Best of our wild blogs: 30 Nov 18

Singapore Bird Report – October 2018
Singapore Bird Group

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ST Global Outlook Forum: Collective action can dull the sting of climate change

Chang Ai-Lien Straits Times 28 Nov 18;

SINGAPORE - Individual actions - billions of them by billions of people each day - can have a significant impact on global warming.

In fact, the only way to battle the predicament is for individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to work together to enforce rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented change, said an expert panel discussing the costs and consequences of climate change at the ST Global Outlook Forum on Wednesday (Nov 28).

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Indonesia: Sumatran rhino saved from pit trap in E Kalimantan

Antara 29 Nov 18;

Jakarta (ANTARA News)- A female Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) was rescued from a pit trap near Tunuq River basin area in West Kutai District, East Kalimantan Province, on Sunday (Nov 25).

Within less than 24 hours, the rescue effort was successfully completed and the rhino was later transferred to Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary located in Kelian Lestari protected forest, Sunandar, head of the East Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Office (BKSDA), said here, Thursday.

The rhino, which is in good health and stable, arrived in her new home on Wednesday morning, he added.

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Great Barrier Reef: record heatwave may cause another coral bleaching event

42.6C temperature in Cairns broke a November record that has stood since 1900 by 5.4C
Ben Smee The Guardian 28 Nov 18;

A record-breaking heatwave in north Queensland will further increase above-average marine temperatures, heightening the risk of another coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef next year, scientists say.

Dozens of record November temperatures have been recorded in the region, most along the reef coastline, this week.

The most remarkable was at Cairns, where consecutive days reached temperatures of 42.6C and 40.9C. The maximum temperature on Tuesday broke a November record that has stood since 1900 by 5.4C.

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Climate change already a health emergency, say experts

Deadly heatwaves and spread of diseases affect people’s health today – report
Damian Carrington The Guardian 28 Nov 18;

People’s health is being damaged today by climate change through effects ranging from deadly heatwaves in Europe to rising dengue fever in the tropics, according to a report.

Billions of hours of farmwork has been lost during high temperatures and global warming has damaged the ability to grow crops, it said.

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