Crops Eating Into World’s Natural Land Base

Crops Eating Into World’s Natural Land Base (via Environment News Service) DAVOS, Switzerland, January 24, 2014 (ENS) – Lands covering an area the size of Brazil could be degraded by 2050 if conversion of natural lands to crop lands continues, warns a report by the UN Environment Programme, presented at the ongoing World…

OECD: Pressure on the environment continues to grow

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published it’s 2013 edition of ‘Environment at a Glance’ – a compilation of key environmental indicators. “Good” news The report shows progress in some areas such as air pollution, transport and biodiversity protection. Since the 1990s pressure on the environment has generally been at a slower pace than Read More …

Humanity continues to drive species to extinction

Large Carnivores Disappearing From the Earth (via Environment News Service) CORVALLIS, Oregon, January 10, 2014 (ENS) – The decline of large predators such as lions, leopards, wolves, otters, and bears is changing landscapes from the tropics to the Arctic, finds a new study from scientists in the United States, Australia,…

The complexity of evolution: zoo husbandry + medical research + animal husbandry accidentally create a new virus strain

Fantastic new research by Niewiadomska and Gifford sheds light how extraordinary complex evolution can be and how human actions can create newly emergent disease. The human actions involved were all good-meaning and intended as beneficial for the conservation of biodiversity and to combat human disease: captive breeding in zoos and human medicine. Unforeseeable circumstances and Read More …

Starvation, Poverty Follow Indigenous Land Sales in Indonesia

  Starvation, Poverty Follow Indigenous Land Sales in Indonesia (via Environment News Service) By Sophie Chao ZANEGI, Papua, Indonesia, September 3, 2013 (ENS) – The village of Zanegi in Merauke Regency of Papua Province, Indonesia, lies desolate and silent, in contrast to the rumble and drone of bulldozers and chainsaws in the distance. At…