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Endangered Asian softshell turtles return to the wild in Cambodia

Endangered Asian softshell turtles return to the wild in Cambodia

As part of a community protection programme that began in 2007, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in collaboration with Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration and the Turtle Survival Alliance, has released over 150 endangered Asian giant softshell turtle hatchlings into their natural habitat along the Mekong River, Cambodia. The Asian giant softshell turtle is listed on the IUCN Red List as globally endangered. They were thought extinct in the Cambodian portion of the Mekong River until their re-discovery in 2007 in a…

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Lynx set to return to UK after 1,300 years

Lynx set to return to UK after 1,300 years

After 1,300 years, the lynx could be set to return to British woodlands within months after plans were submitted to reintroduce the species. The Lynx UK Trust has announced it will apply for a trial reintroduction for six lynx into the Kielder forest, Northumberland, following a two-year consultation process with local stakeholders. In the UK, the lynx was hunted to extinction for its fur. The enigmatic cat can grow to 1.5m in length and feeds almost exclusively by ambushing deer. The group chose the…

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The refugee building houses from plastic bottles

The refugee building houses from plastic bottles

Every year, about half a trillion new plastic bottles are produced, and many billions end up in a landfill, the sea or the environment. Although one of the best solutions would be to find an alternative to plastic bottles, which can be used on a wide scale, one man is doing something productive with the plastic problem. Tateh Breica, a Sahrawi refugee living in a camp in Tindouf, Algeria, is building homes for other refugees out of plastic bottles filled…

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Eastern Cougar’s extinction inconclusive

Eastern Cougar’s extinction inconclusive

By Flora McCarthy In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – a U.S. federal agency responsible for wildlife protection – finally declared that the Eastern Cougar was extinct. In fact, after conducting a four-year review, the FWS declared that the species had been extinct since the 1930s (official reports say that the last eastern cougar was killed in 1938 by a hunter in Maine). The cat was removed from the agency’s list of endangered species. The eastern cougar…

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Whale with 30 plastic bags inside stomach unveils our shame

Whale with 30 plastic bags inside stomach unveils our shame

“It was too tired to swim. It was trying to find a place for his final rest. He came here to die.” The Cuvier’s beaked whale was found stranded in shallow waters off the island of Sotra, Norway. The local residents, personnel from the fire department and the Department of Wildlife Conservation repeatedly attempted to herd or tow the animal back into the deep. However, three times the whale swam back into the shallow cove. When it returned for a third…

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London buses fuelled by coffee beans

London buses fuelled by coffee beans

In London, the need for cleaner air is vital – the compact road network coupled with high buildings make it one of the most polluted places in the UK. Arthur Kay, the owner of a company called Bio-bean, has found an ingenious way to help tackle this issue. Bio-bean operates by collecting coffee waste from high street coffee chains such as Costa and converting this waste into liquid fuel. A waste management company collects the grounds on Bio-bean’s behalf, charging…

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Australian government should do more for Great Barrier Reef

Australian government should do more for Great Barrier Reef

The Australian government needs to do more to help conserve one of the world’s most special natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Unesco has expressed “serious concern” about the impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef and warned Australia it will not meet the targets of the Reef 2050 plan without considerable work to improve water quality. The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan provides an overarching strategy for management of the Great Barrier Reef. According to the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy,…

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Top 10 destinations for Ecotourism

Top 10 destinations for Ecotourism

Iceland The land of ice and fire has become a top tourist destination as it lures visitors in with its remote beauty. The country is the cleanest energy consumer in the world being powered by 100% renewable energy (even drilling into a volcano to get its energy). There are numerous volcanoes, hot springs and fjords which you can explore. The Icelandic Tourism Board appreciates and awards the hotels, tourist spots and hostels for adhering to green practices to conserve the…

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US withdrawal from Paris agreement more damaging to US credibility than to climate change?

US withdrawal from Paris agreement more damaging to US credibility than to climate change?

Donald Trump has announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement that almost every country in the world adopted in December 2015. This is not surprising but still terrible news for the principle of collective action to protect our planet. Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement puts the US in the same league as only two other countries – Syria and Nicaragua – that are not participating in the agreement. However, the impact of the withdrawal may be…

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Beijing replaces taxis with electric cars

Beijing replaces taxis with electric cars

Beijing plans to spend $1.3 billion to convert its fleet of 70,000 taxis to electric power. This would give the city a reputation as an electric taxi hub. The electric-taxi mandate would cover all new taxis registered in not just Beijing itself, but the surrounding regions as well. According to a report by National Business Daily, “All newly added or replaced taxis in the city of Beijing will be converted from gasoline to electricity, according to a draft work program…

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