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2009-06-25 06:05:00

Mexico's swine flu crisis, coupled with its reeling economy, may end a plan to save the world's most endangered cetacean. The vaquita, the world's smallest cetacean, has seen its population dwindle to 150, and nearly 30 more die each year due to fishing nets. Mexican officials have cut funding aimed to make fishing boats vaquita-friendly. The endangered cetacean illustrates the problem with other dolphins and porpoises around the world, say campaigners. Currently, scientists,...

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2009-06-16 10:40:00

Environmental group WWF said on Monday that poachers might have used pineapples to poison and kill an endangered Sumatran elephant for its tusk. Syamsidar, a WWF spokeswoman, told AFP that the male was found dead in a pulp plantation in Riau province, Sumatra last Friday with its tusks removed.  This is the seventh recent Indonesian elephant found dead from poaching. "Pineapple fibers were found in its stomach. The fruit could have been poisoned," she added. Syamsidar said the other...

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2009-04-14 10:59:17

Atlantic bluefin tuna are in danger of being completely wiped out within the next three years due to overfishing, according to a report from conservation group WWF on Tuesday. At the current rate in which fishing practices are moving, the bluefin breeding population will disappear by 2012, said WWF. The report shows a significant decline in the population of breeding tunas over the past decade. It concludes that the entire population will be wiped out completely if fisheries managers continue...

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2009-04-07 08:40:02

One of the world's most mysterious sharks, a megamouth, was trapped, butchered and dined on by Filipino fishermen, the environmental conservation group WWF announced on Tuesday. Megamouth shark sightings are so unusual that every sighting is numbered, this being only the 41st ever viewed or caught in the world. Elson Aca, a Donsol WWF representative, said the rare shark was caught and eaten against the organization's recommendation. The 13-foot, 1,100-pound megamouth was trapped by fishermen...

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2009-02-25 13:15:10

Conservation group WWF said on Wednesday that Indonesia must halt the destruction of forests in Sumatra after tigers in Jambi province killed six people in less than a month, Reuters reported. Ian Kosasih, director of WWF's Forest Program, said in a statement: "As people encroach into tiger habitat, it's creating a crisis situation and further threatening this critically endangered subspecies." WWF said villagers killed three young tigers this month in Riau province, also in Sumatra,...

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2008-12-15 11:35:00

Researchers have reported the discovery of more than 1,000 new species in the Greater Mekong region over the past decade. The region, comprised of wetlands and rainforest along the Mekong River in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam and China, has been a plentiful source of species never seen before, such as a bright pink spiny dragon millipede or a spider with a foot-long leg span. From 1997 until 2007, at least 1,068 new species have been identified in the Greater Mekong region,...

2008-10-30 09:00:21

The Coca-Cola Company, in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), today announced ambitious new targets to improve water efficiency and reduce carbon emissions within its system-wide operations, while promoting sustainable agricultural practices and helping to conserve the world's most important freshwater basins. "Our sustainability as a business demands a relentless focus on efficiency in our use of natural resources. These performance targets are one way we are engaging to improve...

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2008-10-29 15:20:00

The conservation group WWF said on Wednesday that the Earth's natural resources are being depleted so quickly that "two planets" would be required to sustain current lifestyles within a generation. The document warns that our demands on natural resources overreach what the Earth can sustain by nearly a third. "Reckless consumption of natural capital is endangering the world's future prosperity, with clear economic impacts including high costs for food, water and energy," the report said. "If...

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2008-10-10 13:15:00

During the World Conservation Congress, Indonesian authorities and the conservation group WWF agreed to a deal that aims to end the loss of forests and species in Sumatra. Sumatra is home to many iconic species such as tigers, orangutans, rhinoceros and elephants. Over the last 20 years, the region has lost about half of its forest cover due to illegal forest clearance caused by floods and forest fires. The need to deal with these issues appears to have played a big part in persuading the...

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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...