Preserving Life In The Mountains Of Southwest China

Posted on August 16, 2013 by admin.
Categories: Uncategorized.

As China continues their forward progress towards becoming an industrial powerhouse and world player, many people have raised concern regarding the environment. Beijing has become known for dense smog and air pollution. The rivers through the largest cities have turned red, orange, or blue from the chemicals and dyes pumped into the rivers.

All of these environmental disasters raise the alarm for the mountains of Southwest China. These mountains are home to over 10,000 species of plants and animals found only in this part of the world. The golden monkey and the giant panda are two of the most famous (more…)

Working To Fight Deforestation In Madagascar

Posted on June 9, 2013 by admin.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Deforestation is an unfortunate part of our lives today as human beings. We destroy beautiful forests and other natural wonders all the time. Preserving these forests will ensure our children have the privilege of enjoying them when we are long gone. Forests also play a huge role in ensuring our planet can continue to support life by creating oxygen.

Destroying forests in Madagascar will destroy its complex ecosystems. Many animals that rely heavily in what the forest (more…)

Educating The Population On The Need For Plant Protection In New Caledonia

Posted on April 18, 2013 by admin.
Categories: Uncategorized.

New Caledonia is home to a wide variety of unique and diverse plant life, making it a location worth protecting. The effects of industry, local populations and even global issue like climate change can all have a major impact on smaller ecosystems and regional environments. Doing all that is required to protect the natural world is an important concern. Failing to address the risks that threaten ecosystems and natural areas could be nothing short of a disaster, one that results in loosing diverse plant and animal life that can never be restored.

Education plays an important part (more…)

Expanding Conservation Efforts In Western Ghats

Posted on June 7, 2012 by admin.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Conserving our natural resources and animal life should be a high priority for our generation. We have lost many plant and animal species due to deforestation and urban sprawl. While we are a growing planet, we must make special effort to conserve and protect the native environment. While much has been done, there is still much more we can do. Setting aside lands and parks, that provide a safe environment for mammals, birds and fishes (more…)

The Effect Of Logging On The Environment In The Philippines

Posted on April 28, 2011 by admin.
Categories: Uncategorized.

The world has three major forest areas that constitute the equatorial forest belt. These are the tropical forests of South East Asia, the equatorial forest areas of Africa and the Amazon rain forest areas. These are major rain forests that still remain on the face of the earth. They form a carbon sink that helps breakdown the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, they act as windbreakers and also play a major role in the process of formation of rain.

The Philippines is (more…)

The Need For Transboundary Conservation In The Himalayas

Posted on April 16, 2011 by admin.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Do you enjoy a challenge? Climbing the Himalayas is one of the most challenging tasks you will ever do. Many think of climbing when they here Himalayas, however, there is also Tibet where you can enjoy the village as they dye their cloths for making clothing. Women and children making bracelets, necklaces, shoes, prayer flags, and hand dye clothing.

There are many sites for the family to see. The palace of the Dali Lama, the outdoor market for their hand made products.

As you wonder around the Himalayas look to see how we can (more…)

A Plan To Protect The Flora And Fauna Of Africa’s Cape Floristic Region

Posted on April 2, 2011 by admin.
Categories: Uncategorized.

Located on the southwestern tip of South Africa and extending into the Eastern Cape, the African Cape Floristic Region is considered an environmental hotspot. It contains 9,000 species of plants, with almost 70 of them being completely indigenous to this area. One of the most popular and most recognized species of flower that grows here is the King Protean, also known as South Africa’s national flower. The Cape also inhabits many different animal species from birds to reptiles and mammals to fish. Nearly a quarter of the reptiles and amphibians, four species of mammals, six kinds of birds, and over 100 (more…)

Threats facing the world’s rivers

Posted on December 30, 2010 by www.priorityplaces.com.
Categories: Rivers.

The world’s rivers provide some of the most beautiful recreational opportunities in the world, whether for rafters, fishers, bird watchers, or anyone who simply enjoys “getting back to nature.” Certain rivers have even taken on their own mysterious identities over the years, most notably the Egyptian Nile or the South American Amazon (which are continuously in competition for the longest river in the world). America also has its selection of famous rivers, with the Mississippi River being at the top of the list. This location has been immortalized in the literary works of William Faulkner, Mark Twain, and Herman Melville. Who can forget the scenic Colorado, Columbia, or St. Johns rivers, either?Given the importance of these rivers to so many people, conservation efforts are ongoing to keep them protected for future generations. There are many threats facing rivers today. Global climate change can lead to an increase in both droughts and floods in river communities, along with an increase in waterborne diseases. Unsafe dams can also lead to flooding disasters, while poorly-controlled industrial projects on the banks of the river (like logging or mining) can damage the water quality and the wildlife living within. Decreasing water supplies in many rivers are also a growing cause for concern. (more…)

Plants on the prowl

Posted on December 9, 2010 by www.priorityplaces.com.
Categories: Invasive Species.

Invasive plant species can pose a dangerous threat to native plant communities. When such a species is detected, it’s up to humans to take the initiative, such as when natural resources professionals recently removed crown vetch and honeysuckle from the Rock Springs Conservation Area in Chicago. Crown vetch is used in many places for erosion control and soil rehabilitation, but its sturdy, aggressive nature allows it to easily take over garden areas and crowd out other species. Honeysuckle, on the other hand, simply had the misfortune to be a non-native plant in the area without the proper conditions to keep it under control.Some invasive plant species are quite well known. For instance, the kudzu vine has become known as the “mile-a-minute vine” or even “the vine that ate the South” in the United States. Among the plant’s special features are: the ability for its seeds to germinate for several years, causing it to reappear at sites where it was thought eradicated; the lack of natural predators; and its famed growing speed (currently about 150,000 acres annually in the southern U.S.). (more…)

New carnivore discovered in Madagascar

Posted on October 25, 2010 by www.priorityplaces.com.
Categories: Biodiversity.

Some researchers have estimated that Madagascar contains 5 of the world’s plant and animal species. It’s little surprise, therefore, that a brand-new mammal has been discovered in the island’s wetlands. Although photographed in 2004, biologists originally thought the animal was a brown-tailed mongoose, only to discover differences between the two creatures’ skulls, paws, and teeth. Researchers from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust named the new creature Salanoia durrelli, or Durrell’s vontsira. Gerald Durrell was a naturalist and author from India.The vortsira is a carnivore, feeding on crustaceans and mollusks, with a reddish-brown coat and speckled head and nape. Its teeth have larger surface areas than in the mongoose, which helped the scientists to finally pinpoint it as a different species. About the size of a cat, the creature is currently being evaluated for conservation status, but it can be assumed that it is highly vulnerable to any new species or loss of habitat. The Lake Alaotra area, where it is found, is already a protected area.