This great ape species was discovered 6 months ago and it’s already threatened by a dam

April 23, 2018 by  
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The Tapanuli orangutan was only discovered six months ago — and it’s already under threat of extinction from human development. Only 800 Tapanuli orangutans live in the wild today — however state-run Chinese company Sinohydro plans to construct a dam in northern Sumatra that will result in the deforestation of the orangutan’s habitat. If completed, the dam could pose an existential danger to the animals. Researchers fear that the construction of the  510 megawatt dam in the fragile Batang Toru ecosystem will result in the extinction of certain communities within the already vulnerable Tapanuli population. “Building the dam means chopping the orangutan population in half,” Borneo Futures director and orangutan expert Erik Meijaard told The Guardian . “You end up with two smaller populations, and these will have much reduced chances of survival, because a small population is more likely to go extinct than a large one.” Although Sinohydro did not include the orangutan in its environmental management plan, the Indonesian government approved the project. “The impact will not just be the destruction of the habitat where they want to build the dam and roads, tunnel, electricity lines,” scientist Gabriella Fredriksson explained to the Guardian , “but it will cause the extinction of two of the three sub-populations, and in addition create access and destroy the most important habitat of the only viable population left.” Related: UK researchers are developing an orangutan-safe alternative to palm oil “The Indonesian government needs to respect its own laws,” Meijaard said. “Orangutans are protected species. The Indonesian law clearly prohibits any actions that harm a protected species or its nests. It is obvious that the hydrodam is harming a protected species, so why does the government allow this?” Instead of building a dam, researcher Serge Wich suggested that the government pursue a geothermal project farther north from the orangutan habitat. According to Wich, this proposed project could yield one gigawatt of power, significantly more than the dam. The newly discovered orangutans are suffering under a broader extinction crisis, in which the large mammals of Sumatra, such as the Sumatran tiger , the Sumatran rhino and the Sumatran elephant have become critically endangered. Via The Guardian Images via Tim Laman and Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

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WWF predicts wild animal populations will plummet 67 percent by 2020

October 27, 2016 by  
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Two-thirds of wild animals around the world could be gone in less than five years , according to a new report compiled by researchers from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London. The latest edition of Living Planet Index (LPI), released this week, warns that loss of habitat due to environmental destruction, global warming, hunting, and pollution will result in a sixth mass extinction. Using 1970 animal population data as a baseline, scientists have measured the state of biological diversity and now warn that the world will have lost 67 percent of its animals by 2020 if major conservation efforts are not implemented immediately. The LPI report measures the condition of the world’s biodiversity by evaluating population trends of animals that live on both land and in the sea. The new report recognizes that dangers to animals worldwide are not new. In fact, researchers point to a 58-percent overall drop in global populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish between 1970 and 2012. That translates to an approximate 2-percent loss of species each year. Environmental destruction has continued, both directly at the hands of humans in the form of hunting and deforestation, as well as secondary effects such as rising global temperatures, making the threat even more severe. Related: Vanishing land snail signals the 6th mass extinction is well underway The LPI warns that we are approaching a crucial threshold and, without major conservation efforts, the worldwide decline in animal populations will reach 67 percent by 2020. “We are no longer a small world on a big planet. We are now a big world on a small planet, where we have reached a saturation point,” said Prof Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in a foreword for the report. Of all animals on earth, those dwelling in rivers and lakes have been impacted most severely by human activity. Animal populations in freshwater wetlands are down by 81 percent from 1970 figures, which the LPI report says is attributed to excessive water extraction, pollution, and dams. Global warming, which forces animals to adjust their habits, lifestyles, and even territories, amplifies the negative effects of human action and accelerates the loss of life. Via The Guardian Images via Wikipedia ( 1 , 2 , 3 )

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Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

November 28, 2014 by  
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Indonesia has the worst rate of deforestation in the world, with much of its logging activity illegal and therefore unreported. However, the country’s new president, Joko Widodo, has taken an early stand against the destruction, announcing a review of plantation companies’ operations and protective measures for the country’s peatlands. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest carbon dioxide emitter, so curbing deforestation is a vital step for the country in achieving its substantial 26 percent emissions reduction targets  by 2020. Read the rest of Indonesia’s New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , carbon emissions , deforestation , habitat destruction , illegal logging , indonesia , mono cropping , palm oil , peat , peat forest , peatland , plantations , President Joko Widodo , timber plantation

