China’s Escalating Global Investments and Wildlife-a must read!

Written by Bill Laurance. Many observers of China’s escalating global program of foreign investment and infrastructure development are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. In an ideal world, China’s unbridled ambitions will improve economic growth, food security and social development in many poor nations, as well as enriching itself.

via China’s growing footprint threatens to trample the natural world — China Policy Institute: Analysis

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Counting Elephants

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The most recent CITES gathering was in Johannesburg in early October 2015. Over 90 representatives […]

via Counting Elephants — Elephants, Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

Over fishing!

According to the World Wildlife Fund, overfishing “occurs when more fish are caught than the population can replace through natural reproduction”. And right now, it causes serious problems, not just to sea life, but also very real economic and social problems to coastal communities across the world. There are billions of people (an estimated 56.6 […]

via The Dangers of Overfishing: Environmental, Economic and Safety Impacts — The Youth Journal

Wildlife Trafficking!

Update: November, 03/2017 – 10:30 vietnamnews HÀ NỘI — A major driver of the illegal wildlife trade in the Golden Triangle – the border area where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar – is tourists from Việt Nam and China. This was one of the conclusions of a report released on Thursday by the World Wildlife Fund […]

via WWF report: Vietnamese, Chinese tourists blamed for wildlife trafficking — CVD

Sea Turtle Success Story!

Jaelynn Hart / Staff Writer It’s not very often that humanity gets to pat itself on the back for having a positive effect on the environment, but scientists are labeling sea turtles as a “global conservation success story” as the population numbers rise away from the brink of extinction. Because of the many dangers causing the decline in […]

via Swimming Out of Endangered — The Last Word Magazine

SHIP’S OWNER FINED CAD $6000 for SPEEDING in the St. LAWRENCE RIVER

A ship exceeding speed limits in Canada’s St. Lawrence River was cited and fined CAD$6000. A new speed limited has been put in place in order to protect the estuaries’ North Atlantic Right Whale transient population.

It is believed ship/whale collisions in the St. Lawrence have been responsible for several Right Whale deaths in the region…

CANADIAN MAN FINED $13,000 FOR KILLING A COLLARED GRIZZLY BEAR IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA

A grizzly bear wearing a scientific tracking collar was shot last year by an Alberta man, who pleaded guilty in court this past week on charges resulting from this action.

The 250 pound male grizzly was part of a provincial government study to discover ranges, habitat use and other habits regarding the declining population of the province’s grizzly bears, estimated to be in the 1100 range.

The $13,000 fine was not considered punitive enough by many, as trophy hunters from the US and elsewhere pay much more just for the opportunity to hunt these bears in Canada and Alaska.