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 […]

via What can we learn from pollution trading to help us create biodiversity offset markets that do not undermine conservation goals? — The Applied Ecologist’s Blog

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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” […]

via New pygmy seahorse species discovery — Dear Kitty. Some blog

Are Bird Feeders Healthy For Birds?

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 […]

via Researchers warn that bird feeders could aid the spread of disease — James Common

Hippopotamus amphibius, another threatened species…

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 […]

via The ‘disappearing’ Hippopotamus. — Old Guv Legends

The GALAPAGOS, fast losing its lustre!

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!

E. Matthews