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Counterintuitive: Large wild herbivores may help slow climate change

Counterintuitive: Large wild herbivores may help slow climate change

By Tim Vernimmen - Mongabay Large animals, especially herbivores such as elephants, are often seen as being destructive of vegetation, so are not thought of as a nature-based climate solution. Scientists are proving otherwise.By removing living and dead plants, large animals dispose of material that may fuel wildfires, which can add large amounts of carbon to the atmosphere; by consuming vegetation and excreting dung, large animals may improve the availability of nutrients to plants and support the storage of carbon in vegetation and soil.By creating gaps in the vegetation and dispersing...

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Mapping a future and sustainable pathways for southern Africa’s wild elephants

Mapping a future and sustainable pathways for southern Africa’s wild elephants

By Don Pinnock - Daily Maverick If Africa’s elephants had the choice, as they once had for millions of years, where would they go and why? With telemetry, scientists can answer these questions and propose new routes for conservation. Most of the world’s savannah elephants live in southern Africa. They were once a nation of great travellers linked by well-worn paths, meeting and mixing across seven million square kilometres. Today they’re boxed into the equivalent of separate villages — national parks and private reserves — by human settlements and fences. They have always shared land with...

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EU moves get praise from telling factions at wildlife conference

By Tracy Keeling - The Canary The European Union has come under fire from wildlife charities, among others, for some of its actions at the World Wildlife Conference. Not everyone is displeased with the trade bloc, however. According to attendees of a meeting at the conference on 21 November, a consultant for a trophy hunting advocacy group sang the EU’s praises. CoP19: EU on sharks and elephants The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) conference of the parties (CoP19) is taking place in Panama from 14 to 25 November. CITES...

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Mixed results for African elephants at the world wildlife trade conference in Panama

Mixed results for African elephants at the world wildlife trade conference in Panama

By Adam Cruise & Keith Lindsay PANAMA CITY: During the 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP19) in Panama of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the plight of African elephants has once again been prominent on the agenda. The 170 nations (called Parties) present at CoP19, which runs from the 14th to 25th of November, will decide whether measures must be adopted to afford endangered species of plants and animals stronger or weaker protection from exploitation for international trade. Adoption of proposals is decided through voting in which a two-thirds...

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