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Pig Population Explosion Fuels an Environmental Scandal

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April 24, 2013
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A boom in illegal farms is one cause behind a rash of pig carcasses appearing in a river close to Shanghai, official documents show. Jane Lanhee Lee visits one of the operations being dismantled.


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Monkey Business in Montevideo Zoo

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AFP (Aug. 21, 2012) A population explosion of baboons at a Uruguayan zoo has their keepers worried that the 130 increasingly aggressive animals will forcibly resist being moved to a larger enclosure.
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Shade Trees and Mangroves Climate Change in the South Pacific

Shade Trees and Mangroves Climate Change in the South Pacific

Deutsche Welle (Aug. 6, 2012) The Pacific island nation Vanuatu is running out of time. The indigenous inhabitants are already suffering from floods, cyclones, coastal erosion and water shortages. And climate researchers say the extreme weather will increase and sea levels will continue to rise. Most members of the indigenous population depend on natural resources from farming, forestry and fishing. Now climate change is endangering the livelihoods of the islands' inhabitants. Since 2009, Germany has been funding educational measures for politicians and journalists, and has kick-started several projects for the local rural population. On the main island, Efate, for example, new more robust vegetable varieties are being cultivated, as well as shade trees with nitrogen-fixing properties.
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RAW VIDEO: Two Iberian Lynxes Released Into the Wilderness in Jaen, Spain

RAW VIDEO: Two Iberian Lynxes Released Into the Wilderness in Jaen, Spain

EFE (June 21, 2013) Two Iberian lynxes, one male and one female, were freed in Jaen, Spain, on Friday in an attempt to strengthen the species' presence in the area and stop the decline of the iconic feline's population in Spain. The specimens, Jazz and Joaninha, were taken from a Portuguese breeding center Thursday afternoon to avoid high temperatures and possible dehydration. Both animals were selected due to the fact that they both have the optimal physical conditions needed to be inserted into the Spanish wilderness. Nine cubs, including Jazz and Joaninha, have been placed in the area since 2013, a sum which adds to the total lynx population in Spain of 300.
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Magellanic Penguins

Magellanic Penguins

National Geographic (Apr. 5, 2012) Over the past two decades the Magellanic penguin population in Argentina has dropped by 22 percent. To discover what is threatening the population, National Geographic grantee Dee Boersma uses state-of-the-art technology to count the penguins and monitor their movements between the beach and the sea as they forage for food. Thanks to Boersma’s research, penguin colonies and the coastal habitat they share with other species are better protected.
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