New wildlife parks in Gabon
September 30, 2002
Conservationists are calling it a major victory for Africa's wildlife.
The world heard about it earlier this month, at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Gabon's president, Omar Bongo, announced his government's decision to create a new national park system protecting some of the most critically important rain forest habitats in central Africa's Congo basin.
Fin market threatens sharks
August 20, 2002
The Whale Shark is the world's largest fish -- not an aggressive monster, but a gentle, slow-moving plankton-feeder that can reach more than 40 feet in length and weigh over 15 tons.
But the giant creature is easily caught by fishermen who supply the market for shark fins, used to make an expensive Chinese soup.
Debt canceled to preserve Peru rainforests
July 16, 2002
There's new protection for some of the richest rainforests on Earth, thanks to a new agreement between Peru and the United States.
The agreement, called a "debt-for-nature swap," was signed in Washington, D.C., last month by Allan Wagner, Peru's ambassador to the United States, and John B. Taylor, Treasury Department undersecretary for international affairs.
Texas oil a slippery issue in Costa Rica vote
February 1, 2002
National elections in Costa Rica take place Sunday and one of hottest issues is drilling of the country's Caribbean coast.
Texas-based Harken Energy Corp. has already carried out seismic testing and now wants to explore further by drilling in its offshore holdings.
U.N. mulls embargo on Liberian timber
January 13, 2002
The president of Liberia has been accused of using the timber resources of his West African nation for his personal profit, and to support rebels in nearby Sierra Leone.
In Liberia, raw timber is replacing diamonds as a source of finance for civil conflict, according to a panel of experts reporting to the United Nations' Security Council.
Group champions 'living landscapes'
January 12, 2002
There's a major new conservation project in place, intended to find more effective ways to protect some of the planet's most important wild landscapes.
They include Ndoki-Likouala in the Republic of Congo, the greater Yellowstone area in the United States and Mamiraua-Amana in Brazil.
More stories from Gary Strieker
- African mountain gorillas stage unlikely comeback - December 30, 2001
- Farm helps save South America's largest monkey - December 30, 2001
- Saving the planet after September 11 - October 8, 2001
- Gazelle revival in Iran leaves farmers all wet - July 10, 2001
- Trade limits mulled for scarce Caspian Sea caviar - June 25, 2001
- Chinese medicine proves deadly for Japanese bears - April 30, 2001
- Japan embroiled in timber import predicament - April 18, 2001
- Tortoiseshell ban threatens Japanese tradition - April 10, 2001
- Japan hopes to extend limited ivory imports - April 2, 2001
- Japan finds whaling moratorium unappetizing - March 28, 2001
- Besides Amazon, another Brazilian jewel faces peril - March 5, 2001
- Endangered jaguars blamed for cattle losses in Brazil - January 16, 2001
- Riding herd on development in famed Brazilian wetlands - January 8, 2001
- Wolf cull dilemma for Russia - December 18, 2000
- Amazonian alligator bounces back from the brink - November 16, 2000
- Threatened Russian tigers battle the odds - October 6, 2000
- Russia returns native people to ancestral lands - September 19, 2000
- Giant Philippine eagle perched on edge of extinction - August 14, 2000
- Loggers threaten last stronghold of Philippine biodiversity - May 31, 2000
- Summit laws unable to protect most endangered species - May 11, 2000
- Analysis: The debate over drilling in America's wildest refuge - July 4, 2000
- Whales win, sharks lose at endangered species summit - April 28, 2000
- Mexican reserve attempts to balance wildlife, human survival - April 12, 2000
- Scientists plumb life beneath the Amazon - April 6. 2000
- Amid rampant logging, a ray of hope in African rainforest - February 16, 2000
- Rainforest people go from eating to protecting rare turtle - January 28, 2000
- Papua New Guinea's battle for environmental survival - January 20, 2000
- Rainforest tribe takes battle with developers to court - November 24, 1999
- Authorities turn blind eye to Borneo forest looting - November 11, 1999
- Plundering Indonesia's forests - November 9, 1999
- Logging threatens Indonesia's largest protected forest - November 5, 1999
- Central Africa's secretive forest elephants - August 26, 1999
- African chimpanzees provide clues to AIDS researchers - August 19, 1999
- Growing demand for 'bushmeat' threatens great apes - August 12, 1999
- Africa takes tentative steps toward protecting rainforests - August 6, 1999
- Controversy looms over logging plan in Chile - July 14, 1999
- Argentina eager to rid island of beavers - July 9, 1999
- Alaska wolf hunting bill touches nerve - April 30, 1999
- Argentine parrots: pests or 'spectacular species'? - March 18, 1999
- Saving an endangered 'pest' - March 11, 1999
- Indonesian orangutans cling to shrinking habitat - March 4, 1999
- Scientists try to boost Argentina's penguin population - February 26, 1999