Sri Lanka’s government and environmentalists are working to protect tens of thousands of acres of mangrove forests — the seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses, better absorb carbon from the environment mitigating effects of global warming and reducing impact of natural disasters like tsunamis. Authorities have identified about 37,000 acres of mangrove forests in Sri Lanka that are earmarked for preservation.
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Photos from Day 1 of Comic-Con International 2016 in San Diego.
Volunteers with the nonprofit group Archangel Ancient Tree Archive collect genetic samples from ancient trees and clone them in a lab to be planted in the forest. The group believes the giant sequoias and coastal redwoods are blessed with some of the heartiest genetics of any trees on earth and that propagating them will help reverse climate change.
Mexican pediatric oncologist Sergio Gallegos disguises himself as traditional Mexican wrestler at a hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico. Gallegos believes the mood of his patients is very important for the success of cancer treatment, so he dresses up as different characters.
See photos of bull-riding rodeo action at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta.
More than 20 years after drug lord Pablo Escobar died in a gunfight with police, a strange legacy survives him: his pet hippos. Escobar bought four hippos from a zoo in California and flew them to his ranch in the early 1980s. Left to themselves on his Napoles Estate, they bred to become supposedly the biggest wild hippo herd outside Africa — a local curiosity and a hazard. Estimates put them at about 35 in the area nowadays.
After becoming the world’s murder capital last year and posting an equally bloody start to 2016, El Salvador has seen its monthly homicide rates fall by about half. The government attributes the drop to a tough military crackdown on the country’s powerful gangs, while the gangs themselves claim credit for a nonaggression pact between the three biggest criminal groups.