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Give the gift of wildlife preservation this holiday

December 14th, 2011

Environmental groups make it easy this time of year to send someone on your list a gift that benefits wildlife.


People who donate $250 to help the world's 3,200 wild tigers receive a big plush thank you from WWF.

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Up on the rooftop click, click, click — vanquished by global warming, lickety split

December 15th, 2010

Ho, ho,…wait, the news is not so merry from Cornell University today, where one scientist reports that climate change and the loss of arctic and forest habitat has a death grip on Canadian caribou and has forced dramatic declines in their population in the last two decades.

Yes, Virginia, sadly, it’s true: Rudolph, Donder, Blitzen, Comet — they could all be on their way out, shoved over the edge by the growth of modern society coupled with atmospheric changes.

Global warming and industrial development in boreal forests have cordoned the caribou, or reindeer, into a fraction of their former range, says Jeff Wells, a conservation scientist with the university. Ontario has lost about half of the woodland range where caribou lived; Alberta has lost about 60 percent and British Columbia has seen 40 percent of the animal’s range vanish.

The result: “…massive declines in the numbers of the barren-ground, long-distance migratory caribou have been recorded; with some herds dropping as much as 90 percent. One herd, for example, went from an estimated 472,000 in 1986 to 128,000 by 2006,” according to a Cornell statement.

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Slideshow: Disneynature’s ‘earth’

February 5th, 2009

Disneynature has released a series of images from its upcoming documentary earth. The film was five years in the making. Read more: Disney’s ‘earth’ an homage to the animal world. (c) BBC Worldwide Ltd. All rights reserved. The polar bears were filmed on Kong Karls Land, a group of islands between the Barents Sea and [...]

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