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Global Figures Reveal Big Win for Rhino Conservation

The Guardian | Conservation & Biodiversity

Global Figures Reveal Big Win for Rhino Conservation

“Figures released by the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group, the conservation body, indicate that the global rhino population increased to about 27,000 at the end of last year, with southern white rhino numbers increasing for the first time since 2012, from 15,942 at the end of 2021 to 16,803. In 2021, the world’s rhino population was estimated to be 26,272.”

From The Guardian.

BBC | Pollution

Plastic-Choked Rivers in Ecuador Are Being Cleared with Conveyor Belts

“Plastic pollution in the open sea is a growing concern…

Research shows that up to 80% of this plastic is carried out to sea via rivers, mainly due to the mismanagement of waste on land.

But a growing number of innovators, like Grønneberg, are trying to stop this flow.

The Azure system is a boom device that stretches across the river to stop objects floating on the surface. It extends down 60cm (2ft) into the water, allowing fish and other organisms to move freely below, and is placed at an angle allowing the natural water flow to direct all debris into one corner of the riverbank.

A manual operator in the water then guides the debris onto a mobile conveyor belt that dumps the plastic into a large container on shore, where it is sorted for recycling and trash destined for landfill.

But Ichthion doesn’t only pick up debris in the river, it also tries to stop it from arriving there in the first place by documenting and generating data about what is collected. This way they can better identify the source of the garbage, whether it be mounds of industrial waste from factories, or bags of household trash that indicates a problem with the municipal garbage system. The data allows them to work with municipalities, businesses and communities to stop the problem.”

From BBC.

BBC | Conservation & Biodiversity

Conservation: Rare Caribbean Wildlife Species Saved from Extinction

“Have you heard of the Antiguan racer, the White cay rock iguana and the Sombrero ground lizard?

They’re all rare species that have been brought back from the brink of extinction in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean islands, home to thousands of rare animals, have suffered the highest extinction rates in modern history.

But conservationists that have been working to protect nature and animals in the region for over 30 years have now restored their thirtieth island, helping to save over 12 more species.

Here’s a look at some of the animals they’re helping to survive.”

From BBC.

BBC | Conservation & Biodiversity

One of World’s Rarest Cats No Longer Endangered

“One of the world’s rarest cats, the Iberian lynx, is no longer classed as endangered, according to a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

On Thursday the IUCN, which categorises species according to the level of risk they face in a ‘red list’, bumped the Iberian lynx from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’ after a significant surge in numbers.

Its population grew from 62 mature individuals in 2001 to 648 in 2022. While young and mature lynx combined now have an estimated population of more than 2,000, the IUCN reports.”

From BBC.

Telegraph | Conservation & Biodiversity

The British Birds Saved from the Brink of Extinction

“If you look up to the skies of Sussex, you might be lucky enough to catch sight of something that hasn’t been seen for more than 600 years: a stork, fledged from a nearby nest. With their enormous wingspan, it’s hard to mistake them for anything else and the last time they were resident in England was just a year after the Battle of Agincourt.”

From The Telegraph.