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- Wild Poliovirus has been eradicated from Africa

- Beer gone unsold in Australia is being converted to renewable energy

- There's been an elephant baby boom in Kenya

- Wolverines return to Mt Rainier Nation Park after more than 100 years

- Once declared a major ecological disaster, the Mesopotamian Marshes have made a staggering recovery

- The people of Papua New Guinea Donate $61,000 to the victims of the Australian Bushfires

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curl-6 said:

- The people of Papua New Guinea Donate $61,000 to the victims of the Australian Bushfires

Holy shit are they selfless. Good on them, but honestly... I wish we refused their money, they already have a low standard living... We have a Trillion dollar plus economy for 24~ million people, we should be able to afford it.

But good on 'em. They are what we should all aspire to be like.

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U.S. Senators reach bipartisan agreement to phase out use of a potent greenhouse gas.


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The iconic Tasmanian devil has just been returned to mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years.

Scientists create ‘Super Enzyme’ that eats Plastic six times faster than previous Enzymes

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Uganda is planting 3 million trees to help endangered Chimpanzees

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Argentina has broadened the use of medicinal cannabis, allowing it to be prescribed for any condition backed by scientific evidence, and letting people grow it at home. New rules also state that cannabis should be made available for free in the country’s public health system for patients without insurance. Vice

In the Pacific Northwest, the Yurok tribe has begun the reintroduction of the Californian Condor to its ancestral lands along the Klamath River. The program, a partnership with 16 different federal agencies, private companies, and conservation organizations, will restore North America's largest bird to parts of the country where it hasn't been seen in more than a century. Audubon

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Singapore has become the first country in the world to give the go-ahead to meat created without slaughtering any animals, after approving the sale of lab-grown chicken nuggets.

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All six major US banks have now ruled out financing oil and gas development in the Arctic.

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