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Myanmar’s rosewoods in crisis as Chinese imports rise 6 fold in 3 years

Myanmar’s precious rosewood tree species are heading for imminent commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar rosewood furniture boom. The illegal trade in rosewood species is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire for the high-end Ming and Qing dynasty reproduction furniture collectively known as ‘hongmu’. In the briefing…
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Wildlife ranger released from death sentence and freed

A wildlife ranger who shot and killed a suspected poacher has had his death sentenced quashed by the Supreme Court in Zimbabwe. He was sentenced to be hanged in public on September 17th last year. The Supreme Court ruled there was no case to prosecute. Maxwell Bowa was part of a team of wildlife rangers…
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Disruptive policies needed to provide homes for people

Looking back at the track record of Labour’s 13 years in power and their abysmal ability to build sufficient homes (was it just incompetence or Gordon Brown’s desire to push up house prices?) it would be difficult to conceive that any other government could be as bad as Labour at ensuring enough houses were built…
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New initiative to protect Africa’s forests

A new multi-national initiative has been launched at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to try and protect what remains of east African forests and combat an illegal timber trade thought to be worth up to US$100 billion a year. The new action will involve Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda working together with Interpol and various UN…
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Chinese business commits to saying no to wildlife gifts

A new guide has been launched by TRAFFIC in China with the backing of 30 top influential business people to encourage businesses to stop using wildlife products as gifts. Despite being a relatively new phenomena the gifting of wildlife products plays a major role in wildlife crime in China. The new guide called  “Good for business,…
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KWS Ranger killed by poachers

A Kenya Wildlife Service ranger was killed on Monday after being caught in an ambush by poachers. The ranger was part of a team protecting rhinos at the Ol Jorgi Ranch in Laikipia North  The ranger team was involved in a gun fight with a poaching gang outside the park when they were also attacked…
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Two environmental activists murdered each week

A new report published today by Global Witness states that in the last 10 years 908 environmental activists have been killed and over the last 4 years the killings have averaged at 2 a week. At the same time only 10 of the killers have been caught and prosecuted. The report, Deadly Environment, has been published…
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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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US Marines head to Chad in war on poachers

The United States is set to boost its fight against the poachers by deploying a unit of marines to Chad. The team of solders and sailors will be training Chad wildlife rangers in combat techniques for when they are in the field and come into contact with intruders. The team of US Marines will be…
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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…