Who’s driving the future of conservation? Dhaka most polluted city in the world Is it possible to live without plastic? Glitter could be bad for environment Belize bans oil activity to protect its barrier reef A life of adventure and opportunity – birds find me in that happy place Only 260 vultures left in Bangladesh Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’ No subsidies for green power projects before 2025, says UK Treasury Particle level in city motor vehicle areas much higher, says study
Category archives for: Biodiversity

Who’s driving the future of conservation?

As a marine biologist I have been inspired by citizen scientists and volunteers, who give me hope for the future of conservation. On the Isle of Man, more than 8,000 people (nearly 10% of the population) are involved in regular weekend beach cleans, rallied by the dynamic Beach Buddies organizer Bill Dale. At one recent event, […]

Only 260 vultures left in Bangladesh

With only around 260 White-rumped vultures left in Bangladesh, surveys reveal that the large birds are almost extinct in the country. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Bangladesh Forest Department conducted the surveys in 2014. Nearly 60% of White-rumped vultures were extinct in four years, while the population was 1,972 in 2008 and 816 in […]

Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

Scientists have stepped in as environmental matchmakers by breeding baby coral on the Great Barrier Reef in a move that could have worldwide significance. Coral eggs and sperm were collected from Heron Island’s reef during last November’s coral spawning to produce more than a million larvae. The larvae were returned to the wild and placed on to reef patches […]

UK considers tax on single-use plastics to tackle ocean pollution

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, will announce in next week’s budget a “call for evidence” on how taxes or other charges on single-use plastics such as takeaway cartons and packaging could reduce the impact of discarded waste on marine and bird life, the Treasury has said. The commitment was welcomed by environmental and wildlife groups, though […]

Larvaceans provide a pathway for transporting microplastics into deep-sea food webs

Over the last decade, scientists have discovered tiny pieces of plastic in many ocean waters, and even in deep-sea mud. However, they know very little about how microplastics are transported within the ocean. A new paper by MBARI researchers in the journal Science Advances shows that filter-feeding animals called giant larvaceans can collect and consume microplastic particles […]

Loving Blue Planet? Go one better and take a real submarine trip to the deep

The unknowable expanse of the oceans has become a little more familiar after Blue Planet II. Now it is set to become more familiar still to tourists with enough cash to spare. The BBC series is the most-watched show of 2017, with 14.1 million viewers tuning in for unseen wonders like cannibalistic Humboldt squid, methane […]

Tanguar Haor: Accusations fly as unique biodiversity comes under threat

Blue skies overhead, green fields underneath the clear beel and the continuous chirping of local and foreign birds- that is how a nature lover or tourist would describe Tanguar Haor, one of the many significant wetlands located in Sunamganj district.The haor, with its unique ecosystem known for hosting many species of fish and as a […]

Could U.S. Endangered Species Rules Go Extinct?

Once nearly extinct, gray wolves have rebounded in recent years under the Endangered Species Act. In Wisconsin, their numbers grew to around 900 in 2016—a 16 percent increase over the previous year. To James Holte of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, this is not good news. “As wolf populations continue to increase, interactions between farmers, their livestock, rural residents, and […]

Urban butterfly declines 69% compared to 45% drop in countryside

Butterflies have vanished from towns and cities more rapidly than from the countryside over the past two decades, according to a new study. Industrial agriculture has long been viewed as the scourge of butterflies and other insects but city life is worse – urban butterfly abundance fell by 69% compared to a 45% decline in rural areas over […]

Famous Frog Toughie Dies, Sending Species to Extinction

And then there were none. Toughie, the world's last Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog and a symbol of the extinction crisis, has died at his home in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The famed frog's age is unknown, but he's at least 12 years old, and likely older, because he was an adult when collected in 2005. Mark Mandica, […]

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