"It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars."
-David Attenborough
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Friday, June 28, 2013

New Bird Discovered in Cambodia

Orthotomus chaktomu, also known as the Cambodian Tailorbird was finally indicated as a new species 2 days ago in Cambodia's capitol, Phnom Penh. It was first found in 2009 for an avian flu check, but it was not found to be a new species. After recent studies on the bird, they claimed it to be a new species because it has a different song than other tailorbirds. Tailorbirds are related to warblers, and like them, are songbirds. Tailorbirds make their nests by  weaving leaves together. Cambodian Tailorbird is a magnificent bird living in an unlikely place, the middle of a city.
Orthotomus chaktomuk

More Technology, Less Animals

Some people would say that technology is bad for the environment, but in this case, technology will save the lives of many chimpanzees. Technology has gotten so advanced, that scientists believe that we can start  doing tests on gadget instead of chimpanzees. for now, this is only happening in the US, but the amount of chimpanzees being used for bio-medical engineering will be cut drastically. Chimpanzees are used for testing because their body is very alike to our own. So, instead of risking ourselves to test a medication, they test chimpanzees first. They see the results and then try it on humans. It is cruel and many chimpanzees die in the process. Now we will be testing on technology which will not only save the lives of many chimpanzees, but also get more accurate results. Not all the chimpanzees will be removed from testing, but this is one step closer from getting rid of animal testing entirely.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

5 Tons of Ivory to be destroyed in Philippines

Confiscated elephant tusks are arranged in Manila, Philippines.
For the first time, the Philippines will destroy 5 tons of ivory that they confiscated from poachers. They will become the world's first ivory-consuming nation to destroy their national ivory stock. Most of the ivory comes from elephants. People are hoping that this act will enforce the end of wildlife trade. Elephant poaching is very common, and most do it only for the ivory in their tusks. Wildlife should be stopped. It is cruel and inhumane. Wildlife trade has contributed to the extinction of many animals, and because of it, many animals are either endangered or threatened. Tigers, elephants, lions, rhinos, and bears are in big trouble because of poaching. The destruction of ivory is the first step to saving and preserving nature.

Asian Tigers in Danger

Amur tiger (Image: WCS Russia)
Tigers have been in danger for a long time and if we didn't help them, they would not have survived. They are going through the dangers of poaching and deforestation. But Asian tigers now face the threat of a virus that is carried by dogs known as canine distemper virus (CDV). CDV is a close relative of the measles and as evolved to not only infect dogs, but many other animals, including the tiger. The last time CDV has caused much damage was before the end of the thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger. The tigers are in danger from a virus that is very hard to stop. The fate of the tiger cannot be the same as the thylacine.  

Mass Destruction of Bee Colonies in England

bees Bees are pollinators. They're needed everywhere. But, because of CCD, bees have been dying off in large numbers. But this year in England, CCD hasn't done the damage, but the weather. Beekeepers noticed hundreds of their bees dying. The winter was bad for the bees, but the summer has been worse. A third of all the bees didn't survive the harsh weather (the worst since 2007). To make it worse, the first of many to die were usually the queen. Without the queen, there's chaos in the hive, which leads to death. The bees are in trouble and must be saved.