Wildlife

locust march 16 2021

Immature locust swarms decline but still persisting in Kenya and Ethiopia

Immature swarms continue to decline in Kenya and Ethiopia due to the ongoing control operations, according to an update by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. However, swarms are persisting in the absence of rainfall....

March 17, 2021

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Mysterious dolphin and whale strandings reach record high in Ireland

Ireland is facing a mysterious spate of dolphin and whale strandings as the numbers reach record high again. The number of strandings during the winter period in the country has increased significantly since 2011. In 2019, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG)...

March 09, 2021

locust ethiopia march 3 2021

Locust plague persists in Ethiopia, threatening crops and livelihood

Crops and livelihoods in Ethiopia are at high risk as locust plague persists in the country, with the highest number of swarms reported in the northern and central region. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), immature swarms are currently...

March 03, 2021

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Somalia declares state of emergency over new locust invasion, infestation persists in Saudi Arabia

Somalia has announced a state of emergency on Wednesday, February 4, 2021, as the nation battles a new generation of desert locust swarms that have already caused major damage to farmlands. Meanwhile, infestations are ongoing in Saudi Arabia, posing risks that any...

February 05, 2021

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Massive locust swarms attack Saudi Arabia, bigger invasion ongoing in the Horn of Africa

Massive locust swarms have invaded Saudi Arabia while a bigger and deadlier attack is ongoing in the Horn of Africa, which is set to descend on large parts of Ethiopia and Kenya, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Sunday, January 24, 2021. In...

January 25, 2021

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More than 120 whales perish in mass stranding on Chatham Islands, New Zealand

A mass stranding on the Chatham Islands in New Zealand has resulted in the deaths of over 120 whales-- 26 of which had to be euthanized, according to the Department of Conservation (DoC), which said it was notified of the event on Sunday, November 22, 2020. On...

November 25, 2020

locust africa oct 30 2020

New locust outbreak hits Southern Africa, 45 million people at risk of food shortage

A new locust outbreak has been reported in parts of Southern Africa in October 2020, threatening wide swaths of crops and grasslands. Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, and Angola have been affected so far, and according to the Southern African...

November 04, 2020

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Nearly 400 pilot whales dead in Australia's worst mass stranding on record

Almost 400 whales have died in Tasmania in what is believed to be Australia's worst stranding on record. Earlier this week, hundreds of long-finned whales have been found beached on the island state's west coast. Officials said rescue operations will...

September 25, 2020

bird death west us sept 24 2020

Massive bird die-off in Western U.S. linked to cold blast

Researchers at the University of New Mexico have found that the mysterious deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of migratory birds in the Western U.S. were primarily caused by a cold blast that killed off edible insects and induced hypothermia. Around...

September 24, 2020

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Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds dead in one of the Southwest's largest bird die-offs on record, U.S.

Mystery ensues across New Mexico as hundreds of thousands of migratory birds have been found dead across the state in one of the Southwest's largest bird die-offs in recent memory. Scientists are examining the reason behind the alarming event, looking at...

September 16, 2020

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Study finds herbivores at highest risk of extinction

A new study by Utah State University (USU) suggests that modern megaherbivores-- plant-eaters that weigh more than 1 000 kg (2 200 lbs)-- have the highest risk of going extinct among mammals, birds, and reptiles, just like what happened to their prehistoric...

August 06, 2020

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Bee population decline threatens major crop yields in U.S and global food security

Crop yields for major crops such as apples, blueberries, and cherries across the U.S. are being limited by a lack of pollinators due to the decline of the wild bee population, according to new research, which was the most comprehensive study of its kind. Researchers...

July 30, 2020

locust italy july 21 2020

Locust plague spreads to Europe as Sardinia sees worst attack in 70 years, Italy

After ravaging countries in Africa, the Middle East, and India, swarms of locust have now made their way to Europe as the Italian region of Sardinia recently saw its worst attack in 70 years. Around 30 000 ha (74 000 acres) of crops have been affected in Nuoro City...

July 22, 2020

locust plague june 25 2020

25 million people may go hungry as locust plague continues in East Africa, Middle East and India

Massive swarms of locust continue to devastate huge swaths of East Africa, the Middle East, and India since January, threatening food supplies for millions. In a worst-case scenario, 5 million more people may go hungry due to the outbreak -- that's on top of the...

June 25, 2020

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U.S. beekeepers report 43.9 percent of honeybee colonies losses

Beekeepers across the U.S. lost 43.9 percent of honeybee colonies between April 2019 and April 2020, with the majority of the losses recorded during the summertime, according to the preliminary results of the 14th yearly nationwide survey conducted by Bee Informed...

June 23, 2020

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Nearly 1 million pigs culled amid 'worst ever' swine fever outbreak in Nigeria

Farmers are estimating that up to one million pigs had been culled as Nigeria deals with an outbreak of African swine fever, which they describe as the worst and largest ever. The African Swine Flu (ASF) began around Lagos and parts of neighboring Ogun earlier this...

June 20, 2020

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Natural disaster declared after deaths of more than 50 million bees, Croatia

More than 50 million bees were found dead last week in Međimurje County, Croatia, prompting officials to declare a natural disaster on Monday, June 15, 2020. On June 9, millions of dead bees were seen blanketing the ground in an area between Podturn and Gardinovac,...

June 17, 2020