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The Refugee Center Online is looking for refugee and immigrant authors to write Refugee Voices articles on a variety of topics. $40-$50 for each article. Learn more here!

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Why blaming ivory poaching on Boko Haram isn’t helpful

In 2016, as part of a ceremony in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé, 2,000 elephant tusks were burned to demonstrate the country’s commitment to fight poaching and illegal trade in wildlife. US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power gave a speech at the event linking poaching to terrorism. 

The idea that terror groups like Boko Haram fund their activities through ivory poaching in Africa is a simple and compelling narrative. It has been adopted by governments, NGOs and media alike. But it is undermining wildlife conservation and human rights.

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new study led by Colorado State University analyzed the social interaction patterns of juvenile female elephants and found that orphans have less access to mature, dominant individuals than non-orphaned elephants, whose primary social partners are their mothers and aunts.

Orphan elephants have less access to mature, dominant individuals than non-orphaned elephants. Photo: Shifra Goldenberg/Save the Elephants, CSU

This investment will contribute to ENGIE’s goal of providing 20 million people around the world with access to decarbonized, decentralized energy by 2020, using the latest digital technologies

The Congo Basin forest is the second largest rainforest in the world. More than 75 million people and a wide range of endangered species depend on it for survival.

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is seeking a charismatic leader with global experience and perspective who demonstrates a personal and authentic passion for the AWF mission.

To learn more about the position click here.

We recommend the article, 'Save the Dung Beetle!' Global Science Chief Says Biodiversity Vital, by REUTERS and published by the NT Times.  

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Did you know, 'There’s a strong chance that one-third of all people will be African by 2100'? Read more in this article by  that was published in The Conversation.

Photo: Population of Africa since 1900 and projections up to 2100. Gilles Pison (based on UN data)

We recommend this article by Michael Marshall, published in The Conversation: 'Technique developed in Kenya offers a refined way to map tree cover'

"Scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, recently pioneered a new approach which uses satellite images and maps to show patterns linked to land use and cover change on a yearly basis. Though the technique was developed in Kenya, it can be used regionally and potentially across the world" (Marshall, para. 1, 2017).

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Read the article, 'Kenya adjusts to life without plastic bags', published by Treehugger to learn how Kenya has enacted the strickest ban on plastic bags.

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