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Elephant population dwindles as demand for ivory grows; how to foster a baby elephant

Elephant population dwindles as demand for ivory grows; how to foster a baby elephant | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

On Wednesday (2012-8-16), "Nightly News" aired a report from special correspondent Chelsea Clinton featuring naturalist Daphne Sheldrick, who has been working for decades to preserve Kenya's wildlife. This article and associated video shares the great work Daphne and her orphanage perform for rescued elephants, amongst other animals.


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Elephant population dwindles as demand for ivory grows; how to foster a baby elephant

Elephant population dwindles as demand for ivory grows; how to foster a baby elephant | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

On Wednesday (2012-8-16), "Nightly News" aired a report from special correspondent Chelsea Clinton featuring naturalist Daphne Sheldrick, who has been working for decades to preserve Kenya's wildlife. This article and associated video shares the great work Daphne and her orphanage perform for rescued elephants, amongst other animals.


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GordonGrice.com: A Bounty on Bull Sharks

GordonGrice.com: A Bounty on Bull Sharks | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

Demonstrating a poor grasp of statistics, the French government has put a bounty on bull sharks. This follows the death last week of a surfer. The shark bit the surfer's leg off. I see news articles every year claiming shark attacks are on the rise, all false. "Three fatalities in two years" is hardly a trend.


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Now Showing–Predator Defense Films!

Now Showing–Predator Defense Films! | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
The non-profit, Predator Defense, based in Eugene, Oregon, is putting together online, video “press-kits” to educate the media about wildlife issues, including the travesty of trapping....
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Papua New Guinea's seabed to be mined for gold and copper

Papua New Guinea's seabed to be mined for gold and copper | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Government approves world's first commercial deep-sea mining project despite vehement objections over threat to marine life...

 

A "new frontier" in mining is set to be opened up by the underwater extraction of resources from the seabed off the coast of Papua New Guinea, despite vehement objections from environmentalists and local activists.

 

Canadian firm Nautilus Minerals has been granted a 20-year licence by the PNG government to commence the Solwara 1 project, the world's first commercial deep sea mining operation.

Nautilus will mine an area 1.6km beneath the Bismarck Sea, 50km off the coast of the PNG island of New Britain. The ore extracted contains high-grade copper and gold.

The project is being carefully watched by other mining companies keen to exploit opportunities beneath the waves.

 

The Deep Sea Mining (DSM) campaign, a coalition of groups opposing the PNG drilling, estimates that 1 million sq km of sea floor in the Asia-Pacific region is under exploration licence. Nautilus alone has around 524,000 sq km under licence, or pending licence, in PNG, Tonga, New Zealand and Fiji.

 

"PNG is the guinea pig for deep-sea mining," says Helen Rosenbaum, the campaign's co-ordinator. "The mining companies are waiting in the wings ready to pile in. It's a new frontier, which is a worrying development.

 

"The big question the locals are asking is 'What are the risks?' There is no certain answer to that, which should trigger a precautionary principle.

 

"But Nautilus has found a place so far away from people that they can get away with any impacts. They've picked an underfunded government without the regulation of developed countries that will have no way of monitoring this properly."

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Future foods: what will we be eating in 20 years’ time?

Future foods: what will we be eating in 20 years’ time? | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

With food prices increasing and resources decreasing, humans are likely to find themselves eating differently in the next 20 years. 

 

Meat grown in a lab is just one advance. How about sonic-flavored insects>


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China is Blurring the Lines of Our 'Cruelty-Free' Beauty Brands ...

China is Blurring the Lines of Our 'Cruelty-Free' Beauty Brands ... | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Though these companies still standby their pledge to be “cruelty-free,” unfortunately by selling their product in China, and thus having the government test their products on animals, it in turn forces that leaping bunny symbol to ...
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The Best Shark Dive in the World!: Avoiding Shark Strikes?

The Best Shark Dive in the World!: Avoiding Shark Strikes? | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it


What is going on? Is it me, or is 2012 shaping up to be a particularly bad year for serious Shark strikes, several of which appear to be fully fledged predatory attacks? Mind you, the numbers are still minuscule.


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Gorilla in Prague Zoo accidentally hangs himself | World Zoo Today

Gorilla in Prague Zoo accidentally hangs himself | World Zoo Today | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Mammals curator Pavel Brandl said Tatu likely unbraided one of the dozens ropes the gorillas use in their pavilion for climbing and put a strand around his neck before hanging himself. “It was an accident,” Brandl said.
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Drought affecting wildlife in Iowa

Drought affecting wildlife in Iowa | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
WATERLOO, Iowa --- Drought conditions, now rated extreme in portions of Northeast Iowa, are putting stress on more than just crops and rivers. Add wildlife to the list.
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Manta ray being driven to extinction by Chinese medicine demand – in pictures

Manta ray being driven to extinction by Chinese medicine demand – in pictures | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

Demand for the gills of manta and mobula rays has risen dramatically in the past 10 years for use in traditional Chinese medicine...


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Volunteer Opportunity in New Quay!

Volunteer Opportunity in New Quay! | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

Sea Watch Foundation has one last intern research volunteer position available to assist with the running of the “Cardigan Bay Monitoring Project”. The project is based in New Quay, West Wales, and takes care of the conservation management of the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and grey seal populations of Cardigan Bay, monitoring their abundance, distribution, reproductive success and population structure using a combination of line-transect, photo-identification, land-based and acoustic surveys.


