One of China’s stray elephants has finally returned home.
Last week, a lone elephant that separated from the herd a month ago was captured and returned to its home reserve. He had traveled more than 190 kilometers (118 miles) on his own, surviving on food prepared by local authorities and occasionally feeding in villages.
Meanwhile, the rest of the herd are still marching on what appears to be an endless journey, closely watched around the clock by dozens of drones and hundreds of emergency response personnel and police.
But like all internet sensations, interest inevitably began to wane, with fewer and fewer people talking about the herd online.
And as the elephants retreat from public life, the environmental issues exposed by their year-long journey are only just beginning.
Amid China’s rapid economic growth, rubber and tea plantations have proliferated in Yunnan, replacing vast swathes of forest, while highways, railroads and hydroelectric power plants cut off migration routes. The province’s elephant herds are fragmented and isolated on increasingly small plots of land, many being forced to forage in agricultural areas.
For now, authorities are trying to keep the herd away from populated areas with food bait and roadblocks. Every day, animals are fed large amounts of corn, as well as bananas and pineapples, while heavy trucks form long lines to keep them out of villages and towns. But still, thousands of residents are evacuated every day to make way for their journey.
In the long term, scientists say the only way to prevent a future elephant exodus is to restore, expand and reconnect their existing habitats.
The tension of coexistence between humans and wildlife is not just an issue facing Yunnan, one of China’s most ecologically diverse regions. As China experiences rapid urbanization, wildlife in other parts of the country increasingly face similar problems, especially as populations of certain species have been boosted by conservation efforts.
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- Filipino activists are trying to change a law that allows 12-year-olds to consent to sex, which they say has in part caused rampant child abuse in the country.
- The owner of a factory where at least 52 people have died in a fire in Bangladesh has been arrested, along with seven others.
- The capital of South Korea and the largest city in Australia announced on Friday that they will increase their Covid-19 prevention measures to tackle the growing epidemics of the Delta variant in both cities.
After Didi, China Seeks to Expand Control Over Overseas IPOs
The Chinese crackdown on Big Tech continues to intensify.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) – the country’s powerful internet watchdog – proposed over the weekend that any business with data on more than one million users must seek agency approval before making a decision. list its shares abroad. He also proposed that companies should submit IPO documents to the agency for review before listing. The agency said it would seek “public opinion” on the draft rules, which were released on Saturday, before they were officially adopted.
This decision shows how Beijing is expanding its control over the tech sector. The CAC is the same agency that banned Didi, China’s largest ridesharing service, from app stores for “serious violation of laws” on data collection days after the company went public in the United States. United.
CAC’s influence in China has exploded over the years since President Xi Jinping established the agency as it currently operates in 2014 in the name of China’s internet protection and data security. . Xi’s move came after former CIA subcontractor Edward Snowden leaked U.S. intelligence secrets in 2013, triggering a global storm over privacy and security.
The CAC also punished Didi even more on Friday, banning 25 of the company’s other apps and accusing them of breaking laws on the collection and use of personal information. Apps include Didi Enterprise, Uber China (which Didi bought from Uber in 2016), and other apps designed for different services, ranging from ridesharing to financial programs.
Other Chinese regulators have also put pressure on the technology. Over the weekend, the State Administration of Market Regulation blocked Tencent’s plan to merge two of China’s major video game streaming sites, Huya and Douyu. The regulator has raised concerns that the merger will give Tencent – which is each website’s largest shareholder – too much control over the market. Huya and Douyu are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and have a combined market capitalization of $ 5.3 billion.
– By Laura Il
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BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines could finally arrive in Taiwan
Taiwan could finally get Covid-19 vaccines developed by German drug maker BioNTech, ending a months-long struggle to get the doses amid mounting geopolitical tensions with China.
On Sunday, Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Co., BioNTech’s Chinese sales agent, announced that it had signed an agreement to deliver 10 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Taiwan. If adhered to, the deal would reduce the island’s vaccine shortage, as it grapples with its worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic.
The Chinese government has denied the accusation. Instead, he insists Taiwan should buy the vaccine from Shanghai Fosun, which has a distribution deal with BioNTech in greater China.
Taiwan had been slow to roll out the Covid-19 vaccines, as residents initially felt little urgency to be vaccinated thanks to its successful containment of the virus. But in April, a rapid spike in infections prompted residents to rush to get vaccines, putting increasing public pressure on the Taiwanese government to increase supplies.
In June, the United States pledged to deliver 750,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, drawing the ire of Beijing.
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