Feeds

Iberian lynx offered motorway reprieve

300km highway plan binned

SANS - Survey on application security programs

The Spanish authorities have binned a plan to drive a 300km motorway south from Toldeo to Cordoba because the highway would have threatened the endangered Iberian lynx, Reuters reports.

The planned route would have sliced through several protected areas, including the Sierra Morena mountains, where some of the last 250 to 350 Iberian lynxes are struggling for survival. Ecologists said the new tarmac would wedge the populations between two main roads, "killing any chance of the animals spreading to new areas and recovering numbers".

Spain's environment ministry agreed, adding that the project would also have menaced other species including the the imperial eagle, Iberian wolf, and black stork.

Theo Oberhuber of Spanish environmentalist group Ecologists in Action summed up the announcement succinctly with: "This is excellent news."

The Iberian lynx's predicament is indeed dire. According to IberiaNature, just 100 "viable adults" remain in the wild. The principal reason for its decline appears to be the "decimation" of its favourite prey, the rabbit, by myxomatosis and Viral Hemorrhagic Disease of Rabbits (VHD). Hunting and destruction of habitat have also contributed added to the lnyx's woes. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey
Science no match for religion, politics, business interests
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane
Our Vulture 2 livery is wrapped, and it's les noix du mutt
Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS
SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window
STEALTHY NANOROBOTS dress up as viruses, prepare to sneak into YOUR BODY
Cloaking techniques nicked from viruses tackle roadblocks on way to medical frontier
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.