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Environmental crime rises, strains African economies and generates instability

Environmental crime has been rising dramatically in the past decade, growing at two to three times the pace of the global economy, according to a 2016 UNEP-INTERPOL rapid response assessment. This new form of criminality, which includes illicit trade in wildlife, illegal exploitation and sale of minerals and trafficking of hazardous waste, among others, seems […]

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China to ban trade in ivory by end of 2017

The government of China has announced that it will ban the total trade in ivory by the end of this year, Shanghai Daily reported this week, as pressure mounts on the world’s largest economy to play a critical part in eradicating the poaching of African elephants. “To better protect elephants and better tackle the illegal […]

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Drought kills 3 800 cows, goats in Tanzania

A total of 3 829 livestock, including cows, sheep and goats, have died as a result of drought in the Kilosa District, Morogoro Region, in eastern Tanzania, local media reports said this week. Tanzania, an impoverished Eastern Africa of 50 million people, has witnessed six major droughts in the last 30 years, analysts said. The […]

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