Tragedy of the Red List


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (visit http://www.iucn.org/) has just released its red list for threatened African freshwater species. The red list suggests that up to a 1/5 of all freshwater African species are now threatened with extinction.

See the article at:

http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/news/?5898

Visit the IUCN Red List at:

http://www.iucnredlist.org/

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Annual Hunt of Dolphins at Taiji Cove in Japan


Anti-Whaling group ‘Sea Shepherd’ is again monitoring the annual dolphin hunt at Taiji Cove in Japan. Awareness of the annual dolphin hunt was heightened in the Oscar-winning documentary ‘The Cove.’ The annual dolphin hunt began on September 1.

Videos of the hunt are shown below:

Below: Footage from the documentary ‘The Cove.’

Another Oil Platform Explodes in the Mexican Gulf


Yet another oil platform has exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The crew of the platform were all rescued from the sea without serious injury. On this occasion the oil wells were shut down preventing a major oil spill, though there was a small slick in the area caused by the explosion.