World Conservation Issues

  • Biding Time Could Improve Conservation

    An innovative new study has challenged the current orthodoxy in conservation by suggesting that delays in the spending of funds could actually improve the benefits gained from the money and therefore protect more species.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th September 2017
  • A New Approach to Habitat Corridors

    A new study documents a plan to save endangered carnivores in the increasingly isolated forests of northeastern Argentina. The study explores the options for mitigating the impact of human encroachment using corridors to connect vital habitats.

    By Alex Taylor on 13th September 2017
  • Disappearance of the Pika

    The American pika has died out from a 165-square-mile area of habitat in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, due to climate change.

    By Alex Taylor on 4th September 2017
  • Sharks Threatened by Global Food Markets

    Cutting-edge DNA barcoding technology has shown that the majority of shark fins and manta ray gills sold around the world come from endangered species, and are therefore illegal to trade.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th August 2017
  • Biological Annihilation

    A global evaluation of population trends has led biologists to report that more than 30% of all vertebrate species have declining populations. Described as a “biological annihilation”, the results show that a sixth mass extinction is underway and is more severe than previously thought.

    By Alex Taylor on 16th July 2017
  • Animal Symbols In Need of Protection

    A new study has found that the world’s national animal symbols are in need of protection, as 35% of them are threatened with extinction.

    By Alex Taylor on 4th June 2017
  • Natural Disasters Pose Threat to Rare Rhinos

    The world’s only population of critically endangered Javan rhinos could go extinct in the future due to natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Scientists are urging the establishment of secure populations and increasing the existing population in Ujung Kulan National Park.

    By Alex Taylor on 14th May 2017
  • Logging Threatens Leatherbacks

    Debris from logging activities in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of their mothers at one of the world’s most important nesting sites.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th May 2017
  • Antarctica’s Declining Biodiversity

    Despite its remote location that appears to be far from the impacts of humans, Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are not in as good environmental shape as has been previously thought.

    By Alex Taylor on 30th April 2017