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Rosewood, the name for several endangered tree species that make beautiful furniture, being loaded in Madagascar. Pierre-Yves Babelon/Shutterstock

Restricting trade in endangered species can backfire, triggering market booms

For decades nations have worked to curb international sales of endangered plants and animals. But in countries like China, with high demand and speculative investors, that strategy fuels bidding wars.
Mammoths went extinct tens of thousands of years ago, but trade in their ivory is threatening their living elephant cousins. EPA/FREDERICK VON ERICHSEN

Why we need to protect the extinct woolly mammoth

Melting Siberian permafrost is exposing long-dead mammoths, creating a new trade in mammoth ivory.
The world’s biggest burn of illegal ivory. Daniel Stiles

Ivory up in flames, but who really noticed? How messages on elephant poaching might be missed

The destruction of a massive haul of illegal ivory was supposed to send a message to poachers and those who trade in the tusks. Did they notice, or can the ivory be used to help elephant conservation?
Talking about ivory-funded terrorism overlooks the real sources of income for terror groups. Author supplied

Why blaming ivory poaching on Boko Haram isn’t helpful

The idea that terror groups like Boko Haram fund their activities through ivory poaching in Africa is a compelling narrative. But it’s undermining wildlife conservation and human rights.

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