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Zoonotic diseases are not a new phenomenon; animals have been known to transmit a long list of illnesses.
For more than a decade, Saddam Hussein systematically destroyed the vast wetlands of southern Iraq, building dams and canals to drain the swamps, and setting fire to the sea of reeds. With the dictator#8217;s fall, many are hoping the devastated land will be restored to the paradise it once was, the one that many scholars believe was the Biblical Garden of Eden.
Indonesian forests constitute one of the world#8217;s megacentres of biological diversity. However, these forests #8211; 10% of the world#8217;s remaining tropical forests, second largest to Brazil #8211; are being increasingly degraded, leaving ever fewer natural resources and causing significant ecological damage.
THE local palm oil industry, with the assistance of the Malaysian government, will be taking steps to counter the rising anti-palm oil and anti-tropical oil sentiment in northern Europe similar to the smear campaign by the American Soybean Association (ASA) in the late 1980s.