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Super-snake: hybrid pythons could pose new threat to Florida Everglades

A genetic study has found that some specimens of the invasive reptile that has decimated local wildlife are a mixture of two Asian species which could make it an even more formidable predator From carnivorous giant lizards to toxic climbing tree frogs, the Florida Everglades have become a haven to invasive species steadily destroying and devouring the flora and fauna of the states famed River of Grass. Now comes news of a hybrid super-predator slithering its way through the waterways of the 1.5m-acre wilderness: a genetically blended python that researchers…

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Whale dies from eating more than 80 plastic bags

Pilot whale was found barely alive in Thai canal and vomited up five bags during fruitless rescue attempts A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, with rescuers failing to nurse the mammal back to health. The small male pilot whale was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia, the countrys department of marine and coastal resources said. A veterinary team tried to help stabilise its illness but finally the whale died on Friday afternoon. An autopsy revealed 80 plastic…

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Everyone Is Applauding This National Geographic Cover But The Real Shock Lies Inside The Pages

Many of us are aware that there is far too much plastic in our environment. We all feel a little guilty when throwing yet another single-use plastic wrapping straight into the trash, knowing that we are contributing to a problem that is too vast for us to truly comprehend. But what if we were faced with the horrifying consequences of our plastic addiction? These powerful and heartbreaking images vividly illustrate the damage that 9 million tonnes of plastic waste each year does to our environment and wildlife, and are the…

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Lacoste Replaces The Iconic Crocodile Logo To Raise Awareness About The Endangered Species

Lacoste, a world-famous French clothing brand, replaced its iconic crocodile logo with endangered animal images to spread awareness about these species and dangers that they are in. In a collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Lacoste presented ten new designs of their iconic polo-shirts. Each of the ten featured animals are on the brink of extinction. The number of polos produced for each series corresponds to the remaining population sizes in the wild. By purchasing the shirts, people are participating in helping IUCN and Lacoste in the…

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Trump administration could be sued over pesticide threat to orca and salmon

Fishing industry and environmentalists mull lawsuits after EPA tried to delay report detailing chemicals harm to wildlife Trump administration could be sued over pesticide threat to orca and salmon Fishing industry and environmentalists mull lawsuits EPA tried to delay report detailing chemicals harm to wildlife Joanna Walters and agencies @Joannawalters13 First published on Sun 21 Jan 2018 08.40EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp A female orca breaches in Puget Sound. The unique resident population has lost eight of its 76 members in the last 18 months.…

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Magpie edges out white ibis and kookaburra as Australian bird of the year

Top three birds all backed by more than 10,000 votes in Guardian Australia and BirdLife Australia poll that attracted 150,000 votes The Australian magpie has been crowned Australian bird of the year for 2017, upsetting the early favourite, the white ibis, and winning 13.3% of the vote. The magpie received 19,926 votes, followed by the Australian white ibis with 19,083 votes and the laughing kookaburra with 10,953 votes. They were the only three species to win more than 10,000 votes, to the chagrin of fairywren supporters who feel the chubby…

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Mystery of octopuses found crawling along Welsh beach

Up to 25 of the cephalopods end up on dry land, possibly confused or injured by the recent storms Dozens of octopus have been spotted emerging from the ocean and crawling along the Welsh coast in a nightly pilgrimage that has perplexed people at a seaside town. Up to 25 curled octopuses, which grow to a length of 50cm, were seen three nights in a row at New Quay beach in Ceredigion in west Wales. Some of the wayward cephalopods were later found dead, washed up on the beach. Brett…

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Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being captured in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away The Guardian has been given exclusive footage which shows the capture of young, wild elephants in Zimbabwe in preparation, it is believed, for their legal sale to Chinese zoos. In the early morning of 8 August, five elephants were caught in Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks). These captures are usually kept as secret as possible. The Guardian understands that in this case the usual…

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Rare white giraffes sighted in Kenya conservation area

A pair of giraffes with leucism, a condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells, have been filmed by conservationists for the first time A pair of rare white giraffes have been spotted in Kenya, to the delight of local residents and conservationists. The reticulated giraffes, a mother and child, suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits pigmentation in skin cells. Unlike albinism, animals with leucism continue to produce dark pigment in their soft tissue, which explains the white giraffes dark eyes and other colouring. After local residents tipped…

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Tanzania’s ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven

International projects helped turn a rich and fertile Tanzanian valley into vast tracts of farmland, teak forests and sugar plantations The long road from Dar es Salaam brings you through sparsely wooded hills and fields to the narrow northern neck of the Kilombero valley. Theres a bend in the road, then the land opens out, suddenly, in front of you. Along the west side lie the steep-faced Udzungwa mountains, one of the last pristine rainforests in Tanzania. The Kilombero river runs through the red soils of the valley, flooding in…

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Forget the environment: we need new words to convey lifes wonders | George Monbiot

We need better ways of talking about nature and our relationships with it, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot If Moses had promised the Israelites a land flowing with mammary secretions and insect vomit, would they have followed him into Canaan? Though this means milk and honey, I doubt it would have inspired them. So why do we use such language to describe the natural wonders of the world? There are examples everywhere, but I will illustrate the problem with a few from the UK. On land, places in which nature…

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Monkey selfie photographer says he’s broke: ‘I’m thinking of dog walking’

David Slater has been fighting for years over who has the copyright to photos taken by monkeys using his camera, and says hes struggling as a result A US appeals court has debated whether or not a monkey can own the copyright to a selfie while the photographer whose camera captured the famous image watched a livestream of the proceedings from his home in the UK. David Slater could not afford the airfare to San Francisco to attend the hearing on Wednesday. Nor can he afford to replace his broken…

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New Zealand’s possum war: ‘barbaric’ drowning of babies at school fair sparks outcry

Rights group says widespread practice to kill pest species is desensitising children to acts of violence An animal rights group is calling for an end to New Zealands barbaric war on possums after joeys were drowned in a bucket of water at a school fundraiser. It said children were becoming desensitised to violence as a result of the method of killing an animal that is considered a pest in New Zealand. It was clearly inhumane, it was appalling that children were witnessing this violence, said Jasmijn de Boo, chief executive…

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Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows

The worlds largest ever field trial demonstrates widely used insecticides harm both honeybees and wild bees, increasing calls for a ban Widely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the worlds largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees. The farm-based research, along with a second new study, also suggests widespread contamination of entire landscapes and a toxic cocktail effect from multiple pesticides. The landmark work provides the most important evidence yet for regulators around the world considering action against neonicotinoids,…

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Steve Irwin to be honoured with Hollywood Walk of Fame star

The late Crocodile Hunter is being recognised for his contribution to the entertainment industry through wildlife documentaries The late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the entertainment industry through wildlife documentaries. Irwin, who died in September 2006, after being struck multiple times by a stingray barb while filming in waters off Port Douglas in far north Queensland, is the only posthumous member of the 2018 television class, which also includes The X-Files actor Gillian Anderson and…

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