Jan 142018
 
Snowy Owl faces frosty future: classed as Vulnerable for the first time

Striking, widespread and widely recognised, thanks in part to the Harry Potter books, the Snowy Owl Bubo scandiacus was previously listed as Least Concern, the lowest threat category of the IUCN Red List. However, this assessment was based on earlier figures that estimated the global population to number around 200,000 individuals, and the absence of […]

Jan 062018
 
Ice will return but extinctions can't be reversed. We must act now

Each day increasingly dangerous hurricanes, wildfires, and floods betray the influence of climate change. We are appalled at the accruing losses of life and property. The arguments to address climate change at the recent UN climate conference in Bonn focused most often on these more concrete risks. However, the worst effects of climate change will […]

Jan 032018
 
Success! Scotland Bans Wild Animals in Traveling Circuses

Animal advocates are celebrating another major win for animals used in entertainment following news that Scotland has banned wild animals in traveling circuses. This week, the Scottish Parliament passed the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill, which was introduced on ethical grounds earlier this May by Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and […]

Dec 192017
 
Neonicotinoids May Harm Migratory Songbirds Too

A first-of-its-kind study shows a link between insecticide exposure and a decline in migratory songbirds.  The new study, published in “Scientific Reports,” examines the possible effects of neonicotinoids on birds like sparrows. Neonicotinoids are highly controversial because, while insecticide manufacturers claim they are safe, mounting evidence suggests that neonicotinoids harm many bee species and may […]

Dec 052017
 
Trophy Hunting May Drive Extinctions, Due to Climate Change

Trophy hunters, as well as poachers who “harvest” the big males—antelopes and deer with the largest horns and antlers, elephants with the longest tusks, or lions with the most impressive manes—are putting those species at greater risk of extinction with climate change. That’s the finding of a new study published today by researchers at Queen […]

Sep 132017
 
American Pikas Have Disappeared From California’s Sierra Nevadas

Wildlife scientists have raised concerns about the impact of climate change on American pikas for some time, and the tiny mammals have now disappeared entirely from a large stretch of land in California. American pikas are a small, herbivorous relative of rabbits and hares who live high in the mountains of the American West. The […]

Sep 012017
 
Global leaders head critical summit to save the snow leopard and its habitat

International Snow Leopard Summit and Ecosystem Forum, 23- 25 August, Bishkek Kyrgyzstan: World leaders will begin critical talks over the future of the snow leopard and its habitat; the headwaters for rivers on which hundreds of millions directly depend as a source of freshwater. WWF urges snow leopard range countries*, which include political powerhouses China, […]

Aug 152017
 
POLL: Could feeding cows seaweed help fight climate change?

In the climate change fight, scientists are always exploring new ways to tackle our emissions problems. One recent suggestion is to, well, make cows fart and belch less — something that could be music to the ears of Irish farmers. Researchers from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, released a study in 2016, which appeared […]

Jun 202017
 
Climate change isn’t going to leave Emperor Penguins anywhere to go

As climate change continues to impact habitats, some animals can survive by moving to new areas. But Antarctica’s Emperor penguins may not have that luxury, according to researchers. According to a study that was led by researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), moving may help them in the short term, but as sea ice […]

Jun 092017
 
‘Kill them, kill them, kill them’: the volunteer army plotting to wipe out Britain’s grey squirrels

One snowy dawn in March, I went hunting for squirrels in the Lake District. In the silent and empty woods beneath the Aira Force waterfall, the only thing moving was a solitary red squirrel, balanced on a nut-filled feeder hanging from a tree. If you grew up, as I did, with the grey squirrel, seeing […]

May 252017
 
Rare footage helps explain what Narwhals use their tusks for

Scientists are marveling over never-before-seen footage of narwhals that has brought to light new evidence for what those unicorn-like tusks are actually used for. Narwhals are toothed whales who live in the Arctic waters of Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia, but they don’t actually have any teeth in their mouth. Instead, the males grow a […]

May 162017
 
Record-breaking 120,000 Ruffs counted in Belarus

Despite the cold weather, bird migration is in full swing. Millions of birds have started moving from their wintering grounds in Africa, stopping over in the cold tundra of Eurasia. At this time of the year, Turau Meadow in Belarus becomes a paradise for nature lovers – as many as 150,000 Eurasian Wigeon Mareca Penelope […]

Apr 272017
 
POLL: Should the giraffe be listed as an endangered species?

Despite their stature as the tallest land animal on earth, and status as one of the most iconic and beloved species in the world, giraffes have been quietly disappearing from the landscape at an alarming rate. Now, however, there’s hope the U.S. will act to ensure their survival by protecting them as an endangered species. […]