extinction - updates

Rappler's latest stories on extinction


Protests disrupt reopening of Paris-Orly airport

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:37 PM

At least 15 climate activists, who slammed the French government's bailing out of the aviation industry, are arrested for 'forbidden entry' and 'damage'

Nations seek biodiversity accord to stave off mass extinction

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'This degradation of nature is unprecedented in the history of mankind,' says IPBES executive secretary Anne Larigauderie

BABIES. The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination rest under a tree at the Ukutula private game conservation center. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Global climate 'rebellion' sees mass arrests and blocked roads

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Extinction Rebellion is demanding governments drastically cut the carbon emissions scientists have shown cause devastating climate change

EXTINCTION REBELLION. Extinction Rebellion activists shout slogans at a gathering in Sydney on October 8, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Global Extinction Rebellion protests begin in Australia

Oct 07, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Thousands are expected to join other events this week in Australia, including a bee die-off enactment, a nude parade, and a funeral procession for the planet

EXTINCTION REBELLION PROTESTS. Extinction Rebellion activists stage a sit-in on a busy inner-city road in Sydney on October 7, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Paris climate activists kick off global Extinction Rebellion protests

Oct 06, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Non-violent protests are chiefly planned by XR from Monday in Europe, North America, Australia, but events are also set to take place in India, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Wellington

'REBELLION.' A yellow vest stands as protestors stay inside the Italie Deux shopping mall in Paris during a demonstration called by the Extinction Rebellion environmental activist movement, on October 5, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Eggs are harvested from Najin, 30, and daughter Fatu, 19, the last two northern white rhinos left on the planet

Najin (foreground), 30, and daughter Fatu, 19, two female northern white rhinos, the last two northern white rhinos left on the planet, graze in their secured paddock on August 23, 2019 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, 147 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. - Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists said in Kenya on August 23. Science is the only hope for the northern white rhino after the death last year of the last male, named Sudan, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where the groundbreaking procedure was carried out August 22, 2019. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

The Extinction Spa

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Hello human marauder. The nature you knew, the one who served you and your ancestors, is now down to her endlings.

Lost world: UN report shows nature at death's door

May 04, 2019 - 5:10 PM

A draft document of a UN report depicts a planet suffering due to overconsumption and pollution

The morning sun rises past buildings and haze over the Jakarta city skyline on August 17, 2018. - Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / AFP)

Nearly 300 arrested at London climate protests

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The protests are organized by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, which was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world's fastest-growing environmental movements

EXTINCTION REBELLION. Protesters stand behind their banner blocking a road near Parliament Square in central London on the second day of an environmental protest by the Extinction Rebellion group on April 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Many sharks closer to extinction than feared – Red List

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:41 AM

Seventeen of 58 species evaluated are classified as facing extinction, says the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation

Bum-biting wombat mating habits could hold key to survival

May 10, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Researchers are tracking their behavior in a bid to improve captive breeding of the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat – one of the world's rarest species

Humanity imperiled by abuse of life-giving Nature – reports

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:24 AM

'This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere,' says an intergovernmental science policy body

Residents collect drift wood and other recyclable materials floating along with garbage washed ashore due to heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Isang on the coast of Manila Bay in Manila on August 22, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodiles

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:05 PM

To save the nearly extinct gharials or fish eating crocodiles conservationists bring together a male and a female hoping they will mate

A 36-year-old female Gharial crocodile is released in the zoo of Bangladesh's northeastern city of Rajshahi o August 13, 2017. Bangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction. A 36-year-old female gharial -- a fish-eating crocodile once native to rivers across the Indian subcontinent -- was brought from a zoo in northeast Bangladesh to the capital Dhaka, where it is hoped she will mate with an older male to repopulate the species.   / AFP PHOTO / -

Extinction by people, for people and eventually, of people

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

So far we humans have done such a sweeping job of causing other species to vanish

'Sixth extinction' of wildlife faster than feared – scientists

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:55 PM

More than 30 of animals with a backbone – fish birds amphibians reptiles and mammals – are declining in both range and population

This November 21, 2015 handout photo provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service(USFWS) shows Wisdom (L), the world's oldest known banded bird in the wild, with her mate on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US FISH NAD WILDLIFE SERVICE / KIAH WALKER

Cheetahs 'sprinting' towards extinction – wildlife study

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:45 PM

A new study estimates that just 7 100 cheetahs remain in the wild occupying just 9 of the territory they once lived in

