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A close shot of medicinal plant Timur (zanthoxylum arnatum).

India’s wild medicinal plants threatened by over-exploitation

India is a hub of the wild-collected plant medicine industry in Asia, but key species have declined due to over-collection to supply domestic and foreign medicinal markets, according to IUCN and TRAFFIC researchers. …  

24 Nov 2008 | International news release

Green Turtle

Turtle troubles

Marine turtles in the Caribbean and off the shores of Latin America are under threat. Carlos Drews, from the WWF Regional Marine Programme, explains how fishing hooks and climate change spell double trouble. He explains why marine turtles are a flagship species for WWF and how the world can save them with simple methods such as using different fishing hooks and planting trees on nesting beaches to cool the temperature by two degrees. Click here to listen. 

14 Nov 2008 | Audio

Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) 2008 IUCN Red List Status: Endangered

Vaccine hope for endangered wolf

Scientists battle to save the world’s rarest wolf from rabies by creating ‘barrier’ of vaccinated wolf packs. …  

13 Nov 2008 | News story

Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). Global Red List Assessment: Vulnerable; Sub-population Red List assessment for the Northeast Atlantic: Critically Endangered

Quarter of northeast Atlantic sharks and rays threatened with extinction

The release of the first ever IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ assessment of northeast Atlantic sharks, rays and chimaeras reveals that 26 percent are threatened with extinction and another 20 percent are in the Near Threatened category. …  

10 Nov 2008 | International news release

White capped Albatross, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Getting seabirds off the hook

The Hawaiian longline tuna fishery has managed to reduce seabird bycatch by 67% since 2001 by making alterations to their fishing gear and methods, a new scientific study shows.  A combination of new bait technologies and fishing techniques have dramatically reduced seabird bycatch.  More birdlife could be saved, however, if the rules were applied in a larger area and fishing effort reduced in certain seasons.   …  

03 Nov 2008 | News story

Grey-faced Sengi (Rhynchocyon udzungwensis)

Mammals face extinction crisis – results of global assessment revealed

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ announced on Monday that the world’s mammals face an extinction crisis, with almost one in four at risk of disappearing forever. The paper summarizing this comprehensive assessment is published today in the esteemed journal Science. …  

10 Oct 2008 | News story

Ahmed Djoghlaf

Are countries measuring up?

Will countries meet the 2010 biodiversity target to reduce or halt the rate of loss of biodiversity? According to the results of the Countdown 2010 Readiness Assessment the G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) show medium to low performance in achieving the target. …  

09 Oct 2008 | News story

A journey from discovery to decision with the Species Information Service

Experience a live demonstration of the new website for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in Barcelona this week. 

08 Oct 2008 | News story

The IUCN Red List a key conservation tool factsheet

The 2008 Review of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™

At the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona this week there will be a showcase event to celebrate the release of the Review of the 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. 

08 Oct 2008 | News story

Adrift - Tales of ocean fragility

Tales of 12 species: Conservation or destruction?

The book Adrift: Tales of Ocean Fragility was launched today, with stories of curious sharks and ghost fishing on high seas. …  

07 Oct 2008 | News story


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