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Nearly 400 new species discovered in Amazon

S - Researchers have found 381 new species in the Amazon rainforest, the World Wildlife Fund announced Wednesday, warning that the discoveries were all in areas threatened by human activity.

Endangered vaquita marina porpoise could be extinct by 2018: WWF

Mexico - The vaquita marina, a tiny porpoise native to Mexico, could be extinct by next year if urgent action including a ban on gillnets is not taken, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature warned.

Endangered species poached in protected areas: WWF

Geneva - Illegal poaching, logging and fishing of sometimes critically endangered species is taking place in nearly half of the world's most protected natural sites, environmental campaigners WWF warned Tuesday.

Ocean warning for Pacific's Melanesia

Wellington - Marine ecosystems in one of the Pacific's most vulnerable regions face decline unless they are better managed, a WWF report warned Tuesday.

WWF calls for crack down on 'tiger farms'

Geneva - The World Wildlife Fund on Thursday urged Asian states to investigate all tiger breeding centres and crack down on any involved in black-market animal trade.

These remarkable primates are being wiped out by war in the Congo

Decades of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo have decimated populations of the world's largest primate — the eastern lowland gorilla, also known as Grauer's gorilla.

Polar bear patrols reduce bear deaths in Canada, WWF says

As sea ice in the Arctic continues to thin and decrease, polar bears are spending longer periods prowling coastlines. Separated from seals, their primary source of food, the bears scavenge for meals and are attracted by cooking odors and human waste.

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.

Marine populations 'slashed by half since 1970'

Ginebra - Populations of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have dropped by about half in the past four decades, with fish critical to human food suffering some of the greatest declines, WWF warned Wednesday.

India recruits a German Shepherd army to protect wild tigers

Bhopal - The newest soldiers in India's fight against wildlife poachers walk on four legs and bark their commands. These new soldiers, German Shepherds actually, are known as wildlife sniffer dogs, and they were officially inducted into their new jobs on June 20.

Protecting the ocean could boost economy by $900 bn, says WWF

Lisbon - More than $920 billion could be generated by 2050 and 180,000 jobs created by expanding the ocean's protected zones, according to a study published Thursday by conservation group WWF.

WWF report: global wildlife populations drop 52% since 1970

The numbers of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians experienced a 52 percent decline in the 40-year period between 1970 and 2010, mainly as a result of over-hunting and habitat destruction.

Oil and gas exploration threatens world's rarest dolphin

Auckland - With only 55 left in the wild, the Maui's dolphin, native to New Zealand, is under siege from trawling fisheries, and now wildlife officials are worried that proposed oil and gas exploration may threaten them further.

‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin backs gay marriage

Sportsman “Stone Cold” Steve Austin — the world’s most bankable wrestler in the history of the sport — has given his public support for same-sex marriage.

WWE 's legendary manager Paul Bearer dies at 58

Mobile - Recognized by millions as his alter egos Paul Bearer and Percival Pringle lll, William "Bill" Moody died Tuesday. He entertained wrestling fans as the ghoulish manager of The Undertaker and his half brother Kane and will be sorely missed.

Earth Hour 2013: Coming soon to a light bulb near you

Singapore - Earth Hour, the world’s largest movement for the planet, launched its campaign for 2013 in Singapore on February 27. This year Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. in time zones throughout the world.

Gabon sets fire to 10,000 pounds of elephant ivory

Libreville - Over 10,000 pounds of seized elephant ivory were burned in Gabon on Wednesday to combat a spike in poaching and illegal ivory trafficking.

Spain’s King Juan Carlos asked to quit WWF over elephant hunting

Madrid - King Juan Carlos of Spain is being widely criticized by environmental organizations after suffering a hip injury in an accident in Botswana where he went to hunt elephants, a species which conservation status is deemed “vulnerable”.

Op-Ed: Earth Hour 2012, Saturday 31st March — One Hour for the Planet

On Saturday 31st March, between 20h30 and 21h30 local time, wherever you are in the world, the lights will go out – or at least Earth Hour 2012 will be encouraging you to switch off...

Snow leopards thrive in Bhutan

Snow leopards, which are among the world's most endangered species, have been caught on camera in the remote country of Bhutan as part of a survey by the government of Bhutan and the WWF.

Former wrestler 'Macho Man' Randy Savage dies in car accident

One of the most well-known pro wrestlers has passed away today, according to various media reports. Randy Savage, who called himself the "Macho Man", suffered a heart attack while driving in Tampa, Florida, and then struck a tree.

Tiger Summit considering $130M in funding, DiCaprio pledges $1M

While rangers patrol huge territories on bicycles armed with 1920's weapons, tiger poachers roam with modern GPS technology and brand new vehicles, killing tigers into extinction.

Truck Maker Volvo Group joins WWF Climate Savers Program

Sweden’s Volvo Group today became the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to sign on to the World Wide Fund’s Climate Savers Programme. The company is pledging to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from its vehicles by 13 million tons by 2014.

Tigers in the wild may be extinct in 12 years

Stockholm - The WWF estimates there are 5000 tigers in American backyards, truck stops, urban apartments and private breeding facilities. This is more than the 3200 wild tigers in the wild. Sadly, the "King of the Jungle" may be extinct in as little as 12 years.

Three species being discovered every week in Greater Mekong area

A fanged fish and a fangless snake, five new mammal species, a bald bird and a frog that sounds like a cricket are among the 145 species newly described by science in the Greater Mekong region during 2009, says a WWF report.

Six panda lovers get chance to be caretakers after TV showdown

Some people have all the luck. Six such individuals from the world over now have the opportunity to work as panda caretakers for one month, after an intense three-hour live showdown on China’s largest television network, CCTV.

Half of UK public unaware they may contribute to illegal logging

Half of UK consumers have no idea that the paper and wood products they are buying may be contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests. But two-thirds believe authorities should commit to buying sustainable wood and paper products.

China and Russia join efforts to protect rare Siberian tigers

Hunchun - A cooperative agreement signed by forest and conservation representatives of China and Russia aims to create a trans-boundary protected area for the conservation of the endangered felines.

WWF apologizes for worker's vandalism of Saudi Arabia nameplate

Bonn - The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has issued an apology after one of its workers vandalized Saudi Arabia's nameplate at a United Nations climate conference in the German city of Bonn.

Hulk Hogan sues Post Cereal over Cocoa Pebbles commercial

Tampa - Hulk Hogan is back in federal court in Florida, this time over a cartoon commercial. Hulk claims his reputation was harmed in a Cocoa Pebbles ad featuring Bamm-Bamm tossing " Hulk Boulder" into the air and winning the match.
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