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Crab blood to remain big pharma's standard as industry group rejects substitute

Animal rights groups have been pushing a synthetic alternative to horseshoe crab blood in drug safety testingHorseshoe crabs’ icy-blue blood will remain the drug industry’s standard for safety tests after a powerful US group ditched a plan to give equal status to a synthetic substitute pushed by Swiss biotech Lonza and animal welfare groups.The crabs’ copper-rich blood clots in the presence of bacterial endotoxins and has long been used in tests to detect contamination in shots and infusions. Co...
Tags: Science, Environment, US, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Endangered Species, Pharmaceuticals industry, Lonza

Alberta Energy Minister Says the Pandemic Is a 'Great Time' to Build Pipeline Due to Limits on Protests

The energy minister of the Canadian province of Alberta, Sonya Savage, told listeners to an oil trade association podcast that the coronavirus pandemic was the perfect time to move forward with the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion due to bans on large protests, the Canadian Press reported.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Oil, Gas, Conservation, Indigenous Rights, Trans Mountain, Alberta Energy, Pipelines, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Alberta Sonya Savage

Coronavirus Thwarts Rescue of Endangered Albatrosses Menaced by Giant Mice

The covid-19 pandemic has forced a delay to an effort to protect vulnerable seabirds from large, invasive mice on an island in the South Atlantic Ocean. The suspension left a team of conservationists stranded in one of the most remote places on Earth, an ordeal that finally ended this week.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Conservation, Mice, Pandemics, South Atlantic Ocean, Gough Island, Seabirds, Covid 19, Giant Mice

Last Known Footage of a Tasmanian Tiger Found in Restored Film

Archivists in Australia working on the digital restoration of an incomplete travelogue from 1935 discovered that it contains the last known footage of a Tasmanian tiger. Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Conservation, Extinction, Extinct Animals, Found Footage, Tasmanian Tigers

Restored Film Reveals Last Known Footage of a Tasmanian Tiger

Archivists in Australia working on the digital restoration of an incomplete travelogue from 1935 discovered that it contains the last known footage of a Tasmanian tiger. Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Conservation, Extinction, Extinct Animals, Found Footage, Tasmanian Tigers

Warty comb jelly, scourge of fisheries, also eats its young

Researchers say cannibalistic tendency may help explain why the invasive creatures thriveWhen the going gets tough, most parents try to protect their offspring. But the warty comb jelly takes a different tack: it eats them.Despite initial appearances, comb jellies are not jellyfish, but belong to a different group of animals, called ctenophora, that swim using tiny hair-like projections called cilia. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation

Great, Climate Change Is Coming for These Cute Seal Boys

Crabeater seals have historically been quite successful. Their population ranges around 15 million, and conservationists haven’t had to worry too much about them—until now. Climate change is quickly changing the habitat of these cute Antarctic critters, and a new study shows that these seals will have to work harder…Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Antarctica, Bad News, Crabeater Seals

Halt destruction of nature or suffer even worse pandemics, say world’s top scientists

Exclusive: only one species is responsible for coronavirus – humans – say world’s leading wildlife expertsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic is likely to be followed by even more deadly and destructive disease outbreaks unless their root cause – the rampant destruction of the natural world – is rapidly halted, the world’s leading biodiversity experts have warned.“There is a single species responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic – us,” they said. “R...
Tags: Science, Environment, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Coronavirus outbreak

Insect numbers down 25% since 1990, global study finds

Scientists say insects are vital and the losses worrying, with accelerating declines in Europe called ‘shocking’ The biggest assessment of global insect abundances to date shows a worrying drop of almost 25% in the last 30 years, with accelerating declines in Europe that shocked scientists.The analysis combined 166 long-term surveys from almost 1,700 sites and found that some species were bucking the overall downward trend. In particular, freshwater insects have been increasing by 11% each decad...
Tags: Europe, Science, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Insects

Covid-19 – a blessing for pangolins?

Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammals, but there is evidence that they were the source of the new coronavirus – which could end the trade Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovid-19 is a human disaster. However, for one group of animals, there may be a silver lining. Pangolins are one of the most heavily trafficked animals in the world, and as a result they are endangered. But in the past few weeks they have been linked to the initial outbreak of the Covid-19...
Tags: Science, China, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Coronavirus outbreak

Prince Harry may quit hunting over Meghan's dislike of sport, says conservationist friend

Dame Jane Goodall also reveals Duke of Sussex is finding departure from UK ‘a bit challenging’The British primatologist Dame Jane Goodall believes the Duke of Sussex will give up hunting because of his wife’s dislike for the sport, and thinks he has been finding life “a bit challenging” since the couple moved to North America.Goodall, 86, a friend of the pair who has been a guest at their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor, said in an interview with the Radio Times that Harry and his brother, the ...
Tags: UK, Science, Media, Animals, Environment, UK News, Conservation, Cambridge, Monarchy, Prince Harry, Harry, Hunting, Primatology, Duke, Bbc Worldwide, Radio Times

Human impact on wildlife to blame for spread of viruses, says study

Increased contact with animals likely cause of outbreaks such as Covid-19, say experts, as conservationists call for global ban on wildlife marketsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHunting, farming and the global move of people to cities has led to massive declines in biodiversity and increased the risk of dangerous viruses like Covid-19 spilling over from animals to humans, a major study has concluded.In a paper that suggests the underlying cause of the present pandemi...
Tags: Science, Biology, Australia, Animals, Environment, US, World news, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Conservation, Deforestation, Microbiology, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

Whale Sharks’ Long Lifespan Revealed by Atomic Bomb Remnants

Scientists are determining the lifespan of the world’s largest fish with the help of nuclear weapons tests from the 1950s and 60s.Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Nuclear Weapons, Ecology, Atomic Bombs, Oceanography, Whale Sharks, Radiocarbon dating

Coronavirus poses lethal threat to great apes, experts warn

Many of our closest living relatives are already at risk of extinction and susceptible to human disease, warn scientistsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic could wipe out populations of chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, leading scientists have warned.Our closest living relatives, which share about 98% of human DNA, are known to be susceptible to catching respiratory diseases from people. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Conservation, Coronavirus outbreak

Hundreds of Critically Endangered Vultures Killed in Possible Poisoning

Nearly 1,000 vultures died in Guinea-Bissau from a possible poisoning, according to a Vulture Conservation Foundation release. The critically endangered hooded vulture was hit especially hard, the group said.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Wildlife, Conservation, West Africa, Vultures, Guinea Bissau, Birdmodo, Vulture Conservation Foundation

Red Pandas Might Actually Be Two Species

Scientists think they’ve helped settle a debate over one of the most endangered (and cutest) animals around: the red panda. New genetic evidence suggests there are really two different species of red panda, each with a unique evolutionary history.Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Evolution, Species, Red Pandas

Why the lights are going out for fireflies

Fireflies face a dim future because of habitat loss and light pollution. How can conservationists help?At dusk, graduate student Sara Lewis was sitting on her back porch in North Carolina with her dog. “We were supposed to be mowing our grass, but we never did, so we had long grass in our yard,” she recalls. “Suddenly this cloud of sparks rose up out of the grass and started flying around me.”Each spark was a firefly: a beetle that glows in the dark. Hundreds of fireflies had gathered in Lewis’s...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Biodiversity, North Carolina, Insects, Lewis, Sara Lewis

The Dangerous Seduction of a Trillion Trees

The arc of Republican climate politics has gone from supporting market solutions like cap and trade to outright denial over the years. The fetid nature of conservative climate politics has done wonders for short-term political gain and obscenely enriched a small cadre of fossil fuel executives and lobbyists. But it…Read more...
Tags: Science, Republicans, Trees, Conservation, Trump, Fores, Climate Politics, Trillion Trees

NOAA Offers $20,000 Reward for Info on Sickos Who Stabbed, Shot Two Dolphins in Florida

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is offering a $20,000 reward to anyone who can lead them to whoever murdered two dolphins found dead and beached last week, the Miami Herald reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Environment, Dolphins, Conservation, Noaa, Marine Conservation, Marine Science, Marine Biology, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Miami Herald, Two Dolphins, Marine Ecology

