Ivory BAN Will Not be Enough to STOP Elephant Extinction in Our Lifetime

AN IVORY ban being pushed through Parliament this week by the Government will not be enough to stop elephants becoming extinct in our lifetime, the founder of a wildlife charity has warned. Dane Waters, who has worked for five Presidential campaigns including for the late Senator John McCain, has founded the Elephant Project which creates sanctuaries across the world for endangered animals.
He claims that 100 elephants are being killed every day for their ivory and the number of deaths has for the first time outpaced the number of baby elephants being born.

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UK Is Endangering People's Health by Denying Their Right to Clean Air, Says UN

The UK government is putting the health of millions of its citizens at risk by failing to tackle the country’s air pollution crisis, according the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment.
David Boyd said people’s right to breathe clean air was being violated in the UK and warned the crisis was responsible for up to 50,000 deaths – and devastating the lives of “many millions” more in towns and cities across the country.

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Nature Will Need Up to Five Million Years to Fill the Man-Made Gaps

Humans are killing off animal and plant species so rapidly that evolution is unable to keep up to fill the gaps left behind, the work suggests.
Unless conservation efforts are stepped up, nature will require between three and five million years to recover the levels of biodiversity expected to be lost over the next 50 years, predicted researchers.
There have been five previous mass extinctions in the past 450 million years, and scientists have warned climate change, poaching, pollution and habitat destruction are bringing about a sixth.

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Brown hares could face extinction after mysterious deaths identified as myxomatosis

Over the past month, scientists have been inundated with reports of dead or dying hares, particularly in the east of England, prompting them to launch an investigation.
Early examinations suggest the animals are victims of myxomatosis, a virus introduced to the UK in the 1950s to control rabbits, which killed 99 per cent of the population.
University of East Anglia experts issued an appeal with local wildlife trusts last week to get to the bottom of the cause of the mysterious deaths.

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Floods and at least two deaths as storm Callum buffets UK

Two people have been killed after storm Callum battered Wales, the western parts of Britain and coastal areas. A Met Office alert warned of danger to life from fast-flowing, deep floodwater and power cuts, and said some communities were threatened with being cut off completely.
Dyfed-Powys police were called to a landslip at Cwmduad between Carmarthen and Cardigan, where a person was confirmed dead at the scene. The fatal landslide happened on the A484 on Saturday.

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Serious about Climate Means Serious about Carbon

This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release a report on the feasibility of stabilizing global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius warming — an ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement.
Spoiler alert: It ain’t pretty.

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UK Announces Extra £6m to Protect Endangered Wildlife

Britain will provide an additional £6 million to counter the poaching trade threatening some of the world’s most endangered species.
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the funding would support projects that protect at-risk wildlife while creating sustainable livelihoods for the vulnerable human communities around them.
Officials said the species that stood to benefit from the UK support included elephants, rhinos and pangolins.
Penny Mordaunt has announced £6 million to counter the illegal wildlife trade (DFID/PA)

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Borth Wild Animal Kingdom Warned Twice of Lynx Escape Risk

Ceredigion council said Borth Wild Animal Kingdom was told in April and May 2017, months before one escaped.
Lillith was shot after weeks on the run and a source close to the zoo said she died due to the owners' incompetence.
But Tracy Tweedy, the zoo's co-owner, said they had cut the foliage back as far as they thought they needed to.
Despite the warnings from a vet and a zoo licensing officer, the trees were not cut back until after she jumped over the perimeter fence.

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'Sinking' London and Other Cities 'Face Flooding Due to Rising Sea Levels', Report Warns

Other major coastal cities such as Houston, Manila, Jakarta, Lagos and Dhaka could all face similar risks, according to Christian Aid's Sinking Cities, Rising Seas.
Climate change could act as a "threat multiplier" to existing factors such as sinking ground and subsidence, water extraction and bad planning, increasing the risk of flooding.
London's sinking problem is largely a vestige of the last ice age when glaciers that weighed Scotland down and lifted up the south like a see-saw melted and reversed the effect, according to the study.

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Volcano Erupts on Quake-Hit Indonesian Island

Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province starting spewing ash 6,000m (19,685ft) into the sky on Wednesday afternoon.
A government volcanologist said he suspects the eruption was triggered by last Friday's 7.5-magnitude earthquake, which also created a tsunami and has killed 1,407 people - with the number rising daily.
Planes have been warned about ash clouds, as they can be hazardous for their engines.

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