The value of the black market industry behind crimes such as ivory smuggling, illegal logging and toxic waste dumping has jumped by 26% since 2014 to between $91bn (£62bn) and $258bn, according to an assessment by the UN and Interpol.
A concerted effort to end slavery around the world is a big investment, but one that can have a huge global impact. Enforcement of the anti-slavery laws that are on the books in every country would immediately diminish CO2 emissions and species loss. In developing countries ending slavery can stimulate the economy, ward off the threat of rising sea levels or destructive deforestation, and preserve endangered species. Freed slaves can also be paid to replant the forests they were forced to cut. This would not only help to rehabilitate the land, but it would also help to give work and a wage to some of the people who need this most in the world.
Animals and plants are increasingly being ‘translocated’ from their native areas to survive effects of climate change, poaching and habitat loss, says top conservationist.
More than 1,000 species have had to be relocated because of climate change, poaching and humans taking their habitat, according to a top conservationist.
Volunteers will tackle the country’s worst litter sites in March in what is being billed as the largest ever clean-up of the British environment ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday in June.
With the UK’s European Parliament election to be held on Thursday 22 May, the environmental charity WWF has asked the five leading political parties what a vote for them would mean for the environment.
Seems like every one has a plan but would they actually see it through?
new radio show will be take on uncharted territory for call-in talk shows this week when ZNS launches ‘Voice of the Bays: The Environment Speaks’ Thursday, February 6 at 3 pm with three hosts who plan to touch on everything from the undersea world to responsible development.
The show features the familiar voices of environmentalists Joseph Darville, Save The Bays Director of Education, Gail Woon, founder of EARTHCARE Bahamas, and Nikie Severe, Youth Environmental Ambassadors. Its airing, said Darville, is made possible through a grant from Save The Bays, the people’s environmental movement sweeping the nation, while other sponsors will come on board as the show gains popularity, he believes.
A “live fast, die young” life history strategy could have been a key factor behind today’s high tree diversity in the Amazon, scientists have suggested.
The researchers hope the findings will shed light on why some groups of trees in the biodiversity hotspot contain hundreds of species.
An estimated 16,000 tree species – about 30% of the recorded total worldwide – are found in the Amazon.
I wonder if this is something I’ll be looking at on my trip.
In Iceland, scientists have just completed a successful experiment in harnessing energy directly from a volcano.
It would be interesting to see how cost-effective this form of renewable energy is compared to others. Would energy companies get a higher or lower profit?