Government advisory body calls for complete ban on animals in circuses

News outlets in India report a government advisory body has pitched for a complete ban on animals in circuses and suitable changes in legislation, saying the existing regulations are “unworkable” and ineffective in ending the “institutionalized cruelty” to animals. The chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) wrote to the Ministry of Environment … Continue reading Government advisory body calls for complete ban on animals in circuses

700 species are negatively impacted by climate change

A new study has found that nearly half (47%) of the mammals and nearly a quarter (24.4%) of the birds on the IUCN Red List of threatened species are negatively impacted by climate change: a total of about 700 species. Previous assessments had said only 7% of listed mammals and 4% of birds were impacted. … Continue reading 700 species are negatively impacted by climate change

Many species will not be able to adapt fast enough to survive climate change

BBC News reported on a new study of more than 50 plants and animals that suggest their ability to adapt to changes in rainfall and temperature will be vastly outpaced by future climate change. “Rates of change in climatic niches in plant and animal populations are much slower than projected climate change,” published in the … Continue reading Many species will not be able to adapt fast enough to survive climate change