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2008-10-09 09:00:26

the endangered animals Among the mammals particularly in danger are primates, used for bush meat in parts of Africa and facing major loss of habitat in Southeast Asia. The report also notes unusually high threats to tapirs, hippos, bears, pigs and hogs, while among the less threatened are moles, opossums and free-tailed bats. the causes In general, larger mammals were found to be more threatened than smaller ones. Larger species tend to have lower population densities, grow more...

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 21:00:17

One in four of the world's mammals are at risk of extinction, conservationists meeting in Spain direly warned Monday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said a study suggests at least 1,141 of the planet's 5,487 mammals are known to be threatened with being wiped off the face of the Earth. "Within our lifetime hundreds of species could be lost as a result of our own actions, a frightening sign of what is happening to the ecosystems where they live," the organization's...

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...

2008-08-14 21:00:17

Like any living document, the Endangered Species Act is imperfect and subject to refinement. Among its flaws: Even some environmentalists say the 35-year-old act is cumbersome, and protective lists are too difficult to update efficiently. But any refinements should be enacted by Congress, not by a lame- duck president. According to a report by The Associated Press, President Bush's administration is "proposing changes that would allow federal agencies to decide for themselves whether...

2008-07-21 03:00:25

By Hazlehurst, John The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was intended to provide a means for the conservation of ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend, to provide conservation programs for those species, and to "achieve the purposes of the treaties and conventions" to which the United States is a party for conserving species facing extinction. But while Arizona lawyer Lisa McKnight's description might seem straightforward enough, during the last 35 years, the ESA...

2008-06-15 15:00:00

An emergency petition seeking endangered designation for 32 species--some of which have not been seen in the country for years--has been filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. WildEarth Guardians, a Santa Fe-based conservation group, filed the petition last week, seeking emergency protection. In some of the cases it may be too late, acknowledged Nicole Rosmarino, wildlife program director for the organization. "Part of this is about scientific honesty," Rosmarino said. "And in some...

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2008-06-14 18:00:00

An emergency petition seeking endangered designation for 32 species--some of which have not been seen in the country for years -- has been filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. WildEarth Guardians, a Santa Fe-based conservation group, filed the petition last week, seeking emergency protection. In some of the cases it may be too late, acknowledged Nicole Rosmarino, wildlife program director for the organization. "Part of this is about scientific honesty," Rosmarino said in an...

2006-05-02 00:25:00

By Laura MacInnis GENEVA -- Polar bears and hippos have joined the ranks of species threatened with extinction from climate change, unregulated hunting and other man-made dangers, a leading environmental agency said on Tuesday. The World Conservation Union, or IUCN, said more than 16,000 species of animals and plants were at risk of disappearing, including one in four mammals and one in eight birds. It added 530 species to its "Red List" of endangered species since the last version released...


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