Monthly Archives: January 2017

Ivory Wars

  Joanna Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of International History at the London School of Economics (LSE) writes: ‘Anyone who believes that China’s recent pledge to ban the ivory trade by the end of 2017 will make a difference to the … Continue reading

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Where poppies blow

Melissa Harrison in The Financial Times reviews ‘Where Poppies Blow’: What an interesting man John Lewis-Stempel is. A farmer, nature writer and historian, he has written extensively on the British military and the First World War; he won the 2015 … Continue reading

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Jet-setting with the DoD

JP-8 or JP8 (‘Jet Propellant 8’) is a jet fuel specified and used widely by the US military, and is similar to commercial aviation’s Jet A-1 but with the addition of corrosion inhibitor and anti-icing additives. A kerosene-based fuel, JP-8 … Continue reading

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Russia’s burning secrets

  ‘ In the summer of 2010 during a record heat-wave, central Russia burned. Muscovites and residents of surrounding areas were choked by toxic smoke from the peat-bog fires surrounding the capital. This state of affairs was the logical conclusion … Continue reading

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Razor-wire borders halt wildlife

The Balkan region, already threatened by the construction of highways and dams, is now being carved into increasingly constricted and less hospitable chunks by a new threat: border fencing. Those effects are now being felt by the region’s migratory wild … Continue reading

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Sorting fact from fiction

Former British Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon William Hague, will chair the launch of a joint publication by the Marjan Centre with the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) called ‘Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa: Myths and Realities’ which … Continue reading

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