Actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s conservation foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to the World Wildlife Fund to help Nepal increase its tiger population. This donation will be used used for an initiative to double the number of tigers in Nepal by 2022 – the next Chinese year of the tiger.
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Chum salmon are spawning again at an urban creek in the heart of East Vancouver after disapearing for 80 years. The salmon returned this week to Still Creek, which sits in a ravine surrounded by warehouses and a nearby Skytrain line. The creek was once one of the most polluted streams in the province.
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According to Mayor Bloomberg, the NYC air quality has hit its highest levels in 50 years, a development officials say has led to fewer deaths and hospitalizations.
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2 of South Korea largest airlines, Korean Air and Asiana, announced they decided to ban shark fin from their cargo flights as part of a growing global campaign against the Asian delicacy.
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Last week, a new, nation’s biggest bicycle-sharing program, was launched in NYC offering 6000 bikes in 300 locations around the city, the plan is the increase it to 10K pairs locatd at 600 different locations around Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
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Last week the Wildlife Conservation Society announced that the Republic of Congo has declared a new national park that will protect a few threatened species. including a core population of western lowland gorillas, a critically endangered species.
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Last week, President Obama announced the government would add almost 3,000 square miles of California coastline to the National Marine Sanctuary system, this triples the area of California coastline under protection to 4,500 square miles.
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Switzerland’s Parliament has approved a motion banning single-use plastic shopping bags. Both houses of the Swiss Parliament Thursday voted to forbid the distribution of the plastic bags. The next step is for the government to implement the ban.
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Tokelau (a South Pacific territory administers by New Zealnad) has become last month the first territory able to meet all its electricity needs with solar power.
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In South Africa there are now a solar powered school which was made by Samsung that turned a shipping container into a portable wired classroom to bridge the divide between rural and urban South African schools.
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