User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Action Plans
Last updated: Sep 16 2017 17:54 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Whitley Award winner ornithologist’s claims on conservation of Great Indian Bustard raise doubts 8.8.2017 Pune – The Indian Express
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L.A., Long Beach mayors sign pact setting zero-emissions goals for ports 13.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach signed an agreement Monday directing the nation’s largest port complex to reduce air pollution by moving toward zero-emission trucks and yard equipment.

The two-page declaration signed by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia says the...

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Spotted bats, ptarmigan, lynx, other wildlife prioritized in Colorado 8.4.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado unveiled wildlife-saving priorities for the next decade, aiming to ensure survival of 210 imperiled species including lynx, wolverines, prairie chickens, frogs, ptarmigan, ...
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Stop armed militia to save rare 'forest giraffe', conservationists warn 18.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Action plan says endangered okapi will be lost without action to tackle illegal mining and armed conflict in protected central African forests

Conservationists have called for urgent action to stop armed militia and illegal mining in protected central African forests from driving the elusive okapi to extinction.

A 10-year plan to save the “forest giraffe” drawn up by a coalition of conservation groups and NGOs calls for government and international commitments to support key protected areas from armed militia involved in ivory poaching and illegal gold-mining activities.

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Scientists call for import ban to save Europe’s salamanders from skin-eating fungus 9.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Urgent trade embargo on live Asian species is needed to prevent a virulent disease from wiping out European newts and salamander populations

A skin-eating fungus could eradicate newts and salamanders from large tracts of Europe by 2020 unless a ban on live imports of Asian species is urgently introduced, a group of scientists and NGOs has warned.

The US embargoed 201 species last month in a crackdown on the virulent Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans or “Bsal” fungus, which is thought to originate in Asia.

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Long-awaited plan to save England's hen harrier gets green light 14.1.2016 Guardian: Environment

Conservation action plan for Britain’s most threatened bird of prey has taken traditionally opposing groups more than four years to agree

Landowners, shooters, gamekeepers and conservationists have backed a long-delayed government plan to resolve a deep-rooted conflict over England’s most threatened bird of prey.

The fate of the hen harrier in the English uplands has been of serious concern following years of illegal persecution by gamekeepers who have used poisoned bait to protect the grouse-shooting interests of landowners.

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Conservationist to fly 4,500 miles in motorised parachute to save UK swan 21.12.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Sacha Dench will brave arctic Russian temperatures to trace the migration route of Bewick’s swans to find out why their population has halved in 20 years

A British conservationist is taking to the skies next year for a daring and uncomfortable 4,500-mile journey across the Russian Arctic to help save the UK’s smallest and shyest swan.

Sacha Dench plans to use a paramotor – a kind of parachute propelled by a motor – to brave temperatures of -9C (15.8F) as she mirrors the Bewick’s swan’s yearly migration route. The swans migrate as the northern Russian winter turns inhospitable and birds travel west to Britain and other milder climes.

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UN-backed conference adopts measures to tackle threats to migratory waterbirds 18.11.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Nov 18 (Just Earth News/IBNS):With many of the world's migratory waterbirds under heightened threat due to human activities and climate change, a United Nations Environment Programme-supported conference has adopted action plans to tackle various dangers those vulnerable species face and provide guidance on their sustainable use.
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London Zoo advertises for graduate to help run global project unpaid 9.11.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Candidate expected to monitor progress of major conservation plan full time in return for £5 a day for lunch and a Travelcard

London Zoo has been criticised for advertising a job for a master’s degree graduate to help run a global conservation project – for no salary.

The unpaid internship involves organising events to raise awareness of threatened species, updating the conservation website, identifying funding opportunities and providing general support to the Pangolin Specialist Group membership.

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Europe failing to clamp down on illegal logging, report warns 22.10.2015 Guardian: Environment

Auditors say EU scheme to tackle $100bn global trade in illegal timber is poorly designed, badly managed and largely ineffective

A European bid to clamp down on the $100bn-a-year global trade in illegal timber has been poorly designed, badly managed and largely ineffective, according to a damning report by the EU’s court of auditors.

Illegal logging is thought to be responsible for around one-fifth of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – more than from all the world’s ships, planes, trains and cars combined. It is also an existential threat to forest-dependent indigenous people, and to biodiversity.

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Congo-Brazzaville president burns five tonnes of ivory in fight against poachers 29.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Denis Sassou Nguesso sets pile of elephant tusks ablaze as conservationists urge Africans to ‘get angrier’ about impact of poaching

The president of Congo-Brazzaville has set fire to nearly five tonnes of seized elephant ivory at a summit to draw up the first pan-African strategy on wildlife poaching.

Denis Sassou Nguesso held out a long flaming torch to set ablaze the tusks, fuelled by captured illegal timber, then stepped back quickly from the sudden rush of heat. Accompanied by Idriss Déby, the president of Chad, he stood and applauded amid a throng of officials and camera crew.

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Sage grouse won’t get federal protection in Nevada, California 22.4.2015 Washington Post
In a decision that could reverberate across the West, the Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will not designate a small population of greater sage grouse in Nevada and California as endangered.Read full article >>
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Gupta: What Obama told me about climate change 11.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
President Barack Obama took part in a roundtable discussion this week on climate change, refocusing on the issue from a public health vantage point.
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Florida coral restoration may take $250 million, and 400 years 22.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Here's the estimated price for restoring two declining coral species found in South Florida and the Caribbean: about $250 ...
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Benzene: one family's long fight to prove link to leukemia in children 8.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
As Jarrett McElheney’s story shows, powerful petrochemical industrial interests have resisted every step towards recognition of a lethal problem Inside the petrochemical industry’s $36m ‘research strategy’ on benzene It was 29 December 1998, six years after Jill McElheney and her family had moved next to a cluster of 12 petroleum storage tanks. Jill was escorting her son Jarrett, then 4, to the doctor again. He had spent the day slumped in a stroller, looking so pale and fatigued that a stranger stopped her to ask if he was all right. It was an encounter Jill couldn’t shake. For the previous three months, she had noticed her once-energetic preschooler deteriorating. He complained of pain in his knee, which grew excruciating. It migrated to his shoulder and then his leg. His shins swelled, as did his temples. At night, Jarrett awoke drenched in sweat, screaming from spasms. Jill took him to a pediatrician and an infectious-disease specialist. A rheumatologist diagnosed him with anemia. It’s in the ...
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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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31 endangered species added to UN protection list 10.11.2014 New Kerala: World News
Quito, Nov 10 : The 11th Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) has ended in Quito with a decision to include 31 endangered species in its list, the executive secretary of the convention, Bradnee Chambers, said.
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Liz Truss: leave lawnmower in the shed to protect UKs bees 4.11.2014 Guardian: Environment
Environment secretary argues bees and other pollinating insects should be treated like top footballers, with excellent accommodation and the best diet Continue reading...
Global warming driving migration of species in India 1.10.2014 New Kerala: World News
New Delhi, Oct 1 : Rising temperatures are forcing a huge, untold number of species to move their homes northward or climb to higher altitudes, says an alarming study.
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EPA releases 5-year plan to improve Great Lakes 24.9.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Plan will accelerate efforts to address toxic pollution, invasive species and farm runoff and restore plant and wildlife habitat.
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