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Green Blog posted a article in BiodiversityThe elephants in northern Mozambique survived the country’s bloody civil war, but now they are being killed by the hundreds every year. An aerial-survey, commissioned by WWF-Mozambique, shows that between 480 to 900 elephants died in the area between 2011 and 2013, with the majority of the deaths being blamed on poaching. “The elephant deaths are probably due to illegal hunting and the losses are likely to be devastating to the population,” said Anabela Rodriguez, Country Director of WWF-Mozambique. Almost half of the elephants sighted during the aerial-survey of the landscape at the end of last year were carcasses of dead elephants. WWF is now calling for urgent action following these shocking research results. “Mozambique has emerged as one of the main places of the slaughter of elephants and ivory transit in Africa and as a profitable warehouse for transit and export of rhino horn for the Asian markets,” said WWF International’s Policy Expert on Wildlife Trade, Colman O’Criodain. “We need to see urgent action and ongoing commitment to combat these illegal activities.” But poaching seems to be increasing in not just Mozambique but also in neighboring South Africa. According to South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs, say that hundreds of rhinos have been killed. Figures released at the end of May showed that a total of 442 rhinos have already been poached in 2014 – with more than half killed inside the Kruger National Park. WWF is organizing a meeting with conservation NGOs, wildlife experts and government officials this week to find ways to stop this renewed onslaught on the elephant and rhino populations of southern Africa. But weak enforcement, vulnerable borders and corruption in Mozambique makes it hard to co-ordinate an effective response to poaching. “Well-organised and structured criminal networks facilitated by corruption are luring unemployed youths in the region to engage in criminal activities,” said Dr Jo Shaw, Manager of the Rhino Programme for WWF-South Africa. “In order to cope with this crisis, we need interventions that involve a variety of stakeholders from government, through to the private sector and civil society to change attitudes towards wildlife.” WWF calls for strengthened law enforcement and increased awareness “across all sectors of society” about the illegal wildlife trade that fuels the poaching in Mozambique.
On Saturday March 29th at 8:30pm, millions of people across the world are switching off lights for one hour - to celebrate their commitment to the planet. This is definition of the Earth Hour, the biggest event against climate change in history launched in 2007 and organized by WWF. In a few hours the world will be darker but millions of people will be happy to fight against a phenomenon that is starting to change our daily lives. Bacteria that are coming from the melting of the ices, high pollution that kills seven millions people a year (for more details go to the news section). These aren't little changes, these are threats to our future, to the future of our planet. Earth Hour might be just a symbolic gesture (a big one) but half a million trees will be planted in the world's first Earth Hour Forest in a fight against the 6000 hectares of deforestation. Hectares of sea are being protected, raising the level of protection of Argentina’s seas from 1% to more than 4%. Concrete facts, fighting a common enemy that everybody must fight. This year, WWF is launching Earth Hour Blue, a digital crowd funding and crowdsourcing platform that enables participants to help raise funds and take action on a range of environmental issues. A small gesture, switch off a light, alone doesn’t have an impact so why should we do that? Because together millions of small gestures become the sign of a great change. Now what can you do in the Earth Hour? Switch off lights for one hour is the essential start but you can do more. 1. First of all sign up to the WWF website to know everything about Earth Hour. 2. Spread the word. Involve friends and relatives in the celebration of our planet. 3. Follow the Earth Hour Live on streaming. 4. Have fun in the dark! Switch off the lights, not the fun. So remember, tonight at 8:30pm, switch off the lights and celebrate our planet and at the same time fight for it! To know more about Earth Hour go to www.earthhour.org and www.wwf.org