Category «Ecology and Biodiversity»

Unsustainable Fishing and Hunting for Bushmeat Driving Iconic Species to Extinction

Unsustainable fishing and hunting for bushmeat is driving iconic species to extinction – According to the latest IUCN Red List  Gland, Switzerland, 18 July 2019, International Union for the Conservation of Nature    Overfishing has pushed two families of rays to the brink of extinction, while hunting for bushmeat and habitat loss have led to …

Dam Removals Gather Pace But New Hydropower Projects Threaten Migratory Fish Across the World

  Adapted from the World Wildlife Fund for Nature    Dam removals from South Africa to Switzerland are signalling a transformation in many countries’ approach to rivers – and hope for the world’s migratory fish on World Fish Migration Day.  However, an unprecedented number of planned hydropower projects in rivers, from Asia to the Amazon, …

Restoring China’s Loess Plateau

In China’s Loess Plateau they realised that the crucial step toward eco-system restoration is the understanding that, in the long run, safeguarding ecosystem functions is vastly more valuable than the production and consumption of goods and services.   WWF Source: Liu, 2012; Liu & Bradley, 2016    The birthplace of the largest ethnic group on …

How Animal Agriculture is the Primary Driver of Global Biodiversity Loss

by James O’Donovan   Animal agriculture contributes to species extinction by converting species-rich natural ecosystems to arable land and pastures. Typically, this eliminates 30-90% of the biodiversity depending on the agricultural intensity and local cultural practices such as hunting and eating wild animals. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) concludes that “Habitat loss is the greatest …