More than 50 polar bears have gathered on the edge of a village in Russia’s far north, environmentalists and residents say, as weak Arctic ice leaves them unable to roam. The Russian branch of the World Wildlife Fund said climate change was to blame, as unusually warm temperatures prevented coastal ice from forming.
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We visited the only caviar farm in the United States legally allowed to breed beluga sturgeon. Russian immigrant Mark Zaslavsky brought live beluga into the country in 2003, just before the US government banned imports of the species in 2005.
Beluga sturgeon are native to the Caspian Sea, and are classified as critically endangered by the World Wildlife Fund.
The farm breeds five different types of sturgeon, some of which don’t take as long to mature as beluga, which allows the company to harvest their eggs for caviar and take them them to market.
Zaslavsky has pledged, as part of his agreement with the US government, to donate fertilized beluga eggs in the hopes that they will eventually strengthen the population of beluga in the wild.
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The ferocious polar bear appeared right in front of our reporters as they filmed a documentary with the World Wildlife Fund. Guys tried to fend off the animal as it stood just meters away, making loud noises and banging a spear against the rocks. The tactic seemed to work, as the bear left after a brief but intense standoff.
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Peru looks to conserve the Amazon jungle and create sustainable development within the communities like those in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, where jobs like harvesting aguaje fruit can boost local economies, launching the Natural Heritage of Peru initiative. NGOs like the World Wildlife Fund and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have contributed 70 million dollars to the initiative, which the government has promised to match over the next 10 years.
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Brazil is the fourth biggest producer of plastic rubbish in the world, according to a recent report published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), but the Latin American country recycles just 1.28 percent of the 11.4 million tonnes it generates every year, which the WWF said was well below the global average of nine percent.
Once a common sight in the skies of Pakistan, today the white-backed vulture is facing extinction — its population devastated by the use of industrial drugs to breed the cattle whose carcasses they traditionally feed on. Pakistan’s Vulture Restoration Project in Changa Manga and local branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are desperately attempting to ensure the species does not die out.
Drones zipping over the Amazon could boost conservation as the World Wildlife Fund experiments with a new project to bring technology to people on the ground.
Scientists have discovered 381 new species in the Amazon rainforest in two years, mostly in areas threatened by human activity, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced in a study just released.