Biodiversity : Newsfile

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  • Arctic nations strengthen pledge to polar bear survival

    19 March 2009

    Five arctic nations, committed by treaty, since 1973, to conserve polar bears, have resolved, a a meeting in Tromso, Norway, to link the future of the species to urgent action on climate change.

  • Study reveals war's devastating impact on nature

    16 March 2009

    Most wars that have taken place in the last 60 years have occurred in areas rich in biodiversity, with a devastating impact on wild plants and animals, according to a new study published in the scientific journal, Conservation Biology.

  • Polar bears in western Arctic going hungry

    11 February 2009

    Polar bears in the western Arctic are struggling to find food during the critical spring period, according to a recent report.

  • Gabon adds a million hectares to its protected wetlands

    3 February 2009

    Gabon, in West Africa, is to increase its protected wetland sites by more than a million hectares. This will increase Gabon's total area of Ramsar protected areas by more than a third and has been welcomed by conservationists world wide.

  • Ten new amphibian species discovered in Colombia

    2 February 2009

    Scientists today announced the discovery of 10 amphibians believed to be new to science, including a spiky-skinned, orange-legged rain frog, three poison dart frogs and three glass frogs, so called because their transparent skin can reveal internal organs.

  • Mountain gorilla population increases despite war

    27 January 2009

    The number of mountain gorillas in Virunga National Park has increased despite the war being waged in and around the area, according to the first count in 16 months.

  • In Ecuador, Nature now has rights

    19 January 2009

    After many years of environmental destruction especially due to oil extracting activities, Ecuador has approved a new constitution that is the first in the world to extends "inalienable rights to nature."

  • Bush 'eviscerates wildlife protection'

    8 January 2009

    The Bush administration has issued a final rule eliminating the Endangered Species Act requirement that federal agencies consult with independent scientists. John Kostyack, Executive Director of Wildlife and Global Warming for the US National Wildlife Federation says this eviscerates key wildlife protections that have existwed for 35 years.

  • Euro MPs call for action over bee decline

    30 November 2008

    Immediate action is required to tackle the drastic decline in bee colonies throughout Europe, members of the EU parliament have declared. The decline in the number of bees poses a threat not just to honey production, but to the pollination of plants and hence to food production across Europe, they say.

  • Iguana killings highlight island conservation challenge

    25 November 2008

    The killing of seven rare blue iguanas in Grand Cayman Island earlier this year has drawn attention to the vulnerability of island species as development activity and growing human numbers put more pressure on these fragile ecosystems.