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Catching Giant Rats Can Earn South Africans Free Cell Phones

November 1, 2012
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There's a giant rat problem in South Africa. It's so bad that the city of Alexandra is offering a bounty to anyone who brings in 60 or more of the varmints. The prize? A free cell phone. Even though some oppose the offer, as Patrick Jones explains, business is brisk.

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Concrete to Combat Illegal Fishing: Protecting the Sea, Italian Style

Concrete to Combat Illegal Fishing: Protecting the Sea, Italian Style

Deutsche Welle (Oct. 22, 2012) — People may say there's plenty of fish in the sea, but fisherman Paolo Fanciulli knows that their numbers aren't infinite. He and his colleagues earn their living from the sea. The Italian acknowledges that there "needs to be a balance between profit and environmental protection." So, together with the Italian authorities, he's helped sink hundreds of concrete blocks into the sea. They've been put there to tear the illegal nets used by large fishing trawlers.
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