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Kenya significantly increases fines and jail time for poachers

Kenya significantly increases fines and jail time for poachers | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
The approved measure ups fines from $480 to $120,000, and jail time from 2 years to 15 years.
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Welsh farmers cautiously welcome drop in new cases of bovine TB

Welsh farmers cautiously welcome drop in new cases of bovine TB | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
Statistics show new incidents of bTB in Wales fell by 18% in the 12-month period to May this year - the lowest level for six years
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Orphaned Eagles Released into the Wild - Bites @ Animal Planet

Orphaned Eagles Released into the Wild - Bites @ Animal Planet | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
Check out this news report of my friend Ed Clark, President of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, releasing three young bald eagles back into the wild. The eagles were all blown out of their nests by storms earlier this year, and have spent the last few months in captivity under...
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Flooding basements to prevent flooding

Flooding basements to prevent flooding | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
The city of Milwaukee has come up with a clever way to reduce flooding within its borders — flood basements.
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The Value of Vultures

The Value of Vultures | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
The near total loss of vultures across India may have cost the country nearly 50,000 lives and up to $34 billion.
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Earth is headed for its sixth mass extinction - study

Earth is headed for its sixth mass extinction - study | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
The rapid depletion of Earth’s biodiversity indicates that the planet is in the early stages of its sixth mass extinction of life since becoming habitable 3.5 billion years ago, according to a new study published in Science.
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Poachers Are Now Killing Elephants at a Faster Rate Than They Are Born (Video)

Poachers Are Now Killing Elephants at a Faster Rate Than They Are Born (Video) | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory by poachers at an alarming rate: more than 100,000 killed in just three years.

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Wildlife Margrit's curator insight, August 21, 2:01 PM

Alarming!

Did you know that when the older elephants are killed the younger elephants may die also? Because they aren't yet familiar with were to find food and water as they migrate.

Similar to when we drive through a new town, we don't know yet were the best shopping is (unless you use Yelp of course ;) )

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Parrots of the Sea doing better, still have ways to go

Parrots of the Sea doing better, still have ways to go | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
This post originally appeared on the National Wildlife Federation's blog. Though puffin populations have been increasing in recent years -- going from around 100 in 1973 to more than 1000 today -- ...
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Tinder's tiger selfies harmful for wildlife - Life & Style - NZ Herald News

Tinder's tiger selfies harmful for wildlife - Life & Style - NZ Herald News | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
You might have noticed recently that a plague of selfies with tigers appears to have overtaken mobile dating app Tinder (where users swipe right to indicate interest; left - New Zealand Herald
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Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again - Africa Geographic Blog

Elephant poachers penetrate South African borders again - Africa Geographic Blog | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
Another elephant poached in Northern Kruger.
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Tobacco - Zimbabwe's forests are going up in smoke

Tobacco - Zimbabwe's forests are going up in smoke | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
A flood of smallholders that have benefited from Zimbabwe's land reform are turning to tobacco as their crop of choice, reports Ray Mwareya. But the economic gains are coming at a terrible cost - the accelerating destruction of the country's forests.
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Unsustainable conversion of forests to private wealth must cease, economist says

Unsustainable conversion of forests to private wealth must cease, economist says | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
Shifting to a green economy will require ceasing the unsustainable conversion of public wealth to private wealth while accounting for for the full social costs of private-sector activities, according to a leading economist.
The idea is hardly a new one, but it has gained currency as demographic changes and unsustainable development have hastened degradation of the environment — particularly in Southeast Asia, where rapid growth has come at the expense of the region’s forests.
The benefits that forests provide, including water storage and management, carbon sequestration, crop pollination, biodiversity protection, among others, “are public goods and services — they don’t belong to anybody; they belong to everybody,” said Pavan Suhkdev, UN Environment Programme goodwill ambassador.
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Where to see a barn owl in the UK | Discover Wildlife

Where to see a barn owl in the UK | Discover Wildlife | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
Discover four of the best places to spot a barn owl.
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New palm oil sustainability manifesto met with criticism from environmentalists

New palm oil sustainability manifesto met with criticism from environmentalists | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
This week several palm oil giants announced new environmental criteria for palm oil production. The companies say the initiative goes beyond the industry-leading standard set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), but two prominent environmental groups quickly disagreed, arguing the measure has substantial loopholes that will allow growers to continue destroying forests.
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First of its kind rescue and release for sloth bear in India

First of its kind rescue and release for sloth bear in India | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
For a young wild sloth bear who found himself amidst a panic-stricken village in India, rescue was fortunately, and surprisingly, close at hand. In a one-of-a-kind heartwarming story, a team from Wildlife SOS (WSOS) India – a conservation and welfare NGO – successfully rescued, treated and subsequently released the sloth bear back into the wild, but this time with a radio collar fitted around its neck..
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Do Seaworld’s woes show that tourism and marine life cannot co-exist?

Do Seaworld’s woes show that tourism and marine life cannot co-exist? | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
Seaworld’s shares have dropped dramatically after negative publicity about its treatment of an orca, showing that marine life and tourism are uneasy bedfellows
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Ecosystems Are Not Machines

Ecosystems Are Not Machines | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
If we want to save the world, we need to treat nature more as an organism and less as disposable and replaceable technology.
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How the Current Mass Extinction of Animals Threatens Humans

How the Current Mass Extinction of Animals Threatens Humans | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
We seem indifferent to the mass extinction we're causing, yet we lose a part of ourselves when another animal dies out.
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Decline of bees forces China's apple farmers to pollinate by hand

Decline of bees forces China's apple farmers to pollinate by hand | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
The decline of wild bees in China threatens more than just its apple and pear harvests, says pollination expert Dave Goulson.
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Rarest dolphins under threat from oil exploration in NZ sanctuary, say Greens

Rarest dolphins under threat from oil exploration in NZ sanctuary, say Greens | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
New Zealand Greens and International Whaling Commission say Maui’s dolphins need more protection, but government disagrees
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Is the trade in bush meat and apes responsible for the Ebola virus? - Africa Geographic Blog

Is the trade in bush meat and apes responsible for the Ebola virus? - Africa Geographic Blog | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
The vicious Ebola virus outbreak that has already killed more than 800 people this year, in addition to sowing panic, fear and confusion throughout West Africa, was not a strain endemic to the region as initially believed.
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Should zoos be eliminated?

Should zoos be eliminated? | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
After Bob Barker called on the Oregon Zoo to retire Packy, rapid responders were asked their thoughts on zoos.
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Notes from the Deer Wars: Science & Values in the Eastern Forest

Notes from the Deer Wars: Science & Values in the Eastern Forest | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
The science is clear: over-abundant white-tailed deer are having powerful and negative impacts on the eastern forest. The human values around this issue, though, are anything but clear. Are environmentalists -- and tradition-bound deer hunters -- willing to pull the trigger?
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Could whale-watching replace whaling in Japan?

Could whale-watching replace whaling in Japan? | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
A new coalition of Japanese tour operators is trying to seize on the country's waning interest in killing wild cetaceans.
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The Ulterior Motive In Baboon Grooming

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558 dead: rhino poaching in South Africa on track to exceed last year's record

558 dead: rhino poaching in South Africa on track to exceed last year's record | Wildlife and Environmental Conservation | Scoop.it
Poachers have butchered 558 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, approximately a hundred more animals than lost during the same time in 2013.
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