The Rate of Extinction: 3 Species per Hour About 6 waves of massive extinction are known in the history of the Earth. The last one wiped out the dinosaur world 65 million years ago and was probably due to a meteorite collision. But the recent one has no natural causes. It is man made and rampant, eliminating three animal or plant species every hour. Scientists and environmentalists issued reports about threats to creatures and plants including right whales, Iberian lynxes, wild potatoes and even wild peanuts. Experts gathered on May 22, at the International Day for Biological Diversity, a report on the threatened species from whales and Iberian lynxes to wild potatoes and wild peanuts. The threats to the wildlife diversity vary from habitat loss due to land clearance for farms or cities, poaching, pollution and rising human populations to global warming. determination at all levels - global, national and local," he said. UE's goal is to stop biodiversity loss by 2010, not just to slow down the process.
Great Apes - Overview Take Action Today British oil company Soco International PLC plans to explore for oil inside Virunga National Park in Africa. Join us in telling Soco and government leaders that Virunga is too important to open up for oil exploration. Translation Tribulations Amur leopard cub is born in Germany The birth of an Amur leopard cub at Germany's Leipzig Zoo is huge news for her species, which is critically endangered. The cub, a female who hasn't yet been named, was born at the zoo in late June. Amur leopards, native to eastern Russia, parts of China and the Korean Peninsula, have been driven nearly to extinction, primarily as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation. Today, it's estimated that fewer than 40 Amur leopards remain in the wild in Russia, and an even smaller number are thought to remain in China. See more photos of the Leipzig Zoo's cub after the jump. RELATED CUTE CUBS: Your morning adorable: Clouded leopard cubs make their debut at Paris zoo Your morning adorable: Lion cubs get a checkup at Israeli zoo -- Lindsay Barnett First, second and fourth photos: Sebastian Willnow / Associated Press Third photo: Hendrik Schmidt / European Pressphoto Agency
Elephants - Overview The largest land mammal on earth, the African elephant weighs up to eight tons. The elephant is distinguished by its massive body, large ears and a long trunk, which has many uses ranging from using it as a hand to pick up objects, as a horn to trumpet warnings, an arm raised in greeting to a hose for drinking water or bathing. Asian elephants differ in several ways from their African relatives. They are much smaller in size and their ears are straight at the bottom, unlike the large fan-shape ears of the African species. Led by a matriarch, elephants are organized into complex social structures of females and calves, while male elephants tend to live in isolation. The two species of elephants—African and Asian—need extensive land to survive.
kraulandsblogging Saola Caught in Asia 16 September 2010Last updated at 14:59 By Katia Moskvitch Science reporter, BBC News There may only be a few dozen of Saola left in the wild An extremely rare animal known as the "Asian unicorn" - in spite of having two horns - has been caught by villagers in Laos. No biologist has ever reported seeing the rare Saola in the wild and there are none of them in captivity. The animal was discovered in the forests of South-East Asia as recently as 1992. There have only been a few photos of the Saola taken so far, by villagers and automatic camera traps. The Saola - Pseudoryx nghetinhensis - is believed to inhabit the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam, and that is where villagers from Laos' central province of Bolikhamxay caught the unfortunate adult male earlier this August. They brought the mammal back to the village. Unfortunate death Surprised by the odd-looking animal, the villagers took a few photos and notified the Lao authorities. New species Not much time
Elephants an Endangered Species at Bagheera Throughout history, the elephant has played an important role in human economies, religion, and culture. The immense size, strength, and stature of this largest living land animal has intrigued people of many cultures for hundreds of years. In Asia, elephants have served as beasts of burden in war and peace. Some civilizations have regarded elephants as gods, and they have been symbols of royalty for some. Elephants have entertained us in circuses and festivals around the world. The African elephant once roamed the entire continent of Africa, and the Asian elephant ranged from Syria to northern China and the islands of Indonesia. Demand for ivory, combined with habitat loss from human settlement, has led to a dramatic decline in elephant populations in the last few decades. In 1989, when they were added to the international list of the most endangered species, there were about 600,000 remaining, less than one percent of their original number. Description Role in the Ecosystem Behavior
