Biodiversity and Trade
Wild Atlantic salmon 'under threat' from escaped farmed fish and sea liceGuardian Unlimited | 07 Apr 2011
Scottish salmon industry criticised by leading anglers group which says government fish farm inspections are 'too lenient'. Fish farms are being frequently hit by parasite infestations and mass escapes that threaten the survival of the UK's wild salmon stocks, a leading anglers' group has said....
Anne the elephant leaves Bobby Roberts circus after cruelty inquiryGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
RSPCA and police called in after Animal Defenders secretly film circus worker kicking and beating Anne the elephant. One of the country's most famous circuses has become a target for animal welfare activists after a worker was secretly filmed beating an elephant. Police were called to the Bobby Roberts Super Circus big top near Knutsford, Cheshire, as families from the audience leaving the performance were heckled by protesters.
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 25 Mar 2011
Spring sightings, music for plants and flood-escaping spiders - the pick of this week's images from the natural world.
Plan to end discards protects fishermen for the long haulGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
Throwing away thousands of tonnes of fish is unacceptable. At last the problem is getting a serious airing in Brussels. Half of the fish caught in the North Sea today are thrown away, dead, because of an EU fisheries policy that is no longer fit for purpose. We can all agree that the system is broken - throwing away thousands of tonnes of edible fish is unacceptable. But on Tuesday we heard a bold proposal from the European commission that would aim to eliminate discards.
Eco-campaigners hang 'dead sharks' from iconic Liver BuildingGreenpeace UK | 21 Feb 2011
Bosses arriving for work this morning at the giant food company Princes were confronted with the consequences of the destructive, shark-killing fishing methods used to catch the tuna for their tins. 21 February, 2011 ...
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 18 Feb 2011
A cold cabybara has a warm shower, a black bear is disturbed from hibernation and a displaced orangutan explores a fresh clearing for a palm oil plantation.
Pandas are political animalsGuardian Unlimited | 13 Jan 2011
Cute, yes. But pandas are also powerful diplomatic assets for China, as well as consummate fundraisers. The apparent newsworthiness of pandas coming to Edinburgh zoo may be largely down to the public's delight in this distinctive bear. But the lobbying for them underlines that the panda has become more than a zoological curiosity. With the rise of modern China, its black-and-white emissary has become an increasingly political animal.
Princes tinned tuna linked to mass shark deaths as Tesco does u-turnGreenpeace UK | 09 Jan 2011
Princes – who sell more tinned tuna than any other company in the UK – have been caught using a fishing method which is responsible for catching sharks and turtles, and possibly even dolphins, a new report reveals today. The food and drink company, owned by Japanese giant Mitsubishi, has been...
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 03 Dec 2010
A buffet for macaque monkeys and snow-covered animals are among the pick of this week's images from the natural world
Attenborough to host 'Hope 4 Apes' eveningGuardian Unlimited | 01 Dec 2010
On 6 December, Sir David Attenborough will host an evening with leading ape conservation experts, highlighting the plight of the apes and the reasons for optimism.
Fishing nations agree slim Atlantic tuna quota cutReuters | 27 Nov 2010
Fishing nations agreed on Saturday to a slim reduction in quotas for catching giant Atlantic bluefin tuna, whose stocks have plunged as fishermen strive to meet demand from sushi lovers.
MP calls for ban on hunting of 'majestic' lionsEpolitix.com | 17 Nov 2010
Andrew Turner MP calls for an international ban on the hunting of lions ahead of his Westminster Hall debate on government policy on lion trophies and the protection of lions.
Animal welfare concerns Britons more than food safetyGuardian Unlimited | 17 Nov 2010
EU-wide survey shows while cloning and GM foods dismay other countries, here livestock conditions cause the most worry. Britons seem more worried about the welfare of farm animals than health risks from food, an EU-wide survey revealed today. While concerns in the UK over pesticides, pollution,...
Summit must tackle impacts of food productionGuardian Unlimited | 21 Oct 2010
Nagoya delegates need to plan how the world achieves food security, before ecosystems reach critical tipping points. Governments from around the world will arrive in Nagoya, Japan next week for the high-level ministerial segment of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting. Their task is daunting. Even the modest target set in 2002 of reducing the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 has proved beyond the reach of current strategies.
Letters: The challenge facing biodiversityGuardian Unlimited | 20 Oct 2010
Next week, the conference of the parties to the convention on biological diversity meets in Japan. The meeting presents Defra secretary of state, Caroline Spelman, with a global stage to share her government's ambition to "protect wildlife and ... restore biodiversity". We applaud this intent and...
Should I wear the fur coats I have inherited?Guardian Unlimited | 19 Oct 2010
Is wearing a fur coat always wrong, even if it means getting rid of a garment that could keep you warm in the winter? I am Italian. I know it might sound superfluous as a statement, but, here in England, I feel cold. When my mother passed away last year, I inherited seven of her furs. These furs...
Biodiversity: Variety as the spice of life | EditorialGuardian Unlimited | 19 Oct 2010
Conservation is quite literally vital. This is a challenge that calls for serious science, serious action - and serious money. This has been the International Year of Biodiversity and a UN gathering in Nagoya, Japan, is getting under way, charged with launching a 10-year strategy to avert the...
WWF on stopping species lossGuardian Unlimited | 18 Oct 2010
Representatives of governments from around the world are gathering this week in Japan in an effort to halt the decline of the planet's animal and plant species.While George Monbiot examines the prospects for the meeting today, we're joined tomorrow at 1pm for a live chat with Mark Wright, chief scientist at WWF. He will be here to help answer any questions you have on biodiversity, the meeting itself and the bigger issue of species loss globally.
'Last chance' to save species in the wildGuardian Unlimited | 16 Oct 2010
Leaders of the few remaining countries where tigers are still found in the wild are preparing for a make-or-break summit in Russia, which they believe offers the last chance to save the critically endangered animal. The Global Tiger Summit in St Petersburg next month will bring together the 13 countries that still have wild tigers, along with conservation organisations, in an attempt to thrash out a global recovery plan. Britain and the US are also being urged to attend.
U.N. must not rush genetic resources protocol: lobbyYahoo! News | 06 Oct 2010
The world should not rush to reach agreement on a United Nations protocol that could have a huge impact on businesses by setting rules for access to genetic resources and discoveries a Japanese lobby said on Wednesday.