Predictions that climate change alone could lead to the extinction of more than one-fifth of plant and animal species before the end of the century have often come under fire, and not just from climate-change deniers. Some biologists are sceptical because the predictions are largely based on theoretical models.

Lounging in the shade may sound soothing, but it could be the death of many lizards if global warming continues at current rates. As temperatures inch upward, the reptiles rest more and hunt less. As a result, 20 percent of lizard species could go extinct by 2080, a new study says.

The latest Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3)produced by the CBD says that the world has failed to meet its target to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010 and outlines a new strategy for reducing biodiversity loss.

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- WWF trains border guards to conserve park & keep away smugglers

Siliguri, April 30: The forest department is trying to bring in the Sashastra Seema Bal to check the smuggling of rare medicinal plants from the Singalila National Park to Nepal.

The 78.6sqkm park is on the Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district.

Many species are experiencing sustained environmental change mainly due to human activities. The unusual rate and extent of anthropogenic alterations of the environment may exceed the capacity of developmental, genetic, and demographic mechanisms that populations have evolved to deal with environmental change.

Fossil fuels have a new crime to live down. A frenzy of hydrocarbon burning at the end of the Permian period may have led to the most devastating mass extinction Earth has ever seen, as explosive encounters between magma and coal released more carbon dioxide in the course of a few years than in all of human history.

The Swiss authorities on Friday defended granting permission for the hunting of three wolves that have killed dozens of sheep after fierce criticism from environmentalists.

More than 800 animal and plant species have gone extinct in the past five centuries with nearly 17,000 now threatened with extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature reported on Thursday.

View image 50 million years ago, it hiked all the way from Europe to Australia in search of some warmth ANTS were dominant members of the earth

The Moran community, which is predominant in Tinsukia district, has taken the unique step of declaring the Hollong tree as their traditional tree, a move that is likely to conserve the species from rampant depredation.