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Peru

GPS And GoPro Cameras Strapped To Vultures Help Clear Trash In Lima

Birds flying a truck dumping waste in Tingo Maria, Peru
Birds flying a truck dumping waste in Tingo Maria, Peru
Zorayda Portilo

LIMA — The Peruvian capital has no shortage of vultures flying overhead. For the past year they have also been enlisted to help find, and perhaps eventually clear, some of Lima's worst illegal trash heaps.

How is it done? The city and scientists have been using 10 vultures strapped with GPS and GoPro cameras to help follow their travels in the pursuit of every sort of leftovers.

The sprawling capital produces 45% of all the country's trash , recycling just 4% of it, and authorities are concerned by the impact on health. The technology sends information to authorities every half hour, say scientists involved with the project.

The devices recharge using the sun and the data can be viewed on several websites including Google Earth, says Letty Salinas , head of ornithology at the natural history museum of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. She has said the project will also show how buzzards interact with organic remains and how they might contribute to its control.

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A Profound And Simple Reason That Negotiations Are Not An Option For Ukraine

The escalation of war in the Middle East and the stagnation of the Ukrainian counteroffensive have left many leaders in the West, who once supported Ukraine unequivocally, to look toward ceasefire talks with Russia. For Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza , Piotr Andrusieczko argues that Ukraine simply cannot afford this.

Ukrainian soldiers ploughing through the snow on the frontlines

Volodymyr Zelensky 's official Facebook account
Piotr Andrusieczko

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KYIV Ukraine is fighting for its very existence, and the war will not end soon. What should be done in the face of this reality? How can Kyiv regain its advantage on the front lines?

It's hard to deny that pessimism has been spreading among supporters of the Ukrainian cause, with some even predicting ultimate defeat for Kyiv. It's difficult to agree with this, considering how this war began and what was at stake. Yes, Ukraine has not won yet, but Ukrainians have no choice for now but to continue fighting.

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These assessments are the result of statements by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, and an interview with him in the British weekly The Economist , where the General analyzes the causes of failures on the front, notes the transition of the war to the positional phase, and, critically, evaluates the prospects and possibilities of breaking the deadlock.

Earlier, an article appeared in the American weekly TIME analyzing the challenges facing President Volodymyr Zelensky. His responses indicate that he is disappointed with the attitude of Western partners, and at the same time remains so determined that, somewhat lying to himself, he unequivocally believes in victory.

Combined, these two publications sparked discussions about the future course of the conflict and whether Ukraine can win at all.

Some people outright predict that what has been known from the beginning will happen: Russia will ultimately win, and Ukraine has already failed.

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