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Over 400 animals were rescued from a boat off Malaysia as they were being smuggled from neighbouring Indonesia. Among the rescued animals were a pair of young Orangutans, baby crocodiles and rare birds were among. Authorities in Malaysia regularly thwart smuggling attempts, but finding 400 animals at the same time is unusual.
There could be more trash in the world than people. The rise in rubbish will outstrip population growth, reaching 3.4 billion tons by 2050 from around 2 billion tons in 2016. By 2050, South Asia's waste will double, sub-Saharan Africa's will triple.Better collecting, recycling and disposing of trash, could reap economic and environmental benefits.
Granting forest dwellers legal rights to their traditional lands helps fight deforestation and climate change, but the vast majority of the world's forests remain under government control with limited access for communities, researchers said. Only about 14 % of forests were legally owned or designated for local communities in 58 countries surveyed.
Environment ministers will meet in Katowice, the heart of Poland's coal-producing region, Silesia, to agree rules for the 2015 Paris climate accord. That accord set a sweeping goal of ending the fossil fuel era this century, but the text was vague on details. Poland, which generates most of its electricity from coal, is hosting the annual UN climate talks for the third time.
A new study indicates air pollution affects the brain so much that people, especially the elderly, could struggle for words or to complete simple maths. Long-term exposure to air pollution severely affects cognition skills, according to the joint study by Yale and Peking Universities and published in the reputed Proceedings of National Academy of Science journal.
Researchers said that if PM 2.5 concentrations worldwide were limited to WHO's air quality guideline concentration of 10 microgrammes per square cubic metre, the global life expectancy would be on average 0.59 year longer. The benefit of reaching the stringent target would be especially large in countries with the highest current levels of pollution, with approximately 0.8-1.4 years of additional survival in countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China.