Deforestation

War and the Effect on Wildlife

Human conflict throughout the world can often result in wars that cause large-scale economic and social disruption, as well as immense suffering and loss of human life. But the impact is not limited to the effect on human populations living in the war-zone. Its impact spreads broader, often impacting the natural environment and the wildlife …

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Angora rabbit

The Truth Behind Angora and Faux Fur Production

Most, if not all animal-lovers abhor the fur trade industry and wouldn’t dream of wearing a fur coat or any item of clothing with fur trim. But for many, Angora fur and faux fur offer a more humane alternative, as no animals get killed or harmed during the production process. But is this really the …

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Fracking facility

The Environmental Consequences of Fracking

What is Fracking? Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is more commonly known, involves a complex labour and industry intensive operation whereby a toxic potion consisting of millions of litres of water, sand, and a range of chemicals – many of which are carcinogenic – are pumped into the ground at high pressure. This forces …

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Whales

Whale Hunting

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) placed a moratorium on all commercial whaling in 1986. However Japan, Iceland and Norway continue to hunt whales both commercially and for supposed ‘scientific purposes’; these three countries have slaughtered more than 25,000 whales between them since the moratorium was put in place. Presently whale hunting takes place under three …

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Food waste

Food Waste

Of all the food that is produced around the world every year, a third is wasted. What this in effect means, is that 1.3 billion tonnes of food, valued at over one trillion US dollars, simply goes to waste each and every year. That would not seem so bad if it were not for the …

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Meat

Global Meat Production & Consumption

Global meat production and consumption has steadily increased over the last few decades, which has in turn negatively impacted the environment, the global economy, as well as human health. According to a study conducted by Worldwatch Institute as part of their Nourishing the Planet project, meat production has trebled over the last forty years, and …

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elephants drinking

Elephant poaching

Demand for ivory – particularly from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand, where it is valued for decorative and ornamental purposes – saw a dramatic upturn in the 1970s, and with this came a significant increase in ivory poaching, with 80% of the market being supplied by illegally poached ivory hunted by well-organized outfits armed with …

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Rhino mother and baby

Rhino Poaching

Rhinos are currently being decimated in Africa, and also in other regions of the world where these magnificent animals are found. The scale of poaching has dramatically escalated over the last five years, fuelled by high demand for rhino horn in the Asian market, together with ridiculously high prices that rhino horn fetches on these …

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Turtle in plastic

Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is arguably one of the most challenging forms of pollution that we are faced with today, negatively impacting terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, and the organisms that live in these habitats. Discarded plastic not only looks unsightly; it kills. Wildlife often become entangled in plastic bags or other discarded plastic debris, which can …

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Dolphins Taiji

Dolphin Hunting in Taiji, Japan

It is spring in the southern hemisphere, that happy time of the year that symbolizes new life. But in Taiji, Japan, things are very different – spring symbolizes death – for September heralds the beginning of the annual dolphin hunt, which runs from September through to May the following year, during which time up to …

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