Tag Archive for 'IUCN'

Extreme weather events threaten land mammal populations

December 14th, 2012 by Zoological Society of London

Mammals could be at a greater risk of extinction due to predicted increases in extreme weather conditions, states a paper published by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Scientists have mapped out land mammal populations, and overlapped this with information of where droughts and cyclones are most likely to occur. This allowed them to identify […]

Twenty percent of invertebrate species threatened with extinction

September 9th, 2012 by Zoological Society of London

ONE fifth of the world’s invertebrates may be heading for extinction according to ‘Spineless: Status and Trends of the World’s Invertebrates,’’ a report by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), in conjunction with the IUCN and the IUCN Species Survival Commission, which was presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea on […]

Eminent shark scientists state that shark fin trade is unsustainable

March 21st, 2012 by Professsional marine scientists

An open letter from professional marine scientists: As professional marine scientists who have personally witnessed and documented the dramatic declines of shark populations around the world, we would like to express our concern about the recent misinformation perpetuated in the media, both Asian and international, asserting that the shark fin trade is sustainable. The reality […]

Humanity exceeding resource limits of what earth can provide sustainably

June 6th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme report “Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth” describes three scenarios whereby developed and developing countries consume resources equitably: ‘convergence by 2050’ Scenario 1: Business as usual in developed countries, convergence by others Per capita resource consumption in the industrialized countries remains stable, as it has for […]

Questions answered about ocean acidification

November 10th, 2010 by UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme

Ocean acidification, the lowering of the ocean’s pH as a result of manmade CO₂ emissions, could have profound impacts on marine life and the valuable services it provides humankind. Latest evidence shows that seawater chemistry is already changing and only a large and rapid reduction of fossil fuel use and deforestation can help restore ocean’s […]