User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: Conservation Efforts
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The great shark egg hunt: the charity project that's got us combing beaches 31.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

In 2003 one charity set out to raise awareness of sharks in British waters, 75,000 egg cases later it’s going strong

Shark eggs. Or rather the egg cases their embryos leave behind once they have developed. Since 2003, the Shark Trust has been encouraging “citizen scientists” – their supporters – to collect and identify egg cases, commonly known as mermaid’s purses, with a campaign called The Great Eggcase Hunt.

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Scientists call for ban on live salamander imports to US to stop skin-eating disease 31.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Move needed to prevent spread of deadly fungal disease via pet trade to the wild where it can wipe out salamander populations

The import of hundreds of thousands of live salamanders to the US each year should be banned to save wild salamanders from a deadly disease, scientists say.

They say the move is needed to stop the skin-eating fungal disease, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), from spreading via the pet trade to wild populations, where there is currently no effective way to control it.

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Cecil the lion and the theft of species 31.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
The outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion by a trophy hunter has nothing to do with whether or not the hunter was a good shot, but everything to do with the fact that lions are an endangered species [“Kirkland hunter defends acquaintance tied to death of lion,” News, July 29]. This is not […]
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Opinion: Twisted logic behind lion hunts 31.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
The brutal killing of Cecil the Lion has rightly drawn outrage from around the world. Reports say that this local celebrity and dominant male of his pride was lured with food out of a Zimbabwe national park, only to be struck by an arrow shot from the bow of a Minnesota dentist who paid nearly $50,000 for the hunt. Tragically, Cecil's suffering did not end there. It is reported that, over the next 40 hours, Cecil was pursued and eventually shot in the head, skinned and decapitated.
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Nous sommes Cecil | Letters 31.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Can all those who are justifiably outraged at the killing of Cecil the lion ( Report , 29 July) now join the protests against the “canned hunting” of lions in South Africa. These are lions bred in captivity for the sole purpose of being shot, inside fenced-off enclosures, by wealthy trophy hunters. It seems the so-called Rainbow State cannot recognise the beauty of a lion’s skin, or see the rivers of blood that run from the ranches where these magnificent creatures are killed. Mark Stewart Tolworth, Surrey • Nearly 20 years ago I was lucky enough to visit the Galápagos Islands. I have supported the Galápagos Conservation Trust ever since. If I told people that the reason for that was that I wanted to go back to the islands, stamp on a finch, behead a tortoise and garotte an iguana, they would assume I was a psychopath. If you want to preserve species, how about paying huge amounts of dosh to kill them and then, you know, not doing it? Judith ...
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What It’s Like to Watch a Species Go Extinct 30.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
When scientists talk about the sixth extinction, there's one example that stands out above all others: ...
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Golden jackal: A new wolf species hiding in plain view | @GrrlScientist 30.7.2015 Guardian: Science
A new species of wolf has been discovered in Africa after exhaustive DNA and morphological analyses revealed it is evolutionarily distinct from the Eurasian golden jackal, which it strongly resembles The Canid family -- wolves, coyotes, jackals, foxes, domestic dogs and others -- are so familiar to us, and have been so intensively studied for so long that you might think that we know almost everything there is to know about them. But a paper published today in Current Biology belies that assumption. This paper describes the meticulous research conducted by an international team of experts who report a surprising discovery: a new species of wolf. According to the authors, two golden jackal populations -- one in Eurasia and the other in Africa -- split more than one million years ago, which is sufficient to formally recognise each as separate species. Further, after exhaustive DNA analyses, the authors were surprised to learn that African golden jackals are more closely related to grey wolves, even though ...
Salmon habitat protected in E. Idaho conservation easement 30.7.2015 AP Washington
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A conservation easement has been signed on an east-central Idaho ranch that's been a top priority for state and federal authorities for years because it contains prime spawning streams for threatened salmon and steelhead....
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Justice for Cecil 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Hunting for pleasure is a barbaric, uncivilized practice that is well past its sell-by date

Like people across the world, I am extremely angry and deeply saddened about the killing of the great lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe.

Cecil was a spectacularly beautiful lion. He was lured out of the protection of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park so that he could be shot by the American trophy hunter Walter J. Palmer.

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Lion-hunting is legal in parts of Africa despite concern 30.7.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the “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 […]
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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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377 unauthorised animals seized from Mexican zoos 29.7.2015 New Kerala: World News
Mexico City, July 29 : Mexico's Profepa environmental protection agency has seized 377 wild animals from zoos that violated regulations.
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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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