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Ecology News

5 Million Nigerians Oppose Monsanto's Plans to Introduce GMO Cotton and Corn | EcoWatch

Millions of Nigerians are urging the Nigerian government to reject Monsanto’s attempts to introduce genetically modified (GMO) cotton and maize into the country's food and farming systems.

Endangered Sea Turtles on Course to Lay 60 Million Eggs This Year | The Mind Unleashed

In India, along the coast of the eastern state Odisha, over 475,000 endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles have come ashore to a roughly 3.75-mile (6-km.) Rushikulya beach to dig their nests and lay eggs. However, restrictions in place due to the CoViD-19 threat has allowed for hundreds of thousands of endangered turtles to be protected from any human presence—especially the presence of tourists—resulting in what may be their most successful mass nesting in years.

Dozens of elephants used for carrying tourists ‘set free’ as parks closed due to pandemic | The Independent

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to sweep across the globe, the slowdown in life has brought some form of relief for dozens of elephants in northern Thailand. At the Maesa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, tourism has been decimated by the outbreak of Covid-19, which has forced such businesses to close their doors to all visitors. With no end to the pandemic in sight, owners have now decided to remove the huge wooden and metal seats that are strapped to the jumbos’ backs throughout the day.

Amazon rainforest reaches point of no return | Climate News Network

Brazilian rainforest expert warns that increased deforestation under President Bolsonaro’s regime is having a catastrophic effect on climate.

Cruise Ships Dumped Over 3 Million Pounds of Trash in Alaska Last Year | Return to Now

Records show cruise ships left behind more than 3 million pounds of trash in Alaska’s capital city in 2019. Local government officials have reached out to both the Juneau landfill and the cruise ship industry to stop the dumping, but they aren’t having much luck. Because both industries are private, and because there aren’t any laws on the books for cruise lines, there’s not much the city can do about it.

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