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 2018. In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, March 23, 2018 Tropical forests A new study finds that deforestation rates of 20 to 25 percent in the Amazon could cause a collapse of the hydrological cycle (Fundação de Amparo ‘ Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo/EurekAlert). Logging concessions, if properly managed, could support wildlife such as jaguars (Wildlife Conservation Society/EurekAlert). Activist groups are suing over the […]

23 March 2018. How to build a Guardian: students learn about making technology work in the field Hundreds of students from science and technology programs around the city of Los Angeles, California have begun participating in a hands-on effort to apply ingenuity and technology to protect the world’s rainforests. The NGO Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has developed a “Planet Guardians” program to directly involve tech-minded students in nature conservation while building their skills […]

22 March 2018. Cerrado: Traditional communities accuse agribusiness of ‘green land grabbing’ The geraizeiros have farmed, grazed, and foraged on Cerrado natural lands for 200 years, but often lack legal title. Agribusiness is taking that land, say traditional communities.

22 March 2018. Indigenous Amazonian women demand end to extraction The vice president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE), Zoila Castillo confronts a policeman demanding that she be let into the government palace of Carondelet to personally deliver to the president the order they prepared on March 12, 2018. Photo by Jonatan Rosas.QUITO, Ecuador – Nearly 100 indigenous women of the Ecuadorian Amazon spent five days protesting outside the country’s Presidential Palace last week. They were demanding a meeting with President Lenin Moreno and to personally deliver their political mandate. Authorities eventually agreed to a meeting between the protesters and the president, currently set for March 22. […]

22 March 2018. In Bali fish die-offs, researchers spot a human hand DENPASAR, Indonesia — Tilapia is a mainstay of Balinese cuisine, but hundreds of thousands of the freshwater fish choke to death regularly in the resort island’s largest lake, for reasons that researchers say are entirely preventable. Mass fish die-offs are not uncommon in the lakes that dot the string of seismically active islands making up […]

22 March 2018. New report highlights top 50 tortoises and turtles on brink of extinction When Lonesome George died in June 2012, it was the end of an entire species. He was the last surviving Pinta giant tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdonii), a Galapagos conservation icon who had lived for more than 100 years. But Lonesome George was not alone in his fate. More than 50 percent of the world’s 356 known […]

22 March 2018. Company outed for fires in Indonesian palm lease still clearing forests in timber concession, NGO finds JAKARTA — An environmental watchdog has accused a palm oil company in Indonesia of failing to extend a sustainable forestry pledge to a timber concession that it also operates. In a recent report, the NGO Mighty Earth alleged that Korindo, a South Korean-Indonesian joint venture, had degraded an area of more than 30 square kilometers […]

22 March 2018. Over $720 million in profit from tourism in Peru’s protected natural areas When evaluating a business proposition, we often consider two economic variables: revenue versus investment. If you earn 40 times what you put in, that’s quite clearly a profitable venture. This happens to be the exact result of a new study by the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) on the local economic impact of tourism in Peru’s […]

22 March 2018. More than 40 percent of Madagascar’s freshwater life sliding toward extinction, IUCN finds Madagascar is known as an ark for biodiversity that’s found nowhere else on the planet. Unfortunately, it’s also known for the bevy of threats that those distinctive species that live in its rainforests, woodlands and wetlands face. Now, the International Union for Conservation of Nature reports that many of the plants and animals living in […]

22 March 2018. How the son of a tailor rose to power in Indonesia’s palm oil heartland In the leadup to the release of the second installment of Indonesia for Sale, our series examining the corruption behind Indonesia’s deforestation and land-rights crisis, we are republishing the first article in the series, “The Palm Oil Fiefdom.” This is the second part of that article. The first part described a secret deal between the son […]

21 March 2018. Brazilian lawmakers funded by donors guilty of environmental crimes: report Nearly 50 percent of Brazil’s lower house of congress received political donations from companies and individuals who committed environmental crimes, raising questions about influence peddling.

21 March 2018. Cities need forests too: A call for forests amid our concrete jungles (commentary) Human beings evolved among trees. Even today, hundreds of millions of people live in and around forests, and depend upon them directly for their food, fuel, and livelihoods. Many of us, however, now live in concrete jungles instead. More than half the world’s population lives in cities, and that’s set to rise to two-thirds — […]

21 March 2018. Leopards could reduce rabies by controlling stray dog numbers in India, study finds Leopards are among the most widespread of all big cats, with a historical range covering large parts of Africa and Asia. Though humans have whittled away about 80 percent of that area, the big cats still overlap with some of the world’s largest concentrations of people. That convergence can be a recipe for conflict, but […]

20 March 2018. ‘A real surprise’: Study reveals low phosphorus doesn’t hinder rainforest growth Scientists have long believed the lack of nutrients in tropical forests soils meant that they weren’t very productive when it came to plant growth. But at the same time, trees didn’t seem to grow any taller when fertilizer was added to increase soil nutrient levels. A group of researchers sought to resolve this apparent paradox […]

20 March 2018. Pearl Jam invests in Amazonian reforestation to offset emissions from current Brazil tour Rock band Pearl Jam is voluntarily offsetting the carbon emissions of its current tour in Brazil. The band has partnered with Conservation International (CI) in purchasing carbon offsets for the estimated 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions that will be generated by its Brazilian tour dates taking place this month. The offsets were purchased through […]

20 March 2018. Audio: Exploring humanity’s deep connection to water, plus the sounds of the Sandhill crane migration On today’s episode, we discuss humanity’s deep connection to water and hear sounds of one of the most ancient animal migrations on Earth, that of the Sandhill crane. Listen here: Our first guest today is marine biologist and conservationist Wallace J. Nichols, the author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, […]

20 March 2018. How one of Indonesia’s biggest companies cut a secret deal to plant oil palm in Borneo In the leadup to the release of the second installment of Indonesia for Sale, our series examining the corruption behind Indonesia’s deforestation and land-rights crisis, we are republishing the first article in the series, “The Palm Oil Fiefdom.” This is the first part of that article, which can be read in full here. (Baca juga dalam Bahasa […]

20 March 2018. Keeping carbon in the ground can cut emissions and boost food security, study finds A new study in Environmental Research Letters shows that applying a theoretic carbon tax — one aimed at stimulating changes to farming and land-use practices that minimize emissions —could have a major impact on food security, resulting in as many as 300 million more people suffering food deprivation. But add soil carbon-friendly farming into the […]

20 March 2018. UN’s Tauli-Corpuz, accused of terrorism in her native Philippines, plans to keep investigating ‘atrocities’ against indigenous peoples at home After Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous rights, was included on a list of some 600 people the government of her native Philippines wants declared as terrorists, her colleagues described the move as “retaliation” for her speaking out against recent attacks on indigenous Lumad communities on the country’s main southern island of […]

20 March 2018. The world’s last male northern white rhino has died The fate of the northern white rhinoceros now hangs by an extremely thin thread. Forty-five-year-old Sudan, believed to be the world’s last surviving male northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19. Sudan fell gravely ill earlier this month following a series of infections and age-related health issues that […]