Katherine Needham aims to answer this question following her recent Commentary, Designing markets for biodiversity offsets: Lessons from tradable pollution permits, published in the journal. At the start of 2018, the UK Government outlined its ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan. The very first action is to embed an ‘environmental net gain’ principle for all future […]
This 15 August 2018 video says about itself: This New Species of Pygmy Seahorse is the Size of a Lentil | Nat Geo Wild This pygmy seahorse is tiny—the size of a grain of rice. Researchers recently discovered that the colorful animal is a distinct species. Its name is Hippocampus japapigu, Latin for “Japan pig” […]
The San Francisco Chronicle an article from the Associated Press that reports on study connecting climate change with bird population decline Climate change could be to blame for the collapse of bird populations in the desert along the Nevada-California border, scientists said. The number of bird species has fallen by an average of 43 percent […]
A newly discovered species of saddleback trapdoor spider found. Photograph: Suppki/AAP Thirteen new species of spider have been discovered on Queensland’s Cape York peninsula – adding to the thousands of known species that give Australian wildlife its fearsome reputation. The new species were found by scientists, teachers and Indigenous rangers during a 10-day journey to […]
Diseases among bird populations are on the increase and, as a growing number of households take to feeding their garden birds, researchers have claimed that bird feeders are contributing to the spread of dangerous pathogens, viruses and bacteria in certain species. Scientists from both the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the British Trust for […]
Photographer Tim Flach’s latest book Endangered, with text by zoologist Jonathan Baillie, offers a powerful visual record of threatened animals and ecosystems facing the harshest of challenges. by Katharina Kropshofer Common hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius. IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable. In 2003, surveys showed that the number of hippos had dropped by 95% during eight years […]
A recent study coordinated by the East Anglia University concludes that the consequences of Global warming might take out of local existence up to 50% of the Galapagos unique and rare plant and animal species by the year 2100.
On top of that, Ecuadorans from the mainland regularly poach and steal tortoises, birds and other creatures essential to the uniqueness of the island. Feral dogs, wild goats and rats also take a serious toll.
Ecuador seems unable or unwilling to properly manage this unique world heritage site for the good. This seems not much different to conditions on the mainland part of their country. Canada has issued serious travel advisories against travel in 7-8 of the country’s provinces. Issues ranging from robbery, muggings, rape, land mines, crime cartel gangs, these head the list of concerns in those parts of the country.
Countries unable to manage their unique resources due to poor economies, corruption, ability or ineptitude should make way for others to manage these irreplaceable riches. Some things like the Galapagos should be considered OWNED BY THE WORLD!
The uniqueness of the Galapagos needs to be saved, at least as it is...Darwin would be shocked to see the islands as they are now!