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It’s ‘make or break time for the microbeads ban’
On the day the Government’s microbeads consultation closes, businesses have joined environmental campaigners in calling for a comprehensive ban on microbeads. Campaigners have warned that the current proposals would see the ban limited to microplastic ingredients of 5mm or less in ‘rinse off’ personal care and cosmetic products, while other products containing microplastics could continue to be sold.
Campaigners from the Microbeads Coalition said it was ‘make or break time for the microbeads ban’, as businesses including health and beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies, NCH Europe, which produces industrial cleaning products, and Anglian Water, which is leading the national campaign on unflushables, called on the Government to implement a complete ban on microplastic ingredients.
The coalition, which includes the Environmental Investigation Agency, Fauna & Flora International, Greenpeace UK, and the Marine Conservation Society, is calling for the Government to follow the guidelines below, developed by Fauna & Flora International and as recommended by the Environmental Audit Committee:
* any definition of ‘microbeads’ must include all solid water insoluble plastic ingredients smaller than 5mm used for any purpose (not just for exfoliation). There should be no lower size limit included in the definition;
* the legislation should cover all products that are washed down the drain or discharged into the aquatic environment. This includes a wide range of cosmetic and personal care products as well as industrial cleaning products, make-up, and other product categories;
* legislation should not allow so-called ‘biodegradable’ plastics to be used as alternatives, as these materials do not degrade in the marine environment and therefore are not a solution to the problem;
* there should be a clear and prompt timeline for phasing out these ingredients and a date after which products containing microplastics must not be sold. This should be within two years of the ban.
Read today's press release in full at eia-international.org/make-break-time-microbeads-ban
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More than 25,000 elephants were killed in a Gabon national park in one decade
New research suggests that more than 25,000 forest elephants were killed for their ivory in Gabon’s Minkébé National Park, one of the largest and most important wildlife preserves in Central Africa, between 2004 and 2014.
That’s a decline of somewhere between 78 and 81 percent in the park’s forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) population over the span of just one decade, and it was largely driven by poachers who crossed the border into Gabon from its neighbor to the north, Cameroon, according to a new study led by researchers with Duke University and published in the journal Current Biology this week.
* Find out more about the scale and nature of ivory crime - explore EIA's interactive seizures map at eia-international.org/illegal-trade-seizures-elephant-ivory
“With nearly half of Central Africa’s estimated 100,000 forest elephants thought to live in Gabon, the loss of 25,000 elephants from this key sanctuary is a considerable setback for the preservation of the species,” John Poulsen, assistant professor of tropical ecology at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and the lead author of the study, said in a statement.
Read the full story on Mongabay.com at news.mongabay.com/2017/02/more-than-25000-elephants-were-killed-in-a-gabon-national-park-in-one-d...
#Africa #Gabon #Cameroon #elephants #ivory #poaching Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke
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2 hours ago ·
Africa/India: Eight rangers killed in grim week for wildlife protectors
Eight wildlife rangers have lost their lives in four separate countries, in a week that highlighted the numerous hazards rangers face in protecting the world’s wild lands and species.
“It’s a tough week when we lose eight of our ranger family; some to poachers’ bullets and some to the other dangers that come with the territory,” said Sean Willmore, founder and director of the Thin Green Line Foundation, which supports widows and children of rangers killed in the line of duty.
“We are becoming accustomed to this sad reality. But we need the world community’s support to help provide training and equipment to prevent deaths and to support families left behind.”
On 17 February, a young ranger with the Kenyan Wildlife Service was shot dead by elephant poachers in Tsavo national park.
... Not all ranger fatalities are at the hands of poachers. Three rangers also died last week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when their speed boat capsized in Virunga national park.
... Another three rangers were killed in Central African Republic last week, but no additional details were available on the incident.
Finally, in India, a 28-year-old forest ranger passed out while trying to stamp down flames in Bandipur national park. Officials say Murigeppa Tammangol died from asphyxiation, burns and brain damage. Tammangol leaves behind a wife and a three-month-old baby.
Read in full at www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/27/eight-rangers-killed-in-grim-week-for-wildlife-protec...
#rangers #Africa #India
Image: The burial of Kasereka Matendere Mwana Zaire, a ranger for Virunga National Park who drowned after his boat capsized. Two others were killed as well (c) Ranger Bantu (IDPE) ... See MoreSee Less
3 hours ago ·