ARTICLES RELATING TO CONSERVATION

Man expelled from Croatia for punching seal

2014-08-01 13:39

A man has been fined and expelled from Croatia after he punched a Mediterranean monk seal, one of the world's most endangered species.

Isolated Indians make contact with outside world

2014-07-31 11:53

Isolated native people likely fleeing attacks in Peru have turned up in Brazil's Amazon rainforest where they made contact with the outside world.

Isolated indigenous communities under threat

2014-07-30 13:55

Indigenous people in the most remote regions of South America are under threat from development, a regional human rights body has warned, urging that inhabitants these areas be left alone.

Bid to save tiger threatened by poor data: WWF

2014-07-30 10:36

Efforts to save the tiger are being undermined by a lack of information about how many of the endangered cats live in the wild, the conservation group WWF says.

US plans to ban import of boa constrictors

2014-07-29 11:46

A US proposal to ban the import and interstate sale of boa constrictors and four other snake species prompted protests from exotic pet owners and concern among Florida wildlife regulators.

Australia approves huge India-backed mine

2014-07-28 13:30

Australia has approved a massive coal mine that could provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians, angering environmentalists who warned it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

Greenpeace protest against Lego & Shell

2014-07-28 08:57

Greenpeace activists protested outside a Lego store in Chile, condemning a deal between the Toy Company and Shell that the environmental group says is 'polluting kids' imaginations.'

Outcry saves rare US redwood from chopping

2014-07-25 20:04

A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

Rhino carcass found in Mapungubwe

2014-07-24 14:43

A rhino carcass was found in the Mapungubwe National Park in northern Limpopo, SA National Parks said on Thursday.

Nicotine pesticides phased out due to bee threat

2014-07-22 10:53

Federal wildlife refuges in the US will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth.

In Poland, hedgehogs find a saviour

2014-07-21 08:32

A Polish man has set up Poland's first and only hedgehog shelter after he came across hundreds of the small, quilled mammals that had been killed or maimed in run-ins with humans.

Molewa: No decision yet on rhino horn sales

2014-07-17 21:52

No decision has been taken yet on whether South Africa will seek permission from Cites to sell its 18-ton stockpile of rhino horn.

Waste water & you pay $500 in California

2014-07-16 09:32

California water regulators have voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing.

California water-wasters may get a $500 fine

2014-07-15 13:21

In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles.

558 rhino killed so far this year

2014-07-10 11:45

A staggering 558 rhino have been killed since the beginning of this year, the environmental affairs department says.

Republicans want to keep ivory sales

2014-07-10 05:00

Republican lawmakers work to block new Obama administration rules intended to curb ivory sales.

A bird that holds sway over US Senate

2014-07-07 14:17

An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the US Senate in the coming elections.

Some Chinese will 'eat anything with 4 legs'

2014-07-07 07:29

The diners of southern China have long had a reputation for exotic tastes, with locals sometimes boasting they will 'eat anything with four legs except a table'.

Scalloped hammer sharks listed as endangered

2014-07-04 13:05

The National Marine Fisheries Service have classified as endangered and threatened four distinct populations of a shark species whose fins are favoured as an ingredient in shark fin soup.

Marine biologists urge end to Aussie shark cull

2014-07-04 07:25

Hundreds of the world's top marine scientists have called for Australia to ditch its shark cull policy, arguing there is no evidence that it makes beaches safer, a report says.

Hawaii utility using lasers to protect seabirds

2014-07-03 22:31

An electric utility in Hawaii is experimenting with using lasers to protect migrating seabirds. Threatened species are being injured and killed when they fly into lines and poles while migrating.

Live cam shows Arctic snowy owl & chicks

2014-07-03 11:58

A high-definition camera trained on a burrow near Anchorage is allowing researchers and bird watchers with an Internet connection an unfettered view into the nesting den of an Arctic snowy owl.

Caribbean corals could vanish in 20 years

2014-07-02 12:59

Caribbean coral reefs could disappear within 20 years as overfishing has all but wiped out the fish that feast on coral-smothering algae, the UN says.

Ecuadorans march to protest water policy

2014-07-02 07:18

Scores of indigenous demonstrators have marched on Quito, to protest against President Rafael Correa's government and losing control of water on their traditional lands.

SA may legalise rhino horn trade

2014-06-30 16:10
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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has asked for input on talks about the possibility of legalising the rhino horn trade.

