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Sixth mass extinction of wildlife accelerating, scientists warn

Analysis shows 500 species on brink of extinction – as many as were lost over previous centuryThe sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating, according to an analysis by scientists who warn it may be a tipping point for the collapse of civilisation.More than 500 species of land animals were found to be on the brink of extinction and likely to be lost within 20 years. In comparison, the same number were lost over the whole of the last century. Without the human destruction of natu...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Biodiversity, Extinct wildlife


Bid for first eco-labelled bluefin tuna raises fears for protection of ‘king of fish’

Conservationists warn the species, which was almost extinct 10 years ago, could be under threat if Japanese fishery is MSC certifiedA decade ago, the highly prized “king of fish”, the bluefin tuna, was taken off menus in high-end restaurants and shunned by top chefs, amid warnings by environmentalists that it was being driven to extinction. Recent assessments of Atlantic bluefin tuna, which can grow to the size of a small car and live for up to 40 years, have shown much healthier populations.But...
Tags: Food, Animals, Environment, Atlantic, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Wwf, Fishing, Atlantic Ocean


Bid to grant MSC 'ecolabel' to bluefin tuna fishery raises fears for ‘king of fish’

Conservationists warn the species, which was almost extinct 10 years ago, could be under threat if Japanese fishery is MSC certifiedA decade ago, the highly prized “king of fish”, the bluefin tuna, was taken off menus in high-end restaurants and shunned by top chefs, amid warnings by environmentalists that it was being driven to extinction. Recent assessments of Atlantic bluefin tuna, which can grow to the size of a small car and live for up to 40 years, have shown much healthier populations.But...
Tags: Food, Animals, Environment, Atlantic, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Wwf, Fishing, Msc, Atlantic Ocean


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


Studies add to alarm over deforestation in Brazil under Bolsonaro

Research published after video shows environment minister calling for deregulation while public distracted by Covid-19Two studies have raised further alarm about deforestation in Brazil during the first year of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro’s government.One study showed the country lost 12,000 km2 (4,633 sq miles) of forest last year and also provided important information about those behind deforestation. The other research flagged a 27% increase in the destruction of tropical forests ...
Tags: Environment, Americas, World news, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro


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


Disappearances, danger and death: what is happening to fishery observers?

The people who monitor ships for illegal fishing and labour practices have been vanishing under suspicious circumstancesLiz Mitchell was on her laptop in her living room in Eugene, Oregon, when she got the news. Thousands of miles away, on a Taiwanese fishing boat, a fishery observer named Eritara Aati Kaierua had been found dead.Details were scant. The ship’s name (Win Far No 636), the dead man’s passport number, and where the boat was now headed: the port of Kiribati, a central Pacific island ...
Tags: Food, Human Rights, Environment, Conservation, Marine Life, Fishing, Pacific, Kiribati, Mitchell, Eugene Oregon, Eritara Aati Kaierua


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


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


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


EU plan for 3bn trees in 10 years to tackle biodiversity crisis

Concern that new strategy, which also includes protecting primeval forests, ‘lacks tools’The European commission will launch a sweeping effort to tackle the global biodiversity crisis on Wednesday, including a call for 3 billion trees to be planted in the EU by 2030 and a plan to better protect the continent’s last primeval forests.The draft policy document, by an environmental NGO, admits that to date in the EU, “protection has been incomplete, restoration has been small-scale, and the implem...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Conservation, Trees and forests, Biodiversity


Ask an Astronaut: What surprised you most in space?

Astronaut Garrett Reisman took in countless indescribably beautiful views while he lived in space. But most shocking, he says, was observing the thinness of Earth's atmosphere.You can compare the thickness of the atmosphere to the diameter of Earth to the skin on an apple, or the shell of an egg. It's incredibly thin and shows just how seemingly fragile our planet is.But to put this into perspective, whereas the atmosphere reaches a height of 300,000 feet from Earth's surface, the deepest part o...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Technology, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Society, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Conservation, Oceans, Innovation, Global development, Plants, Exploration


Wild white storks hatch in UK for first time in hundreds of years

Birds born in one of three nests at Knepp estate in West Sussex as part of breeding projectWhite stork chicks have hatched in the wild in the UK for the first time in centuries.Eggs in one of three nests at the Knepp estate in West Sussex have hatched, the White Stork Project announced. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Animals, Environment, UK News, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, West Sussex, Knepp, White Stork Project


