User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: Conservation Efforts
Last updated: Mar 30 2015 08:57 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Welcome to Australia's newest islands, thrust from the sea by a raging cyclone Nathan 30.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

In his latest dispatch on extraordinary marine environments under threat, Guardian Australia’s ocean correspondent goes diving in the ‘officially amazing’ Coral Sea – and discovers a string of brand new (if very small) islands

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RSPB backs pheasant shoots and says they’re good for the countryside 29.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Wildlife benefits from management of copses and hedgerows, argues conservation director

The UK’s managed shoot industry, which sees millions of pheasants raised and shot every year, has received support from an unexpected quarter.

In a blog published on the website of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, its conservation director Martin Harper has praised the role of managed shoots in protecting wildlife.

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Bison to roam Midewin prairie again 29.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Bison will once again roam the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, potentially as soon as this fall, after Midewin officials formally approved reintroducing a small herd as part of their plan to restore the ...
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Bison to graze at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie 28.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
A small herd of around two dozen bison could be grazing on restored grassland south of Chicago as soon as this fall now that the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie has final approval for an experimental project that's been years in the ...
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2 dozen bison could start grazing at Illinois' Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie this fall 28.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Music may activate genes for learning, memory 28.3.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'Music may activate genes for learning, memory' at newkerala.com.
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Mexico deadline to ban circus animals looms but doubt shrouds creatures' fate 28.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Circus owners claim the ban will put non-human performers in danger as zoos and sanctuaries look unprepared to provide homes

With animal acts about to be banned from all circuses in Mexico, the fate of the non-human performers has become mired in acrimony and doubts over whether the legislation will actually lead to an improvement in animal protections.

Rather than bring relief to the elephants, lions, tigers and other animals they currentlytransport around the country in cages, circus owners claim the ban in fact puts the animals in danger.

Related: Bolivia bans all circus animals

Related: Circuses to be banned from using wild animals

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Texas man who won hunting auction to be allowed to import black rhino trophy 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service says importing carcass will benefit conservation
  • Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 to shoot endangered species in Namibia

Related: Dallas Safari Club follows controversial rhino hunt with bids to shoot elephant

The US government will allow a Texas man to import the trophy of an endangered black rhinoceros if he kills one in Africa as part of a conservation fundraiser.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: ‘Punk Rocker Frog’ Has Shape-Shifting Spikes and Teen Angst 27.3.2015 Wired Top Stories
The punk rocker frog changes the texture of its skin to better blend in with its surroundings, which is very weird for a ...
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When Jeb Met Jeb: The Tragic True Story of a Governor and a Manatee 27.3.2015 Mother Jones
It was the kind of feel-good photo op that campaigns love: A manatee nursed back to health from the brink of death and now set to be released back into the wild. And a GOP gubernatorial candidate seeking to show voters his softer side. As if in some made-for-TV movie, the manatee and the politician even shared the same name: Jeb. Jeb the manatee was rescued on March 23, 1998, having ventured too far north from the temperate waters of South Florida where these mammals thrive. The nine-foot-long, half-ton manatee was scarred with lesions comparable to severe frostbite injuries in humans, and he appeared to have sustained injuries from watercraft. He was quickly transported to SeaWorld Orlando to ...
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Unprecedented sage grouse protection deal signed in Nevada 26.3.2015 AP Washington
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- An unprecedented attempt to protect sage grouse habitat across parts of more than 900 square miles of privately owned land in Nevada will begin under a deal Thursday involving the federal government, an environmental group and the world's largest gold mining company....
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RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch confirms many species still declining 26.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Starlings and house sparrow numbers dwindling as survey reveals long-term downward trend despite overall boost to populations due to a warm winter and bumper harvests

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Study of New England plant life finds many species are threatened, in decline or endangered 26.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Report: Diversity of New England plant life is threatened 26.3.2015 AP Top News
BOSTON (AP) -- From picturesque coastal estuaries of Cape Cod to the soaring White Mountains, much of New England's rich native flora is fighting for survival against increasing odds, according to what conservationists call the most comprehensive accounting ever made of the region's plant life....
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Top Indian scientist shares Tyler Prize for environmental achievement 25.3.2015 New Kerala: World News
Read Full story of 'Top Indian scientist shares Tyler Prize for environmental achievement' at newkerala.com.
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Australia's Great Barrier Reef is under siege 25.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef may become irreparably damaged in the coming decades due to traumas caused by both nature and humans, leading scientists ...
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Rarer -- and cuter -- than a panda 24.3.2015 CNN: Top Stories
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England's only wild beavers returned to their Devon river home 24.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

England’s first wild beavers have been released back into the River Otter in Devon after being confirmed free from disease and will now be monitored for their impact on the environment

The only wild beavers in England have been released back into their river home in Devon after being given a clean bill of health.

The beavers were temporarily captured for disease testing from the River Otter, where they have been living wild for at least three years and possibly up to a decade.

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African elephants could be extinct in wild within decades say experts 24.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

The Africa Elephant Summit being held in Botswana hears of alarming drop in numbers due to poaching

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Japan refuses Norway's toxic whale meat 23.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Pesticides identified in a shipment of minke meat put the spotlight on Norwegian whaling Whale meat just became even less appetizing. Conservation groups have revealed that Norwegian exports of minke whale to Japan contained damaging levels of toxic pesticides, making that meat unfit for human consumption. It’s a discovery that could cue a swifter decline in the appetite for whale. The news emerged this month , when the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) revealed documents showing that the Japanese government rejected imports of Norwegian whale meat because tests showed samples contained pesticides at twice the limit Japan imposes on its imports. The meat harboured chemicals such as aldrin, dieldrin , and chlordane , thought to play a role in causing birth defects, neurological harm, and some cancers if humans consume them in high ...
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