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Worst for Wildlife: Vietnam

New WWF report ranks China second, Laos third

(Newser) - Rhinos, tigers, and elephants don't fare so well in Vietnam: The Asian country is the worst when it comes to wildlife crime, says the WWF in its first report on the matter. Rhinos are in danger there because citizens believe the horns have medicinal value; legalized tiger farms also... More »

Poachers Kill Vietnam's Last Rhino

Javan rhino moves closer to extinction

(Newser) - And then there were none. The World Wildlife Fund says poachers have killed Vietnam's last Javan rhinoceros, reports the AP . There were at least two rhinos in a national park in Vietnam as of 2004, the WWF says, and for the last few years they knew of one, but... More »

'Macho Man' Randy Savage Killed in Car Accident

WWF wrestler has heart attack while driving

(Newser) - "Macho Man" Randy Savage, the WWF wrestler and Slim Jim spokesman, has died in a Tampa car accident, TMZ reports. The 58-year-old had a heart attack while driving, said his brother. The Jeep sped through oncoming traffic and struck a tree head-on, highway officials said. Savage died in the... More »

6 WWF Volunteers Abducted From Indian Tiger Reserve

Kidnapping carried out by heavily armed group

(Newser) - Six volunteers for the World Wildlife Foundation were abducted yesterday as they counted the tiger population at a preserve in northeast India, the AP reports. The kidnapping was carried out by a heavily armed and organized group, but no one has yet claimed responsibility, though the area is home to... More »

New Proposals Boost Hopes of Copenhagen Deal

Negotiators appear ready to extend, build on Kyoto protocol

(Newser) - New draft proposals at the Copenhagen summit have renewed optimism that negotiators will find consensus on a substantial deal. One plan would renew and extend the Kyoto protocol—this time, presumably, with a US endorsement—which is set to expire in 2012. Another draft proposal, framed as a "Kyoto... More »

5 Years Until Climate Disaster, Warns WWF

Checking global warming requires 'green revolution'

(Newser) - Disastrous climate change is inevitable unless the world begins cutting carbon emissions within the next five years, the World Wildlife Fund warns in a new report. Ahead of December's clutch Copenhagen summit, meant to forge a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the fund repeats that global temperature rises could stay... More »

Ice Melt Imperils Baby Seals

Climate change does a number on Baltic population

(Newser) - They’re cute, they’re endangered, and they’re some of global warming’s first casualties. Baby seals throughout the Baltic Sea are dying, Der Spiegel reports, as rising temperatures melt the protective dens they rely on to survive. “The situation is dramatic,” said one environmental activist. “... More »

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