Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • Africa's first transfrontier marine park

    2 November 2009

    Africa's first transfrontier marine conservation area has been established, connecting Maputaland in South Africa's World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, with Mozambique's first marine conservancy, the Ponta do Ouro Marine Protected Area.

  • Red List shows mounting extinction crisis

    2 November 2009

    Evidence of a serious extinction crisis is mounting, say the authorsof the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Speciesâ„¢, published today. This shows that 17,291 species out of the 47,677 assessed species are threatened with extinction.

  • Newly discovered species threatened by climate change

    25 September 2009

    A bird eating fanged frog, a gecko that looks like it's from another planet and a bird which would rather walk than fly, are among the 163 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region last year that are now at risk of extinction due to climate change, says a new report.

  • Extinction threat to Mediterranean mammals

    15 September 2009

    The latest assessment of Mediterranean mammals shows that one in six is threatened with extinction, as their natural habitat continues to shrink.

  • Half EU species are in poor shape

    30 August 2009

    Europe risks a rising wave of wildlife extinctions as it continues to massively under-resource and under-enforce nature and wildlife protection, conservation experts say. Their comments follow the release of a report by the European Commission showing 65 per cent of European habitats and more than half its remaining species are under threat.

  • SUCCESS STORY: A Mexican village cleans up the plastic tide

    25 August 2009

    Globally, one billion marine animals and birds die every year from eating discarded plastics. And, according to Mexican Environment Minister Jose Luis Luege, Mexico has one of the lowest garbage recycling rates in the world. Now, one seaside town has shown that local communities can take action to turn the tide of plastic waste and help the turtles to survive.

  • Costa Rica tops Happy Planet Index

    13 August 2009

    Costa Rica tops the list of countries able to provide long and happy lives for its citizens on a low ecological footprint, according to the Happy Planet Index, released this month by the new economics foundation (nef).

  • EU bans seal products

    30 July 2009

    In response to concerns about the animal welfare aspects of seal hunting practices, the European Council of Ministers have approved a new regulation that forbids the marketing of seal products in the European Union.

  • Brazil's endemic plant life on the verge of a mass extinction

    5 July 2009

    Much of the stunning array rare plant life found only in Brazil is at a risk of being lost forever, a major new scientific book - published on 2 July - has concluded.

  • Small whales rapidly disappearing from world's oceans

    28 June 2009

    Small whales are disappearing from the world's oceans and waterways as they fall victim to fishing gear, pollution, and habitat loss - threats compounded by a lack of conservation measures such as those developed for great whales.