July 2, 2013

Cold War Nukes Can Help Fight Elephant Poaching

Roff Smith, National Geographic

AP Photo

Fallout from long-ago Cold War explosions is now a forensic tool in the very modern war against elephant poachers and the illegal trade in ivory.

It's a war that's never been hotter. Despite a 1989 international ban on ivory sales, elephant poaching is a bigger business than ever, with an estimated 30,000 African elephants being killed for their tusks last year alone—a rate of slaughter, say wildlife experts, that could drive the majestic animals to extinction within the century. (Explore a map of dwindling African elephant populations.)

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TAGGED: Radioactivity, Carbon Dating, Poaching, Elephants, Ivory