In the article the “This Songbird Is Nearly Extinct in the Wild. An International Treaty Could Help Save It — but Won’t.” the New York Times reports on the lack of protection for species threaten due to commercial trade. Over a quarter of the species threatened by commercial trade are not protected by Cites, the […]

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Orangutan Mother Seriously Wounded in Air Gun Attack

As industrial organizations continue the drive to increase palm oil plantation production and paper making on the island of Sumatra, this Orangutan suffered serious injuries at the hands of an air-gun toting poacher. The mother Orangutan lost her new born baby as a result of this attack. She had 74 air pellets in her body when rescued by an animal shelter, blinded with six pellets in her eyes, many broken bones, including a broken collarbone.

This is all really sad stuff, not to mention the cruelty of it all, as pressures increase to de-wilderness the island putting at risk the remaining rare populations there of Asian elephants, tigers, rhinos and orangutans (and many others).

Environmental activists: Email, mail, call or text the national and local governments there, including the tourism associations involved with the area.

Some of the irony here is that western heart-related doctors recommend against the consumption of tropical oils (includes palm oil) as being detrimental to health. Maybe that message has not yet reached South East Asia. Palm oil is certainly proving harmful to the animal populations, previously mentioned here.

Lastly, these cruel efforts are reducing the world’s remaining  rain forests — the palm trees, unfortunately, don’t replicate the benefit of dense rain forests…

A report by Akola Thompsom for Mongabay. In Guyana’s sprawling Kanuku mountain range, indigenous villagers partner with researchers, scientists and conservation groups for support and to build upon their knowledge and capacity for conservation work. With traditional territory stretching to the northern border of Brazil, the Yupukari, Wapishana, and Macushi indigenous groups take the lead […]

via A community in Guyana relies on indigenous knowledge in conservation — Repeating Islands

ScienceDaily reports Beech trees are dying, and nobody’s sure why: Intense effort underway to find culprit behind rapid disease spread A confounding new disease is killing beech trees in Ohio and elsewhere, and plant scientists are sounding an alarm while looking for an explanation. Researchers and naturalists in northeastern Ohio report on the emerging ‘beech […]

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