The future of the Amazon may depend on tapir poop

Tapirs produce towering piles of feces full of large-tree seeds other animal can't pass.Stashing tasty fecal morsels for later, dung beetles bury the seeds.Tapirs prefer burned-out areas, making them ideal re-foresters. The Amazon rainforest has been in trouble for some time. In the last 40 years, more than 18% of Brazil's rainforest, for example, has been decimated by logging, farming, mining, and cattle ranching. That's an area about the size of California. If it isn't deliberate deforestatio...
Tags: Amazon, Climate Change, California, Animals, Nature, Conservation, Innovation, Brazil, South America, Poop, Botany, Insects, Rainforest, Paolucci, Mato Grasso, Tapir


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


Whale-watching is now bigger than whaling in Iceland

Since the International Whaling Commission's ban on whaling went into effect in 1986, only three countries are still whaling: Norway, Iceland, and Japan.The whale-watching industry is rapidly eclipsing whaling in Iceland these days.If you visit Iceland, don't eat the whale meat — Icelanders don't. In 1982, 25 member nations of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) voted to ban commercial whaling by 1986. Seven nation voted against the ban: Brazil, Iceland, South Korea, Japan, Norway, Peru...
Tags: Japan, Resources, Animals, Nature, Conservation, Oceans, Innovation, Norway, Whaling, Iceland, National Geographic, Social Change, Afp, Iwc, Norway Iceland, International Whaling Commission IWC


'Promiscuous treatment of nature' will lead to more pandemics – scientists

Habitat destruction forces wildlife into human environments, where new diseases flourishCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHumanity’s “promiscuous treatment of nature” needs to change or there will be more deadly pandemics such as Covid-19, warn scientists who have analysed the link between viruses, wildlife and habitat destruction.Deforestation and other forms of land conversion are driving exotic species out of their evolutionary niches and into manmade environments, w...
Tags: Environment, World news, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Greenpeace, Sars, Coronavirus outbreak


Climate change to make outdoor work more dangerous

According to a recent study, the number of days agricultural works will spend in sweltering, unsafe conditions will double by 2050 and triple by 2100. These workers already face significant health risks due to compounding circumstances such as poverty, migrant status, and a lack of access to health care. Climate change will make many the United States' most fatal occupations more dangerous, but no less essential. Discussions of the climate crisis tend to view future consequences on a global sca...
Tags: Health, Climate Change, Washington, Environment, America, Public Health, Nature, United States, Conservation, Innovation, Anthropocene, Stanford University, OSHA, Environmental Research Letters, Harvard Ph D, Human body


Brazil using coronavirus to cover up assaults on Amazon, warn activists

Fears for indigenous tribes as Jair Bolsonaro’s ‘land grabbers decree’ may be pushed forwardsAs the coronavirus pandemic eats its way into the Amazon, raising fears of a genocide of its vulnerable indigenous tribes, the government of the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, and its supporters are dismantling rules shielding protected reserves. Key environment officials have been sacked, as environmentalists and indigenous leaders fear the pandemic is being used as a smokescreen for a new assault...
Tags: Amazon, Congress, Environment, World news, Conservation, Deforestation, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Indigenous Peoples, Funai, Jair Bolsonaro, Coronavirus outbreak


Conservation in crisis: ecotourism collapse threatens communities and wildlife

From Kenya to the Seychelles, coronavirus has dealt a devastating blow to efforts to protect endangered wildlifeHow Covid-19 could push mountain gorillas back to the brinkFrom the vast plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya to the delicate corals of the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles, conservation work to protect some of the world’s most important ecosystems is facing crisis following a collapse in ecotourism during the Covid-19 pandemic.Organisations that depend on visitors to fund projects for cri...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Conservation, Kenya, Illegal wildlife trade, Seychelles, Masai Mara, Coronavirus outbreak


First brown bear for 150 years seen in national park in northern Spain

Images captured on cameras being used for film shoot in thinly populated area of GaliciaA brown bear has been spotted traversing a rugged and sparsely populated area of north-west Spain for the first time in 150 years thanks to a set of camera traps and a bit of luck.Images of the animal were captured on cameras set up by a crew shooting the film Montaña ou Morte (Mountain or Death) in the Invernadeiro national park in Galicia’s Ourense province. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Spain, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Galicia, north west Spain, Ourense, Invernadeiro


