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.
28 June 2017. Conservation comics to the rescue – Mongabay staff were intrigued by the work of the comic documentary team at the Smithsonian’s recent Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C., and wondered what kind of resource they could provide for parents and teachers.
28 June 2017. A dangerous path: New highway could jeopardize tigers in India – A proposal to upgrade a road into a highway in Corbett National Park has conservationists deeply worried for the region’s 300 Bengal tigers.
27 June 2017. Surprisingly, Indonesia’s most famous dive site is also a playground for whales and dolphins (commentary) – Indonesia’s Raja Ampat is famous for its corals. Turns out, the dive site is also a major transit point for rare whales and dolphins — but we know very little about them. The views expressed are those of the author.
27 June 2017. Audio: The fight to save Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem – On today’s episode, we welcome Gemma Tillack, agribusiness campaign director of the Rainforest Action Network, an NGO based in San Francisco and a group that has been very active in the global campaign to protect Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem.
27 June 2017. Norway vexed as Brazil sends mixed message on Amazon forest protection – Pres. Temer vetoed a measure slashing Amazon conservation units (CUs); then his administration floated a new bill to cut the same CUs. Norway wasn’t pleased.
27 June 2017. 2 new reptiles discovered in Sumatra – Scientists believe more than 80 percent of the world’s plants and animals remain undiscovered. But as rainforests are cleared, we are losing these species before we even know they exist.
26 June 2017. From cryosphere to blogosphere, sea ice enthusiasts track Arctic melt – Arctic sea ice is more unstable than ever, and the ice may be melting toward a record in 2017, or not; one place to find out for sure is on the Arctic Sea Ice Blog and Forum.
26 June 2017. Panama: the ranching industry has moved into Darién National Park – Residents, authorities and experts report that the ranching industry has become a threat to the protected area. According to the most recent official data, the number of head of cattle in Darién Province has doubled.
26 June 2017. Logging in Malaysia’s Ulu Muda forest threatens wildlife and water supplies – Activists have been alarmed to see old logging roads reopened and new logging tracks created in one of peninsular Malaysia’s last wildernesses.
26 June 2017. Papua governor takes birds-of-paradise off the market – He banned their use as accessories and souvenirs in the Indonesian province.
24 June 2017. U.S. bans Brazilian beef imports – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suspended fresh beef imports from Brazil until the country “takes corrective action” to address “public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues” in its cattle supply chain.
23 June 2017. Is intensification of beef production really a solution to Amazonian deforestation? – In a recent commentary, researchers argue that a proposed “solution” may actually have it exactly backwards: intensification of beef production does not lead to desired conservation outcomes, but certain conservation measures can spur cattle ranchers to sustainably intensify production.
23 June 2017. Story-telling app and website help communities improve their ‘backyards’ – This is My Backyard (TIMBY) digital tools offer a platform for safe reporting and story-telling to help address conflict-prone issues around the globe.
23 June 2017. Footprints in the forest: The future of the Sumatran rhino – Researchers and conservationists are adamant that the only way to save the Sumatran rhinoceros is a unified captive breeding program that brings scientists, NGOs and governments together.
22 June 2017. Warnings and protests mark Brazilian President Temer’s trip to Norway – Brazilian President Michel Temer will be greeted with protests when he arrives in Norway tomorrow for an official visit with Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Meanwhile, Norwegian government officials are warning Temer that his country risks losing millions in financial aid that Norway pays to Brazil to help rein in deforestation in the Amazon.
22 June 2017. Unexamined synergies: dam building and mining go together in the Amazon – 40 major dams are planned for the Brazilian Amazon in the next 20 years; driving the trend are the high-energy demands of a powerful mining industry and mineral export businesses.
22 June 2017. Illegal logging and hunting threaten Yasuní isolated indigenous groups – A preliminary copy of a report prepared by three environmental institutions and indigenous groups finds Yasuní National Park and the Tagaeri-Taromenane Intangible Zone (ZITT), home to isolated indigenous groups, have become hotspots of illegal logging and hunting.
22 June 2017. Dried lizard penis being sold online as rare ‘magical’ plant root – Monitor lizard penises are being passed off as a good-luck charm to unwitting customers looking to buy a rare Indian plant root called “Hatha Jodi”.
22 June 2017. Restoration of shattered coral reef at Raja Ampat on hold – “It is tragic that such a stunning place could be reduced to rubble so quickly, and it is terribly sad that it will take decades for it to grow again.”
21 June 2017. New highway brings deforestation near two Colombian national parks – Critics say an internationally financed road proposal to connect Venezuela and Ecuador through Colombia could mean deforestation and industrial development in regions important for indigenous cultural heritage, ecology and biodiversity.