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International Update Volume 47, Issue 33

RHINO MANAGEMENT IN INDIA HELD BACK BY TRANQUILIZER SHORTAGE

India

Due to export regulations in South Africa and its own domestic regulations, India is faced with a critical shortage of tranquilizers for managing its rhinoceros population. Conservationists rely on Etorphine HCI to tranquilize rhinos for veterinary care and translocation. The lack of the drug is holding up translocation plans in several areas and preventing veterinarians from caring for injured animals. For the full story see https://news.mongabay.com/2017/11/a-tranquilizer-shortage-is-holding-bac...

EMISSIONS RISE EVEN AS NATIONS TRY TO MEET PARIS AGREEMENT GOALS

EU

A new report from the Global Carbon Project and the University of East Anglia projects that carbon emissions will have risen about two percent by the end of 2017. According to the report, global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry will reach about 37 billion metric tons in 2017, setting a new record. Emissions from all human activities, including fossil fuel use, industry, and land-use change, is projected to be about 41 billion metric tons, close to the record set in 2015. The report points to China and other developing countries as the cause of the increase.

JAPAN BIOMASS FUEL INCENTIVES LEAD TO PALM OIL SURGE

Japan

Japan's move to cut dependence of imported fossil fuels has led to a surge in the shipment of palm oil. The government instituted incentives after the Fukushima disaster in 2011, which guaranteed prices for power generated by renewable sources of energy. Palm oil is becoming more popular as facilities that burn it are the cheapest to build. While palm oil is arguably carbon-neutral, environmentalists scorn its use, which contributes to deforestation and loss of peatlands.