Archive for December 16th, 2016:

Road-free areas need better protection, study says

Image copyright Pierre Ibisch Image caption Wilderness area in Blue Mountains National Park, Australia A global map of areas without roads shows large tracts of wilderness remain unprotected. International recognition and protection of such areas is urgently needed to halt their continued loss, say scientists. Roads may introduce many problems to nature, including deforestation, pollution

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Mexico bid to save world’s smallest vaquita porpoise

Image copyright Tom Jefferson Mexican authorities and scientists are trying to save the world’s smallest porpoise by capturing illegal “ghost” fishing nets. They have managed to remove more than 100 dumped or lost nets left floating in the sea from October to December. Local fishermen and conservationists helped to trawl 11,814km (7,340 miles) in the

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Antarctic ‘pole of ignorance’ finally addressed

Image copyright POLARGAP Image caption It took several years to organise the permissions to fly into the South Pole The last major unknown region on Earth has just been surveyed: the South Pole. Although the Americans have had a base at the bottom of the planet for decades, what lies underneath the thick ice there

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