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Danish billionaires plan to rewild large swath of Scottish Highlands

Scotland’s largest private landowners want to reverse years of land mismanagement, says adviserThe Danish billionaires who are now Scotland’s largest private landowners are trying to restore the Highlands for generations to come, one of their closest advisers has said. Related: Report calls for reform of 'unhealthy' land ownership in Scotland Continue reading...
Tags: Scotland, Animals, Environment, Communities, Society, UK News, Conservation, Trees and forests, Rural affairs, The National Trust, Hunting, Land Rights


What's So Terrible About Palm Oil?

If you haven’t heard of palm oil yet, it shouldn’t be all that unfamiliar. In fact, there’s a good chance it’s hiding in your cupboards and freezer aisles and in multiple forms, too (it’s often used in peanut butter and ice cream, for one). Palm oil is even used for a multitude of non-food purposes, like in soap and…Read more...
Tags: Animals, Conservation, Palm Oil, The Environment, Lifehacks, Buying, Palm


Exploding Whales, Poisoned Porpoises: The Gruesome World of Cetacean Autopsies

A dolphin post-mortem may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Many people have a soft spot for the highly intelligent cetaceans, so watching a recently deceased one get comprehensively dissected by tools including a pair of rudimentary garden shears can be tough. Read more...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Ecology, Behavior, Whales, Marine Biology, Whale Strandings, Csip


The last of Africa's big tusker elephants – in pictures

Like living relics from a bygone era, the last of Africa’s big tusker elephants roam in a vast, remote wilderness in Kenya. In partnership with the Tsavo Trust NGO and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Will Burrard-Lucas spent months photographing these rare animals. His series of intimate portraits are captured in his book, Land of Giants Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Kenya, Lucas, Tsavo


Nick Brandt's best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa

‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise’ Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of rangers in place, but there is a bigger issue these days: the invasion of humankind into the wildlife habitat and the conflict that ensues. There is only so much space for people and animals to coexist. That is what I wanted to depict in This Empty Wor...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Art and design, Kenya, Amboseli National Park, Nick Brandt, Art and design books


Brazilian Biodiversity Information System is bringing Brazil's biological diversity to the internet

As one of the most biologically diverse countries on Earth, Brazil is taking steps to consolidate all of the nation’s biodiversity data and information into one place to support scientific research, as well as decision-making and creation of eco-friendly public policy. In an effort to achieve those goals, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) has created the Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (SiBBr), which is an online platform that gives free acces...
Tags: Design, Earth, Features, Conservation, Farmers, Innovation, Brazil, Un, Biodiversity, Cargill, Endangered Animals, Sustainable, Species, Eco-friendly, Nunes, Scientific Research


Five Hawks Down: watch the tragic migration of six Californian raptors

Watch these six dots move across the map and be moved yourself: this is a story about coming of age, discovery, hardship, death and survival. Each dot is a tag attached to the talon of a Swainson's Hawk. We follow them on their very first migration, from northern California all the way down to Argentina. After one year, only one is still alive. Discovered: destination Argentina The Buteo swainsoni is a slim, graceful hawk that nests from the Great Plains all the way to northern California. I...
Tags: Travel, Video, California, Mexico, Data, Earth, Surveillance, Birds, Conservation, Innovation, Argentina, South America, Map, Costa Rica, Panama, Veracruz


This distillery helps you make delicious, carbon-negative cocktails

Do you ever think about how your happy hour is affecting the environment? Manufacturing alcohol in the United States creates harmful carbon dioxide that can wreck the earth’s system of natural resources, and a massive amount of the materials needed to package and distribute alcohol (bottles, plastic caps, etc.) end up in the trash. Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery, however, is changing the game entirely with its carbon-negative company model. One of the world’s largest selections of USDA-...
Tags: Design, California, Environment, Trees, Los Angeles, Usda, Organic, Beverages, United States, Conservation, Innovation, Bulgaria, Cocktails, Sustainable Food, Wall Street Journal, Central America


Wildlife conservation aided by a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Train

