Fossils show life on Earth four billion years ago

An international team of scientists has discovered what they say appear to be fossils of bacteria from nearly four billion years ago. It’s far earlier than organic life was thought to have evolved on Earth. The discovery was made along a remote seashore in northeastern Canada. Al Jazeera’s Daniel Lak reports. – Subscribe to our … Read more Fossils show life on Earth four billion years ago

Beware Reef is the ‘Great Barrier Reef’ of Victoria

Beware Reef is a conservation area off Victoria’s far east Gippsland coast, known in the diving community but not much beyond that. It has been dubbed the “Great Barrier Reef’ of Victoria because of the diverse fish, mammal, coral and shark species found here (including Great Whites). The reef is exposed and is a landing … Read more Beware Reef is the ‘Great Barrier Reef’ of Victoria

Lebanon launches campaign to save the Cedar tree

A planting campaign has begun in Lebanon to try to save the oldest trees in recorded human history. Cedars have been around for thousands of years but have been steadily chopped away during years of deforestation. Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab reports from the Bekaa Valley. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on … Read more Lebanon launches campaign to save the Cedar tree

“Coexistence between humans and wolves” – Peter Egardt from Sweden’s Wolf Enquiry

On August 23 this year I presented the report of the Wolf Inquiry to the Swedish Government. I was appointed Special Enquirer and Chairman of the Wolf Committee one and a half years ago. Assisting me as experts in the committee have been leading representatives from organizations like Swedish Predatory Animal Association, Swedish Hunters´ Association, … Read more “Coexistence between humans and wolves” – Peter Egardt from Sweden’s Wolf Enquiry

Planning the African Cities of the Future – Vanessa Watson

Africa and Asia are currently the world’s fastest urbanizing continents. Predictions are that Africa’s urban population will double over the next 20 years and triple over the next 40, although this is highly variable across the continent. Some 43% of the urban population lives below the poverty line, 62% live in slums and 60% of … Read more Planning the African Cities of the Future – Vanessa Watson

Marine Life Moving Towards the Poles

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has led a three-year international study into the effects of climate change, finding that marine species are moving closer to the poles at a rate of 72km every 10 years. Marine ecologists Elvira Poloczanska and Anthony Richardson led the literature review with a team of 19 researchers from … Read more Marine Life Moving Towards the Poles

Animal Welfare Groups Welcome Michinoku Farms Whale Meat Decision

Environmentalists and animal welfare groups have welcomed the decision of Michinoku Farms to withdraw pet foods made from the meat of endangered whales. The Animal Welfare Institute, Environmental Investigation Agency, Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the Iruka & Kujira [Dolphin & Whale] Action Network protested the Icelandic whale fin “jerky” being sold as a pet … Read more Animal Welfare Groups Welcome Michinoku Farms Whale Meat Decision

South Korea Will Not Pursue Scientific Whaling Program

The Republic of Korea has announced that it will not go ahead with a lethal scientific whaling program. The policy decision was announced in a circular released by the International Whaling Commission. Australia has hailed the decision and extended its support: “Australia is more than happy to share our techniques and approaches to non-lethal cetacean … Read more South Korea Will Not Pursue Scientific Whaling Program

Tanzania’s Bid to Hold Ivory Auction “Ludicrous” – Mary Rice

The rate of elephant poaching in Africa is soaring as elephants are brutally slaughtered to feed a rising demand for ivory products, fueled largely by the growing disposable income of China’s expanding middle class and its appetite for ‘status’ goods. In this context, it feels like an understatement to brand as ‘ludicrous’ Tanzania’s bid to … Read more Tanzania’s Bid to Hold Ivory Auction “Ludicrous” – Mary Rice

Culling Badgers to Protect Cows

The incidence of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in British cattle has been increasing since the 1980s, despite a program of testing cattle and slaughtering those showing evidence of exposure to the bacteria (Mycobacterium bovis) which cause the disease. Transmission from wild badgers has made an important contribution to the incidence of infection in cattle herds, and … Read more Culling Badgers to Protect Cows

Fish Stocks: “Positive change is possible with the right leadership” – Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper, Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, on fish stocks and sustainable fisheries. With the world’s fish stocks showing ever more serious signs of stress it is perhaps tempting to believe that there is little that can be done, and that the continuing decline in these potentially renewable resources … Read more Fish Stocks: “Positive change is possible with the right leadership” – Tony Juniper

15 Dead After Earthquake in Philippines

Fifteen people have been reported dead in the Philippines after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake at 11:49 am local time on 6th February 2012. A further 52 people are injured and 71 people missing. Initial tsunami warnings have now been cancelled after unusual sea level changes around the Negros and Cebu islands. The offshore earthquake had … Read more 15 Dead After Earthquake in Philippines