#Conservation

British Sharks in Troubled Waters

Steve Backshall | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK
Steve Backshall

We need to act to stop uncontrolled shark fishing now; adopting effective management before crisis recovery plans are needed. The high seas can no longer be an out of sight out of mind wild frontier where anything goes. We could lose sharks from our seas within my lifetime, and that simply must not happen. Lose the sharks, the mighty, mysterious lords of the deep, and our planet's oceans would be infinitely poorer places.

The Climate Negotiations in Paris - Time for Change

David Nussbaum | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Politics
David Nussbaum

These two meetings are the culmination of long, intensive processes, and present governments across the world with the chance to make bold decisions. If they rise to the challenge, they can set us all on a path to address the inter-connected crises of poverty, inequality, environmental degradation and climate change.

The Review Page Of Dentist 'Outed As Cecil The Lion's Killer' Has Been Hijacked

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

Walt Palmer is the American and "elite hunter" who has been accused of killing Zimbabwe's beloved lion Cecil, after the beast was found decapitated an...

Cecil The Lion's Killer 'Revealed As American Dentist'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

The man who is believed to have paid wildlife guides £35,000 to let him hunt and kill Zimbabwe's beloved lion Cecil, is reportedly an American dentis...

Sir Patrick Stewart Is Using Drones To Collect Whale Snot

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Tech

Sir Patrick Stewart is collecing snot -- whale snot to be more specific. Well, he's not doing the collecting. He's backing conservation organisati...

Warm Words Won't Beat Climate Change - But a New Global Finance Deal Still Could

David Nussbaum | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
David Nussbaum

Visiting Kenya last weekend, Barack Obama stirred hearts and minds with his words on the country's potential to become a development success story. Gracing a summit on African entrepreneurship, the President rightly celebrates the efforts of the inspirational men and women working to bring prosperity to the country and the wider continent.

The Wonders of Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

The island of Madagascar plays host to an exciting array of rare wildlife and is home to mesmerising landscape. Its natural beauty is a one off and so is its story of existence. The unique way in which the island was formed and isolated from mainland Africa is the exact reason for its abundance of rare species, which are privileged to call Madagascar home.

Ricky Gervais Hails New Camera Technology Which Gives 'Fighting Chance' To Endangered Species

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK

Ricky Gervais is backing new camera and satellite technology that will give wildlife a “fighting chance” against poachers. Created by British s...

Volunteers Make The World Go Round

Frontier | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Frontier

Around the world volunteers are making a real difference, reaching places where their services are truly needed. Whether they are helping in wildlife ...

Ricky Gervais Wants This 'Honourable' Officer Reinstated For Refusing To Kill Bear Cubs

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK

Ricky Gervais is calling for a conservation officer who was suspended for refusing to kill two bear cubs to be reinstated. Bryce Casavant was suspe...

A New Age of Amphibian Conservation

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Over a third of all amphibians are threatened with extinction, compared to approximately 25% of mammals and 14% of birds. What is more amazing still is the rate of discovery, with new species regularly being found and described, and potentially thousands more to be added to global amphibian lists.

Are We Ready to Let the Wild Back In?

Chantal Lyons | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Chantal Lyons

There's no simple answer to the philosophical and perhaps even moral question of whether in removing risk we also remove meaning from our brief, potential-filled time on this planet. I don't share my habitat with crocodiles or elephants or tigers, or even boar. But I do know that the eye of that reef shark will be etched forever in my mind, and that I can't bear the thought of a world where no creature could ever make me afraid.

International Otter Awareness Day

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Dr Daniel Allen

I have a confession to make. Otters are my animal obsession! This is nothing new. Since early childhood they have been my favourite animal. It started as a six-year old boy - soon after choosing Tarka the Otter in the video rental store.

Travel Eye: Whale-Watching in Eco-Friendly Kaikoura, New Zealand

Karen Edwards | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

It's not only sperm whales that are found in Kaikoura's waters. Other species include Blue, Minke, Southern Right, Beaked and Pygmy Sperm whales. Vicky tells us about their migrating cycles, the way they feed and bring up young. I'm genuinely bowled over by how much the team know.

15 Interesting Facts About Dolphins

Frontier | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK
Frontier

Our best friends of the sea, the dolphins have always been a great fascination to humans. They are friendly, happy and social animals and have been positively noted for their playful nature, intelligence and occasional help to humans, whether it is fishing or rescuing their lives! Here's 15 facts about dolphins that you might not know.

Politicians Need to Stop Treating Us Like Idiots

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

This is what we have degenerated British political debate into. A festival of unsubstantiated mudslinging and disrespectful campaigning. I would say it is like watching teenagers, but teenagers have evidently proven far more effective.

Three Reasons Why Zoos Need to be More Compassionate

Georgina Allen | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Georgina Allen

Zoos carry out conservation, they rescue animals, they educate people and delight millions of visitors a year. But a vast number of zoos are also responsible for immense cruelty, open the door to illegally sourced wildlife and capture wild animals for our pleasure. Is keeping of animals in captivity the ultimate oxymoron animal welfare?

Why Greens Should Embrace Digital Technology, but not Abandon Politics

Dustin Benton | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dustin Benton

Other general purpose technologies, like electricity, created similarly utopian visions. These are easy to criticise, but the change created by digital technology, both real and imagined, increasingly shapes our sense of the possible.

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright!

Neil D’Cruze | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Neil D’Cruze

Knowing its reputation, I sat rather uncomfortably on the balcony of the Tiger Temple's restaurant and was truly astounded by what I saw. Weighing in at up to 400 pounds, tigers are highly evolved carnivores that deserve a more than a certain measure of respect.

New Life Gives Hope to Africa's Elephants

Rob Brandford | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Rob Brandford

Elephants have the longest known gestation period of any mammal, up to 680 days, but it's a long pregnancy worth waiting for.

Let's Weigh in on the Cruelty in Zoos

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

Zoos are based on the menageries of old and harken back to a time when Europeans used to pillage other continents and steal their treasures. Zookeepers today must recognise that their business model is dying and stop pretending that zoos make meaningful contributions to conservation.

The Curious Case of South Parade Pier

Naomi Thompson | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK
Naomi Thompson

Pier saving has become a bit trendy. Once the poster girls for jaded seaside towns up and down Britain, their sea legs are being strengthened ensuring they are ship-shape and Bristol fashion for many generations to come.

Why Visiting a Rainforest Might Just Save the World

Ella Jameson | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Ella Jameson

While hordes of tourists with cameras swarming through rainforests is also obviously not what we want, the more people understand these incredible ecosystems, whether through actually visiting themselves or learning proactively, the better.

Tigers vs Chinese Medicine - Can Tourism Swing the Fight?

Justin Francis | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

There are only around 3000 tigers left in the wild worldwide. To put this into context that's less than the number of tigers in captivity in the US - a figure and comparison that I find shocking.

Cetaceans, Captures, Culture and Celebration in Quito

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

Days ago, from a conference center perched on the edge of the bustling mountain city of Quito, Ecuador, delegates to the Convention on Migratory Species made an urgent and unprecedented call to end the live capture of whales and dolphins. This is the first time that any international body has called for this cruel and unnecessary threat to cetaceans to end.