Shell to export Arctic oil drilling failures

Kulluk aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island on 1 January 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg

According to multiple media reports, today Shell and Russian company Gazprom Neft will sign an agreement on strategic partnership on the development of hydrocarbons in the Russian Arctic offshore. The expected agreement coincides with the visit of president Putin to the Netherlands on the 8th of April. “This move is of great concern,” says Mikhail Babenko of WWF. “Shell has repeatedly demonstrated in its activities last year in the Alaskan offshore that it does not have the capacity required to safely drill for oil in the Arctic. It would simply…

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Deadly Disease Hits Home of America’s Largest Colony of Endangered Gray Bats

Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome in Greeley Mine, Vermont, March 26, 2009.

Alabama’s Fern Cave Also Hosts up to 1 Million Endangered Indiana Bats DECATUR, Ala. / April 9, 2013 — The devastating bat epidemic known as white-nose syndrome has reached the home of the world’s largest wintering colony of endangered gray bats and as many as a million endangered Indiana bats. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials announced today that the fungal disease, which has killed nearly 7 million bats in 22 eastern states and five Canadian provinces since 2006, has been documented in Fern Cave on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge…

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Sumatran rhino footprints found in Borneo

The first ever camera trap photo of a Sumatran Rhinoceros. Image © WWF-Malaysia/Raymond Alfred

Sendawar, Indonesia / March 31, 2013 – A team from WWF-Indonesia has found fresh footprints resembling those of a critically endangered Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhius sumatrensis harrissoni) in the Heart of Borneo (HoB) area of East Kalimantan, Indonesia, the first time in over two decades that traces of the elusive rhino have appeared in the area. To confirm the presence of the rare animal, a second team comprised of WWF-Indonesia, the West Kutai Forestry Agency, Mulawarman University and local observers launched a follow-up survey that found more evidence of rhino footprints,…

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Central Africa To Mobilize Up To 1,000 Soldiers To Save Its Elephants

26 March 2013 – Yaoundé, Cameroon – Central African states on Saturday said they would mobilize up to 1,000 soldiers and law-enforcement officials to immediately start joint military operations to protect the region’s last remaining savanna elephants, threatened by Sudanese poachers on a killing spree in the region. “We recommend the mobilization of all defense and security forces in the affected countries” to stop these poachers, eight of the ten members of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) said in a joint statement at the end of a…

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Grauer’s Gorilla caught in the crossfire of conflict

Grauer’s Gorilla aka the Eastern Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri). Image © The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

March 15, 2013 – The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other world leading conservation organisations have joined together to fight for the survival of the Endangered Grauer’s Gorilla, also known as the Eastern Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri). Found only in the mountain and mid-altitude forests of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Grauer’s Gorilla is the largest of the four gorilla subspecies, and the largest primate in the world. “Conserving the remaining Grauer’s Gorilla populations, as well as chimpanzees in the area, requires a dynamic…

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Governments start to rein in ivory and rhino horn trade, give sharks and timbers better protection at wildlife trade meeting

These juvenile elephants were part of a herd of 64 elephants that were killed in Zakouma National Park, Chad. These photographs were taken 5 weeks after the poaching incident. Photo credit: Darren Potgieter

Bangkok, Thailand / March 14, 2013 – A critical wildlife trade meeting closed Thursday with decisions from world governments to regulate the international trade in several species of sharks and timber, and to start taking action against countries doing little or nothing to stop the illegal ivory and rhino horn trades. Countries, on the final day of the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), capped the historic two-week meeting by deciding for the first time to initiate a process requiring countries most implicated in illicit ivory trade…

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Three shark species proposed for CITES listing

The oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) is a pelagic shark and can be found in tropical and warm waters around the world. The oceanic whitetip shark is often accompanied by pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) who feed on the shark's leftovers. WWF lists pelagic sharks as a priority species. Kona Coast, Hawaii, Central Pacific Ocean © naturepl.com/Doug Perrine / WWF

March 11, 2013 – Three shark species were proposed for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) listing today and governments voted YES for their protection. The sharks, however, are at risk of losing the place on the list if the debate on their protection reopens by the end of the Conference on Thursday, March 14th. “This is a landmark moment showing that the world’s governments support sustainable fisheries and are concerned about the reckless over-exploitation of sharks for commercial use. Today’s decision will go a long way…

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“Climate Smart Strategies” Proposed for Spectacular U.S.-Canadian Landscape

WCS Canada Reports Safe Havens and Safe Passages Key to Conserving Wildlife in Southern Canadian Rockies Grizzly bear, wolverine, and bull trout among species ranked as “highly” vulnerable to climate change and road use TORONTO / March 7, 2013 – A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS Canada) creates a conservation strategy that will promote wildlife resiliency in the Southern Canadian Rockies to the future impacts of climate change and road use. The report’s “safe passages and safe havens” were informed in part by an assessment of…

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New report released in Bangkok at CITES CoP16 warns of uncertain future for African elephants

These juvenile elephants were part of a herd of 64 elephants that were killed in Zakouma National Park, Chad. These photographs were taken 5 weeks after the poaching incident. Photo credit: Darren Potgieter

Bangkok, March 6, 2013 — Populations of elephants in Africa continue to be under severe threat as the illegal trade in ivory grows – with double the numbers of elephants killed and triple the amounts of ivory seized, over the last decade. According to a new report entitled “Elephants in the Dust – The African Elephant Crisis”, increasing poaching levels, as well as loss of habitat are threatening the survival of African elephant populations in Central Africa as well as previously secure populations in West, Southern and Eastern Africa. The…

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Heads of global consortium to fight wildlife crime meet to discuss future strategies to combat transnational organized wildlife and forest crime

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Bangkok / March 5, 2013 – The executive heads of a consortium established to combat wildlife crime met alongside the triennial Conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) taking place from 3-14 March in Bangkok, Thailand. Senior officials from the CITES Secretariat, INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and the World Customs Organization (WCO) convened in Bangkok to discuss the future strategy of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). The five organizations…

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