Archive for September, 2016

Fewer than 100 ploughshare are estimated to occur in the wild. Photo courtesy of Global Wildlife Conservation.

Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years

One of the world’s rarest tortoises, the ploughshare tortoise, is about to become extinct. Fewer than 100 ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) remain in the wild, conservationists estimate, and continued poaching of these animals for the illegal pet trade is likely to wipe out the last few individuals in the next two to three years. A […]

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Spain could be first EU country with national park listed as ‘in danger’

“Doñana wetlands in Andalusia is home to thousands of species but has lost most of its natural water due to industry and faces ‘danger’ listing by Unesco” A Spanish wetland home to 2,000 species of wildlife – including around 6 million migratory birds – is on track to join a Unesco world heritage danger list, […]

In 20 Short Years, We’ve Wiped Out 10 Percent Of Earth’s Wilderness

In 20 Short Years, We’ve Wiped Out 10 Percent Of Earth’s Wilderness

HONOLULU ― Over the past 20 years, a mere blink of an eye in our species’200,000-year existence, humans have managed to eliminate 10 percent of the world’s wilderness, a new analysis has found. Globally, the authors write, the “catastrophic declines” in wilderness area over the last two decades add up to about 1.27 million square miles […]

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I’m sorry if rewilding hurts farmers, but we need it

Apart from crags and pockets of ancient woodland, the British uplands are manmade. Three thousand years before Christ, neolithic farmers felled the trees and gave us a landscape stripped to grassland by grazing sheep we take as “natural” today. Two thousand years after Christ, new forces are moulding the British uplands. They will bring back […]

The analysis found very high erosion rates for parts of Malaysia and Sumatra. Many of these areas correlate to conversion for agriculture - like the area shown in the inset, where clear land borders a mangrove swamp.

World’s watersheds lost 6 percent of their forests in 14 years

The world’s 230 watersheds have critical functions in providing water to ecosystems and human communities. But like any natural resource, they are susceptible to degradation from a wide variety of factors from damming and local pollution to climate change. A new analysis released this week takes a look at a specific source of watershed destruction: deforestation. […]

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