Extinction

Push for tighter controls as prized fish under threat of extinction

Blue Warehou

Andrew Darby A ONCE-PRIZED table fish is being considered for the threatened species list, in a further challenge to fisheries managers.

Extinction alarm raised for possum

Leadbeater's possum.

Tom Arup and Bridie Smith A team of scientists and conservationists is pushing to escalate Victoria's faunal emblem, Leadbeater's possum, up the national threatened species list to critically endangered - one step below...

Extinction risk as Aceh opens forests for logging

Michael Bachelard SOME of the richest and most biodiverse forests in Indonesia will soon be opened up for commercial exploitation under a plan drafted by the new government of Aceh.

Australia a stop on road to extinction

wild rhinos

Maris Beck HORNS of the endangered black rhino are for sale at Australian auction houses - and European police have named Australia as a key destination on the international black market.

Pollution battle to save the rare pink dolphins from extinction

In a picture taken on August 19, 2011, a Chinese white dolphin or Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, nicknamed the pink dolphin, swims in waters off the coast of Hong Kong. A Hong Kong conservation group said on January 14, 2012 it has set up a DNA bank for the rare Chinese white dolphin, also known as the pink dolphin, in a bid to save the mammals facing a sharp population decline.  AFP PHOTO / DANIEL SORABJI

Conservationists warned the rare Chinese white dolphins, also known as pink dolphins for their unique colour, face extinction unless urgent action against pollution and other threats is taken.

Study fires extinction debate

Eastern grey kangaroo with the baby kangaroo.

John Thistleton Of all the things that could have wiped out giant animals in Australia's south-east, climate change wasn't one of them.

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Overfishing and dams driving freshwater fish towards extinction

Rare sight ... the Mekong giant catfish is under threat.

Richard Gray, London Freshwater fish are the most endangered group of animals on the planet, with more than a third facing extinction, according to a report British scientists are preparing.

'Shocking' state of oceans threatens mass extinction

Ocean

Overfishing and pollution putting fish, sharks and whales in extreme danger - with extinction 'inevitable', study finds.

A fifth of plants face extinction: study

A visitor views a collection of cycads, one of the most threatened groups of plants in the Sampled Red List Index for Plants, in a greenhouse at Kew Gardens

More than a fifth of the world's plant species faces the threat of extinction, according to research released on Wednesday.

Leadbeater's possum faces 'managed extinction' without action

Rosslyn Beeby Australia will witness the ''managed extinction'' of one of its rarest mammals, Leadbeater's possum, unless the federal government intervenes to save its old growth mountain ash habitat, a leading...

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Extinction of bat highlights critical ecosystem failure

Tom Arup Environment Correspondent A LAST-DITCH effort to save the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat has failed, leaving the animal facing almost certain extinction.

Great white and hammerhead sharks face extinction

PARIS: A third of the world's open-water sharks - including the great white and hammerhead - face extinction, according to a conservation survey released yesterday.

Whitehaven Coal investigated over phantom appointment of green group to oversight panel

Maules Creek dispute: A green group was surprised at its nomination to an oversight committee.

Peter Hannam The NSW Department of Planning is investigating the seemingly phantom appointment by Whitehaven Coal of an environmental group to a compulsory oversight committee for its $767 million Maules Creek...

Victoria signs draft deal handing environmental powers to the states

Great Barrier Reef

Tom Arup A draft deal to hand over national environmental approval powers for new mines, ports and other major projects to the states has been signed between the federal and Victorian governments.

Emissions swamp efforts to curb global warming, UN draft report says

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Justin Gillis Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of 'severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts' over the coming...

What lies beneath

NOT FOR SYNDICATION - FAIRFAX PHOTOS OUT - A Salt Water Crocodile surfaces at Dawn on Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park Photo Glenn Campbell

Stephanie Wood The Top End's crocodile population has bounced back since the animals were protected, and stakeholders agree that resolving the sometimes deadly conflict between crocs and humans is a priority.

'Curiosity': the cat-killing bait to protect native species

Proponents say curiosity can reduce feral cat numbers by 80 per cent.

Tom Arup and Nicky Phillips A lethal bait called "curiosity" designed to kill feral cats will be the initial focus of a new national commissioner to save threatened species.

Climate change could make humans extinct, warns health expert

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Deborah Snow, Peter Hannam The Earth is warming so rapidly that unless humans can arrest the trend, we risk becoming ''extinct'' as a species, a leading Australian health academic has warned.

IPCC report finds world might be irreversibly changed

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Tom Arup Climate change is already being felt in all corners of the globe and some parts of the natural world may already be irreversibly changed, a major assessment by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on...

Tiny microbe blamed for ancient global climate catastrophe

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Sometimes bad things come in small packages.