 

No walk in the park for SA's game rangers

2014-08-01 10:51

Game rangers In South Africa put their lives at risk every time they step out and respond to a poaching incidents. Many of them don't receive the recognition they deserve.

Rare Sri Lankan leopards born in French zoo

2014-07-30 15:09

Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility saY.

Japan wraps up hunt, killing 115 whales

2014-07-30 12:57

Japan has announced that it had wrapped up a whale hunt in the Pacific, the second campaign since the UN ordered Tokyo to halt a separate slaughter in the Antarctic.

Great apes face extinction - Goodall

2014-07-30 05:00

The world's great apes face extinction within decades, renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall says.

Wealthy diners driving pangolin to extinction

2014-07-29 08:18

Some wild mammal species are being driven to extinction for their fur, hides, horns or tusks, but the pangolin is being eaten out of existence by wealthy humans.

Koala survives terrifying ride clinging to car

2014-07-28 12:34

Timberwolf the koala was lucky to be alive after surviving a terrifying 88km ride down an Australian freeway. The male was struck by a vehicle and latched onto the bottom of the car.

Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril

2014-07-28 07:25

The enduring popularity of 'little tiger' as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban.

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought

2014-07-25 15:19

A major drought across the US has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists say.

Rhino poacher gets 77 years in jail

2014-07-23 14:03

A rhino poacher has been sentenced to 77 years in prison in one of the heaviest penalties aimed at curbing poachers who target rhinos for their horns.

'Rhino poachers' face more than 1 800 charges

2014-07-21 14:32

Eleven people, including veterinarians and professional hunters, have appeared briefly in the High Court in Pretoria on various charges relating to rhino poaching, illegal hunting and racketeering.

Germany most energy efficient nation

2014-07-18 08:27

Germany is the world's most energy efficient nation with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group says.

Polluted Ganges: Can Modi save it?

2014-07-17 09:05

Standing on the banks of the Ganges Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to succeed where numerous governments have failed: by cleaning up the sacred river. The task begins now.

Swans meet their Royal match

2014-07-15 20:15

It used to be a way of seeing how many swans were around that might eventually grace the royal banquet table, but these days the ancient English tradition of swan-upping is a census of the birds.

Drought forces people to drink treated sewage

2014-07-10 12:32

As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the state has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.

Australian rescuers free stranded baby whale

2014-07-10 08:23

Australian rescuers freed a beached baby whale on Thursday almost two days after it became stranded on a popular beach, as a large crowd of onlookers cheered.

'China's need for food is creating a water crisis'

2014-07-08 13:48

Booming demand for food in China's southern and eastern cities is worsening water shortages in arid northern provinces, adding to the country's environmental problems, new research shows.

Invasive lizards threaten US turtles, alligators

2014-07-07 10:01

An invasive lizard first spotted in Florida about a decade ago has become the latest concern for wildlife officials after the animal was caught on video stealing alligator and turtle eggs.

Newly discovered frog may be facing last dance

2014-07-04 14:50

Fourteen new species of 'dancing' frog have been discovered in India, raising both hopes and fears for the amphibians' survival in the wild.

Endangered Amazon Indians 'forced' to make contact

2014-07-04 09:50

A group of Indigenous people from the Amazonian rainforest has made contact with for the first time with outsiders, according to advocacy group.

Smuggled elephant ivory price triples

2014-07-04 06:01

The price of ivory taken from African elephants slaughtered for their tusks has tripled in the past four years in China, the world's biggest market.

Parrotfish, sea urchins vital to save reefs

2014-07-03 16:59

Colourful parrotfish and spindly sea urchins are the key to saving the Caribbean's coral reefs, which may disappear in two decades, a report by several international organisations say.

Thai ivory boom fuelling Africa elephant crisis

2014-07-02 19:24

Thailand's "out of control" ivory market is driving Africa's elephant poaching crisis, conservationists have warned, accusing the kingdom of backsliding on its pledges.

88% of ocean's surface has plastic debris: Study

2014-07-02 10:30

As much as 88% of the open ocean's surface contains plastic debris, raising concern about the effect on marine life and the food chain, scientists say.

Slavery driving apes to extinction

2014-07-01 22:14

Thousands of great apes are killed or trafficked into "slavery" each year in a multi-million dollar illegal trade.

Africa's oldest nature park counts on sustainability

2014-06-30 12:25

People living in and around Africa's oldest wildlife reserve - Virunga National Park - threatened by armed groups and oil prospectors, are pinning their hopes on sustainable development projects.

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