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Smugglers are profiting from our failure to define endangered species

There are calls to improve a treaty on the international trade in endangered species – but there is no standard way to define species, says Stephen Garnett

Thu 14 Feb 19 from Newscientist

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400,000 African pangolins are hunted for meat every year—why it's time to act

Pangolins, a group of unique African and Asian scaly mammals, are considered to be one of the most heavily trafficked wild mammals in the world. They are hunted and traded for their meat, scales, ...

Thu 14 Feb 19 from

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Aloe sanguinalis, a new red Aloe from Somaliland

Aloe sanguinalis, or Somali Red Aloe, forms large, conspicuous clumps and has blood red sap. Its can easily be spotted from the road, but the species has only just been named and described in ...

Thu 14 Feb 19 from

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Scientists look to past to help identify fish threatened with local extinction

Marine scientists from the University of Queensland, WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other groups have developed a methodology to assess fish stocks that combines new data with archeological ...

Wed 13 Feb 19 from

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Newly discovered turtle species is facing extinction

For decades, it has been assumed that the Chinese Softshell Turtles from East Asia all belonged to one and the same species, Pelodiscus sinensis. Widely distributed all the way from the Russian ...

Wed 13 Feb 19 from

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World seeing 'catastrophic collapse' of insects: study

Nearly half of all insect species worldwide are in rapid decline and a third could disappear altogether, according to a study warning of dire consequences for crop pollination and natural food ...

Mon 11 Feb 19 from

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On the land, one-quarter of vertebrates die because of humans

Humans have a "disproportionately huge effect" on the other species of vertebrates that share Earth's surface with us, causing more than 25 percent of the deaths among an array of species all ...

Mon 11 Feb 19 from

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The widows are coming

Mimicking spider revealed to be a highly efficient coloniser.

Wed 13 Feb 19 from Cosmos Magazine

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Humans' meat consumption pushing Earth's biggest fauna toward extinction

At least 200 species of large animals are decreasing in number and more than 150 are under threat of extinction, according to new research that suggests humans' meat consumption habits are primarily ...

Wed 6 Feb 19 from

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Study explores new way to increase conservation impact

A study led by researchers at the University of Southampton reveals huge variations in the similarity and breadth of animal roles in nature across different parts of the world.

Thu 7 Feb 19 from

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