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How many elephants are killed each year by poachers?

How many elephants are killed each year by poachers?

A recent study by the Colorado State University has calculated that 33,600 African elephants are killed each year by poachers, which results in population decline in the region of 2-3% throughout the continent. The shocking statistics highlight the difficulty conservationists have in protecting African elephant populations with high financial gain for poachers due to significant(…)

What is Israel’s Operation Protective Edge?

What is Israel’s Operation Protective Edge?

For the majority of westerners, the Israel-Palestine conflict is a little confusing, distant, disturbing and depressing, especially the latest military campaign led by the Israeli forces, Operation Protective Edge. However, for the people on each side of the Israel-Gaza Strip divide, the situation has intensified beyond belief, as the military campaign is the third of(…)

David Cameron’s Sri Lanka visit

David Cameron’s Sri Lanka visit

We don’t often credit politicians, let alone Prime Ministers, because nine times out of ten they’re at best 50% wrong, but in David Cameron’s visit to Sri Lanka and his call for an inquiry into war crimes and attempts to raise awareness for human rights issues there was a surprise move that we can’t help(…)

OPCW Syrian chemical weapons destruction implications

OPCW Syrian chemical weapons destruction implications

There are a few things that we know for sure in relation to the chemical weapons situation in Syria. On the 21st August 2013, rockets containing the nerve gas, Sarin, struck the Ghouta agricultural region just outside Damascus. It’s not 100% clear just how many people died as a result of the attack, but the(…)

UN announces $4.4billion humanitarian aid appeal for Syria

UN announces $4.4billion humanitarian aid appeal for Syria

It might not feel like it, but it’s been more than two years since the sticky spring that is the Syrian Civil War first began. In an attempt to do what they can for the war torn country and it’s displaced people the United Nations have announced a $4.4 billion humanitarian aid appeal, their largesto(…)

DiCaprio backs bid to stop ivory trade

DiCaprio backs bid to stop ivory trade

In a bid to raise international awareness and add to the the weight of pressure on Thailand to instigate a full ban on ivory, Leonardo DiCaprio has backed an international campaign to petition the Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. With a 500,000+ petition already handed to the Prime Minister from WWF DiCaprio has put his(…)

MEPs vote for reform to stop overfishing

MEPs vote for reform to stop overfishing

Members of the European Parliament voted this week to approve a reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The policy aims to cut fishing to a level that creates sustainable stock levels, and while it’s already had some success at reducing annual catches over the last 7 years, the Parliament have added their official(…)

Barack Obama wins the 2012 US Presidential Election

Barack Obama wins the 2012 US Presidential Election

The whole world now knows that Barack Obama has won the 2012 US Presidential elections, but with the decision being a close one (although not as tightly packed as first suspected), the concern is that the USA is still too divided to be able to devise and make stick the policies that come from the(…)

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