Conservation http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24592/all en U.S. government sued over endangered sea turtles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/us-government-sued-over-endangered-sea-turtles <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Complaint says deadlines for protection have not been met</p> <p>* Loggerheads among most imperiled sea turtles species</p> <p>Jan 8 (Reuters) - Three environmental groups sued the U.S. government on Tuesday for what they said was Washington's failure to take urgent steps to ensure the survival of endangered loggerhead sea turtles.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/us-government-sued-over-endangered-sea-turtles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Disaster Herpetology Politics Sea turtles Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:15:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731934 at http://www.globalpost.com Rare Panda cub makes public debut at San Diego Zoo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/rare-panda-cub-makes-public-debut-at-san-diego-zoo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Marty Graham</p> <p>SAN DIEGO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Xiao Liwu, the newest surviving giant panda born in captivity in the United States, made his public debut on Thursday at the San Diego Zoo by shunning the media but shining for the public.</p> <p>During an hour-long, pre-opening introduction to the media and zoo volunteers, the 6-month-old, 16-pound male cub rolled in mud and hay, ignoring visitors, then climbed into a moat at the edge of the enclosure and fell asleep on his face.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/rare-panda-cub-makes-public-debut-at-san-diego-zoo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Conservation Xiao Liwu Zoology Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:30:19 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732870 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. Navy minesweeper runs aground off Philippines http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/us-navy-minesweeper-runs-aground-philippines <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, ran aground in the Sulu Sea off the Philippines on Thursday, and was stuck on a reef, the Navy said.</p> <p>No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at 2:25 a.m. local time on Tubbataha Reef about 80 miles (130 km) east-southeast of Palawan Island, in the Philippines, the Navy said. There were no reports that any fuel leaked from the vessel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/us-navy-minesweeper-runs-aground-philippines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Sulu Sea Tubbataha Reef Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:15:14 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735436 at http://www.globalpost.com Philippines says salvaging U.S. ship should not damage reef http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/philippines-says-salvaging-us-ship-should-not-damage-reef <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MANILA, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has given instructions not to allow the U.S. navy to salvage its grounded USS Guardian minesweeper without Philippine involvement, in order to minimise damage to coral reefs, a senior official said on Monday.</p> <p>The ship, which is stuck on a reef at the Tubbataha natural marine park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, had just completed a port call at Subic Bay in the western Philippines when the grounding occurred last Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/philippines-says-salvaging-us-ship-should-not-damage-reef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Coral reefs Philippines Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:45:30 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737137 at http://www.globalpost.com Reptiles are at risk, study finds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/reptiles-are-at-risk-study-finds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Almost one in five of the world's reptile species are in danger of extinction as their habitats are cleared away for farming and logging, a report said Friday.</p> <p>An assessment by more than 200 experts of 1,500 randomly-selected species of snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tortoises and other reptiles, found that 19 percent were threatened, said the report in the journal Biological Conservation.</p> <p>Of these, more than a tenth of species were listed as critically endangered, 41 percent endangered, and nearly half as vulnerable.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/reptiles-are-at-risk-study-finds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Conservation Conservation biology AFP Fri, 15 Feb 2013 01:48:51 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5756226 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan hunts poachers of endangered national animal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/pakistan-hunts-poachers-endangered-national-animal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Police in Pakistan are seeking nine men who illegally killed an endangered markhor goat in a national park, officials said Tuesday.</p> <p>A police case has been registered against the hunters after they killed the markhor in the Chitral Gol National Park in northern Pakistan, close to the Afghan border on Monday, wildlife officials said.</p> <p>The markhor, a large species of wild mountain goat noted for its huge corkscrew horns that can grow up to 1.5 metres (five feet) in length, is Pakistan's national animal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130219/pakistan-hunts-poachers-endangered-national-animal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Capra Conservation Law National symbols of Pakistan Pakistan AFP Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:01:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5759998 at http://www.globalpost.com China flouting UN tiger accord: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/china-flouting-un-tiger-accord-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>China is allowing the sale of captive-bred tiger skins and body parts despite signing up to a UN agreement which calls for such trade to be banned, a London-based environmental lobby group claimed on Tuesday.</p> <p>The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) says that its investigation has uncovered evidence of a legalised domestic trade in captive-bred tiger products -- sold as luxury home decor -- which it claims stimulates the poaching of wild cats.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/china-flouting-un-tiger-accord-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Conservation Fauna of Asia Tigers AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:16:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766522 at http://www.globalpost.com China defends record on tiger protection http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/china-defends-record-tiger-protection <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>China defended its record on protecting endangered species Tuesday after an environmental group accused it of allowing the sale of captive-bred tiger skins and body parts.</p> <p>The London-based NGO The Environmental Investigation Agency said in a report Tuesday that China had a legalised domestic trade in captive-bred tiger products which stimulated the poaching of wild cats.