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Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

November 5, 2014 by  
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In Malaysia, a rare form of malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi has leapfrogged other sources of the disease to cause 68 percent of the country’s malaria cases in 2013. While causality has not yet been proven, Dr. Balbir Singh , Director of the Malaria Research Center at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, believes that deforestation is putting macaque monkeys (which are common hosts of the parasite) in closer contact with humans, resulting in an increase in cross-species transmission . Read the rest of Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: contagious diseases , cross-species transmission , deforestation , Dr. Balbir Singh , habitat destruction , habitat loss , Logging , macaque , malaria , Malaysia , monkey , mosquito , palm oil plantation , parasites , Plasmodium knowlesi , transmissible diseases

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Half of World’s Coral Reefs Destroyed in Last 30 Years, According to New Survey

September 23, 2013 by  
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Half of the world’s coral reefs have been destroyed over the past three decades, according to a recent Catlin Seaview Survey (CSS). In a race to document their decline, the CSS teamed up with Google Street View and scientists from across the globe to compile the Catlin Global Reef Record – a free online resource launched today that is comprised of more than 50,000 high resolution images of the disappearing seascape. Read the rest of Half of World’s Coral Reefs Destroyed in Last 30 Years, According to New Survey Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catlin global reef record , catlin seaview survey , coral bleaching , coral reef , coral reef destruction , css , global awarness , Google maps , Google Street View , Great Barrier Reef , habitat destruction , international union for the conservation of nature , NOAA , online image database , Scripps Institution of Oceanography , survey data analysis , temperature alerts , University of Queensland , world resources institute        

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MOMA’s Rechargeable LED Bulb Flashlight Offers Three Hours of Emergency Light

September 23, 2013 by  
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MoMA ’s Bulb Flashlight has a built-in rechargeable battery that allows it to double as a regular bulb and an emergency flashlight. The $45 LED bulb is recharged while used as a lamp. It screws into a standard socket and produces as much as a 40W bulb using just 6W of electricity. Then, when there’s a power outage or some other emergency situation, the bulb can provide lighting for up to three hours. Read the rest of MOMA’s Rechargeable LED Bulb Flashlight Offers Three Hours of Emergency Light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bul Flashlight MoMA , eco-friendly flashlights , emergency lighting , energy efficient lighting , LED Bulb Flashlight , LED lighting , LED lights , low-heat light , moma , MoMA LED light , rechargeable lights        

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Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

June 26, 2013 by  
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Africa’s Western black rhino is now officially extinct, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The subspecies was last seen in 2006, the Northern white rhino is also “ teetering on the edge of extinction ,” and Asia’s Javan Rhino may not be far behind if strong measures are not taken to stem poaching and conservation measures. This news comes after IUCN conducted a new review of 60,000 species of animals and plants in order to update the Red List of Threatened Species . Read the rest of Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amphibian , fauna and flora , habitat destruction , IUCN , nature conservation , Northern white rhino , poaching , red list of threatened species , Southern white rhino , Western black rhino , Wildlife conservation        

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The World’s Love Of Coffee Is Causing The Destruction Of Natural Habitats And Ecosystems

June 11, 2012 by  
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Put down that cup of coffee! A new report published in Nature has revealed that one of the main causes for the destruction of natural habitats and the potential extinction of numerous species is the developed world’s “insatiable appetite” for commodities such as tea, coffee and palm oil. Read the rest of The World’s Love Of Coffee Is Causing The Destruction Of Natural Habitats And Ecosystems Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , coffee , deforestation , destruction , ecosystems , endangered species , extinction , habitat destruction , international trade , Nature , rio+20

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Map of Life Provides Online Resource to Monitor All Animal and Plant Life on Earth

May 14, 2012 by  
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A team of researchers from Yale University is developing the Map of Life , an online platform that will monitor the existence of all plants and animals on the planet. When completed, users can search for any species in the world, locate them on satellite or terrain maps and then add their knowledge and feedback. If Wikipedia, Google Maps and the best nature field guides were combined into one web site, the result would be Map of Life. This intuitive platform could help increase the understanding of the world’s biodiversity–and perhaps even save it. Read the rest of Map of Life Provides Online Resource to Monitor All Animal and Plant Life on Earth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biodiversity , biodiversity loss , Climate Change , habitat destruction , map of life , threatened species , Walter Jetz , Yale University

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