The twenty-eight countries most responsible for the deaths of African elephants have been revealed in a new report, but other major offenders avoided censure as they failed to provide information or seize any ivory. Three years ago there were just eight but now the countries most implicated in the illegal ivory trade have grown almostRead More
Most plants and animals cannot adapt at the rate the climate is changing, scientists have said. A study of more than 250 species found their ability to change their "climactic niche", the conditions under which they can survive, will be vastly outpaced by future changes in rainfall and temperature. Although some animals might be able to move to cope with rising temperatures, others live in isolated areas which they cannot leave.
An increasing number of African elephants are now born tuskless because poachers have consistently targetted animals with the best ivory over decades, fundamentally altering the gene pool. In some areas 98 per cent of female elephants now have no tusks, researchers have said, compared to between two and six per cent born tuskless on average in the past.
MEPs advocate a full and immediate EU-wide ban on ivory and rhinoceros horn trade, and call for common sanctions at EU level against wildlife trafficking, in a resolution voted on Thursday. Wildlife trafficking is worth an estimated €20 billion annually. It has grown in recent years, becoming one of the biggest and most profitable forms
Strange events in the Arctic appear to suggest that something very troubling is happening with the sea ice there, scientists have said. The North Pole is experiencing hugely unexpected hot sea temperatures, which are stopping the usual ice from forming and could be a mark that something global warming is having even more worrying effects than previously thought.
The Zimbabwean talks to elephant specialist, Sharon Pincott - who spent 13 years monitoring and recording the lives of more than 500 elephants in Hwange – about Zimbabwe’s decision to continue ripping young elephants from their families for export to zoos:
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