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Alien species are primary cause of recent global extinctions: study
Alien species are primary cause of recent global extinctions: study (via Phys.org) (March 2019) New research seems to indicate that invasive plants and animals are a significant driver of extinctions. Since 1500, at least 126 species have gone extinct due to the introduction of "alien species."
Dolphins deliberately killed for use as bait in global fisheries: The harvest of aquatic mammals for bait is widespread globally, but most common in Latin America and Asia
Dolphins Deliberately Killed for Use as Bait in Global Fisheries (via Science Daily) (June 2018) Researchers have discovered that many global fisheries – especially those in Latin America and Asia – are killing aquatic mammals, such as dolphins, seals, sea lions, and otters – including species who are endangered – and using them for bait.
One in eight bird species threatened with extinction, global study finds
One in Eight Bird Species is Threatened With Extinction (via The Guardian) (April 2018) A new global study, The State of the World’s Birds, which is a five-year study of global bird populations, has discovered that “one in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction.” According to the study, “agricultural expansion and intensification” are the primary drivers, affecting 74% of the 1,469 species at risk of extinction.
Australia's birds are not being protected by environmental laws, report says
Australia's Birds Are Not Being Protected By Environmental Laws, Report Says (via The Guardian) (March 2018) A report by BirdLife Australia has identified “a slew of loopholes, exemptions, omissions and discretionary powers open to politicization,” which have allowed a significant decline in bird populations in Australia, including endangered species like Carnaby’s black cockatoo.
War isn’t just bad for people — it harms wild animals, too
War isn't just bad for people — it harms wild animals, too (via Washington Post) (January 2018) A study in Nature looks at the impact of war on wildlife and has discovered that "the frequency of war" is a key factor in the declines of wild animals.
These Fake GPS-Implanted Sea Turtle Eggs Will Help Track Poachers
These Fake GPS-Implanted Sea Turtle Eggs Will Help Track Poachers (via Fast Company) (10 November 2017) Highlights a new means of helping track poachers of endangered sea turtle eggs in places like Costa Rica. The technology could be useful in a variety of ways.
Endangered orcas are losing their unborn babies because they’re starving, study finds
Endangered orcas are losing their unborn babies because they’re starving, study finds | Oceana (via Oceana) (10 July 2017) A new study of the Southern Resident killer whales shows that as high as 69 percent of pregnancies are ending in miscarriage, largely due to the whales going hungry because of overfishing by humans.
Earth faces "biological annihilation" in sixth mass extinction, scientists warn
Earth faces "biological annihilation" in sixth mass extinction, scientists warn (via CBS News) (10 July 2017) New research into our current “sixth mass extinction” of other species has discovered “an ‘extremely high degree of population decay’ among vertebrates, even in species considered at low risk of extinction.”
For Sale: Endangered Tigers. Will Perform for Food.
For Sale: Endangered Tigers. Will Perform for Food (via New Republic) (3 July 2017) And a controversial policy of US Fish and Wildlife Service "allows for the import, export, commercialization, and otherwise harmful treatment of endangered species, as long as it’s for scientific purposes or to 'enhance the propagation or survival of the affected species.'"
Africa’s protected areas missing 75 percent of their savanna elephants
Africa's protected areas missing 75 percent of their savanna elephants (via National Geographic) (17 April 2017) A study reveals that in 73 protected areas across Africa are missing 75-95% of the elephants they should have, largely due to environmental conditions and poaching.