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2008-06-09 20:40:00

The Swiss-based conservation group WWF reported Monday that growing populations in many African nations are quickly dwindling the continent's natural resources. The warning was part of the group's flagship report on Africa's ecological footprint, which provides an estimate of a region's land and sea surface required each year to meet the consumption demands of its population. "A growing number of African countries are depleting their natural resources -- or will shortly be doing so -- faster...

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2008-05-16 01:55:00

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said habitat loss and the wildlife trade have caused world biodiversity to decline by almost one third in the past 35 years. It warned that over the next three decades climate change would add increasingly to the wildlife woes."Biodiversity underpins the health of the planet and has a direct impact on all our lives so it is alarming that despite of an increased awareness of environmental issues we continue to see a downtrend trend," said WWF campaign head...

2007-09-25 21:00:14

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World Wildlife Fund scientists said today that the discovery of 11 new animal and plant species in a remote area in central Vietnam underscores the importance of conservation efforts in the ancient tropical forests of the region. Within the ancient tropical forests of a region known as Vietnam's "Green Corridor," scientists found a snake, five orchids, and two butterflies as well as three other plants new to science and exclusive to the...

2006-06-26 19:00:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - Biologists working in the forests of Borneo have found a previously unknown type of snake which can change its color spontaneously like a chameleon, the environmental body WWF said on Tuesday. The poisonous snake, about half a meter (half a yard) long, was discovered in the wetlands and swamp forests of Betung National Park in the Indonesian part of the island, which is also shared by Malaysia and Brunei. When picked up and put in a bucket, it was reddish-brown but later...

2006-02-08 07:51:25

By Nelson Graves TURIN (Reuters) - The Turin Winter Olympics will mar mountains and waste enough gas with its symbolic flame to supply a small town, but damage will be limited by smart energy planning, a leading environmental group said on Wednesday. WWF, formerly the World Worldlife Fund but now known by its initials, gave the Games a mixed report card in a 38-page document. It slammed a bobsleigh track and two ski jumps that slice down two mountainsides, but praised organizers for...

2006-02-03 11:10:00

JOHANNESBURG -- Ten dead Irrawaddy dolphins have been found in Cambodia's Mekong river, eight of them calves, pushing one of the rarest cetaceans nearer extinction, the environmental group WWF International said on Friday. The deaths mean a 10 percent drop in the number of Irrawaddy dolphins living in the Mekong, previously thought to be between 80 and 100. They are restricted to a 190km (115 mile) stretch of the river in the Cambodia/Laos border area. There are believed to be about 1,000 of...

2005-12-06 00:00:00

GENEVA -- Environmental researchers are preparing to capture what they call a new, mysterious species of carnivore on Borneo, the first such discovery on the wildlife-rich Indonesian island in over a century. Swiss-based environmental group WWF said on Monday its researchers photographed the strange animal, which looks like a cross between a cat and a fox, in the dense, central mountainous rainforests of Borneo. "This could be the first time in more than a century that a new carnivore has...

2005-11-22 07:25:00

GENEVA -- EU countries are helping destroy major forests in poorer countries through massive imports of illegal timber, the conservation group WWF said on Tuesday. It said Britain was "the biggest importer of illegal timber in Europe" and was responsible for the loss of 600,000 hectares of forest -- more than twice the size of Luxembourg -- each year in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Swiss-based body said the illegal logging that feeds the trade was depriving local communities of their...

2005-11-18 05:38:19

GENEVA -- Higher water temperatures are threatening the world's fish by reducing food stocks and stunting growth, which could cause them to reproduce less, the World Wide Fund for Nature said Friday. Global warming is causing the world's rivers, lakes and oceans to heat up and some temperate fish like salmon, catfish and sturgeon cannot spawn at all if winter temperatures do not drop below a certain level, according to the Gland, Switzerland-based conservation group. "The balance is set to...

2005-10-06 07:43:24

GENEVA (Reuters) - European children are absorbing dangerous chemicals into their blood from computers, textiles, cosmetics and electrical appliances, according to a new study released on Thursday. The conservation body WWF said results of its first European Union-wide family testing survey found a total of 73 man-made hazardous compounds in the blood of grandmothers, mothers and children from 13 families in 12 countries. The highest number of chemicals, an average of 63 and...


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