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Deforestation in Brazil

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Deforestation in brazil Deforestation in the Amazonian forest which the main part is located in Brazil remains a complicated issue within environmental problems nowadays; there is a need to discuss all the different elements of this ecological problem. According a report from WWF published in June 2016 called Living Amazon Report, at least 31 ‘deforestation fronts’ represent now a danger ...

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Justice : nature recognized as a legal personality

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Nature, ecosystems or other environmental elements are now recognized as legal entities in many countries in the world. This status grants them the same rights as human beings. Pollution is then seen as a damage of the environment physical integrity. This movement in favor of nature began in Latin America, with principles such as the Buen vivir, or « live well », ...

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Rhinoceros horn auction: South Africa legalizes the internal trade!

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Today, Wednesday August 23, began an auction that could aggravate the Rhinoceros situation in Africa : a distribution of 264 horns, nearly 500 kg ! As a reminder, rhinoceros horn trade is internationally banned by the CITES (international convention of species trade). However, this convention does not allow to intervene on internal decisions within a territory. Thus, the South African ...

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The cosmetics regulation : a step forward for the end of the animal testing

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In 2013, the European Union was the first area in the world to ban the animal use in the tests for cosmetics with the Directive 2003/15/CE. This law, on hold since 2003, has been renewed on septembre 21st 2016 by the European Court of Justice. India, Israel, Norway, New Zealand, Turkey and the State of São Paulo also banned the use of animals ...

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Dehydrated koalas, global warming’s victims

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Due to hotter temperatures, the koalas population is rapidly declining. They suffer from severe dehydration because of heatwaves and the destruction of their natural habitat. This has never been seen for koalas. Heart-rending scenes are multiplying, showing weakened koalas forced to turn to humans. An Australian giving water through a hose to a koala in her garden A cyclist sharing ...

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The USA allows again the importation of hunting trophies

Credit GAO U.S Government Accountability Office

Another step backwards from the American government that favors the interests of hunters in spite of ethics and animals. The animals killed in Africa by American hunters will now be allowed back in the US as a (vulgar) trophy. On March 1st, 2018, the US Fish and Wildlife Service let people know that the importation of hunting trophies from six ...

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Scientific publications and threatened species

To the excitement of a discovery comes the fear of destroying it. This is the case when the discovery is a new species which is rare, endemic or strange, has a lot of value for the ecosystem or biologists… and for smugglers. Threatened species are made more vulnerable by scientific publications Ironically, describing precisely a threatened species and its location ...

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Sunday 18th March : Global Recycling Day

Sunday 18th March is the Global Recycling Day. It was created in 1994 in the USA and used to happen on 15th November. From now on, it will occur every 18th March. The Bureau of International Recycling has changed the date to celebrate its 70 years before asking the official acknowledgement to the United Nations. The French professional federation of ...

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Animal experiments : cruelty conducted legally

In the entire world, experimentations on animals are legal. Laws regulating it are more or less strict according to countries, but they gradually tend to agree on common principles such as the limitation of tests to scientific and medical fields, a more rigorous control of individuals, structures and projects using animals, and a willingness to reduce the use and the ...

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