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Palm oil: A new threat to Africa's monkeys and apes?

Palm oil: A new threat to Africa's monkeys and apes?

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Endangered monkeys and apes could face new risks if Africa becomes a big player in the palm oil industry.Most areas suitable for growing the oil crop are key habitats for primates, a study suggests.The researchers, who are examining palm oil's possible effect on Africa's biodiversity, say consumers can help by choosing sustainably-grown palm oil.This may mean paying more for food, cosmetics and cleaning products that contain the oil, or limiting their use."If we are concerned about the environment, we have to pay for it," said Serge Wich, professor of primate biology at Liverpool John Moores University, and leader of the study."In the products that we buy, the cost to the environment has to be incorporated." Is beauty killing the beasts? Palm oil: What ar...
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceSouth Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect.He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening.Earlier, Mr Zuma's governing ANC party told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament.The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC's new leader.Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him.He said he did not fear a motion of no-confidence, adding: "I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability."'Disciplined A...