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August 6, 2021
Conservative Home: How the Turing Scheme can, with the right investment, inspire the next digital generation

From September, more than 40,000 students from British universities will embark on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to study and work overseas, undertaking courses based all over the world, from Mongolia to Zimbabwe. This week, ministers unveiled more details of the UK government’s Erasmus replacement – the Turing Scheme – confirming that Britain’s young people will be able to think […]

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August 1, 2021
Tech Bullion: Bitcoin’s future can be green – if we act now

Elon Musk’s recent confirmation that Tesla is likely to resume accepting Bitcoin payments represents a strong recognition that mining activities are showing encouraging signs of shifting towards renewable energy.  Having expressed concerns over the cryptocurrency’s environmental impact back in May, Musk confirmed in a conversation with Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Ark Invest CEO Cathie Wood that […]

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July 19, 2021
Independent: If we’re serious about saving Africa’s elephants, we need to be creative

The English countryside is not the first place you expect to find a herd of African elephants. However, since 1975, Howletts Wildlife Park, just outside Canterbury in Kent, has been the home to 13 elephants, allowing the British public to get up close to the world’s largest land mammal. Their enclosure is spacious and well kept, with a deep pond. Nonetheless, Kent is not their native home and for all the elephants bar one, they have only known a life of captivity.

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June 21, 2021
Reaction: Post-lockdown, after-school clubs will be more important than ever

The eye of the storm appears to have passed, at least for now. With the vaccination programme making continued progress, allowing Britain to creep out of lockdown, attention now turns to assessing the long-term consequences of the “stay-at-home” order. It is clear the impact of the pandemic has been felt by all. Following an astonishing shutdown of economic activity, the past year has witnessed a dramatic rise in unemployment and a wave of Covid-related bankruptcies. Experts also fear the mental health impact will be profound and far-reaching.

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May 25, 2021
Forbes Africa: Environmentalism 2.0 – Why We Need Progressive Conservation

The pandemic has had severe repercussions on the resources available to environmental conservation efforts across the globe, though the problem is particularly acute in Africa. In March, the BBC reported that conservation efforts have been reduced in a quarter of protected areas in Asia but in over half of protected areas in Africa.

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April 9, 2021
CAPX: A virtuous blockchain: why carbon credits could be the new Bitcoins

We’re all familiar with the story of Bitcoin’s meteoric rise since early January, or at least we think we are. Skyrocketing value spurred by an anti-establishment ethos, speculative excitement and celebrity endorsements – all seemingly vindicated by increased corporate backing. We’re less familiar with other side of the coin however – its environmental cost. The […]

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February 19, 2021
Independent: Planning to build a new coal mine is like investing in a new fax machine – it takes us all backwards

The construction of a new coal mine – as is currently under review in Whitehaven, in Cumbria – sends a very poor message about our environmental priorities. We need to move forward with modern green energy – not travel in reverse Nick Maughan In fact, it’s akin to an announcement that, as a country, Britain […]

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February 12, 2021
It’s time to ramp up conservation technology

There are many factors involved in wildlife conservation. Funding, expertise, human resources and goodwill all play very large roles of course. But technology is helping to pioneer wildlife conservation efforts in increasingly efficient and cost-effective ways. An example that has garnered significant attention in recent weeks is the use of using high‐resolution satellite imagery and […]

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February 11, 2021
Independent: The pandemic has slowed animal poaching down – but now we need to rehabilitate those who do it

The poaching of any animal is a crime that deserves introspection and thorough investigation. As a wildlife intelligence officer, responsible for wildlife intelligence throughout Zimbabwe, it is my duty to ask what we could have done to prevent it. After this year of turmoil, that task will become more difficult. But a solution can be found in working with local […]

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