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.
18 February 2017. It’s World Pangolin Day! – Today is dedicated to the world’s most trafficked mammal. What are we celebrating?
17 February 2017. Protected areas found to be ‘significant’ sources of carbon emissions – A new study finds official protection status isn’t keeping deforestation – and the heavy carbon loads it releases – out of many of the world’s parks and reserves.
16 February 2017. Newly discovered gecko loses scales in ‘really bizarre’ behavior – Geckolepis megalepis has the biggest scales of any known gecko species – and readily sheds them when threatened by predators.
16 February 2017. Saving Jamaica Bay’s diamondback terrapins – Researchers are studying a declining native population of turtles in New York City’s coastal waters. Their loss could have severe consequences for the struggling Jamaica Bay.
16 February 2017. Grief, anger and fear in the aftermath of a deadly coal-mining disaster in Jharkhand State, India – ‘I watched a massive tornado of earth approaching behind me and I ran for my life.’
16 February 2017. Wilmar grabbed indigenous lands in Sumatra, RSPO finds – The leader of the Kapa community said he hoped the palm oil giant would ‘quickly restore our right to the lands that it took without our consent.’
15 February 2017. Camera traps proving to be powerful tool for studying endangered species in remote locations – In 2015, a team of researchers left 21 camera traps on a previously unsurveyed ridge in Peru’s Sira Communal Reserve for six months and captured some of the first images of the critically endangered Sira curassow to be made publicly available. Following the success of their initial expedition, the team revisited the study location in 2016, this time with HD cameras in tow.
15 February 2017. Getting there: The rush to turn the Amazon into a soy transport corridor – The Amazon’s rivers once were sufficient for commerce; now international commodities traders want to build roads, railways and industrial waterways thru the Amazon’s heart.
15 February 2017. Seven ‘most wanted’ elephant poachers arrested in Malaysia – The men are believed to have killed at least 15 Asian elephants over a period of four years.
14 February 2017. Latin America palm oil production doubled since 2001 without massive uptick in deforestation – The area of land planted with oil palm has doubled in Latin America since 2001, but a new study finds that most plantations were established on land that had already been cleared.
14 February 2017. Endangered species and habitats threatened by US-Mexico border wall – The wall not only presents human, fiscal, and international relations concerns, but would also have an adverse impact on wildlife and the environment. The views expressed are those of the author.
14 February 2017. Scanning the barcode of wildlife – The Barcode of Wildlife Project unites research biologists, investigators, prosecutors, and members of law enforcement in partner countries in using DNA barcoding to combat wildlife crime.
14 February 2017. Counterintuitive: Global hydropower boom will add to climate change – Reservoirs emit significant greenhouse gases planet-wide, study finds; researchers urge that new hydropower projects not be christened with green energy label.
14 February 2017. Loving apes celebrated this Valentine’s Day – A resolution passed by the California Senate makes Feb. 14 World Bonobo Day, with the goal of raising awareness of this Endangered ape, one of our closest cousins.
14 February 2017. A Thai oil firm, Indonesian seaweed farmers and Australian regulators. What happened after the Montara oil spill? – Eight years after the blowout, legal action against the company responsible is ramping up, even as the true extent of the damage caused remains a mystery.
13 February 2017. Revisiting Java’s little Africa: Indonesia’s safari potential – Erik Meijaard is a Jakarta-based conservation scientist coordinating the Borneo Futures Initiative. The views expressed are his own.
13 February 2017. Trees need a little help to reclaim deforested land, study finds – Researchers have found evidence that suggests even highly mobile birds like hornbills do not ensure successful movement of seeds between isolated forest fragments, making it extremely unlikely that trees can re-colonize degraded forest patches without help.
13 February 2017. India’s Manas National Park illustrates the human dimension of rhino conservation – The fortunes of the park’s rhinos are intertwined with ethnic politics in India’s restive Assam State.
13 February 2017. Field Notes: Predicting how the pet trade spreads infectious disease – Mongabay looks at conservation science in progress: Elizabeth Daut models risk of infectious disease spreading to US wildlife via the pet trade.
13 February 2017. Indonesia’s last stand for a coal industry in peril – Both environmental and economic factors could work against attempts to keep Indonesia’s coal industry alive.