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Greenest deal ever? From an auto firm

Business funding of public projects, including actions by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, has come under cold scrutiny lately. Are the ideological purists missing the story?

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Do marine parks still make sense?

In the past 30 years, says veteran conservationist G. Carleton Ray, marine protected areas (MPA) have "become an international mantra". The world has some 5000 MPAs. But after a 60-year career that includes helping create the world's first land and sea park, the University of Virginia professor questions most of the principles on which MPAs are based. And in a country that has been a leader in MPA establishment, he challeged local conservationists to question whether MPAs offer "rational" environmental protection.

This article is one of a series from the Bahamas National Trust Natural History Conference in March 2016.

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Gold still glisters in global trade

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Cultural goods traded across the world -- everything from books to video games and jewellery -- doubled in value to $212.8 billion from 2004 to 2013, according to a UNESCO report issued on 10 March 2016.

That's maybe not a surprise. But nearly half of that was gold jewellery. And China is by far the biggest player on the cultural goods scene.

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