Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • UK charity launches Fishwatch campaign

    11 October 2005

    To celebrate Seafood Week (7-14 October) the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in the UK has launched a consumer awareness campaign Fishwatch. It aims to help fishmongers and consumers develop a responsible attidude towards buying fish.

  • Tigers under threat from skin trade

    27 September 2005

    Dramatic new findings reveal that the trade in tiger and leopard skins in China and the Tibet Autonmous Region (TAR) is seriously threatening the future of the wild tiger.

  • Poverty is destroying the Great Apes, says UN atlas

    1 September 2005

    Fewer than 250 wild Sumatran orang-utans may exist in fifty years, their habitat is disappearing and the devastation of the Asian tsunami has accelerated the rate of destruction according to WorldAtlas of Great Apes and their Conservation, published today.

  • Two-thirds of world's resources 'used up'

    30 March 2005

    The human race is living beyond its means. A report backed by 1,360 scientists from 95 countries - some of them world leaders in their fields - today warns that the almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth is being degraded by human pressure.The study contains what its authors call "a stark warning" for the entire world. The wetlands, forests, savannahs, estuaries, coastal fisheries and other habitats that recycle air, water and nutrients for all living creatures are being irretrievably damaged. In effect, one species is now a hazard to the other 10 million or so on the planet, and to itself.

  • Threatened species concentrated in fraction of Earth's surface

    3 February 2005

    Seventy-five per cent of the most threatened mammals, birds and amphibians live in an area covering just 2.3 per cent of the Earth's surface, and roughly half of all flowering plant species and 42 per cent of land-based vertebrates exist in 34 "hotspots", a four-year study by 400 scientists has found.

  • 9,000 plants safe from extinction

    31 January 2005

    The results of a two-year study into the devastating effects of global plant extinction show that around 9,000 endangered plant species have been located and identified in cultivation within botanic gardens worldwide.

  • Irrawaddy dolphin in murky waters

    13 January 2005

    Six species of dolphins may become extinct in the next decade, scientists warn, thanks to indiscriminate fishing. And the future of one - the Irrawaddy dolphin, often referred to as the Asian 'Flipper' (its bottle-nosed cousin made famous on TV and film) - is critical. This, despite the fact that it has now been put on the official danger list. Mark Schulman reports.

  • IUCN Congress links people and planet

    29 November 2004

    While the extinction crisis intensifies, the 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress, held in Bangkok, Thailand, last week, did its best to show how reliable information linked to conservation action can improve the wellbeing of six billion people and the 15,589 species of plants and animals identified in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Collaborative conservation work, it argued, can reduce poverty and heal the planet

  • Species extinction crisis escalates

    23 November 2004

    A total of 15,589 species of plants and animals are threatened with extinction, warns a leading conservation agency. From the mighty shark to the humble frog, the world's biodiversity is declining at unprecedented rate.

  • Consumption running up a huge ecological debt

    1 November 2004

    Humans are consuming 20 per cent more natural resources than the earth can produce, resulting in population declines of terrestrial, freshwater and marine species by an average of 40 per cent between 1970 and 2000, warns the conservation agency, WWF, in its annual sustainability report.