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‘Cecil was symbol of conservation in Zimbabwe’


The Earth Day Network has taken up a campaign to convince the government of Zimbabwe to stop issuing hunting permits that result in thousands of animal deaths each year. One of such permits was issued to hunt vulnerable animals like Cecil. An American dentist, Walter Palmer, paid $55,000 to shoot and kill the 13-year-old vulnerable lion in Zimbabwe. Hunting is ...

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Groups seek inquiry into modern day slavery on Malaysia plantations


Coalition of NGOs calls on the RSPO, Malaysian government and international buyers for an open investigation into The Wall Street Journal’s findings On the heels of a major investigative article from The Wall Street Journal exposing serious human rights and labour abuses in Malaysian grower Felda Global Venture’s plantations, a coalition of civil society groups is calling on the Roundtable for Sustainable ...

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‘Land grabbing prevalent in food insecure countries’

Land grab

The increasing trend of international land grabbing – when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export – can have serious environmental and social consequences. Investors claim that land grabs can help alleviate the world food crisis by tapping into a country’s ‘unused’ agricultural potential, but ...

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UN: Human traffickers are exploiting global crises

Yury Fedotov

In this era of numerous crises and troubles, the UN is commemorating the 2015 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to warn that no place on earth is safe and that everyone should be aware of the problem Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General) Around the world, criminals are selling people for profit. Vulnerable women and girls form the majority of human ...

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Cecil: Poachers slay five endangered elephants in Kenya


While the world mourned Cecil, the 13-year-old lion that was allegedly shot by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, an even more devastating poaching incident was quietly carried out in Kenya. Poachers killed five elephants in Tsavo West National Park on Monday night. The carcasses were recovered by rangers on Tuesday morning – what appeared to be an adult female and her ...

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China to place restrictions on hazardous substances in cars

Xi Jinping

China will prohibit the use of six hazardous substances in passenger vehicles from 1 January 2016. A mandatory standard is being implemented as part of a 10-year national sustainability plan, which includes improving the environmental record of car manufacturers. The standard, GB/T 30512-2014: Requirements for prohibited substances in automobiles, will apply to car parts for passenger cars containing fewer than ...

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Renewable energy scheme to boost Kenya’s power grid

Jay Ireland, president and CEO of GE Africa

Project follows a successful run of more than $2.5 billion worth of booked orders across Africa in the last year General Electric (GE) Africa has announced that it is partnering with Kipeto Energy Limited to build a new wind farm in Kenya’s Kajiado County. GE will be the sole equipment supplier for the 100MW project, some 50 kilometres from the ...

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Too much rain threatening our yield, vegetable farmers lament


The heavy rain in recent time is resulting in flooded farmlands and smallholder vegetable farmers in Ojo area of Lagos have been counting their losses and expressing reservations over the impact of the peculiar weather condition on their source of livelihood, Kayode Aboyeji writes Night is approaching and Lagos housewife, Blessing Aina, prepares dinner for the family. Dinner is vegetable ...

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Photos: Peru launches campaign to promote protected areas


At a press conference on Friday, July 24 2015 in Lima, Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal and the secretary general of the National Service of National Protected Areas (SERNANP) Rodolfo Valcárcel launched the campaign “Unique Places Giving away Unique Experiences”. This aims to promote the Protected Natural Areas of Peru (ANP), in order to boost tourism activity as a conservation ...

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Remote control sterilisation of third-world women upcoming


When Bill Gates, along with Paul Allen, began a little tech venture called “Microsoft” in a garage in 1975, he couldn’t possibly have imagined that the company would grow into the largest personal computer company and most widely used PC operating system on the planet. Or make him the richest man in the known galaxy. But all of that happened, ...

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