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How a 20th-century hunting boom left the Amazon with “empty rivers” and 23 million dead animals

Who could hurt this face?	(Reuters/Bruno Kelly)

The fashion for wild animal skins and furs drove a hunting boom in the Amazon basin through the 20th century. A mass industry sprung up almost overnight and the hides of otters, jaguars or alligator-like caimans were soon being shipped round the world to be turned into coats, hats or accessories. The Amazon rainforest, and the animals that live there, are still feeling the impact today.

Could we set aside half the Earth for nature?

A bald uakari monkey (Cacajao calvus) in the flooded forest of the Amazon in Brazil. The IUCN Red List categorizes this species as vulnerable. Photograph: Alamy

As of today, the only place in the universe where we are certain life exists is on our little home, the third planet from the sun. But also as of today, species on Earth are winking out at rates likely not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs. If we don’t change our ways, we will witness a mass extinction event that will not only leave our world a far more boring and lonely place, but will undercut the very survival of our species. So, what do we do? E.O. Wilson, one of the world’s most respected biologists, has proposed a radical, wild and challenging idea to our species: set aside half of the planet as nature preserves.

Guns, tractors threaten wildlife more than climate: study

Demand for meat and body parts has driven the gorilla to near extinction. By Ivan Lieman (AFP/File)

The main driver of wildlife extinction is not climate change but humanity's rapacious harvesting of species for food and trophies, along with our ever-expanding agricultural footprint, said researchers pleading for a rest of conservation priorities.

2016: Hottest Year Yet?

2016: Hottest Year Yet?

Gulf countries in July faced record-breaking temperatures that went beyond 50ᵒc (Highest recorded - 54ᵒc in Kuwait, this year). Climate scientists and U.N. officials warn that this may directly threaten living conditions for residents in these countries and also aggravate the existing refugee crisis. All-time records were broken in United States as well, where some cities reported to it being the ‘Hottest July’ and also the ‘Hottest Month’ in history. Water scarcity and heat-oriented health issues are bound to increase in the future as well.

Meet Dia Mirza – Actor, Activist, Nature Worshipper

Photo Courtesy: Kids for Tigers.

Part of the Sanctuary family since 2013, and the face of the Leave Me Alone campaign, actor Dia Mirza is evolving into a key public opinion mover and champion for India’s wilds. Bittu Sahgal speaks with her on what moves her and why.

“Leave Me Alone!” It’s a tough line you hooked on to.

Nearly two decades of data reinforce concerns that pesticides are really bad for bees

Butterfly

New research has provided some of the strongest evidence yet that pesticides can do serious, long-term damage to bee populations. And the findings may help fuel the ongoing debate about whether certain insecticides should be permitted for agricultural use at all.

Wildlife Workshop At Wild Mahseer

On 04/06/16 (Saturday), Diganta Das From Balipara Foundation along with other wildlife and molecular biology experts from Tezpur University did an expedition inside the campus of Wild Mahseer. They used transect method for the expedition and searched for every possible species present. The result was incredible as they were able to identify a variety of species within that short radius of Wild Mahseer campus.

Wildlife Migration from Kaziranga to Karbi Anglong Increasing

With migration of wildlife from Kaziranga National Park to the Karbi Anglong forests beyond its southern boundary showing an increasing trend, conservationists have stressed the need for a long-term safety mechanism for the animals.

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