 volunteers, government experts and conservationists will take part in the exercise, which spans the states of Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, in November and December.

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Burns scheduled north of Cortez 28.7.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – Smoke may be seen from prescribed burns scheduled for Southwest Colorado this week.The Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office said controlled burns may start as early as Wednesday at five locations – all about five miles east of Egnar on federal lands.Above-normal precipitation, cooler...
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Protected birds faring better in Europe 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

EU birds directive is having a positive impact on threatened populations as Dalmatian pelicans, griffon vultures, red kites and cranes see their numbers rise

Birds which have been given the highest level of protection by European rules are faring significantly better than other bird species, research has shown.

The study found birds protected as “annex 1” species under the EU’s birds directive, which requires governments to take action to conserve them, are more likely to have increasing populations than those that are not annex 1.

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Last-ditch attempt to save the plains wanderer, Australia's most endangered bird 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

The ground-dwelling bird is critically endangered due to loss of its grasslands habitat, but a new strategy aims to turn around its fortunes

A plan to save Australia’s most critically endangered bird has been outlined in the nation’s first threatened species strategy.

The plains wanderer, which is only found in small pockets of Victoria’s northern plains, the Riverina district of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, requires “emergency action”.

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