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2010-10-27 08:55:00

Nearly one out of every five vertebrates in the world are currently threatened with extinction--and things would be worse were it not for the efforts of conservationists across the globe--a new study set to be published in the journal Science has discovered. The research, carried out by a team of 174 international scientists, analyzed data from some 25,000 species currently listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species to discover the...

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2010-09-29 11:00:00

More than one-fifth of the world's plant population could face the threat of extinction, according to research released by British researchers and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Wednesday. The Sampled Red List Index for Plants, a study conducted by experts from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; the Natural History Museum, London; and the IUCN, found that of the 4,000 species that they were able to carefully examine, 22-percent could be classified as threatened, due...

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2010-06-30 11:39:23

According to a study released on Tuesday, the world's smallest known whale population has dwindled to about 30 individuals, only eight of them females. The Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska once swarmed with tens of thousands of North Pacific right whales. However, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), hunting in the 19th century wiped out most of them, with up to 30,000 slaughtered in the 1840s alone. The Soviet Union's poaching during the 1960s claimed...

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2010-06-24 14:41:28

International Whaling Commission scientists warned recently that a seismic survey in Russia's Far East could push Western North Pacific gray whales closer to extinction. "The committee is extremely concerned about the potential impact on western gray whales and strongly recommends that Rosneft postpone their survey until at least June 2011," the scientists said in a report released this week, referring to the Russian company carrying out the testing. According to the IWC, there are less than...

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2010-03-23 14:00:00

The UN wildlife trade group shot down bids on Tuesday to regulate trade on two species of sharks threatened with extinction from overfishing, setting off backfire from angry conservation activists. Millions of hammerhead and white-tip sharks are taken from their ocean habitats every year, mainly for the growing demand for sharkfin soup, a delicacy in Chinese communities around the world. The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) rejected the US-sponsored...

2010-03-18 13:44:14

The world's largest global environmental network announces that more sturgeon species are critically endangered than any other comprehensively assessed group of species The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today formally announced the reclassification of beluga sturgeon in the Caspian Sea as "critically endangered" on its Red List, providing strong evidence that fishing and international trade should be halted and a stock-rebuilding plan should be initiated...

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2010-03-16 12:45:00

Species of butterflies, beetles and dragonflies are being wiped out across Europe due to destruction of their natural habitats, according to the updated European "Red List" of endangered species Tuesday. 435 butterfly species have been examined by scientists, who found that one in three species are dying out and 9 percent are already on the edge of extinction. "Most butterflies at risk are confined to southern Europe," Annabelle Cuttelod, coordinator of the European Red List at the...

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2010-02-19 07:05:00

Mankind's closest living relatives -- apes, monkeys, gorillas, and other primates -- are among the world's most endangered species and are on the brink of extinction unless urgent measures are taken to protect them, according to a Thursday report by conservation groups. Researchers from all over the world participated to create the top 25 most endangered primate species list. In all, nearly half of the 634 known primate species are considered to be threatened to some degree, said the...

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2009-12-14 13:34:50

A report released Monday at the UN climate summit showed that climate change threatens the survival of dozens of animal species from the emperor penguins to Australian koalas, AFP reported. The study from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an intergovernmental group, warned that rising sea levels, ocean acidification and shrinking polar ice are taking a heavy toll on species already struggling to cope with pollution and shrinking habitats. Wendy Foden, an IUCN...

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2009-12-02 10:30:00

Rhino poaching worldwide is on the rise, according to a new report by TRAFFIC and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The trade is being driven by Asian demand for horns and is made worse by increasingly sophisticated poachers, who now are using veterinary drugs, poison, cross bows and high caliber weapons to kill rhinos, the report states. Since 2006 the majority (95 percent) of the poaching in Africa has occurred in Zimbabwe and South Africa, according to new...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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