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Stories by John Platt

France faces E.U. lawsuit for failing to protect endangered hamster

How do you save an endangered species when there is no political will to save it? How about a lawsuit?The European Union's (E.U.) executive body, the European Commission (E.C.), has told France that it could face a lawsuit if it doesn't finally take action to protect the last few European hamsters ( Cricetus cricetus ) in the country...

July 7, 2009 — John Platt

Save the giant spitting earthworm

The three-foot long, giant Palouse earthworm has only been seen a few times in the last century, for which many people are probably grateful.

But scary or not, the Palouse earthworm ( Driloleirus americanus ) is critically endangered, and both it and its ecosystem in portions of Idaho and Washington are in danger of being wiped out...

July 1, 2009 — John Platt

Chinese demand threatens Philippine sea cucumbers

Human consumption of several species of sea cucumbers in the Philippines could soon drive them extinction, according to Cesario R. Pagdilao, deputy executive director of the Philippine Council for Aquatic Marine Research and Development...

June 25, 2009 — John Platt

Cyclone pushes several mango species close to extinction

At least three species of mango trees may have been wiped out by a cyclone that hit India last month. The Times of India reports the world's last Batasha mango tree was uprooted by the cyclone known as Aila.Other mango varieties reported to be hard-hit include the Champa and already rare Kohitar...

June 17, 2009 — John Platt

A chimpanzee apocalypse in Tanzania?

Tanzania's chimpanzee population has plummeted by more than 90 percent, from 10,000 a few years ago to just 700 today, according to a report from the Tanzania National Parks Authority.

June 12, 2009 — John Platt

Afghanistan names its first endangered species

For the first time, the government of Afghanistan has banned the hunting, harvesting or trading of 33 species, including the increasingly rare snow leopard ( Panthera uncia ), the paghman salamander ( Paradactylodon mustersi ), goitered gazelle ( Gazella subgutturosa ), and Himalayan elm tree ( Ulmus wallichiana )...

June 9, 2009 — John Platt

Happy Endangered Species Day!

Well folks, today is the fourth annual Endangered Species Day, an event created by act of the U.S. Senate to encourage education about and action to protect the more than 1,300 endangered species in our country...

May 15, 2009 — John Platt
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