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Extinction Countdown

Extinction Countdown

News and research about endangered species from around the world

Seven Hawaiian bees risk extinction

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation last week petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to protect seven Hawaiian bee species under the Endangered Species Act.

March 31, 2009 — John Platt

Stay out of caves, save a bat

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this week advised people to stay out of caves in the Northeast to hopefully slow the spread of white-nose syndrome (WNS), a deadly fungal infection blamed for the deaths of as many as half a million bats over the past two years...

March 27, 2009 — John Platt

Four seal species in danger of slipping away

As Canada kicks off its controversial seal hunting season this week, several species of seals around the world face uncertain futures.

In Finland, the Saimaa ringed seal ( Pusa hispida saimensis ), one of the world's few freshwater seals, is likely to become extinct in a few years, according to the Finnish natural resources agency, Metsähallitus...

March 25, 2009 — John Platt

Caribbean fish thinning out

Fish in the Caribbean have declined significantly since 1995, suggesting that 30 years of steady coral loss in the region is taking its toll, new research shows.

March 19, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Hawaii to pay farmers to grow endangered native species

Thanks to its status as the world's most isolated island chain, Hawaii boasts hundreds of species that don't exist anywhere else on Earth. But because of that isolation, and the threat caused by invasive species, Hawaii is also the endangered species capital of the world, with "more endangered species per square mile on these islands than any other place on the planet," according to the web site of Honolulu's Bishop Museum.State and federal officials are hoping to change that with a new program -- the first of its kind -- that will pay Hawaii farmers over the next 20 years to plant native species on unused portions of their land...

March 18, 2009 — John Platt

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