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Monkey Trade in Mauritius: Controversies and Benefits

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

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Landslides Explained: Types, Causes and Examples

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

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Effects of Earthquakes: Positive, Negative, Examples

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

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Earthquakes Explained: Types, Causes and Examples

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

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Negative effects of sea-level rise

‘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

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Positive effects of sea-level rise

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

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Biodiversity (Flora and Fauna) of Mauritius

Famous as the land of the Dodo, the biodiversity of Mauritius is quite rich and provides key raw materials and essential ecosystem services. For definition’s sake, biodiversity refers to the variability that exists amongst all living sources and the complex interactions in their different Read More

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Why is the sea level rising?

Since the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on sea level rise in 2013, global Sea Level Rise (SLR) has been attracting much attention. This can be can be attributed to two main reasons [1]: one, the sea level has Read More

Mangrove Mauritius Island, Trou aux Biches, lone mangrove plant growing in the shallow seawater with rocks at the back

Why islands must protect their mangrove forests

Some years ago, mass clearance of mangrove forests on estuaries and marshes was common on small islands because they were thought to be insect breeding sites and were being used as dumps. Over time, as more knowledge was gained on this fragile yet vital Read More

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How to handle the waste problem on small islands

Desolate planet. Piles of rubbish. This is how pictures of the end of our beautiful planet have been painted. As we produce more waste, we have to handle their disposal as well. Worldwide, waste management is an issue that gives stakeholders migraines, but the Read More