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.


 

26 May 2017. Q&A with a champion of the “gendered approach” to conservation Q&A with a champion of the “gendered approach” to conservation Kame Westerman believes conservation projects should factor in gender in order to succeed.

26 May 2017. Temer seeks to privatize Brazil’s deforestation remote sensing program Temer seeks to privatize Brazil’s deforestation remote sensing program In a sudden surprise move, the Ministry of the Environment asked for bids to privatize federal deforestation satellite monitoring. Protests by experts stalled the measure for now.

26 May 2017. Not out of the woods: Concerns remain with Nigerian superhighway Not out of the woods: Concerns remain with Nigerian superhighway Scientists, conservationists and community groups have argued for the re-routing of a proposed superhighway in Nigeria, and in April the Cross River state government agreed. But environmental groups say that it’s ‘too early to proclaim victory.’

26 May 2017. Vietnam makes a big push for coal, while pledging to curb emissions Vietnam makes a big push for coal, while pledging to curb emissions The country’s latest electricity plan calls for more renewable energy, but still projects a massive increase in coal-fired power.

26 May 2017. Singapore is world’s second largest shark-fin trader: TRAFFIC Singapore is world’s second largest shark-fin trader: TRAFFIC Unfortunately, Singapore’s trade information on sharks is incomprehensive and lacks transparency, a new report by TRAFFIC says.

26 May 2017. Slight bumps in protected areas could be a boon for biodiversity Slight bumps in protected areas could be a boon for biodiversity A new study finds that small increases in the world’s protected lands could triple the protection of species and other types of biodiversity, potentially providing a new tool for conservation planners.

25 May 2017. On the road to ‘smart development’ On the road to ‘smart development’ Infrastructure development in Malaysia is booming, leading the country’s scientists, conservationists and officials to search for the best path forward for the country’s forest, its wildlife and its people.

25 May 2017. Bowling for Rhinos: a grassroots project with global reach Bowling for Rhinos: a grassroots project with global reach An all-volunteer effort, Bowling for Rhinos combines having fun with raising funds for rhino conservation around the world.

25 May 2017. As Arctic sea ice shows record decline, scientists prepare to go blind As Arctic sea ice shows record decline, scientists prepare to go blind Due to congressional budget cuts, the 38-year continuous U.S. Arctic satellite monitoring program is about to end, leaving researchers blind to ongoing Arctic sea ice losses.

25 May 2017. When it comes to the IUCN Red List, accuracy is the order of the day (commentary) When it comes to the IUCN Red List, accuracy is the order of the day (commentary) Two researchers at the center of a debate over the IUCN Red List’s methods argue that if we are using inaccurate range data for wildlife in threat assessments, then we are likely to find ourselves designating the wrong threat status for many species. The views expressed are those of the authors.

25 May 2017. Who owns Indonesia’s deadly abandoned coal mines? Who owns Indonesia’s deadly abandoned coal mines? An investigation into the people, and the institutional failures, responsible for the abandoned coal mine pits scattered across Indonesian Borneo.

25 May 2017. Rugged innovation: Meeting the challenges of bringing high tech DNA analysis to the field Rugged innovation: Meeting the challenges of bringing high tech DNA analysis to the field Expeditionlab researchers traveled to the Congolian rainforest along the shores of Lake Tanganyika to test DNA extraction and sequencing in the field with the revolutionary Gene laboratory system.

24 May 2017. Meet the activists risking life and limb to protect rivers (commentary) Meet the activists risking life and limb to protect rivers (commentary) In late March of this year, an unusual group of activists gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia for a four-day conference to strategize around stopping destructive hydropower projects across the globe. The views expressed are those of the author.

24 May 2017. Nepal burns more than 4,000 confiscated wildlife parts Nepal burns more than 4,000 confiscated wildlife parts The stockpile included parts from 48 species, including 67 tiger skins, 357 rhino horns, and two sacks of pangolin scales.

24 May 2017. Communities band together to protect El Salvador’s last mangroves Communities band together to protect El Salvador’s last mangroves Around 80 communities have united to help conserve the tiny Central American country’s remaining mangrove forests.

23 May 2017. Brazil agribusiness company accuses ally Temer in secret bribe taping Brazil agribusiness company accuses ally Temer in secret bribe taping Meat processor JBS, a key member of Brazil’s bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby, secretly taped Brazil’s president in a federal bribery probe. Temer denies allegations.

23 May 2017. Trump: the biggest threat to Earth’s climate balance (commentary) Trump: the biggest threat to Earth’s climate balance (commentary) With the President abroad for the first time, WRI Brasil warns against Trump’s retreat from climate action, undercutting responsible efforts by the world’s nations to protect the Earth.

23 May 2017. Experts explore sustainable infrastructure amid major development needs Experts explore sustainable infrastructure amid major development needs According to estimates from the International Energy Agency, 15.5 million miles of new roads will be built by 2050, and 90 percent of them will be in developing nations.

22 May 2017. Big animals can survive reduced-impact logging — if done right Big animals can survive reduced-impact logging — if done right Reduced-impact logging doesn’t need to be a death knell for a region’s big animals, according to a new study in Biotropica — but only if hunting is well-regulated.

22 May 2017. New soy-driven forest destruction exposed in South America New soy-driven forest destruction exposed in South America The watchdog NGO Mighty Earth followed up its February investigation into deforestation for soybean production and found that companies are sourcing from farms in Brazil and Bolivia where clearance is still occurring.