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Factory farms of disease: how industrial chicken production is breeding the next pandemic

At least eight types of bird flu, all of which can kill humans, are circulating around the world’s factory farms – and they could be worse than Covid-19One day last December, 101,000 chickens at a gigantic farm near the city of Astrakhan in southern Russia started to collapse and die. Tests by the state research centre showed that a relatively new strain of lethal avian flu known as H5N8 was circulating, and within days 900,000 birds at the Vladimirskaya plant were hurriedly slaughtered to prev...
Tags: Health, Food, Business, Science, Biology, China, Russia, Environment, Society, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Farming


These Maldives islanders once saw sharks as the threat. Now they fear the plastic

Diving with tiger sharks off Fuvahmulah brought a tourist boom that has led to a destructive tide of plastic waste. But now locals are pushing back“People used to think I was crazy,” says Lonu Ahmed. “Even my mum thought I was insane. Fishermen used to beg me not to dive with sharks.”Ahmed lives on the island of Fuvahmulah in the Maldives, an island surrounded by tiger sharks. The islanders have traditionally been terrified of the creatures: fishermen would regularly kill them. Ten years ago, ho...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Ethical and green living, Travel and transport, Recycling, Waste, Sharks, Maldives, Ahmed, Plastics


Walrus from Space census seeks public help to spot animals in satellite images

Project aims to give scientists a better understanding of how global heating is affecting the speciesConservationists are on the hunt for “citizen scientists” to spot walruses from their own home to help track populations of the creatures and give scientists an understanding of how many are left in the wild.Keen-eyed members of the public are being asked to scour images of the Arctic taken from space for the blubbery mammals and report any sightings to WWF and the British Antarctic Survey, as pa...
Tags: Climate Change, Animals, Environment, World news, Atlantic, Wildlife, Marine Life, Wwf, Arctic, Antarctic Survey, Climate Crisis, Laptev Sea Continue


One in five of Europe’s bird species slipping towards extinction

Exclusive: ‘Red list’ report finds 30% of native species in decline due to loss of habitat, intensive farming and climate crisisThe common swift, common snipe and rook are among species slipping towards extinction in Europe, according to the continent’s latest “red list” report, which finds that one in five bird species is now at risk.From the Azores in the west to the Ural mountains in the east, birds that have been the cornerstones of European ecosystems are disappearing, according to the Bird...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Birds, Wildlife, BirdLife International, Azores, Pallas, Ural Mountains, Climate Crisis


Tire removed from elk's neck after two years

For two years, this handsome bull elk, a resident of Pine Colorado, lived with a tire stuck around its neck. Human residents had reported the bull's unfortunate situation to Colorado Parks and Wildlife but the animal was difficult to locate. Finally on Saturday after four days of tracking, the officers were able to get close to the elk who was traveling in a herd and tranquilize the animal. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Animals, Wildlife, Colorado Parks, Pine Colorado


Feral hogs spotted in Canada national park for first time

Wild pigs seen in Alberta’s Elk Island national park, raising fears they will cause damage to sensitive ecosystemsFeral hogs have been spotted in a Canadian national park for the first time, raising fears that the wild pigs – which in recent years have rampaged across North America – will cause damage to sensitive ecosystems.Parks Canada has confirmed that wild pigs – a hybrid of domestic pigs and European wild boar – have been spotted in Alberta’s Elk Island national park. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Canada, Wildlife, North America, Alberta, Parks Canada, Elk Island


The best wildlife photos of the year show a curious grizzly, dueling reindeer, and fish swimming through a cloud of sperm

Laurent Ballesta/Wildlife Photographer of the Year The London Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest awards images that showcase the diversity and fragility of life. This year, the contest drew a record of more than 50,000 entries from photographers in 95 countries. The winning photos show reindeer fighting over mates, seals giving birth, and a mountain gorilla enjoying the rain. The camouflage grouper is declining due to overfishing, but each July, beneath...
Tags: Photography, Science, London, News, California, Animals, Africa, US, Trends, Uganda, Wildlife, Alaska, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Natural History Museum, Virunga, Svalbard


