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2008-02-19 05:00:00

The scalloped hammerhead shark will be added to the “globally endangered” species list this year. Among the reasons are over-fishing and demand for shark fins, according to discussions that took place during last week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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2008-02-17 18:05:00

Sharks are disappearing from the world’s oceans. The numbers of many large shark species have declined by more than half due to increased demand for shark fins and meat. Yet researchers are just now learning critical details of their behavior.

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2008-01-22 19:25:00

Traffic has discovered a surprising new threat to the wildlife of East Africa. Hungry refugees in Tanzanian camps have been hunting wild animals such as buffalo, chimpanzee, and zebra to trade, cook and eat.

2006-07-07 09:45:00

West Africa's version of the black rhino appears to be extinct, the World Conservation Union said on Friday.

2006-05-02 00:25:00

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.

2006-05-01 19:20:00

By Laura MacInnis GENEVA (Reuters) - 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.

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2006-03-15 00:05:00

Scientists and policy makers who want to slow the rate at which species are being lost face a conundrum: no one knows how many different plants and animals there are.

2006-03-03 12:20:00

Pirate trawlers will be tracked by a new database as part of a planned crackdown on illegal fish catches worth $9.5 billion a year that are adding to strains on global stocks, a report said on Friday.

2006-03-03 05:02:57

PARIS (Reuters) - Pirate trawlers will be tracked by a new database as part of a planned crackdown on illegal fish catches worth $9.5 billion a year that are adding to strains on global stocks, an international report said on Friday.

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2005-10-25 19:30:26

Nearly half of the world's coral reefs may be lost in the next 40 years unless urgent measures are taken to protect them against the threat of climate change, according to a new report released Tuesday by the World Conservation Union.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.