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17 November 2017. New research projects two percent increase in global emissions in 2017 Delegates at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (COP23), which concludes today, were hoping to make progress toward reining in global climate change. But this week also saw the release of new research that shows that, even as the nations of the world (with at least one notable exception, of course) are getting down […]

17 November 2017. To feed a growing population, farms chew away at Madagascar’s forests Men and women spend hours sowing rice seedlings and ploughing the land. Photo by Dan Ashby and Lucy Taylor for Mongabay.SAVA REGION, Madagascar – Squatting barefoot in a field of mud on the outskirts of Marojejy National Park, easing rice seedlings from the earth, Paul Tiozen shrugged out one of Madagascar’s most pressing conundrums: how to get more rice? He looked bitter. “Rice is the source of Malagasy life. It’s so difficult to work the […]

17 November 2017. COP23: Leaders vie for protection of ‘incredibly important’ African peatland BONN, Germany – A few weeks ago, international scientists, government officials and forest advocates visiting a remote community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) confirmed the presence of one of the world’s largest and most important carbon sinks – a vast and deep peatland the size of England. Here at the 23rd United […]

17 November 2017. COP23: Alliance pledges an end to coal; other key summit goals unmet 19-nation pledge would reduce coal use by 3 percent; COP23 failed to see developed nations ramp up carbon targets, or offer real pathway for financing climate aid to developing nations.

17 November 2017. Jane Goodall interview: ‘The most important thing is sharing good news’ This week’s podcast featured a discussion between Mongabay’s founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler and Jane Goodall, the world’s most recognizable conservationist and one of this media outlet’s esteemed advisory board members (listen to excerpts of it here). Rhett and Jane check in regularly, but given the recent research vindicating her long (six decade) contention […]

16 November 2017. Can agroforestry propel climate commitments? Interview with Peter Minang The Paris Agreement, reached at COP21 in December 2015, aims to keep global temperature rise this century to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are the main tool for defining countries’ contributions to the Agreement, and most developing country NDCs identified agroforestry as a key part of their climate […]

16 November 2017. An early warning system for locating forest loss A satellite-based alert system can now detect fine-scale deforestation in near-real time, enabling managers or rangers in tropical forests to respond to early stages of deforestation. Anyone can now register to receive free weekly alerts of tree cover loss, created by the Global Land Analysis & Discovery (GLAD) lab at the University of Maryland, through […]

16 November 2017. Forests can beat humans at restoration, new study finds When it comes to restoring deforested landscapes, letting them regenerate naturally through passive means is generally cheaper than human-driven, so-called “active,” restoration techniques like re-planting. But a new study finds it can actually also be more effective in tropical ecosystems. The authors say that letting tropical forests regenerate by themselves could help further large-scale restoration […]

16 November 2017. The uncertain future of Bogotá’s shantytowns Arley Estupiñan walks towards his house at night. Photo by Ana Cristina Vallejo with permission.BOGOTA, Colombia – Up here amidst the clouds and on the spine of the Andean mountain range, it’s hard to believe that San German is situated on the outskirts of Colombia’s booming metropolis of Bogotá. The shantytown is nestled between three marshlands, a messy constellation of homes improvised from plywood, tarpaulin sheets, and brick. There […]

16 November 2017. Alliance of the Bear: Native groups stymie Trump, tar sands pipelines As fossil fuel firms drive bitumen tar sands pipelines toward U.S. and Canadian coasts, a bold alliance of U.S. Native Peoples and Canadian First Nations is successfully blocking their way.

16 November 2017. COP23: U.S., wealthy nations curtail climate aid for developing world In Bonn, Trump administration delegation provides cover for developed nations to stall financing for climate adaptation and loss for world’s most impacted developing nations.

16 November 2017. It is time to recognize the limits of certification in agriculture (commentary) In early 2017, the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) decided that it was going to stop working with certification in agriculture. It was actually a fairly easy and straightforward decision: After working with this tool for over 20 years, we could look back and conclude that certification was not the best approach to improve the sustainability […]

16 November 2017. A tranquilizer shortage is holding back rhino management plans in India “Watching a rhino get tranquilized is indeed an experience to cherish. It is hard to imagine that such a powerful animal can become so vulnerable too,” says Dharanidhar Boro, an officer on special duty at Manas National park, who has been working with greater one-horned rhinos in India’s Assam state since 1987. He describes the […]

16 November 2017. Video: Thousands of illegally caught African gray parrots being rehabilitated Thousands of African gray parrots (Psittacus erithacus), seized from traffickers in Republic of the Congo by rangers, are being treated at a rescue centre built specially for the rehabilitation of these birds, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced Tuesday. The group released a video showing footage of some of the rescued birds at the facility […]

16 November 2017. Government revokes 406 mining permits in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan SAMARINDA, Indonesia — Officials in Indonesia’s coal-rich province of East Kalimantan have announced the revocation of more than 400 mining permits, as part of ongoing efforts to clean up the industry. A total of 406 mining business licenses, or IUPs, out of the 1,404 issued in East Kalimantan, in the Indonesian portion of Borneo, have been […]

15 November 2017. Scientists give humanity ‘second notice’ to shape up or suffer the consequences Scientists have issued a second warning of impending doom for the natural world if humanity does not make significant changes in how we treat the planet. The warning is presented in a paper published this week in Bioscience, and serves as a follow-up on a similar declaration by scientists in 1992. The first “World Scientists’ […]

15 November 2017. Lemur on the menu: most-endangered primates still served in Madagascar A baby silky sifaka lemur (Propithecus candidus) in Marojejy National Park. Photo by Dan Ashby and Lucy Taylor for Mongabay.Editor’s note: This story contains a graphic image toward the bottom. SAVA REGION, Madagascar — Two of Madagascar’s senior wildlife officials have separately confirmed that lemur meat is served in hotels in their region, despite ongoing efforts to end the illegal bushmeat trade and protect the world’s most endangered group of vertebrates. Another conservationist said […]

15 November 2017. $2 billion investment in forest restoration announced at COP23 Last Thursday, at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (known as COP23), the World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that $2.1 billion in private investment funds have been committed to efforts to restore degraded lands in the Caribbean and Latin America. The investments will be made through WRI’s Initiative 20×20, which has already put 10 […]

15 November 2017. Can the Solomon Islands’ Gold Ridge Mine serve as a new model for resource extraction in the South Pacific? HONIARA, Solomon Islands – In April 2016, thousands of villagers living in the vicinity of the Gold Ridge Mine in the southwest Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands braced themselves for a major disaster as torrential rainfall triggered a spillover of thousands of cubic meters of untreated water from the mine’s tailings dam. The Ministry […]

15 November 2017. Should I stay, or should I go: is U.S. facing a climate scientist brain drain? When Pres. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Agreement last June, France and Germany offered U.S. climate researchers the opportunity to emigrate. Some are responding to the call.