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Bird Diversity Helps Protect Humans From West Nile Virus

Article: Bird Diversity Helps Protect Humans From West Nile Virus

CAMBRIDGE, England, February 19, 2009 (ENS) – North American scientists studying West Nile virus have shown that more diverse bird populations can help to buffer people against infection. Since the virus first spread to North America it has reached epidemic proportions and claimed over 1,100 human lives. “This is an important example of the links…

Sugar for Biofuel to Displace Kenya's Tana Delta Wildlife

Article: Sugar for Biofuel to Displace Kenya's Tana Delta Wildlife

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 26, 2008 (ENS) – Kenya’s Tana River Delta, inhabited by 350 species of birds, lions, elephants, rare sharks and reptiles, is about to be converted to sugar cane production over the objections of conservationists and local communities. Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority, NEMA, has approved a proposal by the Mumias Sugar Company,…

Warmer Climate Hurting Birds New IUCN Red List Shows

Article: Warmer Climate Hurting Birds New IUCN Red List Shows

BONN, Germany, May 20, 2008 (ENS) – One in eight of the world’s bird species are at risk of extinction, and climate change is accelerating many of the factors that puts these birds at risk, according to the newly published 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species of birds. The list was presented Monday as…

Human Thirst for Palm Oil Wipes Out Rare Forest Birds

Article: Human Thirst for Palm Oil Wipes Out Rare Forest Birds

LONDON, UK, January 11, 2008 (ENS) – Many more bird species are threatened with extinction than previously feared, according to analyses of satellite images that reveal for the first time the extent of deforestation occurring on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. The island is a stronghold for a number of birds found…