Jun 25, 2015

Wildfires blister Alaska with increased frequency, intensity

Alaska residents endure the nation’s harshest winters for the reward of beautiful summer days with sunshine that lingers until midnight. But increasingly, large wildfires have marred the pristine outdoors, filling the skies with black smoke and forcing people who live near forests to flee ...

Mar 27, 2015

Frenchman fights for Gabon gorilla haven

by Celia Lebur

Hearing the dreaded sound of human footsteps, three enormous gorillas jump down from the branches of central Gabon’s lush rain forests and rush off into the distance. To photographer and wildlife lover Max Hurdebourcq, who spends half his year living alone in the heart ...

China's wild panda population rises nearly 17%

Mar 1, 2015

China's wild panda population rises nearly 17%

The number of wild giant pandas in China jumped nearly 17 percent over a decade, state media cited an official survey as showing, with a government agency crediting conservation measures for the increase. The investigation by the State Forestry Administration found that by the ...

Feb 3, 2015

Number of tigers falls on demand by Chinese

Soaring demand for tiger parts in China has emptied Asia’s forests, frustrating efforts to protect the big cats, wildlife experts said as an anti-poaching conference opened in Katmandu on Monday. Around 100 experts, government and law enforcement officials from 13 nations are attending the ...

Jan 30, 2015

Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black-and-white falconet with a surprised, pandalike expression. The Great Frigate ...

Dec 5, 2014

Peru says Amazon deforestation on the rise

Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145,000 hectares (560 sq. miles) last year — an 80 percent jump from the start of the century, the government said on Tuesday. Forest is mainly being cleared for farming, said Gustavo ...