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On Saturday, EIA supporter Keith Dickman will take on the gruelling South Coast Ultra Challenge!
He'll will be walking 100km from Eastbourne to Arundel over two days to raise funds for EIA, and every penny raised will go towards our vital work combating environmental crime.
Keith’s been training incredibly hard and we know he’ll do brilliantly. You can sponsor his incredible efforts via his Virgin Money Giving page here: ow.ly/czXb303zyWX
We’d like to extend a massive thank you to Keith for taking on this challenge for us – it’s only with the support of people like you that we can continue to make a difference.
From everyone at EIA – good luck!
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8 hours ago ·
India: Deforestation is reducing rainfall, study finds
Deforestation and conversion of forest land to crop land has weakened the monsoon in India, a study by a team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has found.
The team from the Interdisciplinary Program in Climate Studies of IIT-B studied recent changes of land use and found that rainfall received in the North-Eastern and North-Central India has reduced owing to the destruction of forests.
“Due to the large-scale deforestation, there has been a significant drop in the amount of rainfall received,” said Subimal Ghosh, a faculty member associated with the study.
“Forests are deep-rooted and have more leaf area index (an indicator of plant canopies). They facilitate more recycled precipitation, a source of rainfall,” he said.
Ghosh said the conversion of forests to crop lands, particularly in North-Eastern and North-Central India, has reduced the amount of rainfall received in these areas.
... Ghosh said the findings of the study should be considered while designing climate change mitigation policies.
Read in full at indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/deforestation-is-reducing-rainfall-in-india-iit-...
#India #forests #deforestation #monsoon
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8 hours ago ·
Excellent if worrying article by Julian Rademeyer ...
Zimbabwe: Govt is standing by as its wildlife is slaughtered
It was a normal day in the Chipinge Safari area when two police officers, Robert Shumba and Vengai Mazhara, headed into the bush in Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands after getting a tip about a poacher armed with an AK-47.
They were soon dead, shot by an unknown man who escaped the scene.
A month later, the police arrested a man alleged to have supplied the AK-47 used in the killings, 36-year-old Munashe Mugwira, an operative at the state security agency, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).
Mugwira was detained after another suspected poacher was arrested. According to the local press, the suspect told police that Mugwira had supplied him and four others with AK-47s and .303 hunting rifles to “kill rhinos”. The man, Jason Chisango, also accused Mugwira of poisoning elephants with cyanide.
The accusations against a government agent point to a worrying trend in Zimbabwe: the involvement of the state’s security apparatus in rhino horn smuggling and supplying weapons to elephant and rhino poachers.
Mugwira – who has denied the charges – is now facing trial, and while Zimbabwe does have stringent legislation to protect its fauna and flora, the application of these laws has so far been disastrously uneven.
Read in full at www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/25/zimbabwes-government-is-standing-by-as-its-wildlife-gets-sl...
#Zimbabwe #Africa #poaching #elephants #rhinos #corruption
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8 hours ago ·