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Botswana’s Okavango Delta
Hosting Africa’s most diverse population of wildlife, the Okavango Delta and the rivers which feed it are among the continent’s more impressive natural jewels. BBC Travel did a canoe journey in this strikingly beautiful country and produced a photographic record worthy of your notice: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150128-africas-incredible-oasis

Papua New Guinea’s New Species
Several new species have been found on the remote islands of Manus and Mussau, in Papua New Guinea. Ranging from bats to reptiles, from birds to bugs, BBC Earth gives you a chance to meet the new kids on the block, through dramatic photos and written accounts: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150415-new-species-and-vital-wildlife-haven-discovered-in-papua-new-guinea

Solar vs. Power Companies in Hawaii
In a scenario playing out around the world, entrenched energy interests are flouting the public interest by impeding the adoption of clean power alternatives. In the 50th state, battle lines are drawn between the electric utilities and efforts to implement solar power generation. Hawaii is a hotbed for solar adoption, 12 percent of the its homes have solar collectors installed, more than anywhere else in the nation. While there are genuine technical issues to be overcome, it is probable the potential impact on profits motivates much of the utilities’ foot-dragging. The New York Times has coverage: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/business/energy-environment/solar-power-battle-puts-hawaii-at-forefront-of-worldwide-changes.html?_r=0

When Man-eaters Save Ecosystems
In a poignant testament to the tension between human development and nature’s balance, the BBC has the story of how the cost in human lives from tiger predation has spared one local environment. As one conservationist put it, “The moment you take the tiger out of the landscape, the entire ecosystem will vanish.” Warning: The photo essay includes some horrific images displaying the injuries of some survivors: http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-32301600#1

Deepwater Horizon Teaches Lessons About the Ocean
The massive environmental disaster that was the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has led to new understandings of the complex environments our oceans contain. From better understanding ocean currents to a more thorough cataloging of marine life, this catastrophe has added to our knowledge of the marine world. The Smithsonian has more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-things-gulf-oil-spill-has-taught-us-about-ocean-180955036/?no-ist