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June 2011


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The Environmental Impact Of Paper

Tue 28th June 2011 (0 comments)

Paper Factory

Since the first paper was made from the stem of the papyrus plant by the Ancient Egyptians, it has become one of life's most essential items for people all around the world. However, out of the more than 11 million tonnes of paper that is used in the UK alone every year, around 5 million tonnes ends up being dumped in landfill sites across the country.

Although the vast waste of paper products is of enormous environmental concern, there are actually three stages in the paper making process that have significant negative implications on the world around us. More than 30 million acres of trees primarily from old growth forests, are harvested from all around the world to supply the 300 million tonnes of paper needed for the global demand.

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The Cuddly Front Of Conservation

Fri 24th June 2011 (1 comment)

Green Sea Turtle

Following the Channel 4 Dispatches programme that aired on Monday the 20th of June, a number of the world's largest animal conservation organisations are feeling on the back foot after the extensive report looked into a number of key issues in modern conservation including where funding actually comes from, and where the majority of it then ends up.

Entitled Conservation's Dirty Secrets, the hour long documentary reported by investigative journalist Oliver Steeds, paints a somewhat gloomy picture about what the world's conservation work now seems to entail. Containing some disturbing footage at points, it also looks into the lives of local people that are affected by the actions of western conservation.

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New Trademark Marks A Turning Point For Sustainable Palm Oil

Tue 21st June 2011 (0 comments)

Trademark
copyright rspo.org


On May 31st 2011, the more than 500 members of the RSPO were finally given the opportunity to clearly display to their consumers that their products contain sustainable palm-derived ingredients, with the release of the RSPO's new trademark in more than 60 countries worldwide.

This also applies to the major palm oil markets and although consumers all around the world are becoming more aware of the fact that palm oil and products derived from it are almost impossible to avoid in their daily shopping, they are now actually able to make a more informed decision about the products that they purchase.

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Stunning Animal Photography

Fri 17th June 2011 (0 comments)

Philippine Tarsier

Even before the invention of the camera in the mid 1800s, people would spend hours marvelling at the beauty of nature with many artists focusing their attention on the world surrounding them. Today with the advancements of modern technology, we are able to view the natural world like never before seeing more of it than we ever thought possible through a lens.

One of the best things about our modern day cameras is that anyone is able to pick one up and take a photograph to keep a permanent image of what they are looking at. Numerous pictures stunningly portray the beauty of the world that surrounds us and here a just handful of the best from the animal kingdom:

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Living In The Wild

Tue 14th June 2011 (0 comments)

Wolf

Before the development of complex Human society we would have led a more primitive lifestyle, displaying more simple behaviours and using more basic forms of language than the ones we recognise today. Despite this massive contrast with life in the modern world, there are still people that actually live in the wild and seem to have adapted well to their new surroundings.

Although thankfully quite rare, cases of feral children have been reported from all around the world, with over 100 cases having been recorded today. Feral children are young children that have lived away from Human contact for so long that they have little or no understanding of Human care or social behaviour, and even language (many never learn how to speak once back in Human society).

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European Wild Cats

Fri 10th June 2011 (0 comments)

Eurasian Lynx

When you think about Europe, images of large Wild Cats are not what first comes to mind. Thousands of years ago however, the story was different with Leopards, Lions and even Cheetahs once thought to roam throughout much of the continent. The ancestors of these modern felines are thought to have evolved just under 10 million years ago.

Although generally believed to be larger in size than the species we recognise today, Europe's Cats would have inhabited the large expanses of both forest and grassland. Today however, much of this natural habitat has completely disappeared and along with it, the largest of the Cats. There are currently three wild felines still in existence in certain areas of the continent.

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The Natural Riches Of Brunei

Tue 7th June 2011 (0 comments)

Sultan Omar Ali
Saifuddin Mosque


Despite only occupying a tiny portion of Northern Borneo, Brunei is the 25th wealthiest country in the world, primarily due to it's richness in natural amenities like oil. However, much of this tiny sultanate remains undisturbed and undeveloped with roughly 80% of it's natural forest still remaining.

The native people of Brunei enjoy a tax-free life in a country covered by tropical rainforest and mangrove swamps, and often have an incredibly close connection to the nature that surrounds them. Brunei's natural habitats also extend beyond the jungle into glorious bright white beaches that lead into the South China Sea.

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The African Big Five

Fri 3rd June 2011 (0 comments)

Natural Africa

The term 'Big Five' today portrays the beauty and power of some of Africa's most iconic animals, but it actually has a much darker history. Originally used by hunters who travelled to the African continent, these five animals were the most highly sought after, hunted as trophies to display the exotic nature of the individual's bravery.

Sadly however, the excessive hunting and poaching of these animals has led to drastic declines in their population numbers, meaning that all but one are now considered at least Threatened or Endangered by the IUCN. Including two of the largest animals found on land anywhere in the world, these five are truly amongst the most spectacular animals on Earth.

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