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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Advocates for Maui dolphins to march in Wellington

Two Hector's Dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori...
Two Hector’s Dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) swimming at Porpoise Bay, in the Catlins, New Zealand. One is expelling air from its blowhole (and spraying a little water) before taking a breath. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Advocates for Maui‘s dolphins will march in Wellingtontoday.
The group will begin in Civic Square at midday, and make its way to the Department of Conservation office to deliver a letter to Conservation Minister Nick Smith.
Chair of Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Education Action Christine Rose says the Government needs to do much more to protect the last 55 Maui’s dolphins.
“We’re saying the only way of saving these dolphins, according to the best science available, is to get those human threats out of the dolphin’s habitat, and make sure no new threats are introduced.”

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Zealanders want Maui Dolphins protected...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Protect our Planet...


Thursday, April 10, 2014

World banana supplies at risk through disease...

Bananas are the world's most widely-traded fruit, according to the most recent UN Food & Agriculture Organisation data. Photo / Thinkstock
Bananas are the world's most widely-traded fruit, according to the most recent UN Food & Agriculture Organisation data. Photo / Thinkstock
A disease damaging banana crops in Southeast Asia has spread to the Middle East and Africa, posing risks to world supply and trade totalling $8.9 billion, according to the United Nations' Food & Agriculture Organisation.

The TR4 strain of Panama disease, a soil-born fungus that attacks plant roots, is deadly for the Cavendish banana that makes up about 95 per cent of supplies to importers, including North America and Europe, Fazil Dusunceli, an agriculture officer at the FAO, said by phone this week from Rome. While the disease hasn't reached top Latin America exporters such as Ecuador, Costa Rica or Colombia, TR4 was discovered in Jordan and Mozambique, indicating it moved beyond Asia, he said.
Read more:
• Why we must save the banana
• Scientists 'incredibly concerned' for fate of banana

"The export market is dominated by the Cavendish, and it is unfortunately susceptible to this particular race of the disease," Dusunceli said.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hectors and Maui dolphins - endangered species...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A quarter of European Bumblebees could die out in coming years...

Almost one-quarter of European crops’ vital pollinators – bumblebees – could die out in the coming years, as half of the species are declining, a new study says. Citing human factor and climate change, it warns of “serious implications” for agriculture.
A preview of the recent European Commission-funded study, published on the website of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Wednesday, says it has some “bad news” for Europe’s bumblebees.

As much as 46 percent of the 68 bumblebee species living in Europe have a declining population and just 13 percent are increasing in numbers, the study shows. According to IUCN, 24 percent of those species are “threatened with extinction.”

The study, which contributes to the European Red List of pollinators and is part of the Status and Trends of European Pollinators (STEP) project, stresses that three of the five “most important insect pollinators of European crops” are bumblebee species.
Bumblebees have for thousands of years played a “critical role” in agriculture as they help crops reproduce by transferring pollen from plant to plant. However, as agriculture and urban development have intensified in recent years and cultivated land has been changed, bumblebees have been hit by the loss of habitat and the loss of their preferred forage, as well as pollution and insecticides.

Reuters / Stephen Ausmus

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pollution of our waterways is the worst problem to affect the global community - it directly affects the purity of our freshwater supplies...

Worldwide, just under 900 million people lack reliable access to safe water that is free from disease and industrial waste. And forty percent do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities. The result is one of the world’s greatest public health crises: 4,500 children die every day from waterborne diseases, more than from HIV-AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
A robust economy depends on water. So does a thriving ecosystem. Enter politics, fulcrum of the water issue, weighing the fate of economies against the health of individuals and of the environment as a whole. Balance has been elusive. One fifth of the world’s population lives in areas where water is physically scarce, and a quarter of the population faces shortages due to lack of infrastructure.”