Tag: Zoological Society of London

Crowdfunding campaign to help with reef conservation

Legal protection sought for rare double-barrier reef. Photo courtesy NOAA.

Project to highlight threats, conservation opportunities at the Philippines Danajon Bank

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Online crowdfunding will be a big part of a new international effort to draw attention to a rare double-barrier reef in the Philippines, where an international team of scientists and nature photographers will team up to advocate for legal protection for the Danajon Bank.

“Not many people have heard of Danajon Bank. We plan to change that,” said Prof. Amanda Vincent, director of Project Seahorse, a University of British Columbia Zoological Society of London initiative. “Crowdfunding is a fantastic way to raise funds and inspire the public to take ownership of issues such as marine conservation, so we thought: why not start there?” she said. Continue reading “Crowdfunding campaign to help with reef conservation”


Stunning mangrove losses in Bangladesh and India

A Landsat 7 image of Sundarbans, released by NASA Earth Observatory.

Coastline losses in the Sundarbans reaches 200 meters per year

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Coastal development and climate change are eating away at the Sundarbans, the largest block of mangroves in the world, stretched along the coast of India and Bangladesh. In some areas, up to 200 meters of coast are disappearing annually, according to a report from the Zoological Society of London.

The losses are affecting the area’s natural protection from tidal waves and cyclones This will inevitably lead to species loss in this richly biodiverse part of the world, the scientists said.

“Our results indicate a rapidly retreating coastline that cannot be accounted for by the regular dynamics of the Sundarbans. Degradation is happening fast, weakening this natural shield for India and Bangladesh,” said  ZSL’s Dr Nathalie Pettorelli, senior author of the paper. Continue reading “Stunning mangrove losses in Bangladesh and India”

Study IDs global warming risks to wildlife

Black howler monkeys may face threats from extreme weather linked with global warming. Photo courtesy Denver Zoo.

Mammal species, including rare primates, face the greatest threat

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Mammal species like black howler monkeys are most at risk from extreme weather events tied to climate change, according to a new study by the Zoological Society of London. In general, mammals are most threatened, according to the research, which mapped out mammal habitats and overlapped with areas expected to see intensified drought and cyclones.

The paper, published this week in the journal Conservation Letters, describes the results of assessing almost six thousand species of land mammals in this way. Continue reading “Study IDs global warming risks to wildlife”

Countdown to extinction: Conservation scientists list the world’s 100 most endangered species

The three-toed pygmy sloth is one of the world’s most endangered animals. Photo courtesy United Academics Magazine.

New report outlines world’s 100 most endangered species

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Some of the world’s most endangered species, including a three-toed sloth and a rare spore-shooting fungi, may not get the protection they need simply because they aren’t seen as providing direct benefits to humans, according to leading conservation scientists who recently compiled a list of the planet’s 100 most endangered animals, plants and fungi.

“The donor community and conservation movement are leaning increasingly towards a ‘what can nature do for us’ approach, where species and wild habitats are valued and prioritised according to the services they provide for people,” said Professor Jonathan Baillie, director of conservation for the Zoological Society of London.

“This has made it increasingly difficult for conservationists to protect the most threatened species on the planet,” Baillie said. “While the utilitarian value of nature is important conservation goes beyond this. Do these species have a right to survive or do we have a right to drive them to extinction?” Continue reading “Countdown to extinction: Conservation scientists list the world’s 100 most endangered species”

Report: ‘Pitiful’ progress on global ocean conservation efforts

NOAA is reporting a resurgence of marine life in a protected around the Dry Tortugas, off Florida, including this area around Permit Reef. PHOTO COURTESY NOAA..

Marine resources still being degraded and exploited at an unsustainable rate

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Listening to official government sources about the state of the world’s oceans is one thing, with a steady stream of “good” news often highlighting new marine reserves and the recovery of fisheries.

But on the whole, world leaders have made only “pitiful” progress in their promises to  protect global oceans from overfishing and other threats, according to the Zoological Society of London, which is hardly a hotbed of radical environmentalism. In fact, there has been little progress in meeting critical conservation goals in the past 20 years, the scientists wrote in a  study published June 15 in Science.

The researchers compared goals established at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. At the meeting, 192 countries agreed on targets for protecting vulnerable species and marine habitats and managing fishing sustainably in national waters.

Ten years on, none of these targets have been met, and in some cases the situation is worse than before, said the researchers with the zoological society, hardly known as a hotbed of radical environmentalism. Continue reading “Report: ‘Pitiful’ progress on global ocean conservation efforts”

Global warming: Wildlife facing extreme weather risks

Zoologists develop new tool to identify threatened populations of animals

Ice-dependent species like penguins are at risk from climate change. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Extreme weather in 2011 may or may not be linked directly with global warming, but most climate scientists agree that droughts, flooding and other anomalous events are likely to become more frequent in coming decades.

Along with potential impacts to human civiliation, the planet’s wildlife is also facing  an unprecedented threat from natural disasters exacerbated by climate change — with no good way to identify vulnerable animal populations, according to a new paper published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Now scientists from the Zoological Society of London have come up with a method to pinpoint populations likely to experience drastic changes in their population size when faced with extreme events. Continue reading “Global warming: Wildlife facing extreme weather risks”