Notes from a rare planet: Asian cheetahs racing toward extinction (about 100 left)

Cheetah

Asian cheetahs racing toward extinction

  • “Iran’s remaining cheetahs are threatened by overhunting of their prey by humans, habitat degradation and poaching.”
  • “All cheetahs remain threatened by habitat loss and the illegal wildlife trade. Last month, a cheetah escaped from its captors in the United Arab Emirates city of Sharjah, where it panicked worshippers at a local mosque before it was caught and placed in a wildlife sanctuary.”

Chimps in Bossou, Guinea, have learned to deactivate traps that can cause injury or even death

  • “Snares set out by human hunters can injure or kill chimpanzees, but some can now deactivate the devices.”
  • “It is possible that the skill has been passed down through various generations there.”
  • “Improved education and organized farming of animals otherwise caught as bush meat may help to decrease use of snares in Africa.”

Most Himalayan Glaciers May Be Retreating, But Half of Western Ones Are Advancing

  • “Overall in the Himalayas, the glaciers are retreating…Our study shows there is no uniform response of Himalayan glaciers to climate change and highlights the importance of debris cover.”

New Water Resource Tool Maps Ground Permeability Worldwide

Cocaine production killing Columbia’s rainforests

  • “Colombia is the world’s second largest producer of coca, the raw material for cocaine, after Peru. It also suffers from deforestation; in southern Colombia, for instance, which includes both the northern Andes and parts of the Chocó forest, forest cover fell from 82% to 78% between 2002 and 2007.”