Archive | August 2017

Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

The Christophe de Margerie

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A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic.

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Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining

Trees tree-tops in the Amazon rainforest in the Amazon basin, Brazil, June 2012 Getty images

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Brazil’s government has abolished a vast national reserve in the Amazon to open up the area to mining.

“Rhino-Horn Auction by World’s Biggest Breeder to Go Ahead”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-21/rhino-horn-auction-by-world-s-biggest-breeder-to-go-ahead

An auction of rhino horns from the stockpiles of the world’s biggest private breeder will go ahead Monday after a South African court ordered that the government release permits for them.

“Dam it! How beavers could save Britain from flooding”

Have kit, will travel … Supporters say beaver power could be employed on river headwaters to protect Britain’s built-upon floodplains.

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Since their trial reintroduction in Devon, the animal’s engineering skills have reduced floodwater and created a paradise for local wildlife. Should we bring them back for good?

“UK named as world’s largest legal ivory exporter”

Last month two tonnes of ivory were crushed in Central Park in New York, in a display jointly organised by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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The new trade analysis, which is being released ahead of World Elephant Day on Saturday, will embarrass the government, after a call by Boris Johnson for “an all out ban” on ivory exports last month.

“Chimps may hold the secret to understanding psychopaths”

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Psychopaths, characterised for their superficial charm, inhibition and callousness, have been studied extensively over the years. Now, a group of researchers are turning to our closest animal relatives for clues surrounding the personality disorder.

“Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse Disorder”

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-01/good-news-for-bees-as-numbers-recover-while-mystery-malady-wanes

The number of U.S. honeybees, a critical component in the agriculture industry, rose in 2017 from a year earlier, and deaths of the insects attributed to a mysterious malady that’s affected hives in North America and Europe declined, according a U.S. Department of Agriculture honeybee health survey released Tuesday.