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Fin whale landed at Miòsandur whaling station Hvalfjördur, Iceland, in August 2014. Photo: EIA.

EU leads diplomatic protest against Iceland's whaling

The Ecologist

16th September 2014

As the IWC meeting begins today in Slovenia, the EU, its 28 member states and the United States, Australia, Brazil, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico and Monaco, have expressed their opposition to Iceland's commercial whaling in a powerful diplomatic broadside. more...
Lanthanotus borneensis or the Earless Monitor Lizard. Photo: TRAFFIC.

Collectors' trade threatens 'Holy Grail' of the reptile world

The Ecologist

10th August 2014

An earless species of monitor lizard from Borneo has suddenly erupted into the international trade among pet keepers and reptile collectors. Although it is protected within its range, there are no restrictions on international trade in the species. An urgent CITES listing is desperately needed! more...
Giant hogweed growing on waste ground. Photo: Rab Pillans via Flickr.com.

Exterminate! New law to compel landowners to kill off exotics

Oliver Tickell

11th February 2014

The Law Commission says the UK's wildlife agencies should be able to compel landowners to clear invasive exotic plants and animals from their land, or enter land and do it themselves. more...

Bluefin tuna protected - but what about the sharks?

The Ecologist

25th November 2013

ICCAT, the Atlantic tuna commission, sets science-based bluefin tuna catch quotas in the Mediterranean - but fails to protect for vulnerable sharks, or clamp down on rule breakers. more...
Ships at Svalbard. Photo: Christopher Ware.

Arctic at risk from invasive species

Christopher Ware

25th November 2013

As the Arctic ice melts, new shipping routes are opening up for tourism, mining and other commercial purposes, cutting journey times and fuel costs. And as Christopher Ware reports, a new danger arises - invasive alien species disrupting fragile Arctic ecosystems ... more...

Koch Brothers win 2013 Rubber Dodo Award

The Ecologist

12th November 2013

The Koch Brothers, who famously fund climate change denial groups in the USA, and other right-wing causes, are the joint winners of a dubious accolade. more...

Amazon: 441 new species discovered in four years

Oliver Tickell

23 October 2013

"Most of the recently discovered plants and animals are thought to be endemic to small parts of the Amazon rainforest." more...
Sumatran tiger

Indonesia's Sumatran tiger threatened by development of last jungle strongholds

Dr. Julian Bloomer

4th September, 2012

As politicians encourage development around the Kerinci Seblat National Park, Dr. Julian Bloomer explores how the area's endangered species can be protected more...
fish in a marine protected area

Do protected areas for wildlife really work?

Eifion Rees

11th April, 2012

Can national parks and marine protected areas safeguard endangered wildlife against the growing pressures of population growth and climate change? more...
Greenpeace

TAKE ACTION to stop Asia Pulp and Paper's logging in Indonesia's tiger rainforests

Priyanka Mogul

7th March, 2012

Greenpeace's undercover investigation accused Asia Pulp and Paper's of flouting the logging ban on ramin trees in Indonesia, threatening the remaining population of Sumatran tigers. Greenpeace calls on you to urge companies to boycott APP products more...
Sumatran Orangutan

Join the SOS celebrity auction to help save the Sumatran Orangutan

Ecologist

1st March, 2012

With only 6,600 left in the wild, the Sumatran orangutan is critically endangered. Campaign group Sumatran Orangutan Society has organised a celebrity auction to raise money to protect them and their rainforest habitat more...
Earth in 100 Groundbreaking Discoveries

Earth in 100 Groundbreaking Discoveries

Hannah Corr

22nd September, 2011

Packing 4.5 billion years of history into 416 pages is a truly Herculean task, but it's one, says Hannah Corr, that Douglas Palmer has managed to do in style more...

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Tiger

PHOTO GALLERY: Species on the Edge of Survival

Ruth Styles

1st September, 2011

From the tiger to the bumblebee, the list of endangered birds, animals and insects is a growing one. Now a new book based on the IUCN Red List is providing an insight into the species under threat more...
Ivory Smuggling China

Illegal ivory openly on sale in Chinese cities

Rosie Spinks

17th August, 2011

Activists question allowing China to participate in ivory trade, with estimates that as much as 90 per cent of retail items in the country are illegal more...
The Desmondium intortum

Why invasive plants are the 'second biggest threat to biodiversity' after habitat loss

Carrie Madren

23rd March,2011

As experts gather in London for a major conference addressing the often overlooked threat of invasive species to biodiversity, Carrie Madren gets a briefing from those on the frontline in the battle against 'pest plants' more...
RENCTAS

RENCTAS: the Brazilian NGO on the frontline of the war on animal trafficking

Giovana Zilli

11th February, 2011

RENCTAS and its fearless leader Raulff Lima are taking on Brazil's lucrative - and dangerous - black market in wildlife, reports Giovana Zilli more...
Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl

Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl: a comedy about human extinction

Matilda Lee

21st January, 2011

Now showing as part of London's International Mime Festival, Flesh and Blood is about two office workers becoming feral. It's absurd yet its ecological messages are clear, says Matilda Lee more...

Financial problems could wipe out commercial whaling

Peter Nolan-Smith

5th January, 2011

Commercial whaling by many nations continues despite an international ban and widescale condemnation. What may end the practice, argues Peter Nolan-Smith, is that the financial incentives are starting to dry up more...
Tiger farming

Species vs ecosystems: save the tiger or focus on the bigger issues?

Kara Moses

2nd January, 2011

Millions have been raised to protect tigers but does this help or hinder the efforts to prevent wider biodiversity loss by tackling habitat loss, climate change and pollution? more...

How Essex schoolchildren help save endangered species through Millenium Seed Bank

Kara Moses

19th November, 2010

Kara Moses reports on a group of 10-year-olds from Holly Trees Primary School who - by fundraising for Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Partnership - have helped secure the future of a rare Namibian plant that was virtually extinct in the wild more...

PHOTO GALLERY: Migratory animals and birds face a new battle for survival

Eifion Rees

26th October, 2010

Some of nature's most majestic creatures are migratory, but their future in a changing world is far from certain, as a stunning new book of photographs makes clear more...

What has biodiversity ever done for us?

Jonathan Silvertown

2nd September, 2010

A new book, Fragile Web, reveals why the biodiversity crisis may be humanity's biggest challenge more...

Wildlife corridors are the Asian elephant's last chance for survival

Mark Shand

22nd June, 2010

Why wildlife corridors are the new reserves - and why colourful elephants are cropping up on London streets more...
Barn owl in Kent

How to get involved in wildlife conservation

Laura Sevier

27th May 2010

From joining campaigns groups to making your garden more wildlife friendly, there are many ways to get involved with saving the natural world. Read on for inspiration... more...
Atlantic bluefin tuna

UK joins calls for ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna trade

Ecologist

5th February, 2010

The UK has joined growing European support for Atlantic Bluefin tuna to be declared an endangered species to prevent collapse more...

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