Giraffe under threat

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Giraffe under threat – IUCN Red List

The iconic giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), one of the world's most recognisable animals and the tallest land mammal, is now threatened with extinction. The species, which is widespread across southern and eastern Africa, with smaller isolated subpopulations in west and central Africa, has moved from Least Concern to Vulnerable due to a dramatic 36-40% decline from approximately 151,702-163,452 individuals in 1985 to 97,562 in 2015. Read full story

Vietnam seizes smuggled ivory hidden in timber

Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly a ton of ivory smuggled from Africa after locating nearly five tons in five previous shipments to the same port in the past two months. Ho Chi Minh City's deputy customs chief, Le Dinh Loi, said the ivory seized Monday and Tuesday was hidden inside timber in two containers that arrived at Cat Lai port and was en route to neighboring Cambodia. The smugglers packed the ivory with wax and sealed it inside emptied-out timber.

Mexico triples protected natural areas

President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday tripled the size of Mexico's protected natural areas, signing four executive orders setting aside 65 million hectares (nearly 161 million acres) of land and marine zones. Pena Nieto signed the executive orders during a ceremony on a beach in the Riviera Maya, granting Mexico's Caribbean waters, the Sierra de Tamaulipas, the offshore Pacific and Pacific islands the status of protected natural areas.

Palm oil’s green body comes under fire from activists

Some activist groups are withdrawing support for the palm oil body that provides sustainability certificates for the industry, saying it is biased towards producers and its complaints panel is flawed. Read full story

Traffic: Thailand failing to stop illegal trade in apes

Two new reports have raised concern about Thailand’s inability to stop its illegal trade in orangutans and other non-native apes. Read full story

Illegal bear trade still persists in Vietnam

The illegal market for bears and bear parts is still strong in Vietnam despite the introduction of legislation to ban their sale in 2006. Read full story

New Zealand’s dirty ivory trade exposed

Despite international commitments and actions, it appears that New Zealand, a party to CITES, considers ivory trading to be an acceptable business. Read full story

environment


Greenpeace blocks malaysian palm oil company IOI at rotterdam port

Greenpeace activists have blocked operations of Malaysian palm oil trader IOI at Rotterdam Port, accusing it of forest destruction and child labour. The action was focused only on one mooring place used for palm oil coming from Indonesia.

Secret bauxite mining still continues in Malaysia

According to several witnesses bauxite mining still continues despite the moratorium which was exposed by the government. Miners are using back roads to transports the mineral. Enforcement officers are hardly be seen in the area.

Forest destruction threatens water supply in malaysian state of kedah

Friends of Earth Malaysia (SAM) urges the Kedah State government to immediately stop the destruction of forests and logging activities in the State to protect these natural resources and ensure sufficient water supply.

Malaysia wants China to make palm oil its biggest edible oil Import

The issue was raised at a meeting between Malaysia's PM Najib Tun Razak and China's President Xi Jinping during a delegation's meeting. PM Najib is on a six-day visit in China.
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Greenpeace blocks malaysian palm oil company IOI at rotterdam port

Greenpeace activists have blocked operations of Malaysian palm oil trader IOI at Rotterdam Port, accusing it of forest destruction and child labour. The action was focused only on one mooring place used for palm oil coming from Indonesia.
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Secret bauxite mining still continues in Malaysia

According to several witnesses bauxite mining still continues despite the moratorium which was exposed by the government. Miners are using back roads to transports the mineral. Enforcement officers are hardly be seen in the area.
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Forest destruction threatens water supply in malaysian state of kedah

Friends of Earth Malaysia (SAM) urges the Kedah State government to immediately stop the destruction of forests and logging activities in the State to protect these natural resources and ensure sufficient water supply.
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Malaysia wants China to make palm oil its biggest edible oil Import

The issue was raised at a meeting between Malaysia's PM Najib Tun Razak and China's President Xi Jinping during a delegation's meeting. PM Najib is on a six-day visit in China.

wildlife


Unemployed man charged with illegally keeping 27 turtles without permit

An unemployed man pleaded not guilty in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court to two charges of keeping 27 male and female black pond turtles without a special permit.

Helmeted hornbill critically endangered because of its "ivory"

A striking bird with monochrome plumage and a formidable “beak”, the helmeted hornbill is being hunted to extinction, one of the latest victims of a thriving global trade in exotic wildlife.

Vietnam a 'supermarket' for illegal wildlife trade, hearing told

A Vietnamese village has become "a supermarket for illegal wildlife trafficking", a special hearing was told. The two-day public hearing in The Hague is laying out the findings of a year long undercover investigation by the new Wildlife Justice Commission.

Vietnam seizes 446 kilograms of ivory smuggled from Nigeria

The ivory seized had been hidden in timber in a container at Cat Lai port in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. On the black market 1 ton of ivory costs US$1.8 million.
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Unemployed man charged with illegally keeping 27 turtles without permit

An unemployed man pleaded not guilty in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court to two charges of keeping 27 male and female black pond turtles without a special permit.
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Helmeted hornbill critically endangered because of its "ivory"

A striking bird with monochrome plumage and a formidable “beak”, the helmeted hornbill is being hunted to extinction, one of the latest victims of a thriving global trade in exotic wildlife.
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Vietnam a 'supermarket' for illegal wildlife trade, hearing told

A Vietnamese village has become "a supermarket for illegal wildlife trafficking", a special hearing was told. The two-day public hearing in The Hague is laying out the findings of a year long undercover investigation by the new Wildlife Justice Commission.

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Vietnam seizes 446 kilograms of ivory smuggled from Nigeria

The ivory seized had been hidden in timber in a container at Cat Lai port in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. On the black market 1 ton of ivory costs US$1.8 million.

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