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Great Apes Summit – Palm Oil

September 23, 2013

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The profitability of palm oil has fueled a global ago-industrial surge that has devastated vast areas of orangutan habitat in Asia. It now threatens great ape forests in Africa. I spoke to some of the world’s leading experts in conservation on whether there is a sustainable way to meet the popular demand of this crop. […]

Mining by China Fuels Great Ape Trafficking from Guinea

November 7, 2012

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The extraction of Guinea’s large mineral wealth by China is being used as a smoke screen for the illegal trafficking of great apes from the continent say UN conservationists. As China continues to push its economic development, precious resources in some of the most remote corners of Guinea are being pumped out of the country […]

Have you heard? Ken leaves Barbie behind over deforestation

June 22, 2011

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They’ve been an item for as long as I can remember, but now the romance is over. Trophy bird Barbie is finding out what it’s like to be left on the shelf without her beloved Ken, following an ecological row. The plastic princess usually presents herself in pretty pink boxes but an investigation by the […]

Madagascar’s creatures great and small

June 6, 2011

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They say good things come in small packages and one new species recently discovered is so small it weighs the same as just three cups of cereal. A feather-weight among primates, Berthe’s mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae), is 10cm long and weighs around 30g. This primate is so small it even trumps the pygmy marmoset (Cebuella […]

Branson’s plans put on hold after lemurs fall pregnant

April 23, 2011

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Flying while pregnant can be risky according to doctors. Flying to an exotic location without the necessary inoculations can also be risky. So if you’re a pregnant lemur due to jet off to the British Virgin Islands and haven’t had your jabs, don’t bother packing, you’re not going anywhere. Sir Richard Branson’s plans to import […]

The sky’s the limit attitude may not save the lemur, conservationists warn Branson

April 19, 2011

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Sir Richard Branson is used to making headlines. His maverick approach to business catapulted him into the big league and secured his status as one of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs. But his latest idea to help save the lemurs of Madagascar has sparked controversy. The British tycoon admits it’s “a radical idea” but wants […]

Natives’ beef with cattle firm leads to law suit

April 13, 2011

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying very hard to get some revision in every day. My end of year exam is fast approaching and I don’t want to have to resort to my childhood technique of cramming the night before. I’m too old and  I’ve lost too many brain cells through alcohol abuse to even […]