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Climate change biggest threat to natural World Heritage sites

Geneva - Climate change has become the biggest threat to UN-listed natural world heritage sites like glaciers and wetlands, and has pushed Australia's Great Barrier Reef into "critical" condition, conservationists said Wednesday.

Invasive beetle pushing US ash trees to extinction: conservationists

Geneva - An invasive beetle has driven North America's most widespread ash tree towards extinction, conservationists said Thursday, also warning of dramatic declines among several African antelope species.

Eastern gorilla suffers 70 percent decline — Near extinction

The world's largest primate has been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal hunting in the Democratic Republic of Congo and are now critically endangered.

Op-Ed: 2015 — What a year for amazing animal and plant discoveries

Nature is definitely amazing, and no matter how much we think we know about the beautiful world around us, we still continue to make even more fascinating plant and animal discoveries every year. 2015 is no different.

Climate change could slash polar bear numbers 30% by 2050

Ginebra - Polar bears look set to see their numbers dwindle by nearly third by mid-century, a top conservation body said Thursday, warning climate change poses the greatest threat to the king of the Arctic.

World's tuna and mackerel populations suffer drastic 74% decline

Tuna and mackerel populations have suffered a drastic 74 percent decline within the last 40 years, researchers have found. The World Wildlife Fund warns that if we don't act quickly, we face losing species that are critical to human food security.

Chinese police at lunch allegedly eat endangered giant salamander

Shenzhen - A banquet for Chinese officials turned violent last week when journalists photographed them eating a critically endangered giant salamander, media reports say. The diners included senior police officials who appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.

International team to tackle world zoo & aquarium organization

Gland - An international team of dolphin advocates opposed to the Taiji dolphin drives will gather at the headquarters of the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA) this week, to discuss the exclusion of one of its members.

Scientists discover 2178 'irreplaceable' ecosystems

A study has found more than 2,000 exclusive habitats around the world that are fundamental to the survival of threatened wildlife. The researchers are hoping that better management could help the susceptible ecosystems.

Costco caves to Greenpeace pressure stops selling red listed fish

Issaquah - After nearly a year of pressure by Greenpeace supporters Costco announced it has stopped selling a dozen threatened species of red listed fish in a corporate effort to provide customers with a choice of sustainable seafood products only.

Rhino habitat wants its World Heritage Site status back

Guwahati - A four-member UNESCO-IUCN monitoring team is visiting Manas National Park in Assam for an on-the-spot assessment if the "danger" tag attached to the World Heritage Site should be removed.

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