Elk with car tyre stuck around its neck for two years is free at last

Wildlife officials in Colorado successfully remove obstruction from bull elk at fourth attempt this weekWildlife officials in Colorado say an elusive elk that wandered the hills with a car tyre around its neck for at least two years has at last been freed.The four-and-a-half-year-old, 270kg (600lb) bull elk was spotted near Pine Junction, south-west of Denver, on Saturday evening and tranquillised, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. It was the fourth attempt wildlife officers had made in ...
Tags: Colorado, Animals, Environment, US news, Wildlife, Denver, Colorado Parks, Pine Junction


Consternation in New Zealand as native bat included in bird of the year poll

Winged mammal is the first non-bird to be included in the beloved annual poll, which has been running for 16 yearsNew Zealand’s bird of the year competition has been hit with a flurry of controversy, after a species of native bat was granted entry into the polls.Candidates for the beloved annual election released today included shock newcomer the long-tailed bat, or pekapeka-tou-roa. It is the first time a New Zealand native land mammal has been included in the competition, which has been runnin...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Birds, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, New Zealand, yearsNew Zealand


How tracking grizzly bears is helping veterans find way back from trauma

A project in western Canada lets former military service members put their skills to use tracking bears with wildlife experts and helps both groups overcome mental and physical woundsOn a recent crisp sunny morning, a small group of wildlife guides and British and Canadian military veterans, reached a ridge in the mountains of British Columbia and found themselves within 15 metres of a grizzly bear.“He knew we were there. He could smell us but he was just doing his thing,” said Joe Humphrey, a f...
Tags: Environment, Americas, World news, Canada, Military, Wildlife, British Columbia, Joe Humphrey


Beautiful obsession: a 20-year mission in waters of Lake Tanganyika

Marine photographer Angel Fitor first saw endangered cichlids in a pet shop. Now his award-winning images could help save these fishLake Tanganyika is the world’s longest freshwater lake. It stretches for more than 400 miles across central Africa and provides a home for some of the planet’s most extraordinary aquatic creatures. But this remarkable refuge – and its inhabitants – are under threat.Pesticide runoffs from farms, sewage and overexploitation by collectors for the ornamental fish trade ...
Tags: Photography, Africa, Environment, Fish, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Wildlife photographer of the year, Lake Tanganyika, Tanganyika, Angel Fitor


How biodiversity loss is jeopardising the drugs of the future

From willow bark to mosquitoes, nature has been a source of vital medications for centuries. But species die-off caused by human activity is putting this at risk What will biodiversity loss mean for drug discovery?Traditionally used as a painkiller for headaches, snowdrops are now known to slow the onset of dementia. In the 1950s, a natural alkaloid called galantamine was extracted from the bulbs. Today, a synthesised version of this is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and scientists are invest...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Environment, Wildlife, Conservation, Plants, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease, Biodiversity, Antibiotics, Malaria, Insects


‘These salt marshes saved my life’: how nature is helping mental health

Green social prescribing, where people are referred to nature projects, on the rise across UK“It sounds dramatic, but this place saved my life,” says Wendy Turner, looking out over the Steart salt marshes in Somerset. “I am really loving the colours of all the marsh grasses at the moment, and the flocks of dunlin and plover. The light is just so beautiful.”Turner was once a high-flying international project manager. “But the Covid pandemic resulted in me losing everything – my business and my ho...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Wildlife, Conservation, Somerset, Turner, Wendy Turner


Bird of the year 2021: tense wait as Australia prepares to learn winner of #BirdOfTheYear poll – live

The final 10 birds in contention in the Guardian/BirdLife Australia poll are the Australian magpie, gang-gang cockatoo, regent honeyeater, Australian brush turkey, Gouldian finch, superb fairywren, galah, tawny frogmouth, peregrine falcon and laughing kookaburra ‘Birdwatching doesn’t make me forget Covid, but it helps me see life anew’Download the poster as or See all our bird of the year coverage hereNow as an environment reporter I would not be doing my job if I didn’t tell you about some o...
Tags: Australia, Animals, Environment, Birds, Wildlife, Bird Of The Year, Australian bird of the year (2021


