Biodiversity : Features

There are 52 documents in this section.

  • Mediterranean forests are a burning issue

    16 September 2008

    From Lebanon to Lisbon, the Mediterranean summer produces more than just suntans; the dry heat so beloved of holidaymakers also creates the perfect conditions for forest fires.

  • Forest dwellers of Sumatra are losing their home

    11 August 2008

    The Orang Rimba people have inhabited the jungles of Sumatra for centuries. But, as Sumatra's forests disappear under the onslaught of chainsaws and bulldozers, keeping to their traditional, self-sustaining, way of life is becoming impossible. Michael Stuewe and Desmarita Murni report.

  • 'Wildlife State' faces development onslaught

    28 May 2008

    California is America's "wildlife state." It boasts more species than any other, as well as the greatest number of species found nowhere else. This extraordinary biodiversity is already stressed by the state's big human population and further threatened by continuing rapid population growth and development. This special report is by Leon Kolankiewicz.

  • LETTER FROM SEA SHEPHERD Galapagos in deep trouble

    25 October 2007

    It was the last day of July 2007 and the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat was preparing to depart from the Enchanted Isles of the Galapagos, when Captain Paul Watson, Founder and President of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Co-Founder of Greenpeace, wrote this graphic letter.

  • SUCCESS STORY: India honours saviour of Valley of Flowers

    23 July 2007

    Every year some 600,000 pilgrims make their way through the Valley of Flowers in the Indian Himalayas, and until recently, left behind a trail of garbage. Now the Valley and the adjoining Nanda Devi National Park has been cleaned and restored, thanks to the efforts of a diminutive female Forest Reserve Officer, Jyotsna Sitling, recipient of this year's prestigious Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, the country's highest environmental honour.

  • BOOK FEATURE: Flying blind to the brink of extinction

    11 December 2006

    'Ultimately it is human population growth and increasing consumption that drives every aspect of environmental degradation' says Dr George McGavin of Oxford's Natural History Museum, in a beautifully illustrated new book Endangered: Wildlife on the Brink of Extinction now in the shops. In the final chapter, reproduced here by arrangement with the publishers, the author asks the question 'What next?

  • Human-elephant conflicts on the rise in India

    4 December 2006

    In India, the elephant is revered as the living embodiment of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha. But even here tensions are on the rise between growing populations of humans and elephants in search of food and a more suitable habitat, as Joanna Benn and Jan Vertefeuille report.

  • Year of the Deserts gets under way

    1 February 2006

    In a long overdue recognition of the human tragedy involved in the degradation of the planet's drylands and the destruction of their biodiversity, the United Nations has launched the International Year of Deserts and Desertification 2006. It hopes to raise public awareness of the issue and protect the biological diversity of deserts as well as the traditional knowledge of those communities affected by desertification.

  • Caviar trade suspended - but can the sturgeon survive?

    3 January 2006

    The suspension of the international trade in caviar from wild sturgeon, announced today by the CITES secretariat in Geneva, has been widely welcomed by environmental groups.

  • Birds warn of a planet in peril

    8 December 2005

    Once canaries were used to alert miners to the presence of poisonous gases deep below ground, now birds everywhere are signaling the earth's deteriorating environmental health. Worldwide, some 1,212 of 9,775 bird species - one out of every eight - are threatened withextinction. Destruction and degradation of habitat is the number one danger, threatening 87 per cent of these vulnerable birds.