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Sea sand, new « souvenir » for tourists?

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In August 2018, a British tourist was controlled at Cagliari airport in Sardinia with a bottle of sand from Gallura region in his luggage. This holidaymaker is not an isolated case as during summer 2017, nearly a ton of sand was seized at the same airport. At the rate of one bottle of sand per tourist at a frequency of ...

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The Scottish wildcat, a species preserved by the local organizations

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The Scottish wildcat is one of the most threatened mammals in the world. Although its count can be tricky, the number of the so-called ‘pure origin’ wildcats that live in the nature is about a 100; 400 if those in captivity are counted. Having been present for 2 million years, it is not until the last 150 years that their ...

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Dolphin slaughter: the hunt starts again in the Faroe Islands

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Pilot whale slaughter in the Faroe Islands Every year, a tradition in the Faroe Islands involves a brutal slaughter of tens of cetaceans. Today the hunt begins again, and more than a hundred long-fined pilot whales are going to be killed in an actual bloodbath.   This tradition exists since hundreds of years ago, but while in the past it was ...

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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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Our favorite animals will disappear

Does our fascination for some animals precipitate them towards extinction? In any case it does not save them according to the remarkable scientific study on ten emblematic animals of the world. Tigers, lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, pandas, cheetah, polar bears, wolves and gorillas: all are threatened with disappearance and ironically the cause for most of them is hunting. They conquered ...

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Animal experimentations without animals are possible

The human being and the animal: 2 different biological models The origin of animal testing relies on the similarities between the human being and the animal. It is yet known that these tests are irrelevant and are dangerous according to various scientists like the Scientific Committee Pro Anima or Antidote Europe. A lot of products that have actually been tested on ...

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Travelling by plane: what is the ecological impact?

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Since its democratisation in the 1960s, flying has become the fastest-growing means of transport, however it also causes the most pollution. Nevertheless, there are ways to become more aware of the ecological impact of travelling by plane and to compensate for our CO2 emissions by travelling more responsibly. As a reminder, the transport sector produces a quarter of France’s total ...

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Paradise in danger: the deforestation of Madagascar

Since the beginning of the 20th century, half of the world’s forests have disappeared. The deforestation of Madagascar is one of the most worrying examples of the disappearance of tropical rainforests, and for a good reason: this island is a cradle of unique biodiversity. However, tens of thousands of hectors of forest are destroyed every year, and today, only 10 ...

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Towards the end of dolphins and orcas’ captivity: a decree and a nice surprise !

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After several months of discussion between the associations, the French government, delphinariums and the National Natural History Museum, Segolene Royal (the French Minister of Environment) finally took a stand concerning cetaceans by signing an interministerial decree on Wednesday May 3rd.   Published this Saturday May 6th in the Journal Officiel, it replaces the 1981 law in order to propose new standards ...

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