WWF: Time running out to save bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Via the World Wildlife Fund:

Time running out to save bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean

As stated by scientists and ecologists alike, the prized Atlantic bluefin tuna is being fished to extinction.

Fuelled by high global demand for sushi and the unsustainable expansion in tuna farming, the fishery sees huge illegal and unregulated activity – especially by EU fleets. Catches by traditional fishermen are down by some 80% on what they used to be, and six tuna farms have now closed due to lack of fish.

A strict recovery plan must be adopted by ICCAT in Croatia this November – before it is too late.



WWF: Stop massive brown bear hunt in Slovenia

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Via the World Wildlife Fund:

Stop massive brown bear hunt in Slovenia

One of the first European countries to protect the brown bear, Slovenia, now threatens to start one of the biggest hunts of all time and decimate its bear population through an unscientific and unsustainable kill.

Action is urgently needed as the hunting season will reach its peak in only a few weeks time. So please click here take action now.

Before Slovenia joined the European Union (EU) around 50 bears were killed each year by hunters. But in 2002, the government drastically increased the quota to 100 individuals. However, following international protests and criticism by neighbouring countries and the EU, the quota was reduced in subsequent years.

But now the government has once again announced that it will increase the hunting quota to 100 bears. This is in addition to many that are killed each year on roads and railway lines.

Supporters of the hunt claim that quota needs to be increased because of damage to farming caused by bears and the risk to local communities. But killing more bears is not the answer and jeopardizes existing conservation programmes.

Send an email now to the Slovenia environment minister and urge him to suspend this unsustainably high quota.



The Wilderness Society: Stop the Public Lands Giveaway!

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Via The Wilderness Society:

Stop the Public Lands Giveaway!

New legislation has been introduced in Congress that could lead to the construction of thousands of miles of damaging and unnecessary new roads in Wilderness, National Parks, Wildlife Refuges and National Monuments. We need your help to stop it.

H.R. 6298 would undercut the protection of our national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and other public lands by granting antiquated “rights-of-way” claims across federal lands. If passed, this bill would crisscross our public lands with a spider web of roads and development.

Please ask your representative to oppose it.



WWF: Stop Massive Prairie Dog Poisoning

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Via the World Wildlife Fund:

Stop Massive Prairie Dog Poisoning

The U.S. Forest Service wants to poison potentially tens of thousands of prairie dogs living within three national grasslands in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Under a previous plan hurriedly pushed through last year, the Forest Service spread poison across 7,000 acres of prairie dog colonies near private lands, killing an estimated 70,000 prairie dogs. The new proposal goes much further and would allow prairie dog poisoning anywhere on the three national grasslands. This would include land within an area that holds the largest concentration of prairie dogs on public lands in the Great Plains, and is home to about half of the world’s approximately 700 remaining black-footed ferrets.

The poisoning would put at risk the many other wildlife species that depend on the prairie dogs, including burrowing owls, hawks, badgers, swift foxes and critically endangered black-footed ferrets. The loss of so many prairie dogs would cripple recovery of the ferrets, which rely on prairie dogs as prey species and live in prairie dog burrows. Thought to be extinct until rediscovered in 1981, the black-footed ferret was saved from extinction thanks to the work of thousands of individuals and a public investment of millions of dollars over the last 25 years. The ferret’s future looks bright, unless the new poisoning plan goes forward. […]

U.S. activists, help oppose plans to poison tens of thousands of prairie dogs. Black-footed ferrets, burrowing owls, badgers, swift foxes, and many other species rely on prairie dogs as a food source or use their burrows.

Action deadline: October 28, 2006



WWF: Help save Europe’s oldest lowland forest

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Via World Wildlife Fund:

Help save Europe’s oldest lowland forest

A place like the Bialowieża Forest cannot be found anywhere else in Europe. It is the last natural, lowland, mixed forest of Europe where there exists a unique community of life, where forces of nature are unconstrained, and where the conditions to keep up natural processes are met. Preserving this exceptional terrain with its natural values and its cultural and undisturbed beauty is in everyone’s interest.

Yet, the long running dispute over the conservation of the Białowieża Forest has still not been resolved. Despite numerous declarations put forward by those in charge for environmental conservation in Poland, the exploitation of the forest persists and its priceless, natural and cultural values are being irrevocably lost.

You can sign the petition here.



WWF: Say thank you for protecting the giant panda

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

Via World Wildlife Fund:

Say thank you for protecting the giant panda

The giant panda is universally loved and is perhaps the most powerful symbol for conservation of endangered species.

Once widespread throughout southern and eastern China, the panda is now restricted to a few isolated patches of mountain forest in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.

Today this peaceful, bamboo-eating member of the bear family faces a number of threats. Its forest habitat is fragmented and populations are small and isolated from each other.

Yet just as there are threats there have also been some real successes in protecting the panda and halting its decline. Nature reserves are being created and extended. The panda’s habitat is being restored and reconnected. And as a result panda numbers are now thought to be increasing once again.

Join WWF in recognizing and supporting China’s efforts in protecting the giant panda.

WWF: Thank Paraguay for Forest Protection

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Via the World Wildlife Fund:

Thank Paraguay for Forest Protection

All activists: Thank Paraguay for protecting the Upper Parana Atlantic Forest, home to jaguars, harpy eagles and other threatened species, and urge the government to extend its Zero Deforestation Law, which is due to expire soon. When you fill out the form to take action, we will add your name to a petition that includes the letter text shown.

Click here to take action (or learn more via a very annoying Java popup!).

