These species went extinct in 2019
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These species went extinct in 2019

The creatures that went extinct or likely went extinct in 2019 are as follows: 1. The Hawaiian snail Achatinella apexfulva: The last known member of its species, “George” died in a tank in a Hawaiian lab on New Year’s Day. The species is likely extinct, said David Sischo, the snail extinction prevention program coordinator at…

This ‘starry night’ toad was lost to scientists for decades
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This ‘starry night’ toad was lost to scientists for decades

There’s a magical mountain on the Colombian coast, said Lina Valencia, a biological anthropologist and Colombia conservation officer at Global Wildlife Conservation. The 18,700-foot peak, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, is the tallest coastal mountain on Earth. At different elevations, the peak hosts life found nowhere else. At about 6,500 feet up, a black toad,…

Naturalist and presenter David Bellamy dies at 86
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Naturalist and presenter David Bellamy dies at 86

Image copyright Chris Jackson / Getty Images Botanist and broadcaster David Bellamy has died aged 86, the Conservation Foundation he formed has said.London-born Bellamy, who became a household name as a TV personality, scientist and conservationist, died on Wednesday, according to the foundation.His colleague, David Shreeve, described him as a “larger-than-life character” who “inspired a…

How international conservation groups are betraying indigenous peoples
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How international conservation groups are betraying indigenous peoples

Discrimination towards indigenous communities is rife among conservation groups – and sometimes enforced at the barrel of a gun, says Curtis Abraham Environment | Comment 11 December 2019 Josie FordTHE murder of “guardian of the forest” Paulo Paulino Guajajara by armed loggers in the Brazilian Amazon reserve he called home garnered headlines around the world…

Young people can’t remember how much more wildlife there used to be
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Young people can’t remember how much more wildlife there used to be

Environment 11 December 2019 By Adam Vaughan Meadow pipits, here near a lighthouse in the Channel Islands, are in declineAlan Lagadu/Getty ImagesWalking in England’s New Forest in 1892, butterfly collector S. G. Castle Russell encountered such numbers of the insects that they “were so thick that I could hardly see ahead”. On another occasion, he “captured a hundred…

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