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Let me tell you a little bit about my Costa Rican jungle experience. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect at first. I’m now in my final week here, and I have loved every minute of it.

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Since coming to Caye Caulker, our marine conservation group have carried out many manatee searches. In my first week, we did three searches. This consisted of driving the boat out to our resident manatee's favourite spots and standing on the boat scanning the area looking for snouts coming out of the water for breath, or the sight of their paddle-like tail. These last 45 minutes as they can only hold their breath for 25 minutes at a time.

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In Carate, Turtle conservation is a huge part of what we do. Currently, it is peak season for nest laying, so our night patrols are more crucial than ever.

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I can’t believe it’s been 5 weeks since I first step foot on Caye Caulker, Belize. Time flies when you’re having fun and getting research done! These past weeks have been full of surveys for my data collection on Shark Ray and scuba diving.

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Unless you’re a hermit, you’ll probably be aware of the mass global movement to strike against climate change. Beginning on Friday, September 20th, the strikes lasted a full week as students, adults and all sorts took to the streets across the world.

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It is without doubt that taxes can be used for both incentives and disincentives. Implementing a carbon tax would encourage use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, while discouraging the use of energy of sources and methods that are more likely to pollute the atmosphere and cause global warming.

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Yifan Wu, 19, is our latest Research & Operations intern, who studies Biological Science at Imperial College London. Slotting in nicely to the Frontier team, he's carried out fantastic work such as LaTex coding! We decided to quiz him about his few days on placement with us...

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“Everywhere I have been the situation is more or less same. The people in power, their beautiful words are the same”. These were the words of Greta Thunberg in her Friday address to the estimated 300,000 attendees of the New York climate strike. “The number of politicians and celebrities who want to take selfies with us are the same. The empty promises are the same. The lies are the same, and the inaction is the same.”

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Sofia Patri, 19, is an Msci Chemistry student at Imperial College London. We got her on our team as a Research and Operations Intern for a few days, where she's been doing invaluable work proofreading the reports from our Tenerife Marine conservation project! She tells us about her time on placement...

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A small girl sits pensively against a wall. She has long plaits, a round, pale face, and she’s wearing a matching electric blue jacket and trainers.

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