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Proof that no-fishing zones work / Meeting Kumi Naidoo

Too many powerful fishing boats We all know the oceans are in trouble. Since “large-scale fishing” began in 1952, the abundance of large oceanic fish has decreased globally by 90%. Too many boats with too much capacity are chasing too

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Africa’s big mammal populations drop 59% in 40 years!

African elephants in Kruger National Park. Photo: Sally Kneidel Just saw a distressing news item.  In an interview published 1/27/11, scientist Ian Craigie says populations of big mammals in Africa have decreased 59% in 40 years. And those figures are

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For orangutans, hunting may trump habitat loss as biggest threat

Most people are surprised to learn that unlawful traffic in wildlife and wildlife parts is the third biggest criminal activity in the world, after drugs and arms. The illegal hunting of great apes is so pervasive that it may threaten

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Why use toilet paper? No need to flush our forests

This post now on the syndicated BasilandSpice and on Google News We’re facing mass wildlife extinctions this century.  One big reason: the human population explosion and resulting habitat loss. You might be surprised to learn how our personal hygiene choices

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Wild tigers are in trouble

This post now on Google News and on the syndicated BasilandSpice This past August 22, a hot story popped up in headlines around the world. A 2-month-old tiger cub was spotted by x-ray in a suitcase at a Bangkok airport.

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How food affects your brain: 10 facts we now know

Readers – I just received an email from Cindy Cullen at the Culinary Arts College, asking if I would post a link to their article How Food Affects Your Brain: 10 Facts We Now Know.” Some interesting information in the

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Laws flaunted: flourishing pet trade threatens orangutan survival

This post now on Google News and on the syndicated BasilandSpice.com Pet trade threatens orangutan survival “Having a pet orangutan is a status symbol,” I was told by my Indonesian friend Ria, who lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital.

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Searching for a wild orangutan…

This post on Google News and on the syndicated site BasilandSpice. On my Asian quest to see wild and semi-wild orangutans, I wasn’t sure I’d find a single one of the red apes roaming free in a forest. Orangutans used

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Orangutans dwindle as Borneo, Sumatra converted to palm-oil plantations

Text and all photos by Sally Kneidel, PhD This post also on the syndicated site BasilandSpice. I’ve wanted to visit Indonesia for years – it has more tropical rain forest than almost any other country. Only Brazil has more. Indonesia

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Oil Spill 2010: Wildlife Danger Considered Terrifying

This post is now on Google News. Also on Basilandspice.com which is partnered with Newstex, TOPIX, EIN McClatchy-Tribune News Service and other media outlets. On Thursday April 29, the slick from the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico covered

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These days, I blog mostly about nature and wildlife. Even the tiniest creatures make me happy! You'll also find here lots of posts about plant-based foods, health, and ecotourism. Ecotourism can support local people who make a living through sustainable use of wildlife, habitat, and natural resources.

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Our other blog, Veggie Revolution, focuses more on food than this one does, especially the environmental, health and humane aspects of our food choices. That blog was started in 2005 and continues today, while the blog you're reading now began in 2009. Some of the newer posts are on both blogs, but Veggie Rev has at least 260 more posts than this blog, including Sadie's travels to Morocco. In the sidebar of Veggie Rev, you'll see links to each year that can take you back to all the posts for a particular year.

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