Oct 9, 2014

Highways fragment Southern California mountain lion gene pool

Mountain lions in Southern California are under growing pressure from a shrinking gene pool, fragmented by highways and urban sprawl that has left the cats’ territories increasingly isolated from each other, a study published on Wednesday showed. Analysis of DNA from about 350 mountain ...

Oct 5, 2014

Nations to assess biodiversity effort

Amid fresh warnings about the depletion of Earth’s treasure trove of species, governments will gather in South Korea this week to try to muster the funds and political will to protect what remains. Just a week after the conservation group WWF said wildlife numbers ...

Yellow-billed cuckoo named a threatened species

Oct 3, 2014

Yellow-billed cuckoo named a threatened species

The yellow-billed cuckoo has made the western United States its breeding ground for many years. But the migratory bird, which otherwise lives in Latin America, has seen its population dwindle in the past few decades because its habitats have been marred. But efforts to ...

Oct 3, 2014

Environmentalists threaten boycott over rare New Zealand dolphin

Environmentalists are threatening to call a boycott of New Zealand’s billion-dollar seafood export industry unless the government boosts efforts to save the world’s rarest dolphin, which has dwindled to a population of just 50. The Maui’s dolphin, the world’s smallest and scarcest sub-species, is ...

Sep 30, 2014

Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species

About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world’s biggest environmental groups. The study released Tuesday by the Swiss-based WWF largely blamed human threats to ...

Obama to expand ocean preserve by six times

Sep 25, 2014

Obama to expand ocean preserve by six times

President Barack Obama is carving out a wide swath of the Pacific Ocean for an expanded marine preserve, putting the waters off limits to drilling and most fishing in a bid to protect fragile underwater life. The revamped expanded Pacific Remote Islands Marine National ...

U.S. bird species dying out amid development: report

Sep 10, 2014

U.S. bird species dying out amid development: report

Bird populations across the United States are shrinking largely due to development, with the steepest declines in Western states, according to a scientific report released on Tuesday. Described as the most comprehensive review ever of long-term trend data, “The State of the Birds 2014″ ...