Indonesia! 117,000 fires lit to clear forest for agricultural use are raging along it’s 5000km length. Peat in the ground is also on fire. Orangutans, Clouded Leopards, Sun Bears and the Sumatran Rhino are just some of the species at risk. Guardian Weekly
Recent bad weather events have caused a 7% increase in the belief in the science behind climate change. 70% of Americans are now convinced climate change is real. The biggest change has been amongst republicans and evangelical Christian groups. Guardian Weekly
In 2014 1,215 rhinos were killed by poachers, nearly treble the 448 lost in 2011. Up to late August 2015 749 rhinos are known to have been killed. 544 of those were killed in South Africa’s Krugger park where an estimated 6,000 poachers operate. Rhino horn is worth more than gold. Guardian Weekly
Aerial surveys have shown that poachers have killed almost half the elephant population in Mozambique in the past five years reducing their numbers to just over 10,000. However, In Uganda, elephant numbers have increased substantially due to improved protection measures.
The total number of animals killed in British slaughterhouses in 2013 was over a billion. This equates to around 22 million animals slaughtered every day; 919,000 an hour; 15,000 per minute and 255 every second.
Over the past 25 years forests have been cleared from an area the size of India, mainly for livestock production. After 5 to 10 years, overgrazing and nutrient loss turn the ground into an eroded wasteland. Food and Agriculture Organisation
Iceland is warming up to four times faster than the global average. This is due to ocean current changes and climate change factors. Iceland is now experiencing temperatures that previously would have been found 800km (500miles) to the south.