Wildlife conservation efforts have just shown their worth after scientists declared that the mountain gorilla is no longer “critically endangered”.  After facing near extinction, the gorilla’s situation is still "endangered" but is also slowly and gradually showing signs of recovery. Although the population of mountain gorillas is still small and fragile, continuous conservation efforts could help them thrive once more.

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China is setting the example for how to properly stimulate car manufacturers to veer towards the production of more sustainable, clean energy vehicles. Starting 2019, the country will punish car firms unless they meet quotas for zero- and low-emission vehicles. Should they not fulfill their quota, they will have to buy credits from other companies that exceed their quotas.

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Lego has developed a new brick building set that is primarily directed at adult customers to help stimulate their creativity and help them relax. The new set uses pieces that are a bit more complex than the traditional ones, and paper skins that can be colored in whatever way the builder wants. Lego’s idea is that the adult sets can provide a casual creative outlet for those who may not feel comfortable picking up a paintbrush.

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The French government is set to alter its import policies in an effort to end worldwide deforestation. The new national strategy will focus on curbing imports of unsustainable products such as soybean, palm oil, and cocoa, which are directly or indirectly tied to forest degradation. The country aims to ban all imported products that lead to widespread deforestation by 2030.

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Kindness can act like a shield, in the form of an aura, against bitterness and ill will. Psychologists confirmed this aura as a type of “glow” which is best preserved by acts that are altruistic in their nature. In fact, simply being kind with no intent of personal gain not only activates the brain’s reward areas but also activates other brain regions as well. Have a look here to see what scientists say is the major difference between altruistic kindness and strategic kindness.

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