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Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd arrested in Germany

By Shiv Malik / The Guardian A veteran anti-whaling campaigner has been arrested in Germany on charges relating to an incident in 2002 when the boat he was piloting attempted to stop poachers illegally killing sharks. The environmental activist organisation Sea Shepherd said Paul Watson had been detained at Frankfurt airport to answer a Costa … Continue reading Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd arrested in Germany

US Navy study raises estimate of marine mammal casualties due to sonar and explosives

By the Associated Press The U.S. Navy may hurt more dolphins and whales by using sonar and explosives in Hawaii and California under a more thorough analysis that reflects new research and covers naval activities in a wider area than previous studies. The Navy estimates its use of explosives and sonar may unintentionally cause more … Continue reading US Navy study raises estimate of marine mammal casualties due to sonar and explosives

Study finds that natural gas development is heavily displacing antelope populations

By Wildlife Conservation Society A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society documents that intense development of the two largest natural gas fields in the continental U.S. are driving away some wildlife from their traditional wintering grounds. Researchers tracking 125 female pronghorn in Wyoming’s vast Jonah and PAPA gas fields using GPS collars discovered an 82 … Continue reading Study finds that natural gas development is heavily displacing antelope populations

Ocean acidification may weaken or kill plankton, responsible for half of world’s oxygen production

By Monash University Changes in the ocean’s chemistry, as a result of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, threaten marine plankton to a greater extent than previously thought, according to new research. The research, published in Nature Climate Change, revealed around half the CO2 released through human activity dissolves in the ocean, where it forms … Continue reading Ocean acidification may weaken or kill plankton, responsible for half of world’s oxygen production

Study finds that as biodiversity declines, overall plant growth is stunted

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay For decades scientists have been warning that if global society continues with “business-as-usual” practices the result will be a mass extinction of the world’s species, an extinction event some researchers say is already underway. However, the direct impacts of global biodiversity loss has been more difficult to compile. Now a … Continue reading Study finds that as biodiversity declines, overall plant growth is stunted

Annual fishing ceremony by Enawene Nawe halted, because dam projects are killing all the fish

By Survival International The Enawene Nawe Indians of the Brazilian Amazon have said they feel ‘desperate’, as their annual fishing ritual has provided them with almost no fish. This is the fourth year running that the Indians have encountered drastically low fish stocks in their rivers, and the second year in which the ritual could … Continue reading Annual fishing ceremony by Enawene Nawe halted, because dam projects are killing all the fish

32 Yangtze finless porpoises wash up dead, leaving the population close to extinction

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Six years after the Yangtze river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), or baiji, was declared “functionally extinct” by scientists, another marine mammal appears on the edge of extinction in China’s hugely degraded Yangtze River. In less than two months, 32 Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis), a subspecies of the finless porpoise, … Continue reading 32 Yangtze finless porpoises wash up dead, leaving the population close to extinction

Since 2000, Wildlife Services has killed millions of birds, nearly a million coyotes, many others

By Tom Knudson / The Sacramento Bee The day began with a drive across the desert, checking the snares he had placed in the sagebrush to catch coyotes. Gary Strader, an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, stepped out of his truck near a ravine in Nevada and found something he hadn’t intended to … Continue reading Since 2000, Wildlife Services has killed millions of birds, nearly a million coyotes, many others

Communication towers kill nearly 7 million birds in North America each year

By Eddie North-Hager / University of Southern California Every year nearly 7 million birds die as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America, according to a new USC study published on April 25 in the journal PLoS ONE. The birds are killed by the 84,000 communication towers that dot … Continue reading Communication towers kill nearly 7 million birds in North America each year

Activist murdered by Cambodian police after refusing to hand over evidence of illegal logging

By The Guardian A prominent Cambodian anti-logging activist, who helped expose a secretive state sell-off of national parks, has been shot dead by police in a remote south-western province while guiding journalists to the scene of illegal logging. A Cambodian human rights organisation, Licadho, said the confrontation occurred on Wednesday when Chut Wutty, director of … Continue reading Activist murdered by Cambodian police after refusing to hand over evidence of illegal logging