The Daily Populous

Sunday February 18th, 2018 night edition

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Conservation The Observer Should we give up half of the Earth to wildlife?

Populations of all kinds of wildlife are declining at alarming speed.

One radical solution is to make 50% of the planet a nature reserve The total number of orangutans in Borneo has fallen to less than 100,000, half what it was in 1995.

The numbers of these distinctive, red-maned primates are now plummeting thanks to our destruction of their habitats and illegal hunting of the species.

The idea is supported by E O Wilson, the distinguished Harvard biologist, in his most recent book, Half Earth.

Simply setting aside half the planet as wilderness and using the other half for giant cities and farms poses other difficulties.

Only a few hundred remain in the wild, after the species was hunted to near extinction because of its distinctive-flavoured meat. »

Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board feared dead

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Sixty-six people are feared to have been killed in a passenger plane crash in the Zagros mountains in Iran.

The aircraft, a twin-engine turboprop, came down on Dena Mountain, 22km (14 miles) from Yasuj, news channel Irinn reported.

August - Sepahan airways Antonov carrying 40 crashes shortly after take-off from Tehran, killing 39 - engine failure blamed. »

Emma Watson donates £1m to help fund for sexual harassment victims

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Emma Watson has donated £1m to a new campaign aiming to help those affected by sexual harassment.

​Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Chan, Keira Knightley and Watson are among the actors to sign the letter, which was published in The Observer.

“In the very near past, we lived in a world where sexual harassment was an uncomfortable joke; an unavoidable awkward part of being a girl or a woman.”. »

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Wins Top Prize From American Society of Cinematographers

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Roger Deakins has been named the best cinematographer of 2017 for his work on “Blade Runner 2049,” the American Society of Cinematographers announced at the ASC Awards on Saturday night.

The honor marks Deakins’ fourth competitive ASC Award, in addition to one lifetime-achievement award from the group.

But the win does not necessarily mean that Deakins is now an Oscar front runner. »