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Report: Leopards have lost up to 75 per cent of their territory
Leopards are the most widespread big cats in the world, with historical territory that ranges across much of Eurasia and Africa. They are powerful and adaptable, able to live everywhere from the parched deserts of the Arabian Peninsula to the teeming jungles of Java. Leopards are occasionally seen on the streets of big cities and they hunt a wider range of prey than any other big obligate carnivore.
But that doesn't mean they haven't suffered at the hand of man.
The most comprehensive worldwide study of leopards (Panthera pardus) to date shows that the cats now occupy just 25 to 37 percent of their historic range, a team of scientists report in the journal PeerJ Wednesday. And while leopards are doing relatively well in parts of Africa and India, some of the nine subspecies in other areas have experienced precipitous decline of more than 90 percent.
The overall decline is worse than the average for large land carnivores. Further, only about 17 percent of existing leopard range is legally protected, with lower percentages for the most at-risk subspecies.
Read the full story on National Geographic at news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160504-leopard-range-shrinks-endangered-subspecies/
#leopards #Africa #Asia
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Celebrity ape selfies harming efforts to curb wildlife trafficking, UN body warns
Instagram snaps of celebrities including Paris Hilton and James Rodriguez posing with apes in the Gulf are damaging efforts to clamp down on wildlife trafficking and endangering the survival of some species, a UN body has warned.
New research by the UN’s great apes survival partnership (Grasp) points to an alarming rise in trafficking of orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos stolen from the wild, mostly to feed demand from a boom in macabre Chinese circuses.
But an increasing number are also finding their way to the private gardens and restaurants of the Gulf elite, and Grasp fears that the trade is being accelerated by celebrity endorsements.
Doug Cress, the programme’s coordinator, told the Guardian: “The paparazzi shots of Paris Hilton and football star James Rodriguez and others cuddling baby orangutans at private zoos in Dubai are incredibly damaging to conservation efforts, and Grasp calls on celebrities to avoid such photo opportunities.”
Full story at www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/04/celebrity-ape-selfies-harming-efforts-to-curb-wildlif...
#orangutan #Instagram Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP-UNEP) #apes
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2 hours ago ·
USA: HFC Refrigerants Phase-Down Is Coming. Is Your Company Prepared?
Carbon dioxide emissions aren’t the only greenhouse gases that corporations need to address when considering how to close the emissions gap and keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are greenhouse gases that the EPA says can be up to 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide and are used in commercial refrigeration, building and vehicle air conditioning and other equipment.
* Learn more abut EIA's work on HFCs at eia-international.org/our-work/climate/hydrofluorocarbons-hfcs
In March the EPA issued a proposed rule under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program that will expand the list of climate-friendly HFC alternatives and phase out certain HFCs in favor of safer options that are already available.
And globally, 197 countries are working to amend the international Montreal Protocol agreement to phase out HFCs. The phase-down could begin as early as this year.
HFCs are man-made chemicals, developed to replace chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) in refrigeration systems, which deplete the ozone layer and were banned in 1992 by the Montreal Protocol. While HFCs don’t deplete the ozone, when used as refrigerants, for example, in air conditioning systems in both vehicles and buildings, they are potent greenhouse gases. Depending on the exact type of HFC, they can be up to 20,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide — and have atmospheric lifetimes of up to 260 years.
Full story at www.environmentalleader.com/2016/05/03/hfc-refrigerants-phase-down-is-coming-is-your-company-prep...
#climate #refrigeration #HFCs #greenhousegas #globalwarming
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3 hours ago ·