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2006-06-08 19:05:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Delighted conservationists said on Friday that they had found conclusive proof of the existence of a rare giraffe-like creature in Congo's Virunga National Park that has defied the odds of survival in a region battered by savage conflict. First discovered in what is now Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 1901, the shy forest-dwelling okapi had not been found in the park since 1959. It was known to be present elsewhere in the Congo,...

2006-05-16 09:50:00

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Donors have pledged $240 million to help Africa manage its fisheries which green groups say are being depleted by pirates and rapacious foreign trawlers in another blow to the world's poorest continent. "The funding will be used to assist countries' efforts to better manage their marine fisheries and improve the living conditions of fishing communities," conservation group WWF said in a statement on Tuesday. "Among the activities eligible for support through the Fund...

2006-04-26 19:05:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - Plants thought to help treat or cure cancer, AIDS and malaria have been found in the rainforests of Borneo, a report from the Swiss-based global conservation group WWF said on Thursday. But the rapid destruction of trees, much of it by illegal logging to meet growing world demand for timber, could wreck any chance of using these discoveries in the fight against disease, the WWF declared. A promising anti-cancer substance has been found in a Borneo shrub by researchers for...

2006-02-03 07:10:00

MOSCOW -- Russians have had to shoot three unusually aggressive polar bears so far this year, in what environmental group WWF said was a sign the bears' feeding patterns were being disrupted by global warming. The group said bears used to come ashore in winter along the sea ice to forage for food, but that the ice had retreated unusually far from the coast leaving predators with a long swim. "This makes them particularly vulnerable since animals in search of food lose their sense of danger,...

2005-12-16 00:10:00

LONDON -- Santa Claus may have to swap his sleigh for waterwings sooner than expected as global warming melts his Arctic home, environmental group WWF said on Friday. A new study for the organization formerly known as the Worldwide Fund for Nature predicts that the earth could warm by two degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels as early as 2026 -- and by triple that amount in the Arctic. "This ... could result in Santa's home changing forever," said the report by Mark New of Oxford...

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...

2005-11-17 19:08:15

GENEVA (Reuters) - Climate change is warming oceans, rivers and lakes and threatening fish stocks already under pressure from overfishing, pollution and habitat loss, the environmentalist group WWF warned on Friday. The decline in numbers of fish could have a devastating impact on human populations, particularly in poorer countries that rely on fish for protein, it said in a report. Higher temperatures reduce oxygen levels, stunt growth, reduce food supplies and can force fish to...

2005-11-16 15:43:49

ROME (Reuters) - Countries are ignoring limits on fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, endangering the existence of one of the highly prized bluefin tuna, the environmental campaign group WWF said on Wednesday. The green group is staging protests outside a meeting in Seville, Spain this week of the body which governs tuna fishing, to pressure governments to stick to quotas which aim to keep fish stocks viable but that, it says, are being flouted. "We have now reached crisis point for...

2005-11-16 15:40:00

ROME -- Countries are ignoring limits on fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, endangering the existence of one of the highly prized bluefin tuna, the environmental campaign group WWF said on Wednesday. The green group is staging protests outside a meeting in Seville, Spain this week of the body which governs tuna fishing, to pressure governments to stick to quotas which aim to keep fish stocks viable but that, it says, are being flouted. "We have now reached crisis point for bluefin tuna in...


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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.