A Chesapeake Bay retriever named Train is playing an important part in wildlife conservation. Train, who was too energetic to make it as a drug dog, is lending his nose to sniff out endangered species by smelling their poop. Train is helping conservationists like Karen DeMatteo track down some of the world’s most elusive animals, such as oncillas and jaguars, by finding their scat in the wild. DeMatteo and her colleagues are focusing their research in Argentina, and Train is helping them discov...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Wildlife, Conservation, Argentina, Endangered Species, Nebraska, Wildlife Conservation, Chesapeake Bay, Habitats, Karen DeMatteo, DeMatteo, Argentina DeMatteo


'Almost certain extinction': 1,200 species under severe threat across world

Scientists map out threats faced by thousands of species of birds, mammals and amphibiansMore than 1,200 species globally face threats to their survival in more than 90% of their habitat and “will almost certainly face extinction” without conservation intervention, according to new research.Scientists working with Australia’s University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society have mapped threats faced by 5,457 species of birds, mammals and amphibians to determine which parts of a spe...
Tags: Australia, Animals, Environment, South and Central Asia, Wildlife, Conservation, Liberia, Brazil, Endangered Species, University Of Queensland, Wildlife Conservation Society


Resource extraction responsible for half world’s carbon emissions

Extraction also causes 80% of biodiversity loss, according to comprehensive UN studyExtraction industries are responsible for half of the world’s carbon emissions and more than 80% of biodiversity loss, according to the most comprehensive environmental tally undertaken of mining and farming.While this is crucial for food, fuel and minerals, the study by UN Environment warns the increasing material weight of the world’s economies is putting a more dangerous level of stress on the climate and natu...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Wildlife, Conservation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Un, Biodiversity, UN Environment


Ranger killed weeks after reopening of Virunga national park

Park in DRC was shut last year for more than eight months after series of attacks on staff A forest ranger has been killed in Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, weeks after the reserve was reopened to tourists.Virunga, home to critically endangered mountain gorillas as well as hundreds of other rare species, was shut for more than eight months for a review of security after a series of attacks on staff last year. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Environment, World news, Conservation, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Virunga, Drc


Chimpanzee Traditions Are Being Lost Along With Their Habitats

We know chimpanzees as intelligent, emotional creatures that make and use tools, grieve for their dead, and pass down traditions between generations. But less well-known is that different communities of chimps have unique cultures—and that behavioral diversity that is shrinking, according to a new, 10-year study of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Africa, Conservation, Chimpanzees, Habitats


Has WWF's mission to combat nature's enemy gone too far?

Claims that the World Wide Fund for Nature is in bed with paramilitaries point to a wider need for root and branch reformWorld Wide Fund for Nature, put down your weapons. You are not a mercenary. You are not a government. You are not a terrorist. Your mission: to save the planet. Saving the planet does not happen by shooting people, or even by threatening them.One might be forgiven for thinking that headlines this week revealing allegations that WWF was in bed with paramilitaries in different p...
Tags: Society, Conservation, Charities, Wwf, Global development, World Wrestling Federation, Conservation and indigenous people


The Refill Shoppe enforces zero-waste packaging, provides bulk refill solutions for myriad household and beauty products

With the nearly constant conversation about zero waste and minimization in general, single use packaging is a hot topic. For many consumables, customers don’t seem to have many options in avoiding packaging waste. Think about the liquid products in your home and you’ll know what we’re talking about here. Shampoo bottles, hand soap containers, dish soap, cleaners, bubble bath and massage oils are just a few commonly-used items that come to mind. One company has taken a stand against single-use p...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Oregon, Environment, US, Sustainable Business, Features, Gmo, United States, Conservation, Beauty, Shipping, Usps, Recycling, Packaging, Waste


1,500 live turtles found wrapped in duct tape at Manila airport

Four suitcases abandoned in arrivals area contain rare and protected varieties of tortoises Police in the Philippines have discovered 1,529 live turtles wrapped in duct tape inside suitcases abandoned in an airport.The customs bureau seized four suitcases in Manila on Sunday and found they were filled with rare and protected varieties including star tortoises, red-footed tortoises, sulcata tortoises and red-eared sliders. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Philippines, Wildlife, Conservation, Illegal wildlife trade, Manila


