Jul 13, 2014

Record ton of ivory is sold at auction in France

An auction house in Cannes, France, sold around 50 elephant tusks — totaling 1 ton of ivory — on Saturday, breaking its previous record in terms of volume. The entire haul was acquired by buyers from China, the world’s biggest ivory market. “In terms ...

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Jul 8, 2014

Crackdown on menu for China's exotic-animal eaters

Porcupines in cages, endangered tortoises in buckets and snakes in cloth bags — rare wildlife is on open sale at a Chinese market, despite courts being ordered to jail those who eat endangered species. The diners of southern China have long had a reputation ...

Chimpanzee sign language translated

Jul 5, 2014

Chimpanzee sign language translated

Chimpanzees use their hands to say “follow me,” “stop that” or “take this,” according to new research seeking to translate the sophisticated messages flowing back and forth. Previous research had revealed that our nearest genetic relatives use gestures to communicate, prompting questions over whether ...

China's porpoises sinking

Jul 4, 2014

China's porpoises sinking

China’s river porpoises are rarer than pandas, but fishermen fighting to save them have been snared by a net of blackmail allegations, highlighting uncertainties faced by the country’s emerging environmentalists. Fewer than 1,000 finless porpoises — gray animals with a hint of a grin ...

Australia says pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef

Jun 13, 2014

Australia says pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef

Australia on Thursday said it was confident the Great Barrier Reef would avoid a World Heritage downgrade after a new report card showed less pollutants are entering the water. UNESCO had warned that without action on water quality and rampant coastal development, the reef ...

More whales being hit by ships along U.S. East Coast

May 24, 2014

More whales being hit by ships along U.S. East Coast

A cruise ship heading for New York this month struck and killed a whale and dragged it into the Hudson River, part of a higher-than-usual rate of strikes along the Eastern Seaboard for this time of year, a federal agency said. There were three ...

Japan reports world's first bluefin spawning in onshore tank

May 24, 2014

Japan reports world's first bluefin spawning in onshore tank

The Fisheries Research Agency has succeeded in spawning bluefin tuna and retrieving fertilized eggs in large onshore tanks at a research institute in Nagasaki, it said. The world’s first successful bluefin spawning in a dedicated onshore facility that can control water temperature and day ...