New lizard species discovered in Vietnamese restaurant – conservation links for Nov 9, 2010

New Self-Cloning Lizard Found in Vietnam Restaurant National Geographic
You could call it the surprise du jour: A popular food on Vietnamese menus has turned out to be a lizard previously unknown to science, scientists say. What’s more, the newfound Leiolepis ngovantrii is no run-of-the-mill reptile—the all-female species reproduces via cloning, without the need for male lizards.

Natural History Museum expedition could be “disaster” for indigenous people The Telegraph
The Natural History Museum has been warned that a forthcoming trip to find hundreds of new species in the remote forests of Paraguay could risk the lives of indigenous people.

Before Cancún, business sets the pace The Guardian
In board rooms across the world, companies are making decisions ahead of the politicians.

Few companies meet carbon reporting norms The Independent
Most British businesses fail to comply with government guidance on reporting their carbon footprints, a Deloitte survey of 100 listed firms reveals.

REDD+ progress in RI ‘could spark new deal in Cancun’ Jakarta Post
The example set by Norway and Indonesia in tackling climate change through REDD+ could help encourage significant progress at the Cancun in Mexico, climate talks this year, the visiting Norwegian foreign minister says.

Biofuel worse for climate than fossil fuel: study Scientific American
European plans to promote biofuels will drive farmers to convert 69,000 square km of wild land into fields and plantations, depriving the poor of food and accelerating climate change, a report warned on Monday.

Whale mass strandings linked to hearing loss New Scientist
In “one of the biggest mass deaths of cetaceans in Irish history” at least 33 whales have beached themselves on the north-west coast of County Donegal.

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