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Conservation Union Updates Endangered Species

photo copyright university of kansas dept. of herpetology

First, the good news. Fleischmann’s robber frog has be found. Suspected to be extinct, the Panamanian amphibian, first discovered in 1892, has been rediscovered after not being seen for years. The species is still critically endangered, but it’s not lost forever.

Now, the bad news: The overlooked [...]

Vertebrates Living On Earth Down 30 Percent

Over the last generation, our planet’s population of vertebrates has declined by about one third. [...]

Where the Gwyniad and the Loch Killin Char Meet

Surveying the scarce footman and the interrupted brome [...]

Bikinis Oil Up For Protest Against Timor Sea Oil Spill

Another fossil fuel leak has been taking place on another offshore drilling rig just 50 nautical miles away from the Montara rig which has been the source of the major oil spill. The gas leak has been going on for about seven weeks, without the public being informed. [...]

Emaciated Dolphins Suggest Ecological Disaster In Timor Sea Oil Spill

In spite of its responsibility for the Timor Sea oil spill, and its inability to stop the spill from continuing in spite of three attempts with its most advanced technology, PTTEP Australasia was just awarded the right to drill in several new locations in Australian waters. The company now has Australian government permission to conduct just the same sort of operations that led to the Timor Sea spill in the first place. [...]

Sea Turtle Settlement

The new agreement on a decision about loggerheads and leatherbacks is progress, but it’s worth remembering that the Bush Administration frequently broke such agreements. If the Obama Administration does the same, all that the Center for Biological Diversity can do is to file suit again. [...]

Ashy Storm Petrel Sees The Light At Night

If the Obama Administration won’t act to protect emperiled wildlife like the ashy storm petrel, then we must. By reducing the amount of petroleum products we use, we can reduce toxic air pollution, slow down global warming, bolster the economy, and give the ashy storm petrel a hand as well. [...]

Biodiversity Boon In Eastern Himalayas

This little flying frog is just one among hundreds of newly discovered species from the eastern Himalayan region. [...]

Where Have All The Limpets Gone?

It’s particularly alarming to me that the limpets have gone missing, because they’re not used as seafood and they’re not regarded as pests. [...]

Dolphin Moko Going Bad – Again?

We might as well ask whether we humans are breaking the rules of dolphin society as consider whether Moko is going bad. [...]

Obama Embraces Bush Policy on Polar Bears

When it comes to prosecuting people involved in torture, or government programs to spy on the American people, President Obama says that we must not look backwards. Yet, when it comes to his legal obligation to protect endangered species, Obama has no problem looking backwards, embracing the do-nothing policies of past presidencies. [...]