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2010-10-13 07:16:47

Infrared footage has shown a rare tiger roaming in protected forests on Indonesia's Sumatra island, which conservationists claim to have been illegally cleared. Environmental group WWF released the video in May and June.  The group has been monitoring Sumatran tigers since last year in a wildlife preserve near Bukit Tigapuluh national park in Riau province. A male Sumatran tiger was seen walking towards a camera and sniffing it in one clip. WWF spokeswoman Desmarita Murni told AFP...

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2010-10-06 10:10:00

Scientists discovered an average of three new biological species each week in the Greater Mekong region of Asia, including such unique life forms as a fish with vampire-like fangs and a 22-foot tall carnivorous plant, international conservation group WWF announced on Wednesday. According to WWF officials, a total of 145 new species were found in 2009 in the area near the Mekong River, which includes Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China's Yunnan Province. Joining the fanged...

2010-09-07 17:29:30

Russian oil and gas company Rosneft is conducting oil and gas exploration work that may have caused the critically endangered western gray whale to flee its main feeding ground. Tests and offshore installment of equipment by Rosneft for a major seismic survey began in late August, despite repeated calls from 12 governments, NGOs, scientists and the public to postpone the survey because of potential risks to the whales. Rosneft started preparations for the survey last month near Sakhalin...

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2010-04-22 11:20:00

More than 120 new animal species, including a flying frog and a slug that can shoot, have been found in Borneo since 2007, according to a report by the conservation group WWF. The report, which comes as part of the organization's Heart of Borneo project that launched in February 2007, also detailed the discovery of the world's longest indentified stick insect, a bright orange snake described as looking "flame-like" by Associated Press (AP) reporters, a lung-less frog that breathes through its...

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2010-03-11 06:35:00

Conservationists said on Wednesday that Malaysia's voracious appetite for turtle eggs could drive the marine creatures to extinction on its shores. Hundreds of thousands of turtle eggs are eaten in Malaysia each year, according to a report by environmental group WWF. "One of the contributing factors to the leatherback turtles' disappearance from our shores is egg consumption," said WWF-Malaysia executive director Dionysius S.K. Sharma. "We wouldn't want the same thing to happen to our green...

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2010-01-18 13:45:00

A UN report that said climate change would melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 is likely to be retracted after new evidence that the claim was simply speculation, AFP reported. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned in 2007 that glaciers in the Himalayas were receding faster than in any other part of the world and could "disappear altogether by 2035 if not sooner". However, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported over the weekend that the 2035 claim was taken...

2009-12-07 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- blinkx, the world's largest and most advanced video search engine, today announced a new partnership with the WWF's Inside COP15. Between December 7th and 19th, up-to-the-minute footage from the Copenhagen Climate Summit will be available at www.blinkx.com. Leveraging its unique AdHoc platform, blinkx will also place contextually relevant advertising against these videos, and share resulting advertising revenue with Inside COP15. Inside COP15 was...

2009-12-04 11:59:00

COPENHAGEN, December 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A ground-breaking online video blog aimed at keeping the pressure on world leaders at the Copenhagen climate change summit goes live on Monday 7 December. ( Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091204/369734 ) WWF - the world's largest conservation organisation - has partnered with Green TV and Greenfilm to create Inside COP15, a live and on-demand online video service which will operate round the clock for the two weeks of the...

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2009-09-25 13:45:22

Researchers reported the discovery of 163 new species in the Greater Mekong region last year, and now they are at risk of becoming extinct due to climate change, according to conservation group WWF. World Wildlife Fund reported Friday that scientists found 100 plants, 28 fish, 18 reptiles, 14 amphibians, two mammals and one bird species in the Mekong River region of Asia last year. The new creatures include a leopard gecko with an "other world" appearance, a bird that prefers to walk rather...

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2009-07-01 13:21:25

The green group WWF and the German insurance giant Allianz reported on Wednesday that Canada ranks last among the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations for tackling climate change while Germany is at the top of the list, AFP reported. The assessment criticizes Canada for greenhouse-gas emissions that are surging "far above" its obligations under the UN's Kyoto Protocol. The group said Canada's per capita emissions are among the highest in the world and its mid- to long-term greenhouse...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'