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Exclusive: footage shows young elephants being captured in Zimbabwe for Chinese zoos

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away The Guardian has been given exclusive footage which shows the capture of young, wild elephants in Zimbabwe in preparation, it is believed, for their legal sale to Chinese zoos. In the early morning of 8 August, five elephants were caught in Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks). These captures are usually kept as secret as possible. The Guardian understands that in this case the usual…

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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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Origami-inspired clothing range that grows with your child wins Dyson award

London-based designer Ryan Yasin used his background in aeronautical engineering to develop sustainable clothing to fit babies through to toddlers An James Dyson award. Ryan Yasin recent survey by Aviva) parents spend an average of 2,000 on clothing before their child reaches the age of three. As well as the high cost and limited lifespan, mass production of garments places huge pressure on the environment through technology with textiles in order to fashion durable and practical garments for youngsters to take them through their initial growth spurt. The babygrow, trousers…

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Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an microplastic contamination in the global environment. Previous work has been largely focused on plastic pollution in the oceans, which suggests people are eating microplastics via…

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‘We are jobless because of fish poisoning’: Vietnamese fishermen battle for justice

A year after Vietnams worst environmental disaster, lives remain ruined while the government cracks down on protesters seeking compensation We used to eat the meat of the pig, but now all we have to eat is the skin the Vietnamese saying neatly encapsulates the predicament facing the countrys fishermen, says Nguyen Viet Thieu. Before the marine disaster happened, I could earn up to 15m Vietnamese dongs [500], reflects Nguyen. But after, I didnt sell any fish at all. I was sick of my profession. He moors and ties his small…

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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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‘They don’t care’: Indian government accused of prejudice by Chakma people

Families living on riverbanks of north-east India claim pleas for help following devastating floods have been ignored on religious and racial grounds The Indian government has been accused of religious and racial discrimination after members of the Chakma ethnic group said their pleas for help following the

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Forget the environment: we need new words to convey lifes wonders | George Monbiot

We need better ways of talking about nature and our relationships with it, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot If Moses had promised the Israelites a land flowing with mammary secretions and insect vomit, would they have followed him into Canaan? Though this means milk and honey, I doubt it would have inspired them. So why do we use such language to describe the natural wonders of the world? There are examples everywhere, but I will illustrate the problem with a few from the UK. On land, places in which nature…

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French farmers demand action against wolves killing livestock

Protesters gather 3,000 sheep, 100 cattle and a few horses in field to represent number of animals killed by wolves in recent months Hundreds of farmers, shepherds and politicians rallied in Aveyron, southern France, on Saturday calling for action to halt the slaughter of livestock by packs of wolves. The demonstrators gathered more than 3,000 sheep, about a hundred cattle and a few horses in a field to represent the number of animals killed by wolves in France in recent months. They tell us that 80% of French are in…

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Lessons from the fast lane: does this study prove car-pooling works?

When Jakarta ditched its controversial three-in-one car-sharing rule many in the city expected the traffic to get better. It didnt. A Harvard and MIT study analysed before-and-after Google traffic data to find out what happened Driving in Jakarta at rush hour is something of a nightmare. The citys 9.6 million population swells each work day with an additional some measures, Jakarta has the worst traffic in the world. Others only put it in jockeys who would stand just outside the enforcement area and offer to join a single-occupancy vehicle for…

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Monkey selfie photographer says he’s broke: ‘I’m thinking of dog walking’

David Slater has been fighting for years over who has the copyright to photos taken by monkeys using his camera, and says hes struggling as a result A US appeals court has debated whether or not a monkey can own the copyright to a selfie while the photographer whose camera captured the famous image watched a livestream of the proceedings from his home in the UK. David Slater could not afford the airfare to San Francisco to attend the hearing on Wednesday. Nor can he afford to replace his broken…

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Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change Unesco

Custodians of world heritage-listed sites should aim to keep global temperature increases to just 1.5C, UN agency says Countries with responsibility over world heritage-listed coral reefs should adopt ambitious climate change targets, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would keep global temperature increases to just 1.5C, the UN agency responsible for overseeing world heritage sites has said. At a meeting of Unescos world heritage committee in Krakow, Poland, a decision was adopted that clarified and strengthened the responsibility of countries that have custodianship over world-heritage listed coral…

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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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Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows

The worlds largest ever field trial demonstrates widely used insecticides harm both honeybees and wild bees, increasing calls for a ban Widely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the worlds largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees. The farm-based research, along with a second new study, also suggests widespread contamination of entire landscapes and a toxic cocktail effect from multiple pesticides. The landmark work provides the most important evidence yet for regulators around the world considering action against neonicotinoids,…

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