Conservation biology in the news

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This page simply lists recent news articles relating to conservation biology. It is not exhaustive - simply those articles that I come across during my reading of the media. It started as a section of the web page for EEB 2208 (Introduction to Conservation Biology), but students seemed to find it useful enough for me to keep it going for the time being. If others in the EEBedia community want to add to the list, please feel free to do so. I only ask that you keep to the existing format, limit any commentary about articles to brief descriptive statements so as to not clog up space, that you focus on articles in the news media that relate to conservation science (broader environmental science issues should find their own home), and that you don't clog the page up with multiple articles on the same piece of news. If you have questions, please email me. Chris Elphick

For a great web site providing information on recent conservation-related research, check out the Conservation Maven web site.

9 Apr. BBC News. Rhino horn DNA database introduced. Potentially a partial solution to illegal trade.

9 Apr. New York Times. Scientists Question Impact as Vineyards Turn Up in New Places. The downside of a good bottle of red.

5 Apr. LA Times. Anacapa Island thrives after rat eradication. This article from last month talks about control of introduced species.

29 Mar. BBC News. Termites 'engineer fairy circles'. Another ecosystem engineer.

27 Mar. New York Times. To Save the King of the Jungle, a Call to Pen Him In. The pragmatic side of conservation.

27 Mar. BBC News. Neonicotinoid pesticides 'damage brains of bees'.

22 Mar. New York Times. New Jersey Wins Fight Against a Tiny Invader. The demise of an invasive insect.

22 Mar. BBC News. Cold-tolerant wasp spiders spread to northern Europe. Another species moving in response to climate change.

18 Mar. New York Times. So You’re Extinct? Scientists Have Gleam in Eye. Can extinct species be brought back? Should they?

18 Mar. BBC News. Big fish catches mean smaller fish - Bangor scientists. The subtler effects of over-fishing.

16 Mar. The Economist. Making a hash of the ash. An invasive insect reaches New England.]

11 Mar. BBC News. 'Seismic' day for shark protection.

9 Mar. New York Times. Proposal to Ban Trade in Polar Bear Parts Is Rejected.

9 Mar. New York Times. Surveys Quantify Loss of Elephants in Africa.

9 Mar. New York Times. Endangered or Not, but at Least No Longer Waiting.

8 Mar. BBC News. S Africa fears 2013 rhino slaughter will break records.

8 Mar. BBC News. Turtle 'victory' at wildlife meeting.

2 Mar. BBC News. CITES meeting to deal with species 'extinction crisis'. A good introduction to a topic we'll come to later in the course.

2 Mar. BBC News. Shark kills number 100 million annually, research says.

1 Mar. BBC News. South Georgia rat cull begins again. The hard way to eradicate invasive species (see last lecture).

2 Mar. From Elephants’ Mouths, an Illicit Trail to China.

28 Feb. The Economist. Polar-bear politics.

28 Feb. BBC News. Rhino horn - time to legalise the trade say researchers. A controversy that we'll talk about later in the semester.

22 Feb. Huffington Post. Guam's Brown Tree Snake Problem To Be Solved With Toxic Mice, Officials Hope. This topic coming up in lecture next week.

19 Feb. BBC News. Whales benefit from action on ocean noise.

18 Feb. BBC News. World's reptiles at risk of extinction. Clearly the numbers I gave in class last week need updating!

14 Feb. BBC News. A new owl species from Indonesia is formally described. Another new species found.

14 Feb. BBC News. Three charged in rhino horn smuggling ring.

14 Feb. New York Times. Traces of Anxiety Drug May Affect Fish Behavior, Study Shows.

9 Feb. The Economist. The Arctic Tequila sunset. What will climate change mean for Arctic ecosystems?

7 Feb. BBC News. Protection 'insufficient' for Yangtze finless porpoise.

7 Feb. BBC News. Poaching boom sees thousands of elephants killed in Gabon.

3 Feb. New York Times. U.S. Proposes to Protect Wolverines.

3 Feb. New York Times. Officials Back Deep Cuts in Atlantic Cod Harvest to Save Industry.

1 Feb. NBC News. Humans alone to blame for wiping out Tasmanian tiger. This link sent in by a student (thanks). I'll show video of thylacines later in the semester.

31 Jan. BBC News. EU says pesticides linked to bee decline should be restricted.

30 Jan. BBC News. Ivory haul from Africa seized in Singapore.

30 Jan. New York Times. Malaysia: Rare Pygmy Elephants Killed.

29 Jan. New York Times. That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think. Another topic that we will talk about later in the semester.

29 Jan. The Economist. Kenya’s lions: Sad for Simba. Note, especially the part about economics at the end - we'll talk about this issue later in the semester.

29 Jan. BBC News. Rare pygmy elephants 'poisoned' in Borneo.

28 Jan. New York Times. Stalking a python. Pythons in pillow cases - an invasive species in Florida.

23 Jan. BBC News. Spoon-billed sandpipers threatened by trapping in China.

22 Jan. New York Times. Raising Devils in Seclusion.

18 Jan. BBC News. Attacks prompt Nepal to cap wildlife growth. Human-wildlife conflicts complicate conservation of endangered species.