‘The water used to be up to your armpits’: birds starve as Turkey’s lakes dry up

Drought, rising temperatures and poor farming practices are taking a devastating toll on the country’s wildlife“If we stood in this spot a few years ago, the water would be up to your armpits,” says vet Isa Agit, standing on sun-hardened and cracked mud that used to be part of a lake in eastern Turkey, with his hands firmly wrapped around a long-legged buzzard. “That’s the last of the flamingos over there,” he adds, pointing to what is left of the lake in the village of Enginsu – a patch of wate...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Water, Drought, World news, Turkey, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Middle East, Endangered habitats, Lake Van, Isa Agit, Enginsu


Number of butterflies in the UK at a record low, survey finds

Experts say results of Butterfly Conservation’s latest survey signal that nature is ‘in crisis’The UK has recorded its lowest ever number of butterflies in an annual survey of the insects, prompting conservationists to warn that nature is in crisis.Butterfly Conservation, which counted butterflies and moths between 16 July and 8 August, said the results, released on Thursday, marked the lowest numbers since the Big Butterfly Count started 12 years ago and called for urgent action to be taken. Co...
Tags: UK, Environment, UK News, Wildlife, Insects, Butterfly Conservation, Butterflies, Climate Crisis


Fat Bear Week 2021: before-and-after pictures of the contenders

Twelve bulging bears battled it out to take home the illustrious title of Alaska’s fattest bear earlier this week. Thousands cast their vote in the annual competition which compares the pre-hibernation weight gain of the Katmai national park residents. Master-of-salmon and reigning champion Otis took the crown this year, with a charming underdog backstory that ultimately won over bear enthusiasts. Pre-hibernation weight gain over Alaska’s short summer and fall is crucial for bears heading into t...
Tags: Animals, Environment, US news, Wildlife, Alaska, Otis, Katmai


Global vaccine rollout vital to securing deal for nature, warns UN biodiversity chief

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema says access to Covid jabs for developing world will be critical to the success of in-person Kunming Cop15 summitGovernments hoping for a global agreement to halt biodiversity loss must put more effort into access to Covid-19 vaccines for developing countries, the UN’s biodiversity chief has warned.Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, said the Kunming Cop15 summit, at which governments will try to forge a “Paris agreement...
Tags: Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Paris, Un, Vaccines and immunisation, Biodiversity, Kunming, UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Coronavirus, COVID, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema


14% of world’s coral lost in less than a decade, study shows

Largest analysis of reef health reveals equivalent of more than all living coral in Australia was lost in 2009-18About 14% of the world’s coral has been lost in less than a decade, a study of the health of coral reefs has found.In the largest analysis of coral reef health ever undertaken, scientists found that between 2009 and 2018 the world lost about 11,700 sq km of coral – the equivalent of more than all the living coral in Australia. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, Environment, Wildlife, Marine Life, Coral


10 great city projects for nature – from vertical forests to a ‘gangsta garden’

Around the world, architects, activists and communities are finding ways to bring wildlife into urban areasMany readers have noticed wildflowers thriving in urban areas as city councils decide to let grass grow wild. These colourful little patches may seem like window dressing in the face of vast decline, but across the world people are welcoming wildlife into cities, where more than half of us live. Here is a look at 10 of the most exciting and innovative urban biodiversity projects popping up....
Tags: Environment, Cities, Bees, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Insects, Garden cities, Urban Wildlife


Limace rouge

I've posted photos of these critters many times before. This time of year, when the grass is wet with rain or dew, they are most visible. It helps that they're four of five inches long and that many of them are bright orange in color. A European red slug in the damp grass. Speaking of rain, and don't I always speak of rain, the weekend is forecast to be wet. Earlier this week, the long-range forecasts predicted a lot of rain, more than a month's worth on Sunday alone. Since then, the weather g...
Tags: Travel, Wildlife, WCS


‘Roar, roar, roar!’ Japan rolls out rock music against bear attacks

Authorities hope rock’n’roll song will help people of Iwate prefecture stay safe as number of bear sightings risesCan rock’n’roll keep people safe from bear attacks? One Japanese region is hoping so, and has commissioned a cautionary anthem warning residents about the threat of its ursine inhabitants.Bears are common across Japan and regularly spark frantic hunts when they venture into towns, where they have attacked and even killed residents. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Iwate


