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Giraffes given greater protection from unregulated trade as numbers fall

Giraffes given greater protection from unregulated trade as numbers fall

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Giraffe conservation has taken a big step forward with the world's tallest mammals receiving enhanced protection from unregulated trade.The move will regulate the trade in giraffes and their body parts under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).The vote was overwhelmingly approved, although some countries opposed it.Giraffe numbers in Africa have fallen by 40% in the past 30 years, in what is being called a "silent extinction".The importance of giraffesThe mammals are largely targeted for bushmeat but body parts are also used to make products including jewellery, bracelets and purses, the proposal stated. The motion came from the Central African Republic, Chad, Kenya, Mali, Niger and Senegal, where ...
Unregulated chemicals may be stunting ozone recovery, new study suggests

Unregulated chemicals may be stunting ozone recovery, new study suggests

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June 27 (UPI) -- According to new research in England, several unregulated chemicals may be delaying the recovery of the ozone.The depletion of the ozone in the 1970s and 80s was caused by the proliferation of chlorofluorocarbons, chlorine derivatives used in aerosol cans, refrigerators and many other products and appliances. After the 1987 passage of the Montreal Protocol, the first treaty unanimously ratified by all members of the United Nations, CFCs were almost entirely phased out.A number of recent studies have detailed the slow but steady recovery of the ozone layer over the last three decades, but the latest study suggests there is room for improvement.Scientists at the University of Lancaster say atmospheric concentrations of dichloromethane, a short-lived, ozone-depleting substanc...