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The Return of the Beaver

The Eurasian beaver was hunted to extinction in the UK around 400 years ago, but two have now been reintroduced in the Forest of Dean as part of a trial to help mitigate flooding and improve biodiversity in the area. The Eurasian Beaver Source: Per Harald Olsen, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons The villages of Lydbrook and Upper Lydbrook within Gloucestershire were badly flooded in 2012 and are particularly at risk due to their proximity to Greathough ...

Forced Marriages in Britain

According to the Guardian newspaper, over 3,500 reports of forced marriage were made to the police during a three-year period. Charities believe that there are thousands more victims living in conditions of modern slavery in homes across the UK. Data from the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation recorded 3,546 reports between 2014 and 2016. However, some experts believe that this is merely the tip of the iceberg. During the same period, a UK helpline run by a different NGO received ...

Return of the Bison to the Netherlands

Some eighty years since they were hunted to extinction in Europe, a small herd of wild European bison have been successfully reintroduced to the coastal dunes of the Dutch coast. It could lead to them being reintroduced elsewhere in Europe. The European bison is the largest land-living animal in Europe. It has been extinct in Europe since 1927, and from the Netherlands for hundreds of years. There were attempts to breed the species in Poland in the 1950s, but the European ...

Migration from Venezuela

Venezuela is experiencing the worst migration crisis in recent Latin American history. Migrants are fleeing from food shortages, hyperinflation, a collapsing economy, disease and violence. The humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has gone relatively unnoticed. According to the UNHCR 5,000 migrants are leaving every day: if this rate continues some 1.8m people, more than 5 per cent of Venezuela’s population, will depart this year. Venezuela’s implosion has been building for some time and is becoming an international disaster. For decades, Venezuela was ...

Inward Investment in Senegal

In March 2018 the Turkish leader announced deals worth almost US $600 million in Senegal, the latest sign that foreign investment in Senegal is gradually shifting eastward. France, Senegal’s former colonial ruler, has long dominated foreign investment. Since 2003, however, the country has seen a surge in interest from further afield. According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), most new foreign investment projects have come from non-western countries, including $2.8bn from the United Arab Emirates, $1.23bn from ...

Improvements in Sanitation and Hygiene in Bangladesh

Among the world’s poor people diarrhoea is a killer. Up to 500,000 children are thought to die every year from enteric diseases, such as cholera and dysentery. Repeated infections also weaken them, laying them open to attack from other killers such as pneumonia. Diarrhoea can affect a person’s size and shape. Indian children are often shorter than sub-Saharan African children from families of similar incomes, partly because they fall sick more often. In Bangladesh deaths from diarrhoea and other enteric diseases ...

Whaling and the Faroe Islands

Whale hunting in the Faroe Island normally causes global outrage. Now Mike Day has released a documentary, which took four years to film, The Island and the Whales, that shows the complexity of the issue. Traditionally, the islanders’ annual slaughter of pilot whales is virtually the only occasion when the lives of 50,000 Faroese are noticed by the wider world. The documentary tells of a disappearing way of life, a population who are now affected by the results by globalisation – ...

Trafficking Women in China

According to the International Labour Organisation some 15 million people around the world are living in marriages into which they were forced, including some who were abducted. In China the trafficking of women is particularly acute, in part because a preference for sons has left the country with a severely skewed sex ratio. The imbalance was aggravated by a one-child-per-couple policy, which operated between 1979 and 2016, which prompted many to abort females before they were born. The Chinese Academy ...

Climate Change Disrupts UK Sport

Extreme weather conditions caused by climate change are threatening the future of some of the UK’s favourite sports, including cricket, football and golf. A report by the Climate Coalition, a campaign group, urges sporting bodies to adapt to the changing environment. Climate change is altering weather patterns around the world. In the UK, it has resulted in more rain. Over 25 per cent of England’s one-day cricket international matches have been reduced by rain since 2000. The winters of 2013–14 and ...

Cape Town Is Running Dry

Cape Town is at risk of becoming the world’s first large metropolis to run out of water after a three-year long drought. Dams are at 17% of capacity and at some point in April this year – on or about the 21st according to the latest estimates – Cape Town will wake up to ‘Day Zero’, when toilets and taps will run dry. If that happens, 4 million residents will need to queue at standpipes to receive their 25 litres ...

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