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'Sam' the koala was injured in the wildfires that ravaged Australia in 2009. He is pictured here recuperating at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Centre in Victoria. Pic: AP.

The silent victims of Australia’s bushfires

By Wed, Jan 09, 2013 3:43PM UTC Comments Off 'Sam' the koala was injured in the wildfires that ravaged Australia in 2009. He is pictured here recuperating at the Mountain Ash Wildlife Centre in Victoria. Pic: AP.

The Australian summer is the peak season for bushfires. The CSIRO, a leading scientific body, says bushfires are a natural phenomenon that occur frequently all year round. When the mercury hits over 40 degrees Celsius (140F), the heat ignites wildfires that spread extensively, engulfing farms, forests, homes and wildlife sanctuaries. While many animals survive, bushfires put pressure on many species to...

China’s dams threaten unique river species

By Wed, May 16, 2012 9:04AM UTC Comments Off Three Gorges Dam, pic: Harvey Barrison (Flickr CC)

THE Yangtze River is still home to some amazing marine life, but projects like the construction of the Xiaonanhai Dam, the latest in a series of 12 dams constructed by the Three Gorges Corporation, may spell the end for several rare species. Environmental groups, including China’s Friends of Nature (FON), believe that the Xiaonanhai Dam...