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Aussie conservationists get bird's eye view of African hippos

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Sydney, Dec. 10 (Net) -- Researchers from Australia's University of New South Wales (UNSW) found that using a drone to monitor hippos was significantly more cost effective and more accurate than previous ground surveys.
With hunting and habitat loss driving wild hippo populations further into decline, keeping track of the semi-aquatic African mammals' numbers is now a critical focus for conservation efforts.
Observing the species from land can prove difficult and extremely dangerous. As well...

UNDP says Latin America is wealthier but unequal

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New York Dec 10 (Net) — Latin America has significantly reduced poverty over the last two decades. So why is there generalized discontent, prompting thousands of protesters to take to the streets?
A report from the U.N. Development Programme released Monday concluded it's due to a new kind of...

Ministers arrive to tackle climate talks' hot issues

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Madrid, Dec 10 (Net) — U.N. climate talks in Madrid are kicking into high gear Tuesday, with ministers arriving to tackle some of the tough issues that negotiators have been unable to resolve over the past week.
Officials from almost 200 nations haven't managed to finalize the rules for...

Indian protesters stage shutdown against citizenship bill

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Gauhati, India, Dec 10 (Net) — Hundreds of demonstrators closed down streets in northeastern India on Tues-day as part of an 11-hour shutdown in protest of legislation that would grant citizenship to persecuted Hindus and other religious minorities from Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and...

Hong Kong police defuse bombs designed ‘to kill and to maim’

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Hong Kong, Dec 10 (Net) — Hong Kong police said they defused two large homemade bombs packed with nails and designed "to kill and to maim people" in the latest reported seizure of weaponry during six months of anti-government protests that have shaken the city.
Police said the bombs found...

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