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South Africa: Shell to go ahead with seismic tests in whale breeding grounds after court win

Judgment rules company can blast sound waves in search for oil along South Africa’s eastern coastline Royal Dutch Shell will move ahead with seismic tests to explore for oil in vital whale breeding grounds along South Africa’s eastern coastline after a court dismissed an 11th-hour legal challenge by environmental groups. The judgment, by a SouthContinue reading “South Africa: Shell to go ahead with seismic tests in whale breeding grounds after court win”

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EXCLUSIVE: Guinea rail builders blast in chimp habitat, no plan to protect apes

A Chinese-backed consortium building infrastructure for a massive iron ore mine in Guinea started blasting a railway tunnel in a habitat for a critically endangered chimpanzee species with no plan in place to manage the impact on the animals, company and government statements and satellite imagery show. The consortium is developing the mine in theContinue reading “EXCLUSIVE: Guinea rail builders blast in chimp habitat, no plan to protect apes”

‘Europe’s last unspoilt river’ wins legal protection

It is being billed as Europe’s last unspoilt river. The 272km (169 miles) Vjose runs across Balkan borders. Conservationists are celebrating a legal victory to protect it from industrial development. The question is whether they can turn it into Europe’s first National Park encompassing an entire river system. Al Jazeera’s John Psaropoulos reports from Albania.