Brown bear spotted in north-west Spain for 'first time in 150 years'

Images captured by accident on cameras being used for film shoot in Galician national park A brown bear has been spotted traversing a rugged and sparsely populated area of north-west Spain for the first time in 150 years thanks to a set of camera traps and a bit of luck.Images of the animal were captured on cameras set up by a crew shooting the film Montaña ou Morte (Mountain or Death) in the Invernadeiro national park in Galicia’s Ourense province. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Spain, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Galicia, north west Spain, Ourense, Invernadeiro


LED lights halve unwanted fish in nets, research finds

Study shows lit escape holes allow non-target species to get away, protecting populationsA simple technique to “illuminate the exits” in trawl fishing nets can almost halve the numbers of unwanted catch, new research has found, potentially protecting both the environment and fishermen’s livelihoods.Attaching LED lights to larger holes in nets, intended to allow non-target species to escape, dramatically reduced the numbers killed unnecessarily, a team from Bangor University found. Continue readi...
Tags: Food, Europe, Business, Environment, European Union, World news, Fish, Conservation, Marine Life, Fishing, Isle of man, Bangor University, Fishing Industry


Stealth plunder of Argentinian waters raises fears over marine monitoring

Green groups fear coronavirus lockdown has weakened environmental protectionsAn “armada” of more than 100 fishing vessels are illegally plundering south Atlantic waters close to Argentina, environmental groups say, raising concerns that the coronavirus lockdown has weakened already fragile marine protections.The incursion of the ships, mostly from east Asia, appears to have been carried out by stealth. The vessels waited until nightfall, shut down satellite tracking systems in coordination and t...
Tags: Asia, Environment, World news, Atlantic, Conservation, Marine Life, Argentina, Fishing, Greenpeace, Coronavirus outbreak


Outdoor pet cats kill more animals than wild cats do in the same size area

Wild cats certainly kill many more other animals than outdoor pet cats. After all, they have to hunt for their food instead of just bug their human companions. But a new study by North Carolina State University zoologists and their colleagues revealed that outdoor pet cats kill between two and ten times as many animals as wild cats in the same size area. Apparently, every year North American pet cats with outside access kill between ten and thirty billion birds and mammals. But according to th...
Tags: Post, News, Cats, Animals, Nature, Conservation, Zoology, North Carolina State University, Roland Kays, Felines, California Florida Australia, Stiopa CC BY SA


‘Cashed-up activists’ should not be able to hold up developments, Australia's resources minister says

Keith Pitt says review of environmental laws must look at how to ‘streamline’ assessment processes for major projectsThe federal minister for resources, water and northern Australia, Keith Pitt, says “cashed-up activists” should not be able to hold up developments that have been approved by a government agency “simply because they can afford to”.In an interview with Guardian Australia, Pitt said Australia had “some of the strongest environmental protections in the world” and the government had “...
Tags: Activism, Protest, Australia, Environment, Australia news, Conservation, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland politics, National party, Environmental Activism, Liberal National Party, Keith Pitt, Guardian Australia Pitt


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


First wild stork chicks to hatch in UK in centuries poised to emerge

More than 100 birds have been living wild in England as part of conservation scheme The first wild stork chicks to hatch in Britain for centuries are expected to emerge next month after three pairs of the huge white birds built nests in West Sussex.Disdaining platforms constructed especially for them, the storks have created their stick nests in the heights of oak trees on the Knepp estate, the centre for a reintroduction project. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, England, Animals, Environment, UK News, World news, Birds, Britain, Wildlife, Conservation, Knepp


Tales of love and loss: people from Oceania share their 'extinction stories'

The Living Archive aims to help people worldwide see the significance of species loss as it affects individual lives and placesThe first time poet Craig Santos Perez encountered a bird native to his homeland of Guam it was in a cage at San Diego zoo.Growing up on Guam in the 1980s and 90s, Perez, a native Chamorro, had learned about the island’s lost birds at school. Children studied pictures and listened to audio recordings of their calls – but by then, the island’s forests were silent.
Tags: Indonesia, Animals, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, San Diego, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, Oceania, Chamorro, Pacific Islands, Guam, Craig Santos Perez