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Damage to Raja Ampat 12 times higher than previously thought
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 25 March 2017 (Mongabay) - The extent of coral reef damage from the grounding of a Bahamian-flagged cruise ship at Raja Ampat earlier this month is about 3.5 times as big as an American football field — much greater than previously thought, the Indonesian government said this week.

Will Madagascar lose its most iconic primate?
SAN FRANCISCO, US, 24 March 2017 (Mongabay) - One of the most iconic primate species on the planet is quickly disappearing. Once widely distributed across Madagascar, only 2,000-2,400 ring-tailed lemurs now remain in the wild, according to a new study.

Devastating coral loss in South China Sea
LONDON, UK, 24 March 2017 (BBC) - Scientists are warning of another "devastating" loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures. They say 40% of coral has died at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea.

Free education helps combat child labour in Fiji
CANBERRA, Australia, 24 March 2017 (IPS) - In the South Pacific nation of Fiji, free and compulsory education, introduced three years ago, in association with better awareness and child protection measures, is helping to reduce children’s vulnerability to harmful and hazardous forms of work.

Researchers ponder conundrum of disappearing Arctic caribou
WASHINGTON, US, 23 March 2017 (UPI) - The world's caribou are on the decline and in some cases the numbers are dramatic – the Baffin Island herd in Nunavut, for instance, dropped from 235,000 animals in 1991 to just 3,000 in 2014.

Concern over tourists taking crystals from Iceland mine
LONDON, UK, 23 March 2017 (BBC) - A historic mine in Iceland may have to be closed to the public because visitors keep pinching its spar crystals, environmental officials have warned.

Local solutions to rebuild oldest Cuban city
BARACOA, Cuba, 23 March 2017 (IPS) - Clearings with fallen trees in the surrounding forests, houses still covered with tarpaulins and workers repairing the damage on the steep La Farola highway are lingering evidence of the impact of Hurricane Matthew four months ago, in the first city built by the Spanish conquistadors in Cuba.