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Countries fail to protect endangered species from illegal trade

  Geneva – Poor performances by key countries are threatening the survival of wild rhinos, tigers and elephants, a new WWF report has found. The analysis, released as governments gather in Geneva this week to discuss a range of issues related to wildlife trade, rates 23 of the top African and Asian nations facing high […]

Gabon’s President destroys ivory and commits to zerotolerance for wildlife crime?

Libreville, Gabon, 27th June 2012—Today, more than 1,200 ivory tusks plus assorted ivory carvings were burned publicly as Gabon sent out a strong signal demonstrating its commitment to tackle elephant poaching and illegal wildlife trade.   This event follows a period of intense poaching pressure in Central Africa, where the illegal killing of elephants for […]

Australia creates world’s biggest marine park network on eve of Rio+20 summit?

Australia today created the world’s biggest network of marine protected areas, setting an important precedent for ocean protection as countries prepare to meet for the Rio+20 meeting on sustainable development. WWF welcomed the new system of marine parks that would now cover more than one third of the Commonwealth waters of Australia – a milestone […]

Population of world’s most endangered leopard grows in China

Changchun, China – Northeast China’s Jilin Province Department of Forestry says the endangered Amur leopard population has almost doubled in the province, and now numbers between 8 and 11 individuals according to findings from a new survey.

New law makes Mexico a climate leader

Today Mexico took a giant step forward, to the front lines of the fight against climate change. The Mexican House of Representatives passed a climate law, which – when approved by the Mexican Senate – will be only the second such law in the world. Mexico’s climate law puts it in an elite global club, […]

BIGGEST EARTH HOUR EVER BEGINS THE JOURNEY ACROSS THE GLOBE

SYDNEY: As Earth Hour begins its monumental journey around the globe, hundreds of millions of

people are uniting to demonstrate that we urgently need to take action to protect our planet.

Earth Hour search is on for urban climate champion

Copenhagen, March 23, 2012 – Cities in Canada, India, Italy, Sweden and the United States will be invited this year to participate in an Earth Hour City Challenge, urging them to take a leadership role in the global transition towards a low carbon economy.

Rare Irrawaddy dolphins found in Indonesian waters

Jakarta, Indonesia – Vulnerable Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) have been discovered for the first time in West Kalimantan, a part of Indonesian Borneo that best known for its dense tropical forests and rich wildlife.

Fascinating ancient Sahara site celebrated for World Wetlands Day

Tunis, Tunisia: A remote seasonal salt lake on the edge of the Sahara leads a list of 15 new Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance being declared in the country on World Wetlands Day, February 2.

Habitat loss drives Sumatran elephants step closer to extinction

An immediate moratorium on habitat conversion is needed to secure a future for Sumatran elephants, conservation organization WWF says.