Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • Bluefin tuna demise due to black market and fraud

    7 November 2010

    The rapid demise of Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna, the source of prized sushi around the world, is due to a $4 billion black market and a decade of rampant fraud, according to a new report.

  • World hails historic deal to tackle extinction crisis

    30 October 2010

    After over 18 years of discussion, nearly 200 governments  today agreed on a new treaty to manage more fairly the world’s genetic resources and adopted a strategic  plan to tackle the crisis of mass extinction.

  • Harrison Ford says US Congress must sign Biodiversity Convention

    30 October 2010

    Interviewed by CNN in Nagoya, Japan, at the global talks on the Convention on Biological Diversity, actor and conservationist Harrison Ford said nature was at a 'tipping point' and called on the US Congress to ratify the treaty without further delay. Here is a transcript of what he said.

  • Nature's backbone at risk

    30 October 2010

    The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened.

  • Mangroves: going, going, gone?

    15 October 2010

    More than one in six mangrove species worldwide are in danger of extinction due to coastal development and other factors, including climate change, logging and agriculture.

  • Tropics in decline as natural resources register alarming losses

    13 October 2010

    Populations of tropical species are plummeting and humanity’s demands on natural resources are sky-rocketing to 50 per cent more than the earth can sustain, reveals the 2010 edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report.

  • New Mekong discoveries highlight need for urgent action

    6 October 2010

     A seven-metre tall carnivorous plant, a fish with vampire fangs, and a frog that sounds like a cricket are among 145 new species described last year in the Greater Mekong.

  • Troubling decline in caribou herds of the Arctic

    5 October 2010

     Across the Far North, populations of caribou — an indispensable source of food and clothing for indigenous people — are in steep decline. Scientists point to rising temperatures and a resource-development boom as the prime culprits.

  • EU recommends tuna fishing ban - with strings

    23 February 2010

    There has been a cautious welcome to the EU Commission's recommendation today that the 27 European Union member countries vote for a ban on international commercial trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna.

  • World's primates on the brink of extinction

    18 February 2010

    Mankind's closest living relatives - the world's apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates - are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures according to a report into the world's 25 most endangered prmates.