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Chile creates five national parks over 10m acres in historic act of conservation

President Bachelet signs unprecedented measure into law after founder of Patagonia firm donates 1m acres of private land Chile creates five national parks over 10m acres in historic act of conservation Ex-CEO of Patagonia firm donates 1m acres of private land President Bachelet signs unprecedented measure into law Jonathan Franklin in Valle Chacabuco @FranklinBlog First published on Mon 29 Jan 2018 13.37EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp The parks will preserve vast tracts of Patagonia, and were signed into law on Monday by Chiles president Michelle…

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Too right it’s Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet | George Monbiot

Growth must go on and its destroying the Earth. But theres no way of greening it. So we need a new system, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot Everyone wants everything how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of the planet that sustains us. Climate breakdown, soil loss, the collapse of habitats and species, the sea of plastic, million plastic bottles…

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Rare white giraffes sighted in Kenya conservation area

A pair of giraffes with leucism, a condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells, have been filmed by conservationists for the first time A pair of rare white giraffes have been spotted in Kenya, to the delight of local residents and conservationists. The reticulated giraffes, a mother and child, suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits pigmentation in skin cells. Unlike albinism, animals with leucism continue to produce dark pigment in their soft tissue, which explains the white giraffes dark eyes and other colouring. After local residents tipped…

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Tanzania’s ghost safari: how western aid contributed to the decline of a wildlife haven

International projects helped turn a rich and fertile Tanzanian valley into vast tracts of farmland, teak forests and sugar plantations The long road from Dar es Salaam brings you through sparsely wooded hills and fields to the narrow northern neck of the Kilombero valley. Theres a bend in the road, then the land opens out, suddenly, in front of you. Along the west side lie the steep-faced Udzungwa mountains, one of the last pristine rainforests in Tanzania. The Kilombero river runs through the red soils of the valley, flooding in…

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New Zealand’s possum war: ‘barbaric’ drowning of babies at school fair sparks outcry

Rights group says widespread practice to kill pest species is desensitising children to acts of violence An animal rights group is calling for an end to New Zealands barbaric war on possums after joeys were drowned in a bucket of water at a school fundraiser. It said children were becoming desensitised to violence as a result of the method of killing an animal that is considered a pest in New Zealand. It was clearly inhumane, it was appalling that children were witnessing this violence, said Jasmijn de Boo, chief executive…

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Tooth and claw: protective mother bear cuts off Dracula’s castle

Brown bear protecting three cubs closes Poenari Castle used by Romanias Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century While Draculas legend usually fails to scare tourists away from the blood-sucking vampires 15th century castle, a large, furry and protective mother bear has had more success. Romanian authorities have declared Poenari castle off limits after visitors climbing the 1,480 steps up to the ruins had close shaves with the animal and her three cubs. The environment ministry has given us the green light for the four bears to be captured and…

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Wild Amazon faces destruction as Brazils farmers and loggers target national park

The Sierra Ricardo Franco park was meant to be a conservation area protecting rare wildlife To understand why the Brazilian government is deliberately losing the battle against deforestation, you need only retrace the bootmarks of the Edwardian explorer Percy Fawcett along the Amazonian border with Bolivia. During a failed attempt to cross a spectacular tabletop plateau here in 1906, the adventurer nearly died on the first of his many trips to South America. Back then, the area was so far from human habitation, the foliage so dense and the terrain…

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Black rhinos return to Rwanda 10 years after disappearance

Around 20 eastern black rhinos are being moved to Akagera national park from South Africa Around 20 endangered eastern black rhinos are returning in an extraordinary homecoming to Rwanda after the species disappeared from the country 10 years ago, the African Parks organisation has said. The rhinos are being moved from South Africa to the Akagera national park in eastern Rwanda, according to the non-profit group that manages protected areas for African governments. This extraordinary homecoming will take place over the first two weeks of May, it said in a…

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