FoE report links UK pension funds to land grabbing for the first time

UK pension funds and asset management companies could potentially have £37 billion invested in ‘land grabs’ worldwide, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth. Read more »

Help stop the slaughter of river dolphins in Brazil

Stop the illegal river dolphin slaughter in Brazil - WDC Infographic
Help WDC stop the illegal poaching of river dolphins in Brazil. Please sign the petition today! Visit the WDC campaign page and help stop pink dolphins being driven to extinction in Brazil.

Every year, thousands of Amazon River dolphins (botos) in Brazil are brutally killed, then cut up and used as bait to catch fish.

They endure unimaginable suffering. They are speared, cut and bludgeoned to death with harpoons, machetes or axes. Some are stabbed, and kept alive, tied to trees by their tails for days to keep them fresh until they are required for bait. Read more »

Safeguarding the genetic diversity of the world's forests: first global study of forest genetic resources is published

The FAO has urged countries to improve data gathering and research to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the world's forest genetic resources, which are coming under increasing pressure.

According to the first-ever edition of The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources report, half of the forest species reported as regularly utilized by countries are threatened by the conversion of forests to pastures and farmland, overexploitation, and the impacts of climate change. Read more »

Google celebrates the birthday of Silent Spring author Rachel Carson

May 27th marks the birthday of conservation writer Rachel Carson

'Carson's book has changed the world,' said The Times.

Rachel Carson wrote one of the Twentieth Century's most influential books. Published in 1962, Silent Spring documented the use of pesticides in agriculture, showing their environmentally destructive side-effects and impacts upon human and animal health.

More than 50 years on from its first publication, Carson's impassioned arguments resonate more strongly than ever. Google today (May 27th 2014) celebrates her birthday and honours one of the world's finest conservation writers

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Marine Conservation Society seeks 10,000 volunteers to get down and dirty for the ‘Great British Beach Clean’

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© Rob Drake-Knight

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), says recent figures showing the highest amounts of litter on British beaches in twenty years, have prompted it to launch a mass beach participation event ‘The Great British Beach Clean’ to highlight the issue of Britain’s dirty beaches.

The charity says that, in a year when pride about all parts of the UK will reach a peak with the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup, we should try and reconnect with our coastline to ensure it’s a safe, clean place for this generation and those to come. Read more »

Bottom trawling causes deep-sea biological desertification

Microscopic view of nematodes © Cristina Gambi, Marche Polytechnic University

A study led by scientists from the Polytechnic University of Marche (Ancona, Italy) involving researchers from the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM, CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), has determined that fishing trawling causes intensive, long-term biological desertification of the sedimentary seabed ecosystems, diminishing their content in organic carbon and threatening their biodiversity. Read more »

Can you imagine your life without trees & forests?

March 21st was the International Day of Forests - a day for raising awareness about deforestation of the Earth’s forest and trees. People around the world celebrate it by doing different activities such as tree planting, art work and spreading the word on social media.

This short video was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) - Read more »

Survival International marks International Women's Day with a portrait gallery of tribal heroines

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For generations, industrialized societies have subjected tribal women and their communities to genocidal violence, slavery and racism in order to steal their lands, resources and labour. © Steve Morgan

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014, Survival International has published a new photographic gallery that portrays the lives and stories of inspiring tribal women, past and present.

Tribal women have known brutal displacement, fear, murder and rape at the hands of invaders for generations. They have seen their lands taken from them, their self-respect annihilated and their futures become uncertain. Read more »

South West Coast Path crowned best British walking route

Looking out to sea on the South West Coast Path. Photograph by Richard Taylor.

The South West Coast Path National Trail has been voted the Best British walking route by Walk magazine for the second time in row and the timing couldn’t be more apt. In the past two months, the UK has suffered some of the most severe weather ever to hit these shores and the South West has taken the biggest battering. What the award and the weather have highlighted however, is just how well managed the coastline is for walkers. Read more »

Judging the effects of climate change on extinction may be easier than previously thought

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Ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata) © Geoffrey A Hammerson

Although widely used assessments of threatened species, such as the IUCN Red List, were not developed with the effects of climate change in mind, a study of 36 amphibian and reptile species endemic to the US has concluded that climate change may not be fundamentally different from other extinction threats in terms of identifying species in danger of extinction. Read more »

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