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Interpol Wants You to Help Catch the World’s Worst Environmental Criminals

Interpol Wants You to Help Catch the World’s Worst Environmental Criminals

Interpol is launching the first-ever Most Wanted-style list for environmental criminals. Consisting of nine individuals suspected of all kind of eco-crimes, the list is meant to raise awareness and help

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Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa's Western black rhino was officially declared extinct in 2011, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The subspecies was last seen in 2006. The Northern white

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Now You Can Watch the London Zoo’s Otters LIVE on YouTube

Now You Can Watch the London Zoo’s Otters LIVE on YouTube

Need a jolt of real, live cuteness to brighten up a dull work day? London Zoo has just the thing for you. In a groundbreaking partnership with Google and British regulators Ofcom, the Zoological Society

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Man Arrested Attempting to Cross the Border with 51 Turtles Stuffed in His Pants

Man Arrested Attempting to Cross the Border with 51 Turtles Stuffed in His Pants

Is that a turtle in your pants or are you just happy to see me? Canadian Kai Xu was caught last month while attempting to smuggle 51 turtles across the border by stuffing and taping the turtles down his

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Poachers in Mozambique are Killing Thousands of Elephants on an Industrial Scale

Poachers in Mozambique are Killing Thousands of Elephants on an Industrial Scale

The elephant poaching crisis in Africa, fueled in part by demand for ivory in the far east, is getting worse. Environmentalists warn that elephants are being killed on an industrialized scale in

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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Africa is experiencing a huge spike in elephant deaths due rising demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has just launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to protect some of the world’s most endangered rainforests using recycled smartphones. Each device monitors rainforest

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Powerful Images from the Frontline of West Africa’s Devastating Ivory Trade

Powerful Images from the Frontline of West Africa’s Devastating Ivory Trade

Morgan spent time with rangers, documenting their personal lives and then traveling with them on patrol. He quickly began to realize that there is in fact no "frontline" in this brutal battle, which has

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Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood Trees

Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood Trees

You've probably heard of poachers targeting tortoises and rhinos, but the latest poaching threat in North America doesn’t involve an animal. Poachers have been sneaking into California's ancient redwood

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West African Lion Alarmingly Close to Extinction, New Study Finds

West African Lion Alarmingly Close to Extinction, New Study Finds

The results of a six-year study published yesterday in PLoS One have found that the elusive West African lion must now be considered critically endangered. The lions were previously believed to inhabit 21

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

With 2014 just around the corner, we are taking a retrospective look at the biggest news stories of 2013, and we're seeing a healthy combination of both really disturbing, depressing news and positive

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7 Animals Recently Driven to Extinction by Humans

7 Animals Recently Driven to Extinction by Humans

Pinta Island Tortoise (2012) Lonesome George was the last known Pinta Island Tortoise in the world, and he died on June 24, 2012. Although the exact age of the massive reptile was unknown, he was

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Is Google Helping Poachers Sell Illegal Ivory Online?

Is Google Helping Poachers Sell Illegal Ivory Online?

Google claims to be a company interested in renewable energy and sustainability, but some say the company's policies regarding international commerce prove just the opposite. According to an investigation

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Nairobi Terrorist Attack Made Possible by the African Ivory Trade

Nairobi Terrorist Attack Made Possible by the African Ivory Trade

A report by the Elephant Action League has revealed a link between the terrorist group responsible for the recent attack at Westgate mall in Nairobi and Africa's illegal ivory trade. Up to 40 percent of

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Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo

Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo

Three animals at an Indonesian zoo died after eating poisoned meat earlier this month. An endangered Sumatran tiger named Peter and two lions, Gebo and Sonia, were found dead on August 17, 2013 at the

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Formosan Clouded Leopard Confirmed to Be Extinct in Taiwan

Formosan Clouded Leopard Confirmed to Be Extinct in Taiwan

Photo via Shutterstock A 13-year search for one of the smallest big cats in the world just ended, confirming what many feared: The Formosan clouded leopard is extinct in Taiwan. The more than

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South African Game Reserve Poisoned 100 Rhino Horns to Curtail Poaching

South African Game Reserve Poisoned 100 Rhino Horns to Curtail Poaching

Photo via Shutterstock Until now, nothing has worked to curtail rhino poaching, and 200 of the endangered animals have already been killed in South Africa this year. Tired of watching an entire species

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Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

Photo via Shutterstock Some researchers believe that creating a legal rhino horn trade is the only way to curb runaway poaching of the endangered mammal. At present, roughly two rhinos are killed for

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WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

Image of US army drone, Shutterstock The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced plans to deploy aerial drones to get control of the escalating illegal wildlife trade, which is quickly spinning out of

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Zambia Finally Bans the Hunting of Endangered Lions and Leopards

Zambia Finally Bans the Hunting of Endangered Lions and Leopards

Africa has some of the planet's most beautiful and endangered species, such as rhinos, elephants, leopards and lions. However, over the decades, poaching has severely impacted on these species seeing many

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Jane Goodall Warns Elephants Could Become Extinct Because of Illegal Ivory Trade

Jane Goodall Warns Elephants Could Become Extinct Because of Illegal Ivory Trade

Jane Goodall has issued a vehement plea for citizens everywhere to stop buying ivory as she fears African elephants face extinction to fuel the illegal trade. Speaking with The Guardian after authorities

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Young Gorillas Use Teamwork To Dismantle Poacher Traps and Protect their Clan

Young Gorillas Use Teamwork To Dismantle Poacher Traps and Protect their Clan

Time and time again, the planet's great apes have displayed their intelligence through reasoning and even architecture. However last week, two young mountain gorillas in Rwanda showed just how smart they

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