Podcast: Hippos, manatees, and how the sounds of African wildlife aid their conservation

Published by Mongabay Today we look at two bioacoustic studies of African wildlife and take a listen to some of the recordings informing that research. Listen here: Bioacoustics combines biology and acoustics. In other words, it’s the study of the sounds of nature, which can tell us a lot about things like animal behavior and population dynamics, how species are responding to pressures like habitat destruction or global warming, and much more. This knowledge, in turn, can help in the design of effective conservation measures. Bioacoustics is a rapidly growing…

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Battles Erupt Over Banning LGBTQ Topics From US Classrooms

Does a teacher’s ability to mention sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom pose a threat to primary school students or further a well-rounded, inclusive educational experience? Americans are confronting the question as initiatives advance in several states that would muzzle public school teachers on LGBTQ-related topics. In Florida, a state legislative panel recently approved the Parental Rights Education Bill, which has the backing of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. A portion of the bill that would ban discussion of gender identity and sexual orientation in Florida’s public primary schools…

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AU’s disunity on Israel is just the tip of the iceberg

Published by Al-Araby Earlier this month, the annual summit gathering of the Africa Union’s 52 countries weighed the contentious issue of granting Israel “observer status.” The dispute was sparked when the chair of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, granted Israel accreditation to the organisation last year. For months, Africa Union (AU) heads of states dithered, hesitated, and wrangled on the decision that threatens to cause a rift in the bloc, before ultimately postponing a vote on the issue to the next summit in 2023. Now, the question on Israel’s…

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