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Energy, wildlife, and the myth of the zero-sum game


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Florida legislature unanimously votes for $300 million to protect wildlife corridor


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Thailand says $11M seized in wildlife trafficking sting


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Why Bhutan’s Sakteng wildlife sanctuary is disputed by China


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Florida man saves his dog from the jaws of an alligator; wildlife cam films the dramatic rescue


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China virus outbreak revives calls to stop wildlife trade

China virus outbreak revives calls to stop wildlife tradeThe outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. It’s also raising questions about how it could happen again after the lessons learned from the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which was traced to consumption of wild animals in the southern city of Guangzhou. Demand for wild animals in Asia, especially China, is hastening the extinction of many species, on top of posing a perennial health threat that authorities have failed to fully address despite growing risks of a global pandemic.



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Rain douses some Australian bush fires but flash floods now threaten wildlife

Rain douses some Australian bush fires but flash floods now threaten wildlifeHeavy rains in fire-ravaged eastern Australia have brought welcome relief for firefighters and farmers, but sparked flash floods that have led to fresh scrambles to save native animals.  As the rain hit on Thursday the New South Wales State Emergency Services department warned that the sudden heavy downpours in some areas would bring flash flooding, falling trees and landslides where the fires have wiped out vegetation.  On Friday, the warnings were realised when flash floods hit the Australia Reptile Park on the NSW east coast, and the state's koalas – having lost thousands of their number and huge swathes of their habitat – needed to be rescued again as floods thundered down fire-blasted hills empty of vegetation.  Park director Tim Faulkner told local media that the sudden floods on Friday morning were “incredible”.  “Just last week we were having daily meetings to discuss the imminent threat of bushfires,” he said. “Today, we've had the whole team out there, drenched, acting fast to secure the safety of our animals and defend the park from the onslaught of water… We haven't seen flooding like this at the park for over 15 years.” And while the rains have doused fires in some areas, blazes continue to rage across many other parts of the country where the weather stayed dry, including in other parts of New South Wales where 82 fires were still burning, with 30 out of control, and in the state of Victoria, to the south. Parts of the state’s Alpine region were evacuated again as erratic winds caused spot fires around a large blaze at Mount Buffalo.  The rain also completely missed Kangaroo Island, the nation's third biggest off the southern coast of the mainland, where fires have devastated the formerly wildlife-rich national park.  The authorities have warned the crisis could worsen again with Australia only halfway through its summer. The unprecedented fires, fuelled by climate change and a years-long drought, have already claimed 28 lives over the past five months. They have scorched massive tracts of pristine forests in eastern and southern Australia, decimated livestock on already barren farms and destroyed 2,000 homes. In areas where rain has arrived, there are new concerns that muddy ash will be swept into rivers and lakes, exacerbating an emerging crisis as fish die in vast numbers due to ash poisoning the waterways. The NSW Department of Primary Industries has received reports of “hundreds of thousands” of fish dead in the Macleay river since December 2019.



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PHOTOS: Unique angles of wildlife taken from a remote-controlled car

PHOTOS: Unique angles of wildlife taken from a remote-controlled carAn innovative photographer attached a camera to a remote-controlled car, allowing him to capture unique angles of wild lions, rhinos and more animals.



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Trump administration re-authorizes 'cyanide bombs' to kill wildlife

Trump administration re-authorizes 'cyanide bombs' to kill wildlifeUS President Donald Trump’s administration has re-authorized the use of controversial poison traps known as “cyanide bombs” to kill wild foxes, coyotes and feral dogs despite overwhelming opposition from conservation groups. The devices, known as M-44s, which are implanted in the ground and resemble lawn sprinklers, use a spring-loaded ejector to release sodium cyanide when an animal tugs on its baited capsule holder. The decision to re-instate their use was announced in the Federal Register earlier this week, and met with outrage by environmental groups that led a campaign to flood the Environmental Protection Agency with more than 20,000 letters.



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Dolphin impaled in the head found dead, wildlife officials seek clues

Dolphin impaled in the head found dead, wildlife officials seek cluesInvestigators are looking for who or what made a gash in the head of a bottlenose dolphin found dead in May.



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