UN launches campaign to reduce marine litter

Last month, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched a global campaign to eliminate two major types of marine litter by 2022: microplastics commonly used in cosmetics and single-use plastic items such as plastic bags. According to a report released last year by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, more than 8 million tons of plastic enter … Read more

Asian circus shows surge in great apes, trafficking

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are closing after 146 years, citing declining ticket sales . Growing antipathy among Americans to circus shows that treat animals inappropriately or inhumanely is contributing to declining sales, says People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Primatologist Julia Galluci said. However, in certain parts of Asia, where circuses and … Read more

Lost & Found: The story of rediscovered species

If that were true, the world would have lost a truly wonderful seed. The largest member of the squirrel family, the woolly flying squirrel stands two feet tall and sports a bushy two-foot tail. Despite their size, they are very adept at using gliding covers to navigate their habitat in high-altitude coniferous forests effectively. They are known to … Read more

Jackie Chan participates in endangered pangolin conservation activities

Action superstar Jackie Chan has joined the fight against poaching of the world’s most trafficked mammal, the pangolin (or scale anteater). In the video “Kung Fu Pangolin,” released by conservation groups WildAid and The Nature Conservancy, Jackie Chan tells the story of how a pangolin was killed by poachers. He teaches kung fu to protect … Read more