WWF: Choose good wood and save our forests

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Via the World Wildlife Fund’s Passport Panda:

Forests are amazing storehouses of biological diversity, housing over two-thirds of all known terrestrial species.

Yet each year around 13 million hectares of natural forest are lost. That’s 25 hectares every minute, the equivalent of 36 football fields.

Once spread over half the earth, forests now cover only a quarter of the planet’s land surface.

One of the main causes of this destruction is illegal logging, which is fed by high demand for timber in Europe and in countries such as Japan, the United States and China. This wood then ends up in our shops and ultimately our homes. So your garden furniture or wooden flooring may have in fact contributed to the destruction of the world’s most valuable rainforests.

But you can help stop this – Businesses will ultimately listen to their customers.

Click here and take the pledge to buy good wood!

WWF News – The five worst environmental own goals

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

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From: WWF News – newsletter [at] wwf.panda.org
Date: Jun 15, 2006 9:36 AM
Subject: WWF News – The five worst environmental own goals

The five worst environmental own goals

As the Football World cup takes place in Germany, TV stations across the
world will be showing compilations of the tournament’s greatest goals, and
also the worst slip ups and own goals (scoring against your own team).

Not to be outdone, we have created our own compilation of the 5 greatest
environmental own goals, those things we have done over the centuries that
has seen us make a real mess of our planet.

Join us as we count down to the worst environmental blunder of all time at

How do toxic chemicals end up in the Arctic?

Despite living in one of the most remote regions in the world, Arctic
wildlife and the native population are suffering the effects of industrial
chemicals produced thousands of kilometres away.

In fact, some chemicals are found in higher concentrations in the Arctic
and its inhabitants than in the countries where they are actually produced.

Take a journey and find out how toxic chemicals reach the Arctic at

Support sustainable living

Globally we are consuming natural resources at a faster rate than our
planet can replenish them, causing problems from disappearing forests,
declining fisheries to climate change.

The challenge that faces us all is how we can enjoy a high quality of life,
whilst reducing our ecological impact to a sustainable level?

One of the answers lies in Mata de Sesimbra in Portugal, the first of five
flagship communities which will have sustainable ecological footprints yet
maintain high standards of living.

Please sign the petition and help make this community a reality at

Borneo rhino photographed for the first time

A motion-triggered camera trap set up by WWF in a remote jungle has
captured the first-ever photo of a rhino in the wild on the island of

The rhino is believed to be one of a population of as few as 13 individuals
whose existence was confirmed last year in the interior forests of Sabah,
Malaysia. Read more about the discovery at


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WWF: Good News – 8 of 10 Sumatran elephants have been released!

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

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From: WWF Conservation Action Network – alerts [at] action.worldwildlife.org
Date: Jun 14, 2006 10:59 AM
Subject: Good News — Elephants Released

Good news! Eight of 10 endangered Sumatran elephants that had been captured by government translocation teams were recently released into Tesso Nilo National Park, seven weeks after they were found chained to trees without food or water in central Riau, Indonesia. However, a firm commitment to secure their habitat is still needed.

WWF Activists Spoke Out:

Nearly 38,000 people from around the world signed a WWF petition urging the Indonesian government to end all logging, encroachment, and conversion of elephant forests in Riau, and asking the government to expand Tesso Nilo National Park.

The Elephants’ Saga:

Local forestry officials had captured the elephants after they had damaged crops and homes near Libo Forest. WWF, which provided daily care and medical treatment for the elephants after their discovery, accompanied the authorities as they released the elephants to ensure that the release was done safely.

Of the 10 elephants found on March 21, en eight-year-old male died of an acute infection and a pregnant female escaped after four weeks. The remaining eight were released into Tesso Nilo National Park in good health after intensive medical care provided by WWF, but in late May WWF learned that one of the females that had been treated for tetanus died not far from where she had been released.

Implementation Needed Soon for Tesso Nilo Expansion:

WWF is concerned that Tesso Nilo is not a suitable release site as it is too small to provide habitat for more elephants. WWF fears that the release of the elephants into the park without an expansion and a plan to stop encroachment will simply shift the human-elephant conflict to other villages near Tesso Nilo.

Fortunately, good news came at the end of May when the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and the government of Riau Province publicly committed to expand Tesso Nilo from 94,000 acres to 247,000 acres, as WWF activists had urged. This will provide much larger habitat for the elephants and help ensure that future conflicts with humans can be reduced. WWF urges the governments to officially decree and begin implementing the park expansion as soon as possible.

WWF applauds the quick action of the Indonesian authorities in showing a strong commitment to protect remaining elephant habitats in Riau and also prosecuting those who have killed elephants or destroyed elephant habitats. Recent police seizures of ivory in Medan, North Sumatra, are a good indication of this commitment. However, we are still calling on the Indonesian government to adopt and enforce legitimate human-elephant policy and protocol from here on out.

Thank you to everyone who took action. With your help, we are making a real difference.


Sybille Klenzendorf, PhD
Species Conservation Program
World Wildlife Fund
Washington, D.C.

Learn more about

* The ten captured elephants in Sumatra: http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ctt.asp?u=4179202&l=125516

* A project to use squads of domestic elephants to keep wild elephants away from people in Sumatra: http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ctt.asp?u=4179202&l=125400

* The creation of Tesso Nilo National Park, which includes some of the last remaining forest for Sumatran elephants: http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ctt.asp?u=4179202&l=125401

* The launch of a plan to reduce human-elephant conflicts in Sumatra: http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ctt.asp?u=4179202&l=125519

* The highlights of WWF’s 2005 work on the islands of Southeast Asia: http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/ctt.asp?u=4179202&l=125417


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