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The United States has done it. The Philippines and China too. Even Hong Kong has said it will destroy some of its contraband ivory. But ahead of a conservation conference in London next month where world leaders will descend to seek a solution to wildlife crime, the debate about the future of stockpiles is set to heat up.

Moaning, screaming, dying: This is what poaching sounds like

In the forests of Africa, elephants usually get shot out of sight or hearing. But the Elephant Listening Project - a conservation group - has changed that. They put microphones deep into the forests of the DRC and Gabon, to record elephant communications. What those hidden microphones also picked up was this - the moment an elephant is gunned down by poachers.

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Cameron failed to deliver on promise of ‘greenest government ever’, say NGOs

Report claims Coalition’s record on the environment has steadily worsened as more than a third of pledges not met

Don't read this alone: Imgur user posts creepy pictures of secret stairs hidden behind a bookcase... and someone is living there. Or is this just the most terrifying online hoax ever?

Pictures purport to show a set of secret stairs hidden behind a bookcase, along with photographs suggesting someone may be living in the walls

Speeding train kills at least seven elephants and injures 10 others in India

Wildlife campaigners say trains must have speed restricted in renowned West Bengal elephant corridor

Elephant tusks smuggled into Thailand from Kenya. Thailand is yet to implement a legal framework to tackle the ivory trade

US to destroy entire six-ton stockpile of ivory in message to poachers – but experts say it could just make problem worse

There are fears destruction just increases value of remaining stockpiles on illegal markets

Album review: Jason Isbell, Southeastern (Southeastern)

Previous albums with his band The 400 Unit have seen Jason Isbell mining the Southern rock and soul roots of his Alabama/Tennessee heritage, but Southeastern finds him working in a more stripped-down manner which focuses attention firmly on his songs. Fortunately, they're brilliant: vivid, multi-faceted tales of souls adrift. Regretful reminiscences like "Different Days" rub shoulders with more problematic tableaux: the man plotting the murder of a paedophile in "Yvette", and, most creepily, the schizophrenic in "Live Oak" wondering which side of him his lover is attracted to.

Ivory tusks seized in anti-smuggling operations are displayed by the Hong Kong Customs

Hong Kong seizes 189 elephant tusks in clampdown on smuggled products from endangered species

The illegal ivory haul has estimated street value of $1.5m

Zimbabwe elephants poisoned in cyanide attack

At least 80 elephants have been killed for their ivory tusks by poachers

British birdwatcher killed by elephant in India

The man, in his 60s, was struck and stamped on by a male elephant

Postcard from... Madrid

Woolly mammoths became extinct because of climate change – not hunting

DNA research reveals dynamic populations of the giant animals, showing numbers plummeted at the end of the last ice age

The man was playing petanque in the town square when the elephant trampled him

Runaway circus elephant tramples 84-year-old boules player in Paris

An elephant escaped from a circus in a town near Paris on Sunday, killing an 84-year-old Frenchman who was playing in a petanque competition.

Last night's viewing: Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy, ITV1
Chickens, Sky1

Should the whole mega-millions-movie thing fail for Tom Hardy, the British actor last seen in the cinema as Batman's nemesis in The Dark Knight Rises, a second career awaits as a tough-guy presenter with a heart.

The Festival No 6 playlist: Electric Elephant

Electric Elephant Festival is proud to be working with the wonderful Festival No. 6. Once again we have curated two dance tents featuring DJ legends such as Frankie Knuckles, Carl Craig and Andrew Weatherall, alongside the freshest new talent including Daniel Avery, Maxxi Soundsystem, San Soda.

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