Saturday, August 16, 2008

primates under threat

Nearly half of all primate species are under threat & more than 70% of species in Asia. In Vietnam and Cambodia the figure is 90%. "What is happening in Asia is terrifying. To have a group of animals under such a high level of threat is, quite frankly, unlike anything we have recorded among any other group of species to date." Jean-Christophe Vie, deputy chief IUCN's species program.

BUT 125,000 western lowland gorillas have been counted in the vast forest and swamps of the northern Congo Republic. 

Friday, August 1, 2008

Green Emirates

Emirates strikes a blow for reducing greenhouse emissions by offering in-flight showers to first class passengers on the double-decker A380 superjumbo. The planes will have to carry 25% more water but the showers are strictly limited to five minutes.