A carbon sink is whatever absorbs more carbon than it emits. Forests, soils, oceans, and the atmosphere store carbon and carbon moves between them in a cyclical fashion. At various times, forests act as sources (releasing more carbon than is absorbed) or sinks.
July 31 is World Ranger Day, a day each year that commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures. The commemoration of World Ranger Day calls for stronger penalties for poachers and an increase in the number of rangers.
Three members of the Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism team were finalists in the prestigious CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards. Oxpeckers editor Fiona Macleod and Namibian associate John Grobler were short-listed for a 10-month-long investigation in 2015 that uncovered political and commercial agendas driving the world’s largest black rhino population toward extinction.