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EU punishes over-fishing with deeper quota cuts

EU punishes over-fishing with deeper quota cuts | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

EU member states that have repeatedly flouted EU limits on how much fish they can catch will receive greatly reduced quotas for this year, as the bloc strives to ensure sustainable fishing, the European Commission said on Wednesday (1 August).


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Wisconsin Tribes Struggle to Save Their Brothers the Wolves From Sanctioned Hunt

Wisconsin Tribes Struggle to Save Their Brothers the Wolves From Sanctioned Hunt | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

“Is nothing sacred anymore?” asked Mike Wiggins, chairman of the Bad River Ojibwe Tribe in Wisconsin, in reaction to the proposed wolf hunt in the state.


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Fishing Nets, Climate Change Threaten Yellow-Eyed Penguins in New Zealand | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Fishing Nets, Climate Change Threaten Yellow-Eyed Penguins in New Zealand | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
It has been a rough few decades for endangered yellow-eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes). The species can only be found along a small portion of the southeastern ...
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Eighth Wolf Pack in Washington State Moves It Further From Endangered Status

Eighth Wolf Pack in Washington State Moves It Further From Endangered Status | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

Wildlife authorities in Washington State have discovered an eighth wolf pack, identified after its alpha male was tagged and a pup captured.



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Greater Yellowstone Coalition - Wolves: New Challenges for Keystone Species

Greater Yellowstone Coalition - Wolves: New Challenges for Keystone Species | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

The return of the gray wolf to the Northern Rockies — one of the greatest conservation success stories and possibly the most controversial — continues to have profound effects on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Yellowstone wildlife. And profound challenges continue to appear as well.


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Equestrian Group Clears Way For Cloned Horses To Compete In The Olympics : NPR

Equestrian Group Clears Way For Cloned Horses To Compete In The Olympics : NPR | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Will the London 2012 Games be remembered as the last Olympics of the pre-clone era?
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One third of Earth's organisms live in our planet's rocks and sediments

One third of Earth's organisms live in our planet's rocks and sediments | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

By some estimates, a third of Earth's organisms live in our planet's rocks and sediments, yet their lives are almost a complete mystery. Recent work of microbiologist James Holden of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and colleagues shines a light into this dark world. They report the first detailed data on methane-exhaling microbes that live deep in the cracks of hot undersea volcanoes. Evidence has built that there's an incredible amount of biomass in the Earth's subsurface, in the crust and marine sediments, perhaps as much as all the plants and animals on the surface," says Holden. "We're interested in the microbes in the deep rock, and the best place to study them is at hydrothermal vents at undersea volcanoes. Warm water there brings the nutrient and energy sources these microbes need." The result will advance scientists' comprehension of biogeochemical cycles in the deep ocean, he and co-authors believe.


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Seahorses could wipe out in 10 years due to illegal poaching

An undercover research by a marine biologist has found at least 150 million of the fragile creatures are now killed to make its products every year in China - seven times the official figure, the 'Daily Mail' reported.

 

The researcher, who posed as potential supplier to gain access to seahorse wholesalers, clinics and health stores in southern China said, "We are not talking about a slow decline here, this is an absolute decimation of this unique creature which has been with us for millions of years."


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Kaitlyn Wilt's comment, March 9, 2014 4:29 PM
This article explains that seahorses may face extinction in 10 years due to illegal use in Chinese medicine market. Around 70 countries are now catching and selling seahorses to the Chinese medicine market, where they have been used in for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Seahorses have been used in Chinese medicine as they are thought to cure baldness and kidney infection among other things. This is surprising because why would someone do this to something that doesn't do anything to hurt them? Seahorses are so cute, I would want one as a pet but people say there really hard to take care of so I'd rather not. <br>
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Endangered Asiatic Lions May Be Overly Guarded In India's Gir Sanctuary - Huffington Post

Endangered Asiatic Lions May Be Overly Guarded In India's Gir Sanctuary - Huffington Post | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Endangered Asiatic Lions May Be Overly Guarded In India's Gir SanctuaryHuffington PostA recent study in the journal Biological Conservation counted 114 species being poached, including elephants and rhinos for their tusks, and tigers for body parts...
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Gorilla Golf Tournaments - The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Gorilla Golf Tournaments - The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

The DIAN FOSSEY GORILLA FUND INTERNATIONAL NEEDS YOUR Help!  Save the World's LAST Mountain Gorilla's! Host or participate in a Golf for Gorillas Tournament!

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‘Fin Free’ Wedding Couple Wins 6-day Deluxe Honeymoon Trip to the Galapagos

‘Fin Free’ Wedding Couple Wins 6-day Deluxe Honeymoon Trip to the Galapagos | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it

The results for this year’s competition is realized through over 80 couples pledging to protect sharks by going ‘Fin Free’ or not serving shark fin soup at their wedding banquet, totaling to over 40,000 bowls of shark fin soup being stopped.


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Reunion Island revokes order to hunt sharks

Reunion Island revokes order to hunt sharks | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
Mayor forced to withdraw decision to pay fishermen to kill sharks after fatal attack because it contravenes French law...

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Will the world’s taste for sushi kill the oceans?

Will the world’s taste for sushi kill the oceans? | The Wild Planet | Scoop.it
As the taste for raw fish spreads to India, China and Eastern Europe, the "sustainable sushi" movement emerges...

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