User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Endangered Species
Last updated: Nov 24 2014 21:12 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Grand Canyon gets surprise visitor — a gray wolf 24.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Philippine court convicts Chinese fishermen of poaching giant sea turtles at disputed shoal 24.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
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‘Extinct’ spectacled hare-wallaby spotted in Western Australia 23.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Conservationists thrilled after threatened marsupial seen in Kimberley region for the first time in a decade

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Why the Scottish wildcat is threatened by its ‘saviour’ | Kevin McKenna 23.11.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Scottish National Heritage would like us to believe it is winning the battle to save the species – it is doing nothing of the sort In a pathetic little enclosure in Edinburgh Zoo, risibly done up to resemble a scrap of rural China, the suffering of the giant pandas continues. The two are not even a third of the way through a multimillion pound, 10-year stretch wrought solely for the twisted pleasure of gawping visitors stupid enough to swallow the fiction that they are somehow assisting in the conservation of these poor beasts and their kind. Perversely, 150 miles north-west of Edinburgh, one of Scotland’s very few indigenous mammals and iconic of this country, struggles daily to retain a foothold on its very existence. The Scottish wildcat is down to the last few dozen of its kind, owing to a mixture of complacency, astonishing incompetence by the government agency tasked with its protection and, now, claims of a cover-up. Such are the defining physical and instinctive attributes of this gorgeous and ...
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Guest: How Alaska bucked the trend of salmon loss — but that’s in jeopardy 22.11.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
At a time of wild salmon recovery, Alaskans should heed history as they contemplate the prospect of a Susitna River dam, writes guest columnist David R. Montgomery.
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EU wants stiff penalties and wiretaps to fight environmental crime 21.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Light punishment of Norfolk buzzard poisoner will not dissuade offenders or help enforcement efforts, says head of EU environmental crimes unit

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Kenya's iconic Nairobi national park is under threat, conservationists warn 21.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

The wildlife of Amboseli National Park is under pressure from roads, railways, factories and houses

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Street artist captures UK wildlife in murals around London – in pictures 20.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Street artist Louis Masaai’s London murals, including a hedgehog, stag beetle and house sparrow, highlight species loss within the UK. The campaign, in conjunction with charity Synchronicity Earth, marks the IUCN Red List’s 50th anniversary this year

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Radar net protects tigers and keeps them neighbourly 20.11.2014 New Scientist: Focus on America
Wireless network of radars spots poachers who enter a reserve, or tigers leaving in search of cattle and alerts the ...
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BBC Wildlife camera-trap competition winners – in pictures 20.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Striking images of the critically endangered black rhino and Asiatic cheetah are among the winning images of the BBC’s 2014 camera-trap wildlife photography competition

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Record 1,020 rhino killed in South Africa 20.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

2014 eclipses 2013 poaching record as illegal wildlife trade continues to boom, threatening future of the species

A record 1,020 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, the government said Thursday, undermining multiple efforts by authorities to curb the slaughter of the endangered species.

The vast Kruger National Park, has been hit the hardest by poachers, with 672 killed inside the park, which is roughly the size of Wales.

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Surrogate sushi: Japan biotech for bluefin tuna 20.11.2014 AP Business
TATEYAMA, Japan (AP) -- Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened. Marine scientist Goro Yamazaki, who is known in this seaside community as "Young Mr. Fish," is working to ensure the species survives....
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Surrogate sashimi: Japan scientists using biotech tricks to conserve declining bluefin tuna 20.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Videos reveal how London looks from an eagle's point of view 19.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Stunning videos shot from an eagle’s back feature as part of a wildlife-themed art exhibition to mark 50 years of the Red List of threatened species, next week in London

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Tagged fish make an easy meal for eavesdropping seals 19.11.2014 New Scientist: Opinion
Seals learn quickly that "pings" make tagged fish easy to find, putting tagged animals, and scientific findings based on tagging studies, at ...
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Idaho hunters target gray wolves in controversial predator derby 19.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Environmentalists want the event stopped but locals dismiss them as ‘a bunch of urbanites who don’t understand our lives’

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These Polar Bears Had A Tough Decade 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
A new study shows a marked decrease in the number of polar bears in the Arctic’s southern Beaufort Sea during the 2000s, a period when summer sea ice was also declining. Scientists estimate the population of polar bears in the area north of Alaska and northern Canada declined by about 40 percent from 2001 to 2010. By tagging and recapturing polar bears over the years, researchers were able to estimate the changes in population size over the decade. Jeffrey Bromaghin, a research statistician for the United States Geological Survey and lead author of the study, told The Huffington Post it's likely that loss of sea ice during the 10-year period led to the starvation of many of the bears. "We suspect the primary cause of reduced survival and population decline was starvation, due to climate-induced sea ice conditions that reduced access to seals," Bromaghin told HuffPost. "During the lengthening open water period, most bears in the southern Beaufort Sea stay on the remnant ice far from shore where few seals ...
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Endangered Frogs Blended Into Juice For Dubious Healing Powers 19.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Suffering from stress? Not feeling sexy? High in the Andean mountains, some locals believe putting frogs in a blender is the answer. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence confirming any medicinal benefits from frog juice. And the frogs that Peruvians use are from the Telmatobius culeus species, a water frog from remote Lake Titicaca that is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Entire frogs are the main ingredient in a juice blend some people in Peru and Bolivia believe can cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive. To make the mix at her food stand in Peru's capital, vendor Maria Elena Cruz grabs a frog from a small aquarium, and whacks its head on the countertop until it's dead. Then she peels off its skin and drops the frog into a blender with carrots, the Peruvian maca root and honey. The juice comes out light green in color. Cruz serves it in glasses to her customers. "Frog juice is good for anemia, ...
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Governments agree 20% hike in bluefin tuna catch 18.11.2014 Guardian: Environment

Apparent recovery of Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks prompts decision by 48 countries to raise fishing quotas for species

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Mammoths are a huge part of my life. But cloning them is wrong | Tori Herridge 18.11.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Instead of the romantic idea of bringing an ice age animal back to life, shouldn’t we put our best efforts into saving endangered elephants? In 2013 a remarkably well-preserved mammoth was excavated from the permafrost on Maly Lyakhovsky island , northern Siberia. It was May, and a balmy -10C. Snow lay on the ground. But when the team cut into the frozen carcass, a dark red-brown fluid oozed out. A fluid that looked exactly like blood. Nothing like this had ever been seen before, and hopes ran high – still run high, in fact – that this might hold the key to mammoth cloning ...
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