Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • Species survey boosts Scottish reforestation plans

    16 February 2010

    Biodiversity surveys carried out at the on Dundreggan Estate in Glen Moriston, Inverness-shire have identified 56 priority species for conservation - including some feared extinct in Scotland.

  • New hope in the year of the (dwindling) tiger

    10 February 2010

    The year 2010 is the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese lunar calendar and celebrations of the year will begin on Monday (February 14) in many parts of Asia. Today tigers occupy only seven percent of their historic range and there are now as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild, down from an estimated 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century. So what are the chances that this 'year' will make any difference?

  • US biodiversity centre to hand out free condoms

    1 February 2010

    The US-based Center for Biological Diversity, with headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, has launched an Endangered Species Condom Project. This aims to distribute free condoms throughout the country, in six different packages featuring endangered species, with the goal of raising awareness about overpopulation's serious impacts on the planet.

  • Mekong tigers plummet to only 350

    26 January 2010

    Tiger numbers have fallen by more than 70 per cent in slightly more than a decade in the Greater Mekong, with the region's five countries containing only 350 tigers, according to a new report.

  • Madagascar's political chaos threatens conservation gains

    20 January 2010

    Since the government's collapse after a coup last March, Madagascar's rainforests have been plundered for their precious wood and unique wildlife. But now there are a few encouraging signs, as officials promise a crackdown on illegal logging and ecotourists begin to return to the island, says Rhett Butler in this report for Yale e360 website.

  • 2010: International Year of Biodiversity

    4 January 2010

    In a bid to curb the unprecedented loss of the world's species due to human activity - at a rate some experts put at 1,000 times the natural progression - the United Nations is marking 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, with a slew of events highlighting the vital role the phenomenon plays in maintaining the life support system on Planet Earth.

  • IUCN names species threatened by climate change

    14 December 2009

    The Arctic Fox, Leatherback Turtle and Koala are among the species destined to be hardest hit by climate change, according to a new review, published today.

  • Asian vultures on brink of disaster

    8 December 2009

    For every 1000 Oriental white-backed vultures occuring in southern Asia in the 1980s only one remains today because of the lethal effects of diclofenac - a drug used to treat livestock - on vultures. Alarmingly, researchers looking into safe alternatives have now identified that a second, livestock treatment in Asia - ketoprofen - is also lethal to the birds. Vultures feeding on the carcasses of recently-treated livestock suffer acute kidney failure within days of exposure.

  • Evolutionary treasure house of Galapagos faces devastation

    4 December 2009

    The coastal wildlife of the Galapagos Islands - arguably the world's most celebrated environmental treasure - has suffered outright transformations due to a combination of climate change and over fishing, with several species of marine plants and animals believed to have gone extinct and many others seriously threatened, a new report reveals.

  • Tuna quota still 'too big to save species'

    16 November 2009

    The international commission responsible for managing stocks of bluefin tuna in the North Atlantic, meeting in Brazil, has failed to agree on measures that will ensure the recovery of the species.