Laurent J Krauland: native bilingual DE/FR translator Source text - German1 Vertragswerk 1.1 AGB und Einzelverträge Diese Allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen (AGB) beinhalten die allgemeinen Konditionen, für die zwischen den Vertragsparteien in einem oder mehreren Einzelverträgen vereinbarten IT Ausführungs-Dienstleistungen. Das Vertragswerk besteht aus den folgenden integrierten Bestandteilen: 1. Geschäftsbedingungen oder andere vorformulierte Vertragsbedingungen der Firma oder Dritter sind nicht verbindlich und werden nicht Bestandteil der Vereinbarungen zwischen dem Kunden und der Firma. 1.2 Widersprüche Bei Widersprüchen zwischen Vertragsbestandteilen gelten diese in der Rangfolge: 1. Vorbehalten bleibt die Vereinbarung von Abweichungen im Einzelfall, welche jedoch nur Gültigkeit erlangen, wenn sie ausdrücklich auf die abzuändernde Bestimmung eines in der Rangfolge höheren Vertragsdokumentes Bezug nehmen. 1. les présentes CGV ; 2. les addenda aux CGV : 3. le contrat particulier ; 4. les annexes au contrat particulier.
Iberian Lynx, Most Endangered Wild Cat (ENDANGERED SPECIES) Hope for the world’s most endangered wild cat, the Iberian lynx, has arrived! For the first time, scientists have successfully collected and preserved the feline’s embryos which may help save the species. The cat’s declining population is in critical condition with less than 200 accounted for a decade ago. Scientists hope that by preserving the embryos, they may be able to use surrogate mothers from closely related species to boost the Iberian lynx population. Read more about the Iberian lynx and this scientific triumph. — Global Animal The Iberian lynx is the world’s most endangered wild cat. Live Science, Megan Gannon It seems counterintuitive that castration could help save a species facing extinction. Conservationists are hoping the fertilized eggs could be implanted into a surrogate mother of a closely related species, possibly a Eurasian lynx female. More Live Science:
Electronic music (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclop Electronic music is music made with electronics. Electronic music may also refer to: Shocking Study Finds Lions are Nearly Extinct in West Africa Physically and emotionally demanding. That’s how Philipp Henschel, Lion Program Survey Coordinator for the big-cat conservation organization Panthera, describes the six years he and other researchers spent combing the wilds of 17 nations looking for the elusive and rarely studied West African lion. The results of their quest were disheartening to say the least. West African lions—historically referred to as the subspecies Panthera leo senegalensis, although that taxonomic designation is not currently in use—are smaller than and genetically distinct from their southern and eastern African relatives, which are also in decline and currently number about 35,000 big cats. Although shocking, the news of the lions’ near extinction should probably not come as a surprise given the context of the region. Devastating Realization The human encounters also illustrated some of the dangers the lions face (the cats are often killed as pests). But their work was not completely in vain. The Counts
TranslatorsCafe.com — a Place for Translators, Interpreters, Voi Australian mammals on brink of extinction calamity 10 February 2015Last updated at 07:58 ET By Helen Briggs Environment Correspondent The endangered northern quoll, a mammal species native to Australia Australia has lost one in ten of its native mammals species over the last 200 years in what conservationists describe as an "extinction calamity". No other nation has had such a high rate of loss of land mammals over this time period, according to scientists at Charles Darwin University, Australia. The decline is mainly due to predation by the feral cat and the red fox, which were introduced from Europe, they say. Large scale fires to manage land are also having an impact. As an affluent nation with a small population, Australia's wildlife should be relatively secure from threats such as habitat loss. But a new survey of Australia's native mammals, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests the scale of the problem is more serious than anticipated. Shy species