Indonesia: 100 Plus Orangutans Estimated Dead


The link below is to an article on Orangutans in Sumatra and the threat posed to them by deforestation, and a fire that has burnt unchecked there as a result of logging.

For more visit:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hPdy1GSpmZzTWIRiAs4h45tvqteQ

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Indonesia: Orangutans Under Threat


The link below is to an article on Orangutans in Sumatra and the threat posed to them by deforestation.

For more visit:
http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/wild-sumatran-orangutans-could-be-wiped-out-weeks.html

Australia: Great Barrier Reef


Pesticide Use a Threat to the Reef

The link below is to an article on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and threat posed to it by the pesticide diuron being used within reach of the reef. A 3 month ban has now ended and spraying can resume with a number of restrictions imposed.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/mar/27/great-barrier-reef-australia-pesticides

Earth Hour 2012: Tonight


The link below is to an article on Earth Hour 2012, which is being held tonight. The article below includes a history of the event, which is now a global movement for ‘change.’ However, just how much change is brought about by Earth Hour is still a matter of debate. There seems to be more of an emphasis on going beyond the hour this time round, which is a far better way of drawing awareness to the need of green energy for the future and the major issue of climate change that is facing the planet. If the event is to is bring lasting change, we need to move beyond the hour as just a fun thing to do and actually bring about change to the way we live our lives the world over. There is a long way to go, as can be seen with the great difficulty of reaching any useful agreements on CO2 emission reductions and the like. Hopefully awareness can bring about real change through this event.

For more visit:
http://www.kleenexmums.com.au/sustainability/earth-hour/the-hour-of-no-power/

Europe: Plastic Bag Ban


The link below is to an article reporting on the possible banning of free plastic bages in Europe. The move is an attempt to stop plastic bags polluting the environment and causing harm to wildlife.

For more visit:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120304/Free-plastic-bags-banned-Europe.html

Burundi: Bururi Long-Fingered Frog


The link below is to an article reporting on the rediscovery of the Bururi Long-Fingered Frog (Cardioglossa cyaneospila) in Burundi. It was found for the first time in 60 years within the Bururi Forest Reserve.

For more visit:
http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0327-hance_longfingeredfrog.html