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Reindeer herds in global decline
Thursday, June 11 2009
Global
Climate change, logging, oil and gas prospecting, and other industrial activities are being blamed for the decrease in most reindeer populations around the world. A new study has found that populations all over the world were decreasing, with some being harmed by warming arctic temperatures and others by habitat destruction.
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Afghans issue first wildlife list
Tuesday, June 09 2009
Nation
Afghanistan has published its first list of threatened wildlife that can no longer be hunted or harvested. The list currently includes 20 mammals, 7 birds, and 4 plants, although they hope to expand the list to as many as 70 species by the end of the year.
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Rainforest is worth more standing
Friday, June 05 2009
Global
A new analysis has found that Indonesian rainforest could be worth more left standing under a proposed scheme called Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (Redd). This would make the trees more valuable standing than destroyed and replanted with palm oil plantations. These palm oil plantations have been contributing to climate change and also damaging the local ecosystem and endangering animals such as orangutans.
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Jungle residents protest development of Amazon rainforest
Friday, June 05 2009
Nation
Last year, Peruvian president Alan Garcia signed a series of laws vastly decreasing forest protection, opening up 111 million acres for potential development. The laws also authorize the government to approve development projects in the region without consulting existing residents. These and other laws essentially nationalize the ownership of much land, water and oil, in addition to other resources. Meanwhile, they push for formal, private ownership of agricultural land, which is incompatible with current communal systems and may reduce agricultural sustainability at a national level. As various jungle oil concessions were granted in April, Amazonian residents instituted a months-long road-block in protest of these laws, blocking oil lines and leading to a spike in oil prices in the capital. A State of Emergency was declared, allowing police to break the road block with violent measures on Friday, June 5. A reported 60 were killed that day, although some say the numbers are higher. Facing widespread popular resistance, the government temporarily suspended the laws on June 10. Protests continue throughout the country.
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Help wanted to write book of life
Monday, June 01 2009
Global
UK and US scientists are working together to put together a global database of information on all living things. This information would include research findings, descriptions, pictures, genetic information, and updates on sightings from citizen scientists.
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Dolphin and whale climate fears
Monday, June 01 2009
Global
A new report found that 88% of the habitat for cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales) is expected to increase in temperature as a result of climate change. This is a problem because they are temperature sensitive and also only able to go so deep to find cooler temperatures.
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Beavers return after 400-year gap
Friday, May 29 2009
Nation
Scottland has begun a trial program to reintroduce beavers for the first time in 400 years.
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Deforestation 'faster in Africa'
Tuesday, May 26 2009
Global
Africa's forests are disappearing faster than those in other areas of the world due to a lack of land ownership.
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