'We are fighting': Brazil's indigenous groups unite to protect their land

Residents of Raposa Serra do Sol are determined to face down the threat posed by mining “A united people will never be defeated!” shouted Maria Betânia Mota, as the indigenous assembly in a partially burned-out agricultural college began. Hundreds of voices roared back in approval.Betânia Mota is the women’s secretary of its organisers, the Indigenous Council of Roraima (CIR), which represents the majority of those living in the 1.7m hectares of savannah and scrub that make up the Raposa Serra d...
Tags: Environment, Americas, World news, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Brazil, Raposa Serra, Maria Betânia Mota, Betânia Mota, Indigenous Council of Roraima CIR


Koala-sensing drone helps keep tabs on drop bear numbers

It’s obviously important to Australians to make sure their koala population is closely tracked — but how can you do so when the suckers live in forests and climb trees all the time? With drones and AI, of course. A new project from Queensland University of Technology combines some well-known techniques in a new way to help keep an eye on wild populations of the famous and soft marsupials. They used a drone equipped with a heat-sensing camera, then ran the footage through a deep learning model tr...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Australia, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Conservation, Queensland, Machine Learning, Uavs, Endangered Species, Koalas, Computer Vision, Koala


Stop Fish Bombing! uses gunshot detection technology to foil marine criminals

A nonprofit organization called Stop Fish Bombing! (SFB) is combating a famously destructive and illegal fishing practice. By adapting technology developed by the California company SST Inc. to detect gunshot locations, the nonprofit hopes to catch villains who are destroying the underwater world through fish bombing. Fish bombing — also called blast or dynamite fishing — uses explosives to stun or kill fish, making it easy to gather them up en masse. Dynamite doesn’t discriminate. Everything f...
Tags: Hong Kong, Design, News, California, Environment, Fish, South Africa, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Nicaragua, Coral Reefs, Environmental Destruction, Shotspotter, Sabah Malaysia, SFB


Wiped out: America's love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests

Major brands’ refusal to use sustainable materials is having a devastating impact on forests and climate, new report saysWe’re all becoming more aware about the damage single-use plastics and fast fashion has on the environment. Yet there is one product we all throw away every single day that, so far, has not been a major part of conversations about sustainability: toilet paper. Related: The new household rules: ditch your toilet brush and wash much, much more Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Americas, America, World news, US news, Canada, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Ethical and green living, Recycling, Waste


Atelier COLE completes eco-friendly bear sanctuary in Vietnam

Phnom Penh-based Atelier COLE recently completed an environmentally friendly bear sanctuary that not only promotes wildlife conservation but also champions affordable prefabricated design. Located in Cát Tiên National Park in the south of Vietnam, the inspiring project was in part influenced by the hard-to-reach location that made the delivery of supplies difficult and time-consuming. As a result, the architects turned to lightweight gabion wall construction that has the added benefit of reduci...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Conservation, Bear, Vietnam, Laos, Green Roof, Gabion Walls, Prefabricated, David Cole, Locally Sourced Materials, Cole, Fruit Trees, Cross-ventilation, Animal Sanctuary


Massive Land Conservation Bill Passed + Scientists Discovered Why Zebras Have Stripes

The House of Representatives passes massive land conservation bill On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the Natural Resources Management Act, the land conservation bill that protects more than 3 million acres of land, classifies hundreds of miles of U.S. rivers as scenic, wild or recreational, and creates three new national monuments. The bill previously passed the Senate and now awaits the President’s signature. Some highlights of the bill include extending the popular “Every Kid...
Tags: Utah, Politics, Mississippi, Senate, Environment, Sport, United States, Cycling, Conservation, House Of Representatives, University of Bristol, Marathon, District Of Columbia, Yellowstone National Park, Marine Corps Marathon, University of California at Davis


Chinese dam project in Guinea could kill up to 1,500 chimpanzees

Planned Koukoutamba dam to be built in reserve established to protect chimps from miningUp to 1,500 chimpanzees could be killed by a new Chinese dam that will swamp a crucial sanctuary for the endangered primate in Guinea, experts have warned.The 294MW Koukoutamba dam will be built by Sinohydro, the world’s biggest hydroelectric power plant construction company, in the middle of a newly declared protected area called the Moyen-Bafing National park. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Animals, Africa, Environment, Renewable Energy, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Guinea, Global development, Endangered Species, Hydropower, Sinohydro, Koukoutamba


