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Working as a journalists demands so many different tasks: Discovering new topics, doing research and remembering it, using social media…
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ALERT member Pierre-Michel Forget is a leading tropical ecologist and former President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. Here he tells us about some surprising implications of Britain's decision to leave the European Union. On 22 June 2016, hundreds of participants attended a photo slideshow during the Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Montpellier, France. T...
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For the love of trees.
Across the planet, the world's biggest and oldest trees are dying out. Some reasons are obvious, but others are biological mysteries. Read the article here.

http://alert-conservation.org/issues-research-highlights/2016/7/12/demise-of-the-worlds-forest-giants
Across the planet, the world's biggest and oldest trees are dying out. Why? In an article just published online, David Lindenmayer of Australian National University and ALERT director Bill Laurance highlight the many reasons that big, old trees are so vulnerable. Some reasons are obvious, but others are biological mysteries. Big Trees in Decline First, the obvious reasons. Big trees tend to favor productive environments -- m...
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happy midsummer!

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A clean-up operation in the Arctic. Locals have organized cleanups of their beaches for over 15 years. In 2015, foreigners could join in for the first time.
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Take the chance!
It was amazing – I did it last year.
3 days of cleaning with some polar bear and walrus watching tucked in between. The crazier people went for a swim in the sea!

https://oceanwide-expeditions.com/blog/come-for-the-adventure-go-home-as-a-hero-1




We’ve put together another Cleaning the Shores of Spitsbergen, Polar Bear Adventure after the great success of 2015. This particular Arctic cruise is something really special – a polar bear special combined with the chance to leave the Arctic a little better than how you found it.
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Heléne Lööw grew up on the west coast in the 1960s and the second world war was recent history. She read theses as a teenager and in upper secondary school she decided that her thesis would be about Nazism. the road to academia ...
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I just want this to STOP.
 
China: Why the market for commercially bred tiger parts may only get bigger

Right now in China, thousands of tigers, more than are alive in the wild, are sitting in cages, waiting for the day that their bones are turned into wine and their skin is turned into rugs. In fact, for over two decades, the tiger “farming” industry in China has been quietly ballooning, and it’s about to get a lot more legitimate.

On Friday, The Washington Post reported that a draft amendment to China’s wildlife protection law would make it legal to breed captive endangered animals. Previously, such farms were unregulated and operated largely outside the law. The new policy will allow the government to track them—but will also legalize and legitimize their activities.

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The law, which was publicized on January 1 and is currently under review, would apply to captive tigers who are kept as performers, as well as tigers bred to be harvested for their valuable body parts.

Besides threatening a major blow to conservation efforts, the proposed policy is a reminder that a massive market for the disembodied parts of rare wildlife continues to thrive—a market that has only grown in recent years.

... With the country’s population of captive tigers jumping from about 20 in 1986 to some 5,000 today, the tiger part trade has been called “industrial-scale” in the past. As of 2013, there were already about 200 documented tiger farms in China, according to a report by the nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency.

While tiger eyeballs, genitals, teeth and whiskers are sometimes used for their purported medicinal properties—as a treatment for problems ranging from alcoholism to epilepsy—tiger bone is where the real money's at. The pricey bones are steeped in rice wine to create a purported aphrodisiac that has been said to help ease ailments like arthritis, and is served as a status symbol at dinner parties and events.

Full story at http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/read/why-the-chinese-market-for-commercially-bred-tiger-parts-may-only-get-bigger

#China #tigers #tigerfarming

Image: Captive tigers at a facility in China (c) EIA
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For the rich people in China if you have one of those on your back it's a statement saying your a rich person like there buying up all the rang rover cars and anything else to look good to there other rich friends.
But very soon China will be going to slow down and crash so the world will all have a stock market crash.
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Illegal wildlife supermarkets: The 'lawless' playgrounds of Laos

... Kings Romans is the glitzy centrepiece of the 10,000-hectare Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone, a joint venture between the Laotian government and the Hong Kong-registered Kings Romans Group.

Since signing a 99-year lease in 2007, Kings Romans says it has spent hundreds of millions of dollars transforming this remote corner of northern Laos into an oasis of hotels, shops, massage parlours and banquet halls, all dominated by the casino's colossal golden crown.

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* Learn more in Sin City, the EIA report that first threw the international spotlight on the Kings Romans complex, at http://ht.ly/q1T9302znYQ
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According to local press reports, Kings Romans plans to add shopping malls, industrial zones, and an international airport, all in the hope of boosting economic growth in this impoverished nation of seven million. But critics say the enclave - three times the size of Macau - has instead become a semi-lawless zone where gambling (the legal status of which is ambiguous as there is a ban on "forbidden gambling"), prostitution, and other illicit trades flourish ...

Environmentalists allege that the area is also home to a flourishing market in endangered animal products.

In a 2015 report, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) described the zone as "a lawless playground" and a free-for-all "illegal wildlife supermarket".

The report described wildlife boutiques stocking items such as ivory and tiger skins, and a restaurant that sold tiger meat and Hu Gu Jiu - tiger-bone wine - from a liquor-filled tank holding a complete tiger skeleton.

Read in full at http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/05/lawless-playgrounds-laos-160504120318409.html

#Laos #China #tigers #ivory #pangolins #bears #corruption #tigerfarming #tigerbonewine

Image: Big cat skeleton in a vat of tiger bone wine, from Kings Romans brochure
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I september kommer den brittiske komikern Bill Bailey till Sverige med sin nya show “Limboland”! Tema är gapet mellan hur vi föreställt oss att våra liv skulle vara och hur det egentligen blev. Bailey berättar personligt om egna erfarenheter på det skarpsinniga och rappa sätt som blivit hans signum. Och eftersom Bailey är en mycket begåvad musiker
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Go for a walk with a friend, wear sunglasses and smile - stay happy
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Melting cover up...
 
Sad reality of climate change
Rhone Glacier in the Alps is blanketed to reflect sunlight, reduce melting and further shrinkage.
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