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Ebay bans ivory sales amid conservation concerns

Thu, 2008-10-23 06:55 by Hans

Maryann Mott
for National Geographic News
October 21, 2008

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Ebay announced yesterday a global ban on sales of ivory products, a day before a conservation group issued a report showing that the online auction site is helping to fuel illegal trade in wildlife products.

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Zimbabwe: Sliding into the Abyss

Mon, 2008-10-13 20:47 by Hans

Harare Tribune
Monday, 13 October 2008 00:54 Hon. Eddie Cross   Columnists—Personal Glimpses

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Yesterday the World Food Programme issued an alarming statement on the food crisis in Zimbabwe. They appealed for an additional US$140 million to cover the shortfall in basic food aid for the next six months. What they did not say was that this still leaves a shortfall in overall cereal and oilseed supplies of 800 000 tonnes for the next 6 months.

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A green revolution for Africa?

Sun, 2008-10-12 18:07 by Hans
Rajiv Shah, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, visits the Kangemi market in Nairobi, Kenya.

Guillaume Bonn

By DAVID RIEFF
Published: October 10, 2008

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HIV/AIDS May Have Originated in 19th Century

Tue, 2008-10-07 21:05 by Hans

ABC News
HIV/AIDS May Have Originated in 19th Century
MedHeadlines, IL
The same period of time saw rapid urbanization of Colonial Africa, a very opportune moment for a virus to jump from the wild into the human population. ...
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Michael Nichols on photographing elephants - video

Tue, 2008-10-07 20:28 by Hans

The photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols explains how he takes photos of elephants, in this case in Samburu, Kenya (video).

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Counting Samburu's vanishing Lions

Fri, 2008-10-03 14:15 by Hans
A pride of lions Shivani Bhalla (middle)

By RUPI MANGAT
The EastAfrican – Posted Saturday, September 20 2008 at 14:53

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It is a matter of concern that in only two decades, Africa’s lion population has dwindled from 200,000 to 20,000 today.

For anyone coming to Africa, the big thrill is to see the ultimate king of the jungle, who combines strength with noble looks, who is invincible against all odds.

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Robot spyplanes get new role as medical couriers

Tue, 2008-09-16 17:54 by Hans

12:52 12 September 2008
NewScientist.com news service
Flora Graham

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GPS use

Sat, 2008-08-30 09:28 by Hans

Does the GPS help?

Today I received the following email:

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Out of Africa: the speed gene genie

Fri, 2008-08-22 20:58 by Hans

Out of Africa: the speed gene genie - Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Kathryn North, of the Institute for Neuromuscular Research at the Children's Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney, has shown there is a common ...

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Trove of endangered gorillas found in Africa

Fri, 2008-08-08 19:12 by Hans

By ANDREW C. REVKIN
Published: August 5, 2008

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A grueling survey of vast tracts of forest and swamp in the northern Congo Republic has revealed the presence of more than 125,000 western lowland gorillas, a rare example of abundance in a world of rapidly vanishing primate populations.