‘Shark calling’: locals claim ancient custom threatened by deep-sea mining

‘Shark calling’, a Papua New Guinea tradition of singing to sharks then catching them by hand, could vanish – and locals blame deep-sea disturbancesMore in this series• Race to the bottom: the disastrous, blindfolded rush to mine the deep sea• ‘False choice’ – is deep sea mining required for an electric vehicle revolution?• Covid tests and superbug killers: how the deep sea is key to fighting pandemics To catch a shark in the waters off Papua New Guinea, first the men sing.They sing the names of...
Tags: Food, Business, Animals, Environment, World news, Commodities, Mining, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Fishing, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands, Deep-sea mining


‘The sharks are hiding’: locals claim deep-sea mining off Papua New Guinea has stirred up trouble

‘Shark calling’, an ancient custom of hunters singing to sharks then catching them by hand, is under threat and locals blame deep-sea disturbancesMore in this series• Race to the bottom: the disastrous, blindfolded rush to mine the deep sea• ‘False choice’ – is deep sea mining required for an electric vehicle revolution?• Covid tests and superbug killers: how the deep sea is key to fighting pandemics To catch a shark in the waters off Papua New Guinea, first the men sing.They sing the names of t...
Tags: Food, Business, Animals, Environment, World news, Commodities, Mining, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Fishing, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands, Deep-sea mining


US to declare ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more species extinct

Factors behind disappearances include too much development, water pollution, logging and competition from invasive speciesThe ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species are expected to be declared extinct by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday.It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or animal, but government scientists have exhausted efforts to find these 23 species and warned that the climate crisis, on top of other pressures, could ma...
Tags: Animals, Environment, US, World news, US news, Birds, Wildlife, Endangered Species, Wildlife Service


New Zealand kea can use touchscreens but can’t distinguish between real and virtual worlds

Study finds the intelligent endangered alpine parrot can be trained to use electronic devices with their tonguesVote now in the Guardian/BirdLife Australia 2021 bird of the year pollThe kea, an endangered New Zealand parrot, is clever enough to use touchscreens but doesn’t appear to be able to tell the difference between the real and virtual worlds, according to a new study.Researchers taught six kea at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch to operate touchscreens. The birds were prese...
Tags: Science, Technology, Australia, Animals, Environment, Birds, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Animal behaviour, New Zealand, Christchurch, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve


El Dorado County Wildlife Rescues Seeing Influx Of Injured Fawns

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Planting a vision: why the secret to rewilding success is about people, not trees

How do you persuade farmers and the local community to join one of Scotland’s biggest land restoration projects? Call in a psychologistA hunter, conservationist and psychologist are working on a rewilding project. It sounds like the start of a joke, though the antics of this unlikely trio have not ended in a punchline but one of the UK’s largest land restoration projects.They have been collaborating on the Affric Highlands scheme, which covers an array of woodlands, peatlands, montane, river and...
Tags: UK, Scotland, Environment, UK News, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Loch Ness


Race to the bottom: the disastrous blindfolded rush to mine the deep sea

One of the largest mining operations ever seen on Earth aims to despoil an ocean we are only barely beginning to understandA short bureaucratic note from a brutally degraded microstate in the South Pacific to a little-known institution in the Caribbean is about to change the world. Few people are aware of its potential consequences, but the impacts are certain to be far-reaching. The only question is whether that change will be to the detriment of the global environment or the benefit of interna...
Tags: Business, Politics, Environment, UK News, World news, Commodities, Energy industry, Earth, Mining, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, South Pacific, Nauru


River otter attacks baffle authorities in Anchorage, Alaska

Officials say ‘care will be taken to remove only animals exhibiting unusual behaviors’ after woman, boy and dog are bittenResidents of Anchorage, Alaska, used to living alongside moose and bear now face a threat from a more diminutive creature: the humble river otter. Related: Always a bigger fish: Florida scientists seek new angle on shark depredation Continue reading...
Tags: Florida, Animals, Environment, World news, US news, Wildlife, Alaska, Anchorage Alaska