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Polar bears can be saved by emissions cuts, study says
(Dec 16, 2010)

Cutting global greenhouse emissions might yet save the polar bear and its Arctic habitat, according to scientists in the US. It has been suggested that emissions of greenhouse gases have already put the Arctic ice cap and the polar bear on an irreversible path towards extinction. But a new study suggests rapid emission cuts could help preserve ice cover to save the iconic bear.

Read more. Source: BBC

Mountain gorilla numbers have increased, census reveals
(Dec 8, 2010)

The population of endangered mountain gorillas has increased significantly in the last 30 years, say researchers. A census carried out in the Virunga Massif – where most of the world's mountain gorillas live – revealed 480 individuals living in 36 groups. Conservationists say that, 30 years ago, only 250 gorillas survived in this same area.

Read more. Source: BBC

Met Office says 2010 'among hottest on record'
(Nov 26, 2010)

This year is heading to be the hottest or second hottest on record, according to the Met Office. It says the past 12 months are the warmest recorded by NASA, and are second in the UK data set, HadCRUT3. The Met Office says it is very confident that man-made global warming is forcing up temperatures.

Read more. Source: BBC

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2009 carbon emissions fall smaller than expected
(Nov 23, 2010)

Carbon emissions fell in 2009 due to the recession – but not by as much as predicted, suggesting the fast upward trend will soon be resumed. Those are the key findings from an analysis of 2009 emissions data issued in the journal Nature Geoscience a week before the UN climate summit opens. Industrialised nations saw big falls in emissions – but major developing countries saw a continued rise.

Read more. Source: BBC

A last chance to save the tiger
(Nov 19, 2010)

This weekend, the leaders of the world's 13 "tiger nations", including Russia, China and India, are to meet. Billed as the last chance to save the wild tiger, the St Petersburg summit will be hosted by the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, and will launch a program to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger.

Read more. Source: The Independent


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