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Hawksbill Turtles Thought Extinct Now Back On Colombia's Beaches

Hawksbill Turtles Thought Extinct Now Back On Colombia's Beaches

Six years ago, people thought the endangered hawksbill sea turtle had become extinct in one of its habitats, the American Pacific coast. But, as it turns out, they haven't quite yet.

After several were spotted months back in Colombia's Gorgona national park, Colombian investigators and collaborators from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) began searching for more along the country's Pacific coast. They found six in September on a beach in the Utría national park, which suggested there were more nearby, says El Espectador.

Specialist Alexander Gaos deemed it a "historic expedition" and the park was providing hope that the turtles might survive along the Pacific coast. The expedition found a total of 11 turtles, who were given a medical checkup, then registered and released.

Two were tagged so their movements could be monitored, this being crucial to their conservation, according to the biologist Diego Amorocho. There is no guarantee the species would survive, he added, with just 500 female turtles thought to remain in the Americas. "Certain communities covet their eggs and the beaches where they reproduce are overtaken by buildings as well as pollution."

He said he saw one turtle nearby "30 years ago, when I first came to Utría, and was always convinced this was an important place for them. We can confirm now that this was true."

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

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Why The World Still Needs U.S. Leadership — With An Assist From China

Twenty years of costly interventions and China's economic ascent have robbed the United States of its global supremacy. It is time for the two biggest powers to work together, to help the world.

Photograph of Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden walking side by side in the Filoli Estate in the U.S. state of California​

Nov. 15, 2023: Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden take a walk after their talks in the Filoli Estate in the U.S. state of California

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BOGOTÁ — The United States is facing a complex moment in its history, as it loses its privileged place in the world. Since the Second World War, it has been the world's preeminent power in economic and political terms, helping rebuild Europe after the war and through its growing economy, aiding the development of a significant part of the world.

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Its model of democracy, long considered exemplary around the world, has gone through a rough patch, thanks to excessive polarization and discord. This has cost it a good deal of its leadership, unity and authority.

How much authority does it have to chide certain countries on democracy, as it does, after such outlandish incidents as the assault on Congress in January 2021? The fights we have seen over electing a new speaker of the House of Representatives or backing the administration's foreign policy are simply incredible.

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