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Can you guess the correct estimate for each of these great ape populations?

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When you think about adventuring off to the Far East, Taiwan might not be the first thing that pops into your mind. A small island off the east coast of China, it is often overlooked in favour of its larger and better known neighbours. However Taiwan is rich in both culture and nature and is perfect for anyone looking to visit the less-well trodden routes in East Asia.

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Last month Hawaii passed a bill banning certain types of sunscreen which are harmful to marine life. In this article we look at why the ban marks such a significant step in the direction of environmental protection, and why we should all be opting for eco-friendly sunscreen.

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Vultures have historically been portrayed as vermin. These birds of prey feed by scavenging on decaying carcasses. The vulture’s physical appearance is also nothing to be desired - they are labelled as the ‘ugly duckling’ of the animal kingdom, and do not exactly possess the ‘cute’ characteristics of other endangered species such as tigers and pandas.

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Summer is here again and the all-important sunshine brings along the promise of a favourite global past time: Festivals. However the environmental impact of thousands of people camping near music stages constructed and transported specially for purpose can be huge.

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Every year on the 8th of June is World Oceans Day, a day not just for celebrating our oceans but also for working together to find a way to protect them. It was first celebrated unofficially in 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development but since 2002 it has been an annual event celebrated across the globe.

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More and more national parks and nature reserves are springing up every year and with good reason. With our ongoing battle against global warming, cordoning off more and more areas of the world to let return to nature goes a long way to protecting it. There are loads of benefits to these though. Often these areas of the world are of staggering natural beauty and/or a hug of biodiversity. These can all be enjoyed by travellers and adventurers and you don’t necessarily have to go to the far side of the globe to find them; here are 5 of the top national parks in Europe!

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Last month, the state of Wyoming approved a proposed hunt on grizzly bears in the autumn – which will be the first time hunters have been allowed to target the animals in the region for 44 years. They have established that a total of 22 bears may be shot and killed in the areas around both Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.

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World Environment Day is the biggest annual environmental awareness day that calls for positive change towards a more sustainable planet. The theme this year is Beat Plastic Pollution, an issue that has been made topical by campaigns such as Ditch the Straw, the rise of #zerowaste, and Earth Day 2018 which shared the theme of beating plastic pollution.

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Socrates said that “philosophy begins in wonder.” For some, ‘wonder’ means ‘puzzlement’, for others ‘curiosity.’ Whichever meaning we choose, both express a longing for clarity and further knowledge so uniquely overwhelming that some say it is a mark of personhood.

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