Four Endangered Gorillas Killed By Lightning Strike in Bizarre Accident

Four rare mountain gorillas have died after being struck by lightning in an equal parts peculiar and unfortunate turn of events for an endangered species that only recently topped 1,000 individuals. Read more...
Tags: Science, Gorillas, Conservation, Endangered Species, Critically Endangered Species, Mountain Gorilla

After Saving a Species Through Sheer Horniness, This Tortoise is Heading Home

One absolute unit of a tortoise is retiring from his rampant sex crusade after practically single-handedly saving his species from extinction.Read more...
Tags: Science, Breeding, Conservation, Extinction, Galapagos, Tortoises, Now That Is Some Big Dick Energy

Camera Traps Show Invasive Coyotes Heading Toward South America

North American coyotes don’t live in South America, but new research suggests that could change, should deforestation in Central America continue.Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Invasive Species, South America, Hybrids, Central America, Coyotes, Hybridization

Camera Traps Show Invasive Coyotes and Foxes Heading Toward South America

North American coyotes don’t live in South America, nor do crab-eating foxes. But new research suggests that could change, should deforestation in Central America continue.Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Invasive Species, South America, Hybrids, Central America, Coyotes, Hybridization

As He's Impeached, Trump Denies to Rally-Goers That He Always Has to Flush the Toilet 10 Times

As the House of Representatives voted 230-197 and 229-198 on mostly party lines to impeach Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Wednesday night, Trump spent a good stretch of a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan waging his ongoing feud against water-conserving bathroom fixtures.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Congress, Environment, Conservation, House Of Representatives, Epa, Toilets, Times, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Battle Creek Michigan, Impeachment, Not Me Of Course But You

Meet the Scientists Trying to Save Indonesia's Critically Endangered Orangutans

If you were asked to list the skillset needed to work in orangutan conservation, you might not think to jot down accomplished marksman. But that’s high on the list of job requirements for a unique band of conservationists working in the forests of Borneo.Read more...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Conservation, Palm Oil, Deforestation, Borneo, Orangutans, Sumatra, Borneo Read

All the Species Declared Extinct This Decade

Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island tortoises, died in 2012. George’s story is the perfect extinction story. It features a charismatic character with a recognizable face, an obvious villain, and the tireless efforts of naturalists.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Conservation, Plants, Extinction, George, Pinta Island

Climate emergency: world 'may have crossed tipping points’

Warning of ‘existential threat to civilisation’ as impacts lead to cascade of unstoppable eventsThe world may already have crossed a series of climate tipping points, according to a stark warning from scientists. This risk is “an existential threat to civilisation”, they say, meaning “we are in a state of planetary emergency”.Tipping points are reached when particular impacts of global heating become unstoppable, such as the runaway loss of ice sheets or forests. In the past, extreme heating of ...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Amazon Rainforest, Glaciers, Polar regions, Extreme Weather

To the moon and back with the eastern curlew

Ultra-endurance athlete, aerodynamic wonder … and facing extinction. Why the bird who flies 30,000km a year needs Australia’s mudflats• Vote for your favourite in the 2019 bird of the year pollThe ascent is vertical. Up, up and into the jet stream. If the conditions are not right up there it will come back down and wait. But if there is a good tailwind in the right direction it will begin an epic journey that will take it around the curvature of the Earth; from the Arctic Circle to the southern ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Climate Change, Australia, China, Animals, Russia, Environment, Australia news, Earth, Birds, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Queensland, New South Wales

Tagged Russian Eagles Rack up Enormous Cell Phone Bill From Visits to Iran

A Russian research group ran out of money after the eagles they tagged flew out of range of cell service and then to Iran, resulting in tons of expensive text messages, according to a post on the Russian social media service VK.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Iran, Conservation, Eagles, Birdmodo, Steppe Eagles, Bird Monitoring

Scientists Can Now See Stranded Whales From Space

Scientists have begun using satellites that can produce high-resolution imagery to monitor whale strandings from space, according to a new study.Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Chile, Whales, Cetaceans, Satellite Imagery, Marine Biology, Whale Strandings

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