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Illegal Trade Of Caviar Curbed By International Regulation
2012-07-26 05:56:52

DNA testing of retail black caviar conducted by scientists from the Institute for Conservation Science at Stony Brook University and American Museum of Natural History indicates trade policy can help reduce the incidence of caviar mislabeling Research that used mitochondrial DNA-based testing to compare the extent of fraudulent labeling of black caviar purchased before and after international protection shows conservation benefits. A team of scientists from the Institute for Conservation...

2011-05-25 21:42:51

For more than 40 years, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published the Red List of Threatened Species describing the conservation status of various species of animals. They are now also including plants in their lists and the picture they present is dramatic. According to recent estimates, around 20 per cent of flowering plants are currently at risk of extinction "“ though the exact number is unknown since such a small proportion of plant species has even...

2010-04-08 16:21:28

For the first time scientists have put a figure on how much it would cost to learn about the conservation status of millions of species, some of which have yet to be identified. The price tag is US$60 million, according to a team of scientists, including those from IUCN and Conservation International, who presented their case in this week's Science magazine in an article called "The Barometer of Life." "Our knowledge about species and extinction rates remains very poor, and this has negative...

2008-10-07 06:00:28

By Jenny Haworth Environment Correspondent FROM the enormous African elephant to the tiny elephant-shrew, thousands of animals face extinction unless urgent action is taken, according to the biggest survey ever carried out into the world's mammals. At least one in four species could disappear forever, in an "extinction crisis". A five-year study by more than 1,000 scientists has shown that half of all mammal species are in decline because of habitat loss and hunting, with 1,141 out of...

2008-10-07 06:00:28

By James Kanter An "extinction crisis" is under way with one in four mammals in danger of disappearing forever because of habitat loss, hunting and climate change, a leading global conservation body warned Monday. "Within our lifetime hundreds of species could be lost as a result of our own actions," said Julia Marton-Lefevre, director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, an international network of campaign groups, governments, scientists and other experts. She...

2008-10-06 18:00:19

World Wildlife Fund said today that governments must double their efforts to save endangered species, as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List revealed that one in four of the world's 5,487 known mammal species was at risk of extinction. Species such as tree kangaroos, narwhals and Irrawaddy dolphins are now closer to extinction, say WWF scientists who helped compile the list and work around the world to save endangered species and habitats. The IUCN...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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