John R. Platt (Scientific American) writes that “Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species—many unseen for decades—may no longer exist because of humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.” His article lists the many species lost in 2020, including 32 orchid species in Bangladesh, the Smooth handfish from Tasmania, 65 North American plants, 22 frog […]What We’ve Lost: The Species Declared Extinct in 2020 — Repeating Islands
Extinction is a natural event: animals and plants disappear naturally as time goes by, but – unfortunately – natural extinction is accelerating, due to anthropic factors, involving an increasing number of animals and plants. Natural extionction is usually a consequence of a gradual process, in which the number of animals or plants, belonging to a […]WHY ARE SO MANY PLANTS AND ANIMALS ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION? — The Mirror
BBC News reports “Our planet is broken,” the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has warned. Humanity is waging what he describes as a “suicidal” war on the natural world. “Nature always strikes back, and is doing so with gathering force and fury,” he told a BBC special event on the environment. Mr […]Humans waging ‘suicidal war’ on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres — Natural History Wanderings
Fires in Brazil’s Amazon Surge to Highest Rate in 13 Years JUL 02, 2020 In Brazil, new government data show fires in the Amazon region jumped by 20% in June to a 13-year high for the month. Campaigners say most of the fires were deliberately set by illegal miners and cattle ranchers, with the encouragement […]
Outrage has replaced reason in the debate surrounding biodiversity and poisoned the way we talk about workable solutions.
This video says about itself: 2 November 2017 Researchers at the University of Zurich have discovered a new species of orangutan. The new species, Pongo tapanuliensis (Tapanuli orangutan), live in remote areas of rainforest in Batang Toru, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. From ScienceDaily: Newly discovered orangutan species is ‘among the most threatened great […]
Article and photos from hienalouca.com The world’s only known albino orangutan has been released back into the Borneo jungle after she was found starving in an Indonesian village. Alba spent more than a year in captivity getting back to a healthy weight and the Borneo Orangutan Survival foundation released her back into the wild on Wednesday. The orangutan was named Alba, which means white in Latin, after thousands worldwide responded to an online petition.
Illegal logging poised to wipe Cambodian wildlife sanctuary off the map – Mongabay.com http://bit.ly/2JgIPbU Illegal logging poised to wipe Cambodian wildlife sanctuary off the map Mongabay.com Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary has lost more than 60 percent of its forest cover since it was established in 1993, with most of the loss occurring since 2010. Superforest via […]
(from the blog of netzfrauen.org) A truck containing rosewood suspected to have been logged illegally in Kampong Thom province sits on the side of the road near an economic land concession belonging to Try Pheap in 2013. PHOTO SUPPLIED The destruction of nature has taken on a gigantic dimension. If humans had […]
Ben Sokhean / Khmer Times Wednesday, July 10, 2019 King Norodom Sihamoni waters a tree at a planting event yesterday. AKP PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – King Norodom Sihamoni yesterday called for more trees to be planted in the Kingdom during National Arbor Day celebrations in Kratie province’s Sambour district. He joined thousands of people, including Senate president […]