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 18, 2016 shows a captive cheetah licking her sibling in an enclosure at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, on February 18, 2016. Cheetahs are "sprinting" to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out at the end of December 2016 which called for urgent action to save the world's fastest land animals. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

How do I bury thee: an ode to extinction

Nov 25, 2016 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] Extinction is personal

Indonesian birds face extinction due to pet trade

May 25, 2016 - 4:21 PM

It is illegal to hunt birds in the wild in Indonesia and sell them as pets but critics say the law is often flouted and major bird markets in cities still operate freely

ENDANGERED. An Indonesian police officer holds a water bottle with dead rare Paradisaeidae birds, also known as bird of paradise, put inside for illegal trade. EPA/FULLY HANDOKO

Critically endangered Sumatran rhino dies weeks after landmark discovery

Apr 06, 2016 - 10:55 AM

This is a very valuable lesson that shows saving a rhino can be very difficult and needs the support of experts

ENDANGERED. This photo show a file photo of a Sumatran rhino, previously believed to be extinct. Photo by AFP

Sixth mass extinction is here, US study says

Jun 20, 2015 - 11:44 AM

Humans are likely to be among the species lost says a study published in the journal Science Advances

 A study says the planet has been losing species at a rate comparable to the plight of dinosaurs 66 million years ago. File photo of dinosaur fossils by Jaroslav Moravcik/Shutterstock

10 animals threatened by climate change

Jun 05, 2015 - 8:47 AM

On World Environment Day meet 10 animals your grandkids will likely never set eyes on if humanity does nothing to curb climate change

Elephants, rhinos and tigers once lived in the Philippines

Mar 16, 2015 - 8:02 AM

Extinction? It’s a natural phenomenon – but today s extinction rates are anything but natural How can we stop the spiral of extinction?

The Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis) is one of Earth’s most endangered species. In 1969, less than 100 heads were left. Due to strong conservation efforts, the population has recovered to 382 as of 2014. Image courtesy Gregg Yan / TAMS-2

Earth's 6th mass extinction imminent – report

Jul 29, 2014 - 8:30 PM

Human activity is to blame based on a review by an international team of scientists

A picture made available on 20 June 2014 shows an elephant dust baths at sunrise at the Tsavo wildlife lodge in Voi, Kenya, 19 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/EPA

'Apes' swing to top of North American box office

Jul 15, 2014 - 10:23 AM

Transformers: Age of Extinction lands in second place

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Review: Mind-numbing case of déjà vu

Jun 26, 2014 - 5:46 PM

Anything special? Reviewer Zig Marasigan says you can expect more of the same

Planet of the dying apes: experts sound alarm over shrinking habitats

Jun 26, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Experts predict that at the current rate human development will have impacted 90 of the apes habitat in Africa and 99 in Asia by 2030

Movies playing this week: 'Transformers,' 'Karisma'

Jun 25, 2014 - 12:53 PM

Two movies two different genres

'Transformers' set faces second extortion attempt

Oct 25, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Police sped to the scene and arrested a 35 year old male while 3 others are being sought for blackmail

EXTORTION. Bay's crew faces a second extortion attempt in one week. AFP file photo.

'Transformers' director attacked in Hong Kong

Oct 18, 2013 - 2:54 PM

Attacker wields air conditioner in bizarre scuffle that Michael Bay likens to zombie attack from Brad Pitt movie

FRACAS. Bay in Singapore, in this 2011 AFP file photo. Filming in Hong Kong has been marred by an encounter

WebHits: Forever Wild, YouTube Interventions

Aug 01, 2013 - 8:29 AM

Forever Wild re uploads popular YouTube videos and inserts facts about rhino poaching

Effort to revive Galapagos tortoises once thought extinct

Jun 25, 2013 - 1:14 PM

A team of scientists is eyeing something of reverse natural selection: bringing back to life animals technically considered to have died out

GENTLE GIANT A Galapagos giant turtle (Geochelone nigra) remains in the shore of a small artificial lake, in San Cristobal island, Galapagos Archipelago, on September 1, 2009. Photo by AFP/Pablo Cozzaglio

Reverse extinction: should we redo the dodo?

Apr 22, 2013 - 3:57 PM

Some experts believe that by harnessing DNA the first extinct species could be revived within years But should we?

Great white shark 'protected' status questioned

Jul 15, 2012 - 1:21 PM

A surfer was bitten in half on July 14 the fifth death this year on Australia s west coast