Monkey Trade in Mauritius: Controversies and Benefits

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Monkey trade on Mauritius island exists since 1985. Some 10,000 long-tailed macaques are exported to the United States and Europe every year for biomedical research. Many animal activists around the world protest against this legal trade in monkeys. Some deplore the conditions of living Read More

Landslides Explained: Types, Causes and Examples

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Landslides are events that occur almost everywhere slopes exist. In ancient Alps’ myths, landslides were regarded as punishment to the greedy. When people became too self-centred, the spirits of the mountains buried them alive. Today, landslide phenomena are studied in many countries as they Read More

How Mauritius, a Small Island Developing State, is adapting to sea level rise

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The last report of the IPCC on sea-level change presents dark visions on future sea levels: 95% of the world ocean will probably rise by the end of the 21st century and 70% of coastlines will experience a sea-level change within 20% of the Read More

Effects of Earthquakes: Positive, Negative, Examples

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Effects of earthquakes: not only disruptive but beneficial also. Earthquakes have occurred for very long periods of time, changing landscapes and affecting nations. In the past, people regarded earthquakes as a bad omen because of its destructive power. It was in fact in the Read More

Earthquakes Explained: Types, Causes and Examples

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Earthquakes are hazards that can cause a lot of damage. Sometimes they devastate regions right where the quake starts. At other times, they have severe repercussions far away from the point of initiation. On average, some 10,000 people die every year due to earthquakes Read More

Sea level rise Mauritius: Relocation as a prospective solution

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Mauritius island, famous for its beautiful beaches and rich marine life, is facing the threat of climate change-induced sea-level rise like so many islands. Several communities that live along the coastal zone today must endure the impacts of sea-level rise such as recurrent flooding, Read More

Negative effects of sea-level rise

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‘Rising sea levels threaten to drown this island nation – a sign of what’s in store for us all,’ points out UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres referring to Tuvalu. Without a doubt, sea-level rise will have drastic effects on coastal nations and assets. Around 680 Read More

Positive effects of sea-level rise

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Sea level rise has been the centre of attention of many scientists over the past few decades, with a rekindling interest since the IPCC released its Fourth Assessment Report in 2007. As it is, the sea level has risen and fallen quite a number Read More

Offshore islets of Mauritius: National Parks and Nature Reserves

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The offshore islets off the mainland of Mauritius are today the only places where the original native flora and fauna subsist. As it is, the biodiversity of Mauritius evolved over millions of years giving rise to its specific endemism and diversity. Yet, since humans Read More

The Coastal and Marine Biodiversity of Mauritius

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Mauritius island is just a small volcanic dot in the Indian ocean, yet its legal coastal waters are more than 1000 times its terrestrial size. Basically, the island has a land area of 2,040 km2 and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 2.3 million km2 Read More