User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: Conservation Efforts
Last updated: Feb 01 2015 08:38 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Guest: Peering into the depths of the Bering Sea canyons, it’s clear that protection is needed 31.1.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Our oceans are in crisis even as we soak up their splendor on vacation, recreate in their waters and eat their fish. We must change course; we must act now, write guest columnists
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World's ocean species up to 9 times likelier to become extinct than previously thought 31.1.2015 New Kerala: Technology
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'Marine life facing risk of extinction' 31.1.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of ''Marine life facing risk of extinction'' at newkerala.com.
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Southwestern Willow Flycatcher shouldn't have U.S protection, biologist says 31.1.2015 LA Times: Science
Even with powerful top-notch binoculars, it’s not easy singling out the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher from other subspecies of a family of birds known collectively as Empidonax.
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Government failing to adequately protect marine life, say wildlife experts 30.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

Conservationists warn lack of protection for key English marine sites puts wildlife at risk after government announces just 23 potential new conservation zones

The Government has been accused of “dragging its feet” on protecting the seas, as it announced fewer than two dozen potential sites for new conservation areas.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has proposed 23 new marine conservation zones in the second stage of creating a network of protected areas in the seas around England – down from 37 candidate sites announced last year.

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How to eradicate grey squirrels without firing a shot 30.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

In Ireland, greys squirrels are being pushed into the sea and the reds are swarming back across the land – all thanks to pine martens

Is there anything more stupid than the government’s plan to kill grey squirrels?

I ask not because I believe – as Animal Aid does – that grey squirrels are harmless. Far from it: they have eliminated red squirrels from most of Britain since their introduction by Victorian landowners, and are now doing the same thing in parts of the continent. By destroying young trees, they also make the establishment of new woodland almost impossible in many places. As someone who believes there should be many more trees in this country, I see that as a problem. A big one.

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Threatened species given lifeline by new bait developed to kill feral cats 30.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

West Australian researchers spent 10 years developing bait of poison mixed with kangaroo mince and chicken fat to appeal to notoriously fussy feline palates

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A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for elusive rock pythons in Miami suburbs, at edge of Everglades 30.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear 30.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades.
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Decision looms over captive orca, but fate of Lolita unclear 30.1.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades.
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New research reveals extreme oxygen loss in oceans during past climate change 29.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

During global warming after the last ice age, we found evidence of extreme oxygen loss in the oceans

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What DSDS 2015 should aim to achieve 29.1.2015 CNN-IBN: World
The Summit should aim to reach an agreement that can ensure the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Bird enthusiasts tally 1,114 species in Myanmar, 20 of them previously unrecorded 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: World
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In protecting wolves, advocates seek middle ground 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
They worry that a December court decision will trigger a backlash in Congress.
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Roads are encroaching deeper into the Amazon rainforest, study says 28.1.2015 Guardian: Environment

Oil and gas access roads in western Amazon could open up ‘Pandora’s box’ of environmental impacts

Oil and gas roads are encroaching deeper into the western Amazon, one of the world’s last wildernesses and biodiversity hotspots, according to a new study.

Roads across Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and western Brazil could open up a ‘Pandora’s box’ of negative environmental impacts and trigger new deforestation fronts, the study published in Environmental Research Letters finds.

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Kenya lost over 100 rhinos in three years 28.1.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Monarch butterflies rebound slightly amid milkweed planting 28.1.2015 Denver Post: Local
The latest monarch butterfly count found that the population poised to migrate through the United States rebounded from last year's record low — but still ranks second-lowest on ...
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Advocates seek gray wolf status change to pre-empt Congress 28.1.2015 AP Washington
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Wildlife advocates have petitioned federal officials to reclassify gray wolves as a threatened species, hoping to retain at least some protections that lawmakers in Congress want to repeal....
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WorldViews: Chinese officers caught feasting on an endangered salamander 27.1.2015 Washington Post: World
BEIJING  — China is in the throes of the harshest crackdown on corruption in decades, but officials in Shenzhen apparently didn’t get the memo.While officials across China have been fleeing the country and hiding their money and other traces of their formerly luxurious lifestyles, reporters caught several Shenzhen police officers at a lavish meal, feasting on a giant salamander.Read full article ...
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Why is so little attention paid to Madagascar's incredible wildlife? 27.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Madagascar is home to 5% of global biodiversity and the second highest number of threatened mammals in the world – yet even cartoon lemurs in the movie of the same name seem to receive more public attention and cash

Type “Madagascar” into any internet search engine and you are more likely to get reviews of the latest DreamWorks cartoon franchise followed by depressing snippets of news on poverty, disease, and economic hardship than any positive information on the country’s truly amazing natural resources.

To conservationists such as myself, who have been working in the world’s fourth largest island to preserve the country’s forests and wildlife, many of which evolved uniquely and are found nowhere else, the limited awareness of Madagascar’s natural riches leaves us scratching our heads.

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