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Turkey plants forests equal to size of Belgium

Source : World Bulletin / 22 Nov 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his Justice and Development Party government made history in Turkey by planting Forests on an area equal to Belgium's size in past eleven years.

In a sapling ceremony at Ankara's Gazi University, Erdogan said that the government will continue its efforts on Forestation at universities, saying "free ideas can only be flourished at green universities."

 

World's largest wild camel herd is down by a third in Australia

Source : BBC with Voice of Russia / 22 Nov 2013

Australia is famous for its wildlife - kangaroos, koalas and numerous species of snakes and spiders - but it is also home to the world's largest herd of camels. There are about 750,000 roaming wild in the outback and they cause a host of problems.

Camels were imported to Australia in the 19th century from Arabia, India and Afghanistan for transport and heavy work in the outback.

 

World's largest wild camel herd is down by a third in Australia

Source : BBC with Voice of Russia / 21 Nov 2013

Australia is famous for its wildlife - kangaroos, koalas and numerous species of snakes and spiders - but it is also home to the world's largest herd of camels. There are about 750,000 roaming wild in the outback and they cause a host of problems.

Camels were imported to Australia in the 19th century from Arabia, India and Afghanistan for transport and heavy work in the outback.

 

2013 is seventh hottest year, rising seas worsen typhoon

By Alister Doyle and Michael Szabo / 15 Nov 2013

This year is the seventh warmest since records began in 1850 and rising sea levels caused by climate change are aggravating the impact of storms such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

More greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer future, and more extreme weather, was inevitable, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement during Nov. 11-22 climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.

 

Rare antelope-like saola spotted in Vietnam after 15 years

Source : Reuters / 13 Nov 2013

The critically endangered saola, an antelope-like creature native to Southeast Asia, has been photographed in Vietnam, the first sighting in 15 years, conservationists said on Tuesday.

Known for its two parallel horns that can grow to 50 inches (1.27 meters) in length, the saola is so rare that simply seeing a picture of one gives hope to those who want to preserve the species, said Van Ngoc Thinh of World Wildlife Fund.

 

Iranian cheetah sighting gives hope to conservation efforts

Source : Al Arabiya / 24 Oct 2013

Wildlife experts hailed the success of U.N.-backed initiative to protect Asiatic cheetahs from extinction, despite sanctions imposed by the west making funds and equipment hard to obtain, reported the Guardian on Tuesday.

The Asiatic cheetahs are classified as extinct around the world except for in Iran, where they are critically endangered. In an unusual sighting, four wildlife experts from the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) witnessed a group of five Asiatic Cheetahs as the environmentalists were coming back from a trip to Iran’s Turan national park, home to some of the largest Asiatic cheetah populations in the world.

 

Heads turn at new owl species discovered in Oman

Source : Al Arabiya / 8 Oct 2013

A new owl breed has been discovered in the remote Jebel Akdhar mountains in Oman, ornithologists working in the Gulf state reported this week.

The Scottish wildlife sound-recordist, Magnus Robb, wrote “Strix Omanensis” officially exists from Oct. 4 on the website of “The Sound Approach,” an international project aiming to record and understand bird sounds.

 

Scientists more convinced mankind is main cause of warming

By Alister Doyle and Simon Johnson / 28 Sep 2013

Leading climate scientists said on Friday they were more convinced than ever that humans are the main culprits for global warming, and predicted the impact from greenhouse gas emissions could linger for centuries.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a report that a hiatus in warming this century, when temperatures have risen more slowly despite growing emissions, was a natural variation that would not last.

 

One third of food wasted, costs world economy $750 billion: FAO

Source : Agencies / 12 Sep 2013

The UN food agency said one-third of all food produced in the world gets wasted, amounting to a loss of $750 billion a year.

The Rome-based Food and Agricultural Organization said in a report Wednesday that food in developing countries is wasted mostly due to poor harvesting techniques, while in high-income areas the primary cause of waste is careless consumer behavior.

 

Preserving Arabian leopard: Big leap by Taif

By Khaled Al-Juaid / 3 Sep 2013

The National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) in Taif has completed 60 percent of a project to establish a large sanctuary, with 20 enclosures to isolate the male Arabian leopard.

The remaining 40 percent will be completed by the beginning of next year, Ahmad Al-Boug, general-director of the NWRC, said.

The project is part of an operational plan approved for the implementation of a number of construction and future expansion projects to maintain Arabian leopards.

 
 

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