The Daily PlanetWatch for Monday, July 29

Thomas Schueneman

Thinking about the latest environmental news headlines every afternoon from the Daily PlanetWatch
  • "They come here to kill our lions." Tanzania is home to the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site covering 19,000 sq. miles (50,000 sq. km). It is the among largest protected areas in Africa. Lions, elephants, black rhinos, hippos, and giraffes all roam its vast expanse. But only 8 percent of the Reserve is set aside for photo-tourism, the rest is open to hunting.

    Last Friday, Tanzanian President John Magufuli ordered the Reserve be split in two, restricting big game hunting. More area for wildlife sanctuary, less for  hunters. "...we don't benefit a lot from these wildlife hunting activities," Magufuli says.
  • Sweet home Ohio, say it ain't so. For full disclosure, Ohio is my state of birth, so it's a little personal. What matters is an energy bill recently passed in the Ohio legislature. HB 6 purports itself as creating "Ohio's clean air program". Unfortunately, claiming the intent of a policy as one thing when it really aims to do the exact opposite is a well-worn strategy. Ohio gets in on it too. Writing in Vox, veteran writer Dave Roberts characterizes HB 6 as "the worst energy bill in the 21st century." Oh, Ohio.
  • The population divide. Population stability throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas has "already been achieved or soon will be," reports Adair Turner in Project-Syndicate . According to 2019 UN projections, the 6.4 billion people in these regions will only increase to 6.5 billion by 2100. It's a different story in Africa. The UN estimates the 1.34 living on the continent now will rise to 4.28 billion by the end of the century. What does this split in world demography mean in a rapidly shifting, globalized economy? 

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