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The World’s Second-Largest Rainforest Is Losing the Carbon It’s Held for a Thousand Years

The Congo Basin is the second-largest rainforest on Earth, and like most tropical forests, it’s getting chewed up by humans. That’s a problem for the climate, and not just because trees are a natural sponge helping to mop up humanity’s ever-rising carbon emissions. New research suggests that as trees are replaced with fields for agriculture, carbon that’s been locked up in the Congo’s soils for hundreds to thousands of years is starting to seep out. Continue reading The World’s Second-Largest Rainforest Is Losing the Carbon It’s Held for a Thousand Years

Second Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Is Now Killing 66 Percent of People Who Become Infected

The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has infected 1,720 and killed 1,136, giving the viral disease a whopping 66 percent fatality rate. And the situation is making public health experts on the ground increasingly nervous. Continue reading Second Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Is Now Killing 66 Percent of People Who Become Infected

Four African Rangers Killed by Poachers in Fight to Protect Elephants

The ongoing fight to protect elephants in Africa‘s Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed the lives of four park rangers in a shootout with poachers, according to the park’s blog.

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