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Deadly poaching kingpin surrenders in the Congo

Update: Paul ‘Morgan’ Sadala was reported killed during an attempted escape. Warlord and poaching kingpin Paul ‘Morgan’ Sadala has reportedly surrendered to DR Congo officials. The warlord gave himself up, together with an estimated 40 supporters. Sadala was the man behind the raid on the Okapi Project  2 years ago which saw women and children…
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Can virtual nature replace the real experience?

Results of an interesting study have been released by researchers from Coventry University. It has long been known that getting out into nature can offer a boost to health and well-being. The latest study continues to confirm that a green outlook offers health benefits. The study involved children aged between 9 and 10 undertaking a…
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City wildlife to bear brunt of planning reforms

While planning reforms have to be welcomed in order to get Britain building again there is a glaring gap in ensuring that wildlife is fully protected. Urban wildlife and urban wildlife habitats are clearly to be sacrificed as the government cowers to the rural NIMBY’s.  There a few options for city-dwellers to enjoy a piece…
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Wind turbines stand the test of time

There are many objections to wind turbines from spoiling the views to no effective means of storing energy so requiring double generating capacity to be built. One of the arguments that is bought up has now been dispelled. Wind farm objectors have made claims that the working life of a wind turbine is less than…
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UK government departments join to fight wildlife crime

For the first time two government departments are to join forces in order to help fight wildlife crime. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will join with the Department for International Development (DFID) in funding programme to tackle the trade in wildlife. The campaign will see an extra £10 million devoted to tackling…
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German NGO to help support KWS families

German conservation organisation International Foundation for Nature (NABU) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) which will see an annual grant of 10,000 euros per year for the next 5 years being given to help the families of rangers killed on duty. The MoU was signed and announced yesterday (16th…
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Can roads become power generators?

A new electrical generation system has been developed by Mexican entrepreneurs that could see roads turned into power stations. Using a series of bellows buried beneath the road, passing traffic can force air through a series of pipes to drive a turbine and generate electricity. The system could offer power generation capabilities in cities and…
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UK cities lead Europe on climate preparations

UK cities are substantially more advanced in their planning and preparation for climate change than other European cities according to a newly published study. The study shows that 80% of UK cities have an adaption plan compare with 50% of Finnish cities and 93% of UK cities had mitigation plans as opposed to 43% of…
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China’s CO2 emissions match that of Europe

Latest figures from the University of East Anglia show that China’s CO2 emissions per head of population is no greater than that of Europe at 7 tonnes per person and is under half of the United States emissions at 16 tonnes per person. The figures show that despite China now being the country that emits…
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10km rail bridge proposed over tiger reserve

Two states in India have proposed a new railway line to connect each other and it will include a 10km rail bridge over the Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The two states have seen a big drop in traffic between the regions following the banning of night traffic through the reserve to protect wildlife. Officials and local politicians hope…
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Forest rangers kidnapped as villagers protest in India

Over 300 villagers in Sansarpeta attacked a forest ranger station yesterday after a 62-year-old man was killed by a wild boar.  Buildings and equipment were burned, officials attacked and forest rangers held hostage at the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary in Odisha. Police were called and were able to negotiate the release of the rangers. In the action villagers entered the…
Khamis Kagasheki needs to name and shame

You need to name names to name and shame

Last March Tanzania began a new crack down on poaching. The new drive was partly driven by a threat to its tourism trade and partly driven by the threat of sanctions under CITES. Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Khamis Kagasheki said that people involved in poaching should be ’named and shamed’. Kagasheki needs to follow his own instructions and name…