Conservation

Next decade is crucial in combating declining ocean oxygen levels which could ‘jeopardise humankind’

Next decade is crucial in combating declining ocean oxygen levels which are threatening sealife and could ‘jeopardise humankind’, experts warnStudy was carried out by the International Union for the Conservation of NatureFindings were presented in Madrid at the global UN Climate Change conferenceClimate change and pollution were named as the main causes of oxygen lossBy…

Area ‘twice the size of ACT’ to be conserved for south-east Qld’s vulnerable koalas

Posted December 08, 2019 16:09:39 There will be no new developments within 570,000 hectares of a ‘koala priority area’ in south-east Queensland, according to a new draft strategy announced by the State Government. Key points:The South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-24 identifies 570,000 hectares of koala habitat for protectionHabitat loss is a major contributor…

Marine life under threat from plummeting oxygen levels

The loss of oxygen from the ocean due to climate change risks “dire effects” on sea life, fisheries and coastal communities, a global conservation body has said. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said that around 700 sites had been identified globally with low oxygen levels – up from only 45 in…

Sydney Zoo: Does the world still need big zoos?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There is continuing debate about animal welfare in zoos Sydney’s first new major zoo in more than 100 years will open on Saturday. With such debate about animal welfare these days, can zoos still be a force for good? Gary Nunn reports from Sydney.Zoos have evolved significantly since they…

We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’

Both polar regions are losing marine ice. Ice shelves are breaking up into giant icebergs, more glaciers are retreating and at faster rates, less sea surface is freezing and for shorter periods. Simply put, the north and south poles are becoming less white and more blue. Yet the coldest parts of the planet are also…

Why ZSL needs your help

At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, an hour north-west of London, the half-term visitors have gathered beside a large paddock for giraffe feeding time. It is a cold, bright afternoon, and two keepers hoist branches above their heads, offering them over the fence that surrounds the enclosure. Five reticulated giraffes amble towards them. The crowd laughs and coos,…

Save the Whales—But Actually

Environmentalists have been demanding that we save the whales for decades. The phrase has been printed ad nauseam on so many buttons and t-shirts and bumper stickers that it’s practically a joke.But we should probably listen to them. Great whales are not only fascinating and cute as hell, they also keep carbon out of the…