My sweet green Valentine

Skip the traditional chocolates and flowers for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day.

World Wildlife Fund suggests another option a symbolic animal adoption program gift-givers can adopt an animal in honor of a friend or loved one.

Or maybe you can send a really sweet e-card that will remind your love how much you care about him/her .

The e-cards will be for free and they are available on WWF site.

Valentine’s Day could be an other occasion to help the nature!

Fall in love with the Earth.

 

 

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The Flying Rhino

This is not a photoshop picture. The conservation group WWF helped South African government to protect black rhinos by transporting them from the Eastern Cape to the northern Limpopo province, 1000 miles away, by air.

Even if this seems a very uncomfortable position the experts assure that this is easier on them than other means of transportation.

African black rhinos are critically endangered as poaching for their horns is out of control these days. In South Africa alone, 341 rhinos were killed in 2011, up from 333 for all of 2010.

 

Climate changes will cause more natural disaster

United Nations had declares that in Europe there will be more floods and storms. Tropical hot and rain will become the norm in our continent.

The alarm comes from the fifth report on climate change, sets up by the United Nations and developed by 2000 scientists.

The study shows a dramatic picture of the climate chaos produced by the use of coal and oil, and deforestation: it is “virtually certain”, say the experts, that the cold and extreme heat, floods, tropical cyclones will increase.

The  Italian head  of  WWF’s climate department said “Since 1990 the price paid for climate change continues to grow. In Durban, where, in a month the responsible of world government you will meet hopefully a new strategy on climate protection will be set”.

Also numbers show how during the 2011 climate disasters have increased: global temperatures have set a new record, heat waves have crippled Russia, floods have killed 2.000 people in Pakistan and India, a dust storm hit Beijing  stifling 250 million people. And if it is not enough, Bangkok was flooded under water, hunger and drought have devastated the Horn of Africa, Hurricane Irene have mostly reached New York.

According to the report the increased energy involved in the atmosphere produced by the growth of Co2 emissions will aggravate these problems. If the use of fossil fuels and deforestation will not stop, the heat waves which in 2003 caused 70.000 deaths in Europe will become more frequent by 2050.

The temperature will be at least 3 degrees higher than the maximum temperature in 2050 and by 2100 more than 5 degrees; arid and semi-arid areas in Africa will expand by at least 5-8 per cent, we will lose up to 80 percent of the Amazon rain forest, the taiga of China, the Siberian tundra and tundra Canada will be seriously affected, the North Pole will soon become navigable in the summer, the world’s population subjected to increasing water stress will pass from one billion to 3 billion today.

“This devastation can still be avoided if we will invest on renewable energy and energy efficiency,” says Vincent Ferrara, climatologist Enea. “It is a passage complex but can be started immediately at no cost: it would be enough to close the incentives, about $ 400 billion a year, that, globally, still finance fossil fuels”.

We can not just count the victims of the climate changes without reacting.

Illegal fishing

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU) fishing is a serious global problem that contributes to overfishing, creates unfair competition, and impedes sustainable fisheries.

Next time you are going to eat sushi think of what you have in your plate. With the growing demand for fresh fish more and more speacies risk to be destroyed especially salmon and tuna. Now even if you are eating “European fish” you can not be sure that product was fished following the internationl rules.

Greenpeace have recently funded out that Spain is the country in Europe that has the biggest illegal fishing trade even if the country receives European money.

IUU fishing respects neither national boundaries nor international attempts to manage fishing on the high seas.

It puts incredible pressure on fish stocks and significantly distorts global markets.

Worth between US$10 -23.5 billion per year, it also presents a major loss of income to coastal countries and coummunities. This is especially the case for some of the world’s poorest countries, which depend on fishing for food, livelihoods and revenues.

The poachers are also killing tens of thousands of marine animals as bycatch and destroying delicate habitats through their unregulated use of damaging, and sometimes illegal, fishing practices.

On Greenpeace site is possible to sign a petition against the illegal fishing in Spain and on WWF site it is possible to support their fisheries and marine conservation work.

If you want to be sure of buying sustainable seafood you have to search Marine Stewardship Council​ (MSC) ecolabel.

On http://www.fishonline.org/ is possible to check all the species of UK seafood.  By using this site, you can find out which fish come from well-managed sources and/or are caught using methods that minimise damage to marine wildlife and habitats.

Javan rhino is extinct in Vietnam

Last week in a press conference organized by the WWF and the International Rhino Foundation the Javan rhinoceros was declared extinct in Vietnam.

The news was released and a prospectus on the presence of the animal in the Asian country was showed. The results indicate that the Javan rhinoceros, now present only in a park in Indonesia with a population of 50 individuals, became extinct in Vietnam after the death of the last male in 2010. According to the WWF the probable cause of death is poaching, because the rhino was found with a bullet in the leg and its horn had been removed.

“It is painful that despite significant investment in Vietnamese rhino conservation, efforts failed to save this unique animal, ” said WWF’s Vietnam director Tran Thi Minh Hien.

“Vietnam has lost part of its natural heritage.”

About Javan rhino

The Javan Rhino is found only in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park in west Java.

Javan rhinos appear to be more adaptable feeders than other rhino species: in the tropical rain forest where the species now survives, it is a pure browser, but it possibly was a mixed feeder (both browse and grass) in other parts of its historic range where the species is generally believed to have occupied more lowland areas, especially along watercourses.

Longevity is unknown, but Javan rhinos probably live to 30-40 years.

Gestation is unknown but is presumed to be approximately 15-16 months, as in other rhinos. Inter-birth intervals are unknown, but mothers probably give birth to one calf every 1-3 years.

Females reach sexual maturity between 5 and 7 years of age; males mature at approximately 10 years of age.

Javan rhinos are solitary in nature and are rarely seen.