Take that, extinction!

Conservation efforts pay off, giant pandas has been moved off the endangered species list by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and it's not the only species that have been brought from the brink, so do Amur Tigers, the great one-horned rhinoceros and the Iberian Lynx.  Keep it up pandas, eat bamboe and make love. 

The Guardian

 

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Earth’s Expanding Greenery Has An Unlikely Hero

In Canada and the Russian hinterland of Siberia, coniferous forests crowd the tundra, where previously one could find only grass and shrub. In the U.S., beech forests have spread in the country’s north. The Tibetan plateau is now covered with grassland. Trees have sprouted in the south of the Sahara and rainforest cover has intensified in the tropics. It sounds like a scenario from the future, but it’s actually our world today, and not despite but because of human beings. 

Sueddeutsche Zeitung

 

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The biggest success story across all sub-Saharan nations

Since its first diagnosis in 1985, Malawi has come a long way in the struggle to overcome HIV/Aids. In 2013, some 48,000 people in this country of 16 million died from HIV-related illnesses. Malawi's treatment programme, which began in 2004, has reportedly saved 260,000 lives. Crucially, it has seen a 67 percent reduction in the number of children acquiring HIV. 

Aljazeera

 

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Colombia’s milestone in world peace

The 52-year war between the Colombian state and the FARC is the oldest and only armed violent conflict in the Western Hemisphere, and the last one held over from the Cold War. The peace treaty announced this week between the government of Colombia and the FARC, marks more than the end of one war. It is a milestone for peace in the Americas and the world. President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded with the The Nobel Peace Prize 2016 "for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end". 

The New York Times

 

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A step toward eliminating borders

Two weeks before the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the African Union announced a new “single African passport. The e-Passport is a step toward eliminating borders on the continent, aiming to enable deeper integration, increased trade and further development. Just as important, the passport is a powerful symbol of unity across Africa – and simultaneously a step toward connecting African countries economically and politically. 

The Washington Post

 

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On the verge of Asia’s first country to legalise same-sex marriage

Taiwan may be the first country in Asia to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage. Thousands of people protesting legalization, dressed in white, occupied the street outside the judiciary committee proceedings in Taipei. The legislative caucuses of the Democratic Progressive Party and the Kuomintang agreed to each hold a hearing to air opinions on legalization before continuing deliberations. 

The New York Times

 

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