Legalizing the trade of rhino horns could prevent the animal's extinction, according to some scientists, but lifting the ban is controversial. The answer likely needs more research before it can be answered, says wildlife economist Brendan Moyle. "You cannot fight the black-market trade in wildlife unless you understand how the underground economy operates," he says. "And no black market was ever eradicated by complete prohibition."
More African children are growing up malaria-free thanks to the United Nations Foundation Nothing But Nets campaign, writes Chris Helfrich, the program's director, who recently visited the Gihembe Refugee Camp in Rwanda. "These 1.1 million life-saving nets that we've sent to help refugees since 2008 are reaching families in the camps. And they're using them," he writes. "Now, we have parents whose children are growing up malaria-free!"
A global perfect storm of rising oil prices, food shortages and climate change is brewing, writes Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed. The food riots that sparked the Arab Spring are an example of what's ahead, Ahmed argues, and action is needed to prevent the possible collapse of civilization.
Technology glitches have slowed the counting of votes from Kenya's presidential election. Kalonzo Musyoka, the running mate of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, is calling for counting to be halted and restarted using "primary documents." Voting disputes set off violent riots in the 2007 elections.
Negotiations are ongoing for the release of 21 Filipino peacekeepers for the United Nations who are being held by Syrian rebels in Syria's Golan Heights amid fighting with government troops. A rebel spokesman said the unarmed peacekeepers will be released after government forces withdraw from a village along the Israeli border.