18 Jan. The Economist. A rare victory for bears: Bearing up. Farming bear bile in Vietnam.

17 Jan. The Economist. The world's rarest fish: In a hole I'll talk about Devils hole pupfish later in the semester.

24 Dec. The New Yorker. Recall of the wild. Re-wilding in action.

19 Dec. The Economist. Call of the wild. The complicated world of wolf conservation.

10 Dec. The New Yorker. Alien entrees. Eating invasive species.

10 Apr. BBC News. World's rarest ducklings Madagascan pochards hatch. Another captive breeding example.

10 Apr. BBC News. Australian volunteers take part in cane toad cull.

2 Apr. The Economist. Born to be wild: Buffalo are coming back to the American prairie. From a couple of weeks ago, but relevant to lectures on reserves and restoration.

2 Apr. The Economist. Animals without borders. Another example of large reserve creation, this time in Africa.

2 Apr. The Economist. Banking against Doomsday. A gene bank for agricultural biodiversity.

2 Apr. The Economist. Black ivory. An update on elephant poaching.

30 Mar. BBC News. Pesticides hit queen bee numbers.

27 Mar. BBC News. NZ dolphin survival boosted by Marine Protected Area. The benefits of marine protected areas.

27 Mar. New York Times. Noise Pollution Is Changing Forests.

27 Mar. BBC News. Mammoths' extinction not due to inbreeding, study finds.

21 Mar. BBC News. Illegal logging makes billions for gangs, report says.

14 Mar. New York Times. Hi I'm a Nutria. A video op-ed with a different view on introduced species.

14 Mar. BBC News. Niger creates Africa's largest protected reserve.

14 Mar. New York Times. Wisconsin Assembly Approves Wolf Hunting.

14 Mar. New York Times. A New Species in New York Was Croaking in Plain Sight. Check those frogs, now that they're waking up ...

13 Mar. New York Times. Team Tracks a Food Supply at the End of the World. One invertebrates that is not overharvested ... yet.

11 Mar. BBC News. Advisers warned government on badger cull.

9 Mar. BBC News. World seabird numbers still falling, says a new review.

8 Mar. New York Times. 2 Manmade Marshes: One Planted, One Left to Nature. Restoration coming up after spring break ...

2 Mar. The Economist. The big freeze. Tackling inbreeding in zoos.

28 Feb. New York Times. Pacific Sea Otters’ Failure to Thrive Confounds Wildlife Sleuths.

28 Feb. Washington Post. Obama administration plan would kill rival bird to save spotted owl.

24 Feb. The Economist. Lost property: The world’s fisheries are in an even worse state than feared. More here.

24 Feb. The Economist. A sea of riches: Coastal waters could feed many more Africans, but need better protection.

24 Feb. BBC News. New moth species invades Italy's vineyards. Bad news for wine lovers.

23 Feb. BBC News. Arrests made in US rhino horn smuggling ring.

22 Feb. New York Times. Mutated Trout Raise New Concerns Near Mine Sites. Another pollution example.

22 Feb. New York Times. Bucket Brigade Gives a Lift So Salamanders Can Live to Mate. ... see lecture notes on roads.

22 Feb. New York Times. New York May Ban Shark Fin Sales, Following Other States.

20 Feb. New York Times. Squeezed Into Smaller Spaces, Koalas Now Face Deadly Disease. Another disease in Australia.

18 Feb. BBC News. 'Mobile marine reserves' needed.

17 Feb. BBC News. Tasmanian devils' killer disease genome mapped. Disease ... coming right up ...

17 Feb. BBC News. Sea lion test to probe declines.

16 Feb. BBC News. Crime chiefs agree to get tough on illegal tiger trade. Following on from Wednesday's lecture ...

15 Feb. BBC News. Tiny lizards found in Madagascar. More newly discovered species - small ranges, habitat loss ...

10 Feb. BBC News. Overfishing 'costs EU £2.7bn each year'. The economic impact of over-harvest.

10 Feb. New York Times. Wild Salmon Are Not Holding Up, Study Finds. A downside of captive breeding.

7 Feb. BBC News. Whales 'stressed by ocean noise'. A less-than-obvious type of pollution.

7 Feb. Washington Post. Puerto Rico plans to kill iguanas, export meat to help eradicate species. A news piece from a student: turning a conservation problem into food.

6 Feb. New York Times. Crossed Fingers for a Threatened Butterfly. Restoration of a different butterfly to the one I talked about in class.

3 Feb. New York Times. Delaware: Some Sturgeon Declared to Be Endangered.

3 Feb. New York Times. A Whooping Crane Migration Will Finish By Truck. We'll talk about crane reintroduction later in the semester.

2 Feb. Aukland Now. 'Extinct' bird shows signs of breeding. A real rediscovery.

1 Feb. BBC News. Trumpets of outrage in the outback. "Re-wilding" Australia - an approach we'll discuss later in the class.

31 Jan. BBC News. Pythons linked to Florida Everglades mammal decline.

30 Jan. BBC News. Accumulating 'microplastic' threat to shores. Where does most plastic pollution come from?

24 Jan. CNN. New species discovered in South American jungle.

24 Jan. BBC News. 'Peak timber' concerns in tropics.

24 Jan. New York Times. Mercury’s Harmful Reach Has Grown, Study Suggests.

23 Jan. BBC News. Bees 'could deter vandals' at Greenfield heritage park. A novel ecosystem service ...

17 Jan. BBC News. White-nose syndrome ravages North America bat numbers.

16 Jan. New York Times. Preparing to Live With Wolves.

17 Dec. The Economist. Frog-hunters of the Western Ghats.

News articles posted in previous years are listed in the following documents: 2008 2009-10