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WWF call for investigation into leaks at oil rig

WWF Scotland has called for an investigation into an oil rig in the North Sea, after workers were evacuated for the second time this year, following the discovery of a leak.

In a statement the organisation said that "serious questions must be asked about the integrity of this ageing rig".

In the interests of the environment and all oil workers it would be wise for the relevant authorities to take a much closer look at this platform, and those of a similar age dotted throughout the North Sea.

– WWF Scotland

WWF: Rhino poachers are 'stepping up their game'

WWF's African species expert Matthew Lewis said he "did not want to believe" the rhino poaching statistics for 2012, which showed a record number of rhinos were killed.

Poachers are stepping up their game and we must do the same.

We need to increase protection for rangers on the front-lines and curb the demand for rhino horn in consumer countries to stop this heinous wildlife crime.

I do not want to imagine a world in which rhinos no longer exist in the wild.”

– WWF's African species expert Matthew Lewis


Gas leak was second in North Sea in last two years

Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland, said the news the leak had stopped was welcome, but pointed out it was the second serious leak in the North Sea in two years.

"We should be trying to give up our addiction to oil and gas, and not seeking it out in more difficult places with the risks to the environment that poses when things go wrong," he said