Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • Arctic vault opens for 100 million seeds

    28 February 2008

    The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened on 26 February on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries.

  • Sumatran tigers are being sold into extinction

    13 February 2008

    Laws protecting the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger have failed to prevent tiger body parts being offered on open sale in Indonesia, TRAFFIC investigators report.

  • Alaska's oil sale threatens polar bears

    8 February 2008

    The auctioning of nearly 30 million acres of prime polar bear habitat in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska, to oil and gas activities, is threatening the future of the region's polar bear populations, wildlife experts say.

  • Niger's exploding numbers threaten country's future

    18 January 2008

    If the people of Niger (Nigeriens) remain uninformed about family planning and keep having children at the current rate the country's population will more than quadruple by 2050, imposing unmanageable demands on the economy, social services and the environment, according to research by Niger's national statistics agency.

  • Penguins in peril from global warming

    11 December 2007

    The penguin population of Antarctica is under pressure from global warming, says a new scientific report. The reduction in sea ice, and overfising, is threatening four populations that breed on the Antarctic continent - the Emperor, Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adélie penguins.

  • Poll finds big support for 'going green'

    5 November 2007

    A British Survey of Public Attitudes and Behaviour toward the Environment has found that most people believe that being 'green' is now the socially acceptable norm rather being an alternative lifestyle.

  • Warning lights are flashing for Atlantic tuna

    2 November 2007

    Fishing wiped out Atlantic Bluefin tuna stocks in Northern Europe 50 years ago, according to a new study which finds that pressure on the remaining stocks is pushing the entire species to the edge of extinction.

  • Europe's fresh fish facing 'tragic' future

    1 November 2007

    One hundred years of population growth and development in Europe is threatening the survival of fresh water fish, according to the first ever assessment of the problem. Of special concern is the heavy abstraction of water from rivers, along with the building of big dams and efforts to control flooding.

  • New butterflies, snakes and orchids discovered

    27 September 2007

    Eleven new species of animals and plants have been discovered in a remote area of central Vietnam known as the Green Corridor. They include two butterflies, a snake, five orchids and three other plants.

  • Extinction crisis hits apes, corals, vultures and dolphins

    15 September 2007

    Life on Earth is disappearing fast and will continue to do so unless urgent action is taken, according to the latest review of threatened and endangered species by the World Conservation Union. It adds another 190 species of plants, animals and birds to the Red List of theatened species, including corals for the first time.