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The Other Reason Africa’s Elephants Are Dying

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The Other Reason Africa’s Elephants Are Dying « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
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Since it is unlikely that wild animals will learn to live with humans, it behooves us to learn how to live with them. Otherwise, we will kill off the beasts that fascinate us, that often bring tourism, and that deserve a place in our world. There must be a balance between human habitation and conservation. Of course, strangely, sometimes the problem is getting conservationists to realize that they have exceeded their goals. While Africa needs to protect its great animals, we in North America have to recognize that the grizzly population no longer requires protection. At least good news about one magnificent creature. 
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The Elephant Watcher

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As poachers grow bolder, Andrea Turkalo studies the behavior of a vanishing species.
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If we are going to save elephants and other animals of Africa, China will be a central player. The rich of China are the major consumers of animal parts, such as elephant tusks, that fuel the poaching. Ultimately, rational economic development and responsible government throughout Africa can only occur if the rest of the world supports those changes. The Iranian bullets found among poachers, the Russian and U.S. made weapons: all of that indicts the rest of the world in the destruction not only of animal life but also of African societies.

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WASHINGTON: 25 years later, Exxon Valdez oil spill still clings to lives, habitats | Environment | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: 25 years later, Exxon Valdez oil spill still clings to lives, habitats | Environment | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Andy Wills was sleeping on a friend’s couch in Cordova, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, ready to head out and harvest spring herring in Prince William Sound.
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Our world has become petroleum based, but we are paying a heavy price for that dependence. Every time we move towards sustainable alternative fuels, we are doing something that will make the future of our species and our planet better. Think conservation.

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North Face's Douglas Tompkins dies in Chile kayak accident - BBC News

North Face's Douglas Tompkins dies in Chile kayak accident - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The US clothing billionaire and keen environmentalist Douglas Tompkins dies in a kayaking accident in southern Chile, aged 72.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

While I always enjoy irony, the loss of this good man should not go un-mourned. He was a true contributor to conservation and the company he helped found has been a great source of gear for the enjoyment of the outdoors.

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Fishing for shrimp, but netting jail time | Al Jazeera America

Fishing for shrimp, but netting jail time | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A depleted marine population in Indian waters forces fishermen to illegally ply their trade in Sri Lanka
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Another example of how technology has negative consequences in the real world and how government planning has to include environmental concerns if mankind is going to survive. Sadly, in this story it is some of the poorest people on earth who are suffering and whose livelihoods are being threatened by what was thought of as progress. 

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Africa's poaching problem

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View the Africa's poaching problem photo gallery on Yahoo News. Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries.
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The world must act to stop the destruction of some of the planet's greatest animals.

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