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Indigenous group and NGO establish crucial corridor in vanishing Atlantic Forest

Story contains video via MongaBay | Thu May 17, 2012
Last month, three Guarani communities, the local Argentine government of Misiones, and the UK-based NGO World Land Trust forged an agreement to create a nature reserve connecting three protected areas in the fractured, and almost extinct, Atlantic Forest.

Small Canadian Town Bans Shark Fins

via TriCity News | Tue May 15, 2012
Using the concept 'Think Global, Act Local,' Coquitlam council this week banned shark fins from being possessed, traded, sold and distributed in the city.

Honolulu City Council backs bill to ban plastic bags at store, restaurant checkouts

via Hawaii Magazine | Sat April 28, 2012
One by one, Hawaii’s counties have passed green-minded bills that ban businesses from distributing non-biodegradable plastic bags and non-recyclable paper bags.

Momentum builds: Burger King Switches to Cage Free Pork and Eggs

via Mercury News | Fri April 27, 2012
Burger King on Wednesday became the first major U.S. fast-food chain to pledge that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017.

Mad frog bonanza: up to 36 new frogs discovered in tiny Madagascar forest

Story contains video via MongaBay | Fri April 20, 2012
A forest less than half the size of Manhattan sports an astounding number of frogs, according to a new paper in Biodiversity Conservation. Two surveys of Madagascar's Betampona Nature Reserve, which covers 2,228 hectares, has uncovered 76 unique frogs, 36 of which may be new to science.

Russia creates massive park for rare cats

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon April 16, 2012
Russia has created a massive national park to protect some of the world's rarest big cats, the critically endangered Amur tigers and leopards, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Study: Wildlife survive nuclear accidents

via UPI | Thu April 12, 2012
Radiation from nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima may not present as much of a threat to wildlife as previously thought, British researchers say.

Saving Right Whales? There’s an app for that.

via Discovery News | Thu April 12, 2012
A new app relies on whale calls to help mariners avoid hitting endangered right whales.

World’s largest preserve forming in Africa

Story contains video via Discovery News | Sun April 08, 2012
Five nations in Africa have come together to create the world’s largest conservation area for wildlife.

Whole Foods to Stop Selling Overfished Species

via Triple Pundit | Sat April 07, 2012
Whole Foods Market found a way to commemorate Earth Day: it will no longer sell wild-caught fish with a “red-rating,” meaning a species is overfished, in its seafood departments, starting this Earth Day (April 22).

Indian Man, Jadav Payeng, Single-Handedly Plants A 1,360 Acre Forest In Assam

Story contains video via Times of India | Wed April 04, 2012
An Indian man has single-handedly grown a sprawling forest on a 1,360 acre (550-hectare) sandbar in the middle of the Brahmaputra. It now has many endangered animals, including at least five tigers, one of which bore two cubs recently.

Study Shows Coral Will Survive Warming Climate

via Eureka Alert - Press Release | Tue April 03, 2012
Corals may be better placed to cope with the gradual acidification of the world's oceans than previously thought -- giving rise to hopes that coral reefs might escape climatic devastation.

EU seeks to crack down on shark finning

via AFP | Tue March 20, 2012
The European Union endorsed tighter shark fishing rules on Monday to ensure fishermen respect a ban on slicing off the fins of their catches and throwing the live body overboard to drown.

Niger creates Africa’s largest protected reserve

Story contains video via BBC | Wed March 14, 2012
This inhospitable-looking landscape is home to some critically endangered species. The Niger government, this month, formally decreed this whole area - the Termit Massif and Tin Toumma desert - to be a national nature and cultural reserve. At almost 100,000 square kilometres it is the largest single protected area in Africa.

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