WWF vows to do more after human rights abuse reports

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has vowed to “do more” after an internal investigation prompted by human rights abuse reports, the probe comes after a series of articles published last year by BUZZFEED News. These accused the WWF of funding and working with anti-poaching guards who allegedly tortured and killed people in national parks in Asia and Africa. “We feel deep and unreserved sorrow for those who have suffered,” the WWF said. A 160-page report released on Tuesday said the charity “should have been more transparent” and needed to “more firmly engage governments to uphold human rights”, but … Continue reading WWF vows to do more after human rights abuse reports

Scientists have found reef taller than Empire State Building

An enormous coral reef has been found at the northern tip of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the first such discovery in 120 years, scientists say. At 500m (1,640ft) high, the reef is taller than New York’s Empire State Building and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Scientists on a 12-month mission found the structure, detached from the Great Barrier Reef off Cape York, last week. They were conducting 3D mapping of the sea floor in the area, a team aboard a research vessel owned by the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), a non-profit group based in California, used an … Continue reading Scientists have found reef taller than Empire State Building

Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its corals since 1995 due to warmer seas driven by climate change, a study has found. Scientists found all types of corals had suffered a decline across the world’s largest reef system, the steepest falls came after mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017. More mass bleaching occurred this year, there is no time to lose we must sharply decrease greenhouse gas emissions ASAP, the researchers said. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, was conducted by marine scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence … Continue reading Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its corals since 1995

A critically endangered baby gorilla died six days after being born at Audubon Zoo

Tumani and her baby. Just days after a New Orleans zoo celebrated the first gorilla to be born there in 24 years, the infant has passed away. The six-day-old baby gorilla born to 13-year-old Tumani at Audubon Zoo died on Thursday. The cause of death is undetermined, but zoo officials plan to perform a necropsy to determine why the baby died. Animal care staff noticed on Wednesday evening the gorilla infant seemed lethargic and weak in the arms of the mother,” Audubon Zoo said in a┬ástatement. “The infant was transferred to the Zoo’s animal hospital, but the veterinarian team could … Continue reading A critically endangered baby gorilla died six days after being born at Audubon Zoo

Massive 14-foot crocodile captured at tourist spot in Australia

Wildlife rangers caught the biggest crocodile in years in the Flora River Nature Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. An enormous saltwater crocodile measuring 14.4 feet (4.4 meters) has been caught at a remote tourist hotspot in Australia’s Northern Territory. The crocodile, estimated to weigh 771 pounds (350 kilograms), was captured by wildlife rangers last Friday at a trap in the Flora River Nature Park, a popular tourist destination southwest of the outback town of Katherine. The crocodile is the largest caught in the area in years, according to a spokesperson at the Northern Territory Department of Tourism, Sport, and Culture. … Continue reading Massive 14-foot crocodile captured at tourist spot in Australia

Evidence suggests an animal that roamed with the dinosaurs went into a hibernation-like state to survive

An artist’s rendition of Lystrosaurus in a state of torpor. New evidence suggests the Lystrosaurus species that roamed the Earth with the dinosaurs went into a state of hibernation to survive what is modern day Antarctica. The Lystrosaurus is a mammal-like animal from the early Triassic period that roamed modern day regions such as India, South Africa and Antarctica over 250 million years ago. It has tusks like an elephant and a beak similar to a turtle, and it was roughly the size of a pig. Scientists at the University of Washington used fossils of the animal’s tusks to test … Continue reading Evidence suggests an animal that roamed with the dinosaurs went into a hibernation-like state to survive

Governor of California asks Australia for help over wildfire ravaging the city

California is struggling to contain huge wildfires burning forests and homes warned Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday as more than 12,000 fire-fighters battle the blazes that have killed six people. Help is on its way from several US states as Gov Newsom put in a plea for assistance from Australia and Canada. “These fires are stretching our resources, our personnel,” he said. Among the 560 fires are some of the largest the state has seen. By Friday, emergency officials said some of the fires had doubled in size from the day earlier and have now forced 175,000 residents to flee. … Continue reading Governor of California asks Australia for help over wildfire ravaging the city