A Chinese police officer watched over ivory products being prepared for destruction during a ceremony in Beijing in 2015. China’s ban announced on Friday would shut down the world’s largest domestic ivory market. Credit Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

Yesterday’s news, combined with today’s, could be called a conservation bifecta:

China Bans Its Ivory Trade, Moving Against Elephant Poaching


China announced on Friday that it was banning all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017, a move that would shut down the world’s largest ivory market and could deal a critical blow to the practice of elephant poaching in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »