Category Archives: Concern for Species

Vaquitas Spotted! Critically Endangered Porpoises Persevere

By Brian Stallard | October 9, 2015 A newly launched search in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez has reportedly found several vaquita marina porpoises, one of the most critically endangered animals in the world. This reassures conservationists that the vaquita isn’t extinct yet. However, that doesn’t mean the tiny animals are in good shape. The vaquita has never exactly been an animal with huge numbers. The world’s smallest and rarest marine mammal, they live out their lives […]

Feds release final bull trout recovery plan; critics label it ‘extinction plan’

By David Erickson | September 30, 2015 Decades in the making, and debating, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its final bull trout recovery plan this week, outlining the conservation actions needed for the species to recover from its precipitous decline. Bull trout, a cold-water fish species that is highly susceptible to warming waters and habitat destruction, were once abundant in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada. Their numbers plummeted in the last […]

A 21st-century government must care for our nature and our future

From | October 1, 2015 Australia’s new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced what he calls a “21st century government”. This article is part of The Conversation’s series focusing on what such a government should look like. What if we decided that a modern government should pledge to put our nature first and explicitly commit to preventing any more extinctions? Or, at least, give conservation an equal billing with our current totem, the economy? […]

A New Study Reports 99 Percent of Sea Bird Species Could Be Eating Plastic by 2050 – CityLab

By John Metcalfe | September 1, 2015 Plastic—it’s what’s for dinner, tragically, if you happen to be a hungry sea bird. A new study in PNAS estimates nearly 90 percent of all living marine birds have eaten some type of plastic. With concentrations as thick as 580,000 pieces per square kilometer of ocean—and with global plastics manufacturing increasing exponentially—99 percent of seabird species could be ingesting the crud by 2050, say researchers at Australia’s Commonwealth […]

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