How organized crime is destroying the rainforests

Organized crime is behind the trade in illegal timber in the rainforests.

The illegal logging industry has become very attractive to criminal organizations over the past ten years.  Up to 90 per cent of tropical deforestation can be attributed to organized crime, which controls up to 30 per cent of the global timber trade, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program.



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Florida’s Unusual Cold Snap Deadly for Tropical Wildlife


When temperatures drop below about 60 F, tropical wildlife become less able to move around. Below about 40 F, they become completely immobile due to a lack of blood flow.

Iguanas dropping from trees, manatees huddling around waters warmed by power plants and marine turtles being whisked away to shelters — Florida’s unusual cold snap is a deadly one for tropical wildlife.


250,000 Recycled Floating Bottles Used To (Re)Build Mexican Island Paradise

250,000 Recycled Floating Bottles Used To Build Mexican Island Paradise 

If you can’t afford to buy your own tropical island paradise, why not build your own? That is exactly what Richie Sowa did back in 1998, from over a quarter-million plastic bottles. His Spiral Island, destroyed years later by a hurricane, sported a two-story house, solar oven, self-composting toilet and multiple beaches. Better yet, he has started building another one! His ultimate goal? To build the island bigger and bigger and finally float out to sea, traveling the world from the comfort of his own private paradise. (Pics) (Video)

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Thai Boy Wins Rights To Tropical Island In Lottery


A 4-year-old boy has won the use of an uninhabited tropical island, with white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters, in a Taiwan lottery aimed at boosting spending during an economic downturn.

Officials said Yeh Chien-wei, who won the prize at Thursday’s draw, will get exclusive rights to the tiny plot in the Taiwan Strait from May until September.

Penghu County, an offshore archipelago, will provide food, drinks, water and electricity to the boy. He says he wants to play in the sea.

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