World's deepest waters becoming 'ultimate sink' for plastic waste

Scientists say it is likely no marine ecosystems are left that are not affected by pollutionThe world’s deepest ocean trenches are becoming “the ultimate sink” for plastic waste, according to a study that reveals contamination of animals even in these dark, remote regions of the planet.For the first time, scientists found microplastic ingestion by organisms in the Mariana trench and five other areas with a depth of more than 6,000 metres, prompting them to conclude “it is highly likely there are...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Waste, Plastics


Potential dangers to the Chagos Islands | Letters

Jonathan Hunt says most of the islands are uninhabitable and Paul Tattam says there is a risk of China playing Britain at its own game of gunboat diplomacyBritain has rightly been criticised by the international court for its appalling treatment of former inhabitants of the Chagos archipelago almost 50 years ago (Britain ordered to return Chagos Islands to Mauritius, 26 February). But the court displays little knowledge of the situation today. All but Diego Garcia and just one of the larger isla...
Tags: Food, Japan, Politics, Law, China, Animals, Africa, Environment, UK News, World news, Britain, Military, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Wildlife, Conservation


Thailand’s elephants say goodbye to the circus – and a life of cruelty

Many of the elephants in Thailand live in appalling conditions, but a UK charity has rescued some and returned then to their forest homes, and tourist stays are helping the project to growWe are being watched. Waking to the call of wild gibbons, I peer out of my hammock into a clearing bathed in dawn light. The mahouts are stoking the campfire, and on the hillside opposite, four elephants – matriarch Thong Kam and three younger ones – keep a benign eye on the handful of humans temporarily sharin...
Tags: Travel, Asia, UK, Animals, Environment, World news, Thailand, Conservation, Animal Welfare, Wildlife Holidays, Adventure Travel, Thailand Holidays, Thong Kam


Badgers, stoats and otters stage ‘incredible’ revival

Britain’s carnivore numbers are booming after clampdown on hunting and pollutionThey must survive government culls, gamekeepers, poisoning, persecution and increasingly busy roads but, in modern times at least, Britain’s carnivores have never had it so good: badger, otter, pine marten, polecat, stoat and weasel populations have “markedly improved” since the 1960s, according to a new study.The otter, polecat and pine marten have bounced back from the brink of extinction, and the country’s only ca...
Tags: Animals, Environment, UK News, Britain, Pollution, Wildlife, Conservation, Badgers


Kew’s tree library leads hi-tech war on illegal logging

New techniques will help customs officers identify and seize wood that came from endangered speciesThe wooden blinds that lie crumpled in Peter Gasson’s laboratory in Kew Gardens are chipped and forlorn-looking. Their manufacturers had claimed they were made of pine but customs officers were wary. And their suspicions were well-founded. Gasson, Kew’s research leader on wood and timber, found the blinds were not made of pine but ramin.“All ramin trees, which grow in south-east Asia, are endangere...
Tags: Asia, Science, Environment, UK News, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Endangered habitats, Kew Gardens, Kew, Gasson, Logging and land-clearing, Peter Gasson, Gasson Kew


Report: Grand Jury Hearing Evidence That Ryan Zinke Lied to Federal Investigators

Former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke—who used to be one of the nation’s top environmental officials until he resigned last year amid a slew of ethics scandals and investigations—has apparently failed to leave his troubles behind with his backwards ranger hat.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Casinos, Environment, Conservation, Native Americans, Department Of Justice, Interior Department, Doj, Interior, Ryan Zinke, Trump Administration


World’s largest bee, thought to be extinct, found in Indonesia

The giant bee was first discovered in 1859, but since has only officially sighted once.An international team of researchers set out to rediscover the bee in January. Determining exactly when a species is extinct is difficult, especially for small animals like insects. None In 1859, while exploring the remote island of Bacan in the North Moluccas, Indonesia, the renowned naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace made an astounding discovery: the Megachile pluto — the world's largest bee. Wallace described...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Ebay, Animals, Environment, Bbc, Conservation, Innovation, American Museum of Natural History, Bolt, Wallace, National Audubon Society, Alfred Russel Wallace, Audubon, Robin Moore, Global Wildlife Conservation