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 Global warming to make US thunderstorms larger, more frequent My eyes are burning’: Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide UK considers tax on single-use plastics to tackle ocean pollution How Bangladesh is solving its water crisis
Category archives for: Biodiversity

Critical Reefs Destroyed in Poachers’ Quest for World’s Biggest Clams

PUERTO PRINCESA, PHILIPPINES Biologist Ed Gomez was in his office at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute about 25 years ago when the phone rang. The woman on the line told him she worked as a broker and had a client who wanted to buy some of the young giant clams his team […]

South Africa Sees Record Year for Rhino Poaching

More than 1,200 rhinos were illegally killed in 2014 in the country. South Africa, home to the overwhelming majority of the world’s wild rhinos, saw more of the animals poached last year than ever before, its government announced on Thursday. There were 1,215 rhinos illegally killed in the country in 2014, a 21 percent increase […]

After Oil Spill in Bangladesh’s Unique Mangrove Forest, Fears About Rare Animals

Oil from a wrecked tanker is creating a disaster in the waters of Bangladesh’s Sundarbans, the largest contiguous tidal mangrove forest in the world and a haven for a spectacular array of species, including the rareIrrawaddy and Gangetic dolphins and the highly endangered Bengal tiger.  “This catastrophe is unprecedented in the Sundarbans, and we don’t know how to tackle this,” […]

800+ Species added to IUCN Threatened List

Experts have added 817 species to the threatened categories of the IUCN Red List in the latest update. Those added include 51 mammals—mostly lemurs—and over 400 plants. The new update finds that over 90 percent of lemurs and 79 percent of temperate slipper orchids are threatened with extinction. “What was most surprising about this assessment […]

Obama Announces Plan to Create World’s Largest Ocean Reserve

Obama’s proposal would expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the central Pacific from around 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles (225,000 to 2 million square kilometers). It would make the monument the largest protected area on the planet—either on land or in the sea—and two times larger than the currently largest protected […]

New breeding technique to save wallabies and kangaroos

It involves transferring joeys from the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby and the tammar wallaby into the pouches of common wallaby species. Marsupial reproduction specialists hope the fostering technique will lead to a six-fold increase in breeding rates. The University of Newcastle’s Professor John Rodger says taking the offspring means the endangered females are able to […]

Biological control to kill carp

Carp’s destructive feeding habits, which stir up sediment, muddy the water and make it difficult for other fish and birds to feed, as well as the way they rip up water plants, are the main reasons why the fish are a problem in Australia. The program leader for the freshwater pests research program, Dr Dean […]

The tiger and the media

The tiger is the most famous animal in Bangladesh and it’s awesome power is why it has been named the National Animal of Bangladesh.  However the tiger is under threat due to habitat fragmentation, climate change and challenges of sharing the Sundarbans with the 1.5 million people who depend on the forest for their livelihood. […]

Wetlands in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has 6.8 million hectares of wetlands and 12 important wetlands listed in the Ramsar Convention for the protection of wetlands. Bangladesh lies at the intersection of the deltas of three great rivers, the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna and over 1000 smaller rivers.   Between them the rivers of Bangladesh discharge over 1,200 billion […]

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