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.


 

23 March 2017. World Bank exits controversial Angostura goldmine project in Colombian moorland World Bank exits controversial Angostura goldmine project in Colombian moorland A complaint against Canadian-held mining company Eco Oro Minerals Corp. has led the IFC to divest over $19 million from the gold-mining project, known as the Angostura project.

22 March 2017. Marine protected areas suffer from lack of funds, staff Marine protected areas suffer from lack of funds, staff Lack of staffing and budget resources risks having many under-resourced, poorly-performing marine protected areas, a new study concludes.

22 March 2017. Plans to mine coal in South African protected area trigger conservation battle Plans to mine coal in South African protected area trigger conservation battle South Africa’s environment and mineral resources ministers quietly signed off on plans to mine coal in the Mabola Protected Environment, igniting protests from activists across the country.

22 March 2017. Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach? Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach? To shed light on the motivations behind poaching, researchers interviewed rural poachers in Tanzania. They learned that while poverty is the main driver, many poach to earn extra income.

21 March 2017. Aggressive forest protection needed to meet US climate goals Aggressive forest protection needed to meet US climate goals A report released today, on the International Day of Forests, finds that forest protection in the United States must be drastically increased in order to mitigate the climate crisis and safeguard communities from the extreme weather events climate change is projected to continue to make more frequent and more severe.

21 March 2017. In defining plantations as forest, FAO attracts criticism In defining plantations as forest, FAO attracts criticism The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) continues to define most tree plantations as forest cover in its assessments. Conservation groups are petitioning to change this – but it may not be so simple.

21 March 2017. Audio: Paul Simon on his new tour in support of E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth initiative Audio: Paul Simon on his new tour in support of E.O. Wilson’s Half-Earth initiative On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we’re thrilled to feature a conversation with the one and only Paul Simon, who’s planning a U.S. tour in support of the environment.

21 March 2017. New ‘stone’ frog discovered in Vietnam New ‘stone’ frog discovered in Vietnam The newly described stone leaf-litter frog has a very rough skin texture that makes it look like a tiny rock.

21 March 2017. The people of DRC’s forests The people of DRC’s forests The West African country of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to some of the world’s most important forest resources, but is plagued by a host of complex challenges. Here, Leonora Baumann and Etienne Maury tell a few stories of DRC’s forests through the eyes of the people who live there.

20 March 2017. Seeing in the dark and more: Facts and FAQs about thermal imaging Seeing in the dark and more: Facts and FAQs about thermal imaging What is thermal imaging? How does it work? And how is it used in wildlife conservation?

20 March 2017. First woman to lead world’s largest indigenous peoples alliance First woman to lead world’s largest indigenous peoples alliance AMAN’s next secretary general: Rukka Sombolinggi.

20 March 2017. “Endangered species to declare?” Europe’s understudied bushmeat trade “Endangered species to declare?” Europe’s understudied bushmeat trade Confiscations and surveys at airports have detected a potentially alarming trend: bushmeat transported into Europe from Africa. Some of that trade is in endangered species. No one knows how much.

20 March 2017. Catching up to the Ruby Seadragon: new species raises new questions Catching up to the Ruby Seadragon: new species raises new questions Scientists take the first ever footage of a living ruby seadragon, a deep-dwelling surprise.

20 March 2017. Denmark prohibits companies from selling Myanmar teak on European Union markets Denmark prohibits companies from selling Myanmar teak on European Union markets Denmark this week placed an injunction on all Danish companies that prohibits them from selling teak imported from Myanmar on European markets.

19 March 2017. World’s biggest indigenous peoples alliance to choose new leader today in Indonesia World’s biggest indigenous peoples alliance to choose new leader today in Indonesia At the fifth congress of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago.

18 March 2017. Indonesia’s indigenous peoples will have to keep waiting for a promised task force on their rights Indonesia’s indigenous peoples will have to keep waiting for a promised task force on their rights The fifth congress of the world’s largest indigenous peoples organization continues in the Southeast Asian country.

17 March 2017. Saving orphaned baby rhinos in India Saving orphaned baby rhinos in India The Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in Assam State gives orphaned rhinos a second chance at life in the wild.

17 March 2017. Climate change key suspect in the case of India’s vanishing groundwater Climate change key suspect in the case of India’s vanishing groundwater New study links India’s water crisis to the impact of climate change, which has weakened recent monsoons.

17 March 2017. Stepping on their paws: study explores recreation’s unfun impacts on wildlife Stepping on their paws: study explores recreation’s unfun impacts on wildlife Research shows tourists can have a large impact on wildlife in protected areas, but many gaps remain in our understanding.

17 March 2017. Despite population growth and management challenges, hope for forests in Ethiopia Despite population growth and management challenges, hope for forests in Ethiopia As Ethiopia’s urban population increases at breakneck speed, the country’s forests are coming under increasing pressure.