Entries in conservation (243)

Friday
Apr272018

Wildlife on Social Media: Top 5 Clever Campaigns for  Conservation

Image adapted from original by mohamed mohamed mahmoud hassan

Do you feel like you’re spending way too much time on social media? You’re not alone, and organizations that work to protect wildlife are making huge efforts to use this potential.

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Tuesday
Apr242018

Salmon Is More Than A Sushi  Ingredient

Image adapted from original by U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceSalmon are an incredible species. Besides their pivotal role in the ecosystem and matter cycling, they are an important cultural symbol of some aboriginal communities where they bear spiritual meaning. However, wild salmon populations are declining due to habitat loss, overfishing and interbreeding with genetically modified fish escaping from farms.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Don’t Krill My Vibe: How Human Demand For Krill Is Threatening Antarctic  Ecosystems

Image adapted from original by Uwe KilsRecent demand for krill based products has alerted the attention of environmental organisations such as Greenpeace who are determined to curb the trend. Krill are crucial players in the Antarctic food chain; feeding primarily on algae they support a vast web of life from Adélie penguins to blue whales.

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Friday
Apr132018

QUIZ: Can You Identify Which Of These Products Contain Palm  Oil?

Image adapted from original by Craig Morey

Answer 'true' if you think it contains palm oil or 'false' if you think it doesn't!

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Tuesday
Apr102018

Creating Man–Made Wildlife Corridors 

Image adapted from original by Qyd As the world’s population continues to expand, so does the volume of infrastructure and land required to support it. This can have a negative impact on wildlife species whose habitats can become separated by acres of inhospitable land.

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Thursday
Mar292018

The Grazing Heroes: Wild Horses Help Endangered Species to  Flourish

What can be done with vast former-military lands once the soldiers have left? This question was asked by ecologists from Czechia that have recognized the potential in a deserted area, originally used by the Russian army.

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Wednesday
Mar282018

Tigers and Elephants Over Palm  Oil

Wikimedia Commons | A. C. ShapirTesso Nilo National Park, located in Sumatra, Indonesia is a biodiversity hotspot for mega fauna species including critically endangered Sumatran tigers and elephants. However this ecosystem is severely threatened by illegal logging and palm oil plantations.

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Monday
Mar262018

Traditional Chinese Medicine: No Miracle Cure for Endangered  Species

Flickr | Oregon State UniversityTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is having a profound impact on some of the world's most endangered animals. A huge number of people rely on this form of medicine which has existed for more than 3000 years.

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Monday
Mar192018

Conservation Efforts For The Asiatic  Cheetah

Wikimedia Commons | Behnam GhorbaniThe Asiatic cheetah is on the verge of extinction.  It is estimated that less than 50 Asiatic cheetahs remain in the wild. Historically they roamed throughout the Indian subcontinent through to Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Iran to the Arabian Peninsula and Syria.

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Tuesday
Mar132018

The Decline of the North Atlantic Right  Whale

Flickr | National Marine SanctuariesAfter rebounding in recent decades from the brink of extinction, today’s right whales now face a similar fate. An estimated 100 females remain in the whole population and scientists predict that if the current rate of mortality continues the species could become extinct in as little as 20 years...

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Monday
Feb192018

Top 5 Largest Nature Reserves 

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) are responsible for defining the categories which determine whether an area should be included in the official list of protected areas...

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Tuesday
Feb132018

Sebastião Salgado: A Father of a  Forest

Wikimedia | Fernando Frazão/Agência BrasilSebastião Salgado is a world renowned photojournalist, having captured images from every corner of the earth; he has a collection that spans 45 years. His monochrome images have been noted as a documentation of the human condition, delivering striking images of life in over 120 countries, finding the most unsettling, poignant, eye-opening and perspective-altering shots. They display lives we would not otherwise have known of.  

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Tuesday
Jan092018

Issues of Invasive Species 

Believe it or not, after habitat loss, invasive species are the second most significant threat to biodiversity. In a new environment or ecosystem, invasive species become predators and compete with the existing species, to the extent that they are inhibiting the survival of native plants and animals!

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Tuesday
Jan022018

Nature and  Architecture

We have overdeveloped and overpopulated our planet, leaving very little room for our mother nature to thrive and give us her best. We build on habitats, forestry, and even coasts. If you live in a city, new developments consisting of rapidly constructed high-rises to deal with housing shortages are a common sight.  

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Wednesday
Dec132017

British Seabird  Decline

The UK is recognized as an important hub for the world’s seabird populations. For example, British shores are home to 90% of the world’s great skua population. Other species that can be found along the coast of the UK include the kittiwake, the northern gannet and the charismatic puffin to name a few but their numbers are in decline.

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