The Sixth Extinction of Species

The Freshwater Giants Are Dying – By Rachel Nuwer – The New York Times

The giant devil catfish, or goonch, found in the rivers of Southeast Asia, can measure nearly seven feet long and can weigh more than 200 pounds.Credit…Zeb Hogan, UNR Global Water Center By Rachel Nuwer Jan. 21, 2020 19 “Some of the most astonishing creatures on Earth hide deep in rivers and lakes: giant catfish weighing over …

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Opinion | The Real China Challenge: Managing Its Decline – The New York Times

By Bret Stephens Opinion Columnist Nov. 29, 2018.    112 Sculptures on the campus of the Alibaba Group in Hangzhou, China.CreditCreditBryan Denton for The New York Times “In 2009, The Economist wrote about an up-and-coming global power: Brazil. Its economy, the magazine suggested, would soon overtake that of France or the U.K. as the world’s fifth largest. …

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Why Southeast Asia and Australia’s Coral Reefs Became So Rich in Species – By Steph Yin – NYT

By Steph Yin,  Oct. 17, 2018 “Dive into the coral reefs of Southeast Asia or Australia and you’ll likely spot a wrasse. But which of the hundreds of kinds of wrasses will you see? These fish can be an inch to more than eight feet in length. They can be skinny like cigars or hefty like footballs. …

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How to Stop Poaching and Protect Endangered Species? Forget the ‘Kingpins’ – by Rachel Nuwer – NYT

By Rachel Nuwer     Sept. 24, 2018 “In 2003, enterprising criminals in Southeast Asia realized that they could exploit a loophole in South Africa’s hunting laws to move rhino horns legally across international borders. Normally, North Americans and Europeans account for the bulk of South Africa’s rhino hunting permits. But that year, 10 Vietnamese “hunters” quietly …

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122 Pregnant Whales Were Killed in Japan’s Latest Hunt. Was This Illegal? – The New York Times

By Tacey Rychter      May 30, 2018 “More than 120 pregnant female whales were among 333 killed during Japan’s recent annual summer hunt off the coast of Antarctica, according to a new report. The report, released by the International Whaling Commission this month, said 122 of the slaughtered minke whales were pregnant and 114 were considered immature. The last …

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In Africa- Geneticists Are Hunting Poachers. (Many of the big traffickers are Vietnamese and Chinese!) NYT

Published by David Lindsay ·  Many of the big traffickers are Vietnamese and Chinese! “South African authorities long had eyes on Rogers Mukwena. They knew the former schoolteacher was wanted in Zimbabwe for poaching rhinoceroses and selling their horns, which can command hundreds of thousands of dollars. He’d jumped bail and fled to northern Pretoria, but it …

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