The Brazilian Amazon is home to about 40 percent of the planet’s tropical forests and a staggering amount of biodiversity.
European Union (EU) fisheries ministers meeting in Brussels endorsed an European Commission proposal that would force fishermen to bring sharks to port intact.
In the last 100 years atmospheric carbon dioxide has risen to about 30 percent above pre-industrial levels.
Starting the summer of 2015, it is predicted that the Arctic sea ice could disappear thus destroying the natural habitat of polar bears and other animals in the region, according to a leading British ocean expert.
Five of eight tuna species are now threatened or nearly threatened with extinction due to overfishing, according to the Red List of Threatened Species, compiled by the Swiss based International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The African lions are declining in an alarming rate over the past twenty years. The number of African lion’s population has dwindled to almost 50 percent by retaliatory killings, loss of habitat and prey species, exploitation by recreational trophy hunters and commercial trade, disease, and other factors.
The waters off China, the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico have been featured in the the top five regions in terms of biodiversity according to the preliminary census published in the open access Public Library of Science. It is a result of a 10-year project by 360 scientists at a cost of US$ 650 million dollars.
In a study released recently, the world’s smallest group of whale population known as Eubalaena japonica has its population dwindled to almost extinction. The Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska once teemed with tens of thousands of North Pacific right whales.