Category: Endangered Species

Ivory Rising Puts Spotlight On Elephant Poachers, Wildlife Traffickers Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Prods. is teaming with with Red Bull’s Terra Mater Film Studios to produce a feature documentary about elephant poaching called, Ivory Rising. Not much can be revealed about the doc, mainly because the pic’s filmmakers cannot be named for their own safety. […]

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Technology Expedites Slashing, Burning Of Rainforests The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or otherwise lost from the 1990s through the 2000s accelerated by 62 percent, according to a new study which dramatically reverses a previous estimate of a 25 percent slowdown over the same period. That previous estimate, from the U.N.’s Food […]

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Habitat Conservation and Wildlife Conservation The relocation of animals to make way for land development rarely succeeds and could push some species towards extinction, according to a new study. An international team of scientists found that “mitigation” translocations – where animals were moved from the path of building projects – were rising rapidly and far outnumbered instances […]

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deforestation and climate change

Wildlife Extinction Not Sustainable Sustainable palm oil is killing endangered species. In a rush to greenwash the palm oil industry, biodiversity is being crushed and pushed toward extinction. The culprits then offset the death and destruction with a token green project elsewhere in the world. Most palm oil is grown on land that was once pristine rainforest […]

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Sustainability Label Bought Not Earned The sustainable palm oil industry is destroying biodiversity at the speed of light. In a rush to greenwash the industry, biodiversity is being crushed and pushed toward extinction. The culprits then offset the death and destruction with a token green project somewhere else around the world. Companies like Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, […]

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Privatizing Natural Resources A Global Threat “If they’re well-managed and well-financed, protected areas are incredible for wildlife conservation.” James Watson of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Queensland in Australia. He and colleagues analyzed protected land and sea regions worldwide. They published their findings in the journal Nature. “From tiger conservation in India to […]

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Deforestation Not Sustainable Or Responsible Deforestation is directly responsible for about 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to the carbon released when forests are burned, deforestation impairs the planet’s capacity to absorb harmful CO2 from our air, which compounds the greenhouse effect, global warming and climate change. Because of deforestation, ecosystems in some regions […]

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Biodiversity Threatened By Sustainable Palm Oil By Calen May-Tobin, Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative The word “manifesto” rarely conjures up positive connotations. That word brings to my mind Karl Marx’s famous tome, at best, and, at worst, images of a bearded man in a remote cabin. Regardless, it’s a word most often associated with people or […]

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Denies Trade In Tiger Bones China has for the first time admitted in public that it permits trade in skins from captive tigers, according to participants and officials at a meeting of an international convention to protect endangered species. They said the Chinese authorities had never before reported this to the Convention on International Trade […]

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Entire Ecosystems On verge Of Collapse “We’re continuing to lose forests at a stunning rate,” said Nigel Sizer, director of the forests program at the World Resources Institute in Washington.  “At the rate of 50 soccer fields a minute, every minute, every day, every year.” Sizer can rattle off these figures because he’s been watching deforestation happen […]

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