Mongabay News

A feed from Mongabay, which seeks to raise interest in and appreciation of nature and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging trends in climate, technology, economics, and finance on conservation and development.


 

25 April 2017. Conserving Congo’s wild places on a shoestring Conserving Congo’s wild places on a shoestring The Mangrove Marine Park along the DRC’s tiny coastline is a last line of defense against illegal logging and poaching and is a haven for sea turtles.

25 April 2017. Namibia’s low cost, sustainable solution to seabird bycatch Namibia’s low cost, sustainable solution to seabird bycatch 40 percent of the world’s marine fishing haul, 63 billion pounds annually, is tossed dead or dying back into the sea; now Namibia is radically reducing seabird bycatch.

25 April 2017. Indonesian court revokes environmental license for the Cirebon coal plant expansion Indonesian court revokes environmental license for the Cirebon coal plant expansion The ruling, which can still be appealed, should bring the project to a halt.

24 April 2017. The land is forever: Rodrigo Tot wins Goldman Prize for land-title quest The land is forever: Rodrigo Tot wins Goldman Prize for land-title quest Rodrigo Tot and his Maya Q’eqchi’ community have been working to secure title to their land and protect it from mining interests. Mongabay contributor Sandra Cuffe reports on his work from the disputed lands in Guatemala.

24 April 2017. The March for Science makes its stand: “There is no Planet B” The March for Science makes its stand: “There is no Planet B” Thousands of protesters — spirits un-dampened by torrential rains — protested against the anti-science policies of President Trump and the Congress Saturday.

24 April 2017. 2 wildlife rangers shot and killed by poachers in Congo park 2 wildlife rangers shot and killed by poachers in Congo park Ranger Joël Meriko Ari and Sergeant Gerome Bolimola Afokao of the DRC Armed Forces were killed in a shootout with poachers in DRC’s Garamba National Park.

24 April 2017. Meet the winners of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize Meet the winners of the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize This year’s winners include activists who went undercover to expose corruption, community leaders who strove to achieve safe environments for their people and fought for their rights, often at great personal risk.

21 April 2017. ‘Lost & Found’: Telling the stories of rediscovered species ‘Lost & Found’: Telling the stories of rediscovered species Species presumed to be extinct are rediscovered all the time — and the new Lost & Found project aims to tell their stories.

21 April 2017. Women could be a key to great ape conservation in the Congo Women could be a key to great ape conservation in the Congo Empowered women are working with environmental groups to help conserve gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

21 April 2017. Mapping indigenous lands in Indonesia’s tallest mountains Mapping indigenous lands in Indonesia’s tallest mountains A lack of clear boundaries in the Southeast Asian nation is a major impediment to sustainable development.

20 April 2017. BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused $17.2 billion in environmental damage to the Gulf of Mexico BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused $17.2 billion in environmental damage to the Gulf of Mexico Seven years ago today, a blowout at an ultra-deepwater well operated by British oil giant BP in the Gulf of Mexico caused an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig and ultimately led to 134 million gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf.

20 April 2017. Canceled: Plans for a bridge in a critical wildlife area in Borneo have been scrapped Canceled: Plans for a bridge in a critical wildlife area in Borneo have been scrapped The Sukau Bridge will not be built, a Sabah State forest official announced in London.

20 April 2017. Study finds there are ways to mitigate deforestation risks of palm oil expansion in Africa Study finds there are ways to mitigate deforestation risks of palm oil expansion in Africa As demand for its product continues to grow, the palm oil industry is now reportedly eyeing Africa as its next big expansion opportunity.

20 April 2017. No safe forest left: 250 captive orphan chimps stuck in sanctuaries No safe forest left: 250 captive orphan chimps stuck in sanctuaries Chimpanzees rescued from Cameroon’s wildlife trade are safe in captivity, but NGOs can’t find a safe forest in which to release them back to the wild.

20 April 2017. A foreseen environmental disaster in Colombia? A foreseen environmental disaster in Colombia? Mocoa, a municipality located in the northwest of the Putumayo region in southwestern Colombia, has declared a state of emergency after a massive landslide left 254 dead and more than 200 hospitalized. Mongabay spoke with several experts to find out what environmental indicators, if any, there might have been.

20 April 2017. Skin slime of Indian frog can kill flu virus Skin slime of Indian frog can kill flu virus Molecules in the slimy skin secrestions of the wide-spread Fungoid Frog can destroy some strains of the influenza viruses, according to a new study.

20 April 2017. Indonesian tiger smugglers escape with light sentences in Sumatra Indonesian tiger smugglers escape with light sentences in Sumatra Only a few hundred Sumatran tigers remain in the wild.

19 April 2017. Guatemala declares state of emergency as rainforest goes up in flames Guatemala declares state of emergency as rainforest goes up in flames On Tuesday, Guatemala declared a state of emergency in response to a heavy spate of forest fires in protected areas.

19 April 2017. Giraffes are endangered, groups argue, file petition with U.S. Giraffes are endangered, groups argue, file petition with U.S. Five conservation organizations filed a petition today with the United States Government to list the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) as an endangered species.

19 April 2017. Brazil moves to cut Amazon conservation units by 1.2 million hectares Brazil moves to cut Amazon conservation units by 1.2 million hectares Congress seeks drastic reduction in Amazon conservation units; reclassification will allow private land ownership, agriculture, logging on 1.2 million hectares of protected land.