Biodiversity : Newsfile

There are 232 documents in this section.

  • Biodiversity threat of sea bed trawling

    12 February 2004

    Bottom trawl fishing on the high seas - which consists of dragging heavy chains, nets, and steel plates across the ocean floor - is the single greatest threat to highly vulnerable deep sea environments and the biodiversity they shelter, says a new scientific report.

  • Biodiversity countdown to 2010

    10 February 2004

    The future of mountain ecosystems and the extension and care of protected areas are two of the priorities for some 2,000 delegates attending a global conference on the Biodiversity Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Animal drug blamed for vanishing vultures

    29 January 2004

    For several years scientists have been monitoring the dramatic decline of vultures in India. Now new research has linked the unexplained vulture deaths to the use of a drug used to treat livestock in South Asia, and conservation organisations are calling for it to be banned.

  • Europe bans grizzly bear trophies

    27 January 2004

    The European Union has decided to suspend imports of grizzly bear hunting trophies from the Canadian province of British Columbia after intensive lobbying by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency.

  • Deadly decline of Europe's farmland birds

    26 January 2004

    Intensive farming has killed more than a third of Europe's 24 widespread farmland birds in a quarter of a century, warns a report by a coalition of leading ornithological organisations.

  • Mountain gorillas increase, despite war

    22 January 2004

    The latest survey of mountain gorillas in Central Africa's Virunga Mountains indicates that the population has increased over the past 15 years, despite ethnic conflicts in the region, huge influxes of refugees, civil war, poverty, and volcanic eruptions.

  • Wildlife brings £4.8 billion to the UK economy

    13 January 2004

    The use of wildlife, or wild living resources, in the United Kingdom makes a substantial contribution to the country's economy, according to a study by the UK National Committee of The World Conservation Union (IUCN).

  • Humankind's closest living relatives on the brink of extinction

    26 November 2003

    Twenty five million dollars is urgently needed to avert the threat of imminent extinction of humankind's closest living relatives, the great apes, warns the UN.

  • Oblivion threat to 12,000 species

    19 November 2003

    Another 2,000 species have been added to the annual Red List of the world's most endangered animals and plants. The "official" catalogue produced by IUCN-The World Conservation Union now includes more than 12,000 entries.

  • Forest peoples challenge parks projects

    8 October 2003

    A report issued on the eve of the 5th World Parks Congress, held in Durban South Africa in September 2003, claims that neither governments nor the conservation community have made much progress in carrying through the principles for the protection of indigenous people agreed at the last Congress in 1992.