</p> <p>In Beijing a foreign ministry spokeswoman insisted China had enacted laws and taken other steps to protect endangered species.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/china-defends-record-tiger-protection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Environment Tigers AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:16:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766733 at http://www.globalpost.com Funnel removed from US Navy ship in Philippines http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/funnel-removed-us-navy-ship-philippines <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Salvage teams have removed the funnel from a US Navy ship stranded on a UN World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines after bad weather caused weeks of delays, the coastguard said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The 68-metre (223-foot) USS Guardian minesweeper became stuck on the Tubbataha Reef on January 17 and strong winds and heavy seas have hampered the operation to dismantle it.</p> <p>The salvagers hailed the removal on Tuesday of the funnel as a major step.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/funnel-removed-us-navy-ship-philippines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Coral reefs Sulu Sea AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:00:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5768045 at http://www.globalpost.com Salvage crews break up US Navy ship in Philippines http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/salvage-crews-break-us-navy-ship-philippines <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Salvage teams have begun cutting up a US Navy ship stranded on a UN World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines in a process that could take almost month, the coastguard said on Wednesday.</p> <p>The smokestack, or funnel, of the minesweeper USS Guardian was lifted off on Tuesday while the mast was removed on Wednesday, marking a major step in the operation, said coastguard spokeswoman Lieutenant Greanata Jude.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/salvage-crews-break-us-navy-ship-philippines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Sulu Sea Tubbataha Reef United States Navy AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:46:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5768283 at http://www.globalpost.com Galapagos residents playing key role in scientific discoveries http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130227/galapagos-residents-playing-key-role-scientific-discoveries <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Quito, Feb 27 (EFE). The recent discovery of a rare fish species by residents of the Galapagos Islands marks the latest in a series of finds by inhabitants of the famed Ecuadorian archipelago, who are to be further encouraged in their efforts by a government-sponsored "Citizen Science" program.</p> <p>Most of the finds have come from fishermen and guides, the head of the Galapagos National Park's Marine Spaces Monitoring area, Eduardo Espinoza, told Efe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130227/galapagos-residents-playing-key-role-scientific-discoveries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Galapagos Galápagos Islands Geology Agencia EFE Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:03:00 +0000 Agencia EFE 5768809 at http://www.globalpost.com AFP Videographics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/afp-videographics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>We will send the following videographic:</p> <p>ENDANGERED SPECIES</p> <p>From bears to pandas and sharks to coral reefs; some 20,000 of the world's plant and animal species are currently threatened with extinction according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The group's Red List of Threatened Species identifies populations most at risk with the aim of promoting biodiversity conservation.</p> <p>Text slug: Environment-wildlife-species</p> <p>ANIMATION IN FLASH FORMAT:</p> <p>Flash CS5, Player 10, EndangeredSpecies2802VFLA_TEN, 1500 GMT</p> <p>ANIMATION IN VIDEO FORMAT:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/afp-videographics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Conservation Environment AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:50:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5769542 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa to explore legal rhino horn trade: minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/south-africa-explore-legal-rhino-horn-trade-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>South Africa is exploring the legal trade of rhino horn to counter a poaching bloodbath that has surged despite tighter security controls, the environment minister said Thursday.</p> <p>"We are investigating," minister Edna Molewa told AFP, saying cabinet had mandated the ministry to look into the matter.</p> <p>The trade is banned internationally but it has been punted as a possible tool against the insatiable Asian demand for horn that is fuelling the slaughter.</p> <p>So far this year, 128 rhinos have been lost after a record 668 animals were killed last year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/south-africa-explore-legal-rhino-horn-trade-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Rhinoceroses South Africa AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:31:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5769636 at http://www.globalpost.com CITES -- a handbook for wildlife protection http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/cites-handbook-wildlife-protection <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The planet's endangered species may not be able to speak up for themselves but they do have a global treaty which seeks to protect them from the dangers threatening their future in a fast-changing world.</p> <p>The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which meets in Bangkok on Sunday, is the framework by which trade in animals and plants is regulated.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/cites-handbook-wildlife-protection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Ecology Environment AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 04:15:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770478 at http://www.globalpost.com Heat on Thailand as wildlife conference starts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/heat-thailand-wildlife-conference-starts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Global conservationists will converge in Bangkok for the start of key endangered species talks on Sunday, as host Thailand faces pressure to curb rampant ivory smuggling through its territory.</p> <p>The plight of elephants and rhinos -- threatened by poaching networks driven by insatiable demand for tusks and horn from Asian nations -- are set to dominate the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which lasts until March 14.</p> <p>Host nation Thailand, seen as a hub for traffickers of all endangered species, is facing particular pressure over its ivory market.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/heat-thailand-wildlife-conference-starts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Conservation Fish AFP Sat, 02 Mar 2013 21:30:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5771850 at http://www.globalpost.com