tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/news Mongabay.com News 2014-04-25T02:05:46Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13134 2014-04-25T01:58:00Z 2014-04-25T02:05:46Z Despite campaign, Girl Scout cookies still aren't deforestation free, say scout activists <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0425Madi-and-Rhiannon150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Despite a high-profile campaign that caused one of the world's largest food companies to adopt a comprehensive zero deforestation policy, Girl Scout cookies still aren't necessarily free of rainforest destruction and social conflict, say the two girl scouts who launched the protest seven years ago.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/mYCSXc9hkxc" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 37.644243 -77.575988 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0425-girl-scout-cookies-not-deforestation-free.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13133 2014-04-25T00:21:00Z 2014-04-25T00:34:52Z Congo rainforest losing its greenness, finds NASA The Congo, the world's second largest rainforest, is losing its greenness, finds a new study published in <i>Nature</i>.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/KL-I05utVL4" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -1.142502 20.64743 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0424-nasa-congo-drying.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13129 2014-04-25T00:00:00Z 2014-04-25T00:13:11Z The beef with beef: how 12 strategies could drastically cut agricultural emissions <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/colombia/150/colombia_6299.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Eating less beef, cutting food waste, and utilizing farm landscapes to sequester carbon are three ways a new report suggests the world could rapidly tackle agricultural emissions. Currently, global agriculture accounts for nearly a fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions when agriculturally-linked deforestation is included. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/TJmJetjjvQ8" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0424-hance-agriculture-strategies.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13131 2014-04-24T22:13:00Z 2014-04-24T22:43:03Z 'Better late than never,' Myanmar bans timber exports to save remaining forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0424-irrawaddydolthumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Myanmar contains some of Asia's largest forests, but has been losing them at a rapid pace during the last two decades as logging companies emptied woodlands to meet the demands of the lumber industry. In an effort to save its disappearing forests, Myanmar implemented a landmark ban on timber exports, effective March 31, 2014. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/FZF7yGli5SI" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 24.037345 96.385395 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0424-morgan-myanmar-ban.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13130 2014-04-24T22:03:00Z 2014-04-24T22:18:30Z Brazil's new Forest Code a mixed bag for native ecosystems The revised Forest Code passed into law by Brazil in 2012 could authorize conversion of 400,000 square miles of native grassland for industrial agriculture, while granting amnesty for deforesters in the Amazon rainforest, argues a policy piece published this week in the journal <i>Science</i>.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/tbnlujw6INQ" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -9.449062 -62.592775 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0424-brazil-forests-code.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13128 2014-04-24T17:24:00Z 2014-04-24T17:31:21Z Brazil to test drones in monitoring the Amazon rainforest Brazilian municipalities are planning to use drones to map properties and monitor forest cover as they move to step up enforcement of the country's Forest Code, reports <i>The Financial Times</i>.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/loRU5fw5N0A" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -3.145144 -52.085178 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0424-amazon-drones.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13127 2014-04-24T16:16:00Z 2014-04-24T22:49:41Z Special Report: Palm oil, political interests, and land use in Indonesian Borneo (Part I) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0424-orangthumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As one of the world’s largest palm oil producers, Indonesia is often at the receiving end of criticism and protests by activists, and even by its own people. Its poor forest and land management practices, which have been going on for decades, have degraded both its landscapes and its reputation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/TYvkdblOvk4" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -0.998415 110.770106 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0424-Hadinaryanto-palmoil-kalimantan.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13124 2014-04-23T21:43:00Z 2014-04-24T15:20:29Z Chelonians for dinner: hunting threatens at-risk turtles and tortoises in India <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0423-turtle-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The extinction risk faced by mammals is often in the limelight. But it may be surprising to learn that next only to primates, chelonians—or turtles and tortoises—are the world’s most imperiled vertebrate group. New research indicates that two such species are being threatened by hunting in the Western Ghats of India.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/ZVmER-JrzP0" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 10.308107 76.931335 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0423-samoray-chelonians-ghats.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13123 2014-04-23T17:29:00Z 2014-04-23T17:52:17Z Earth has fourth warmest March on record as forecasters see possible El Nino rising Last March was the fourth warmest on record, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Overall, temperatures were 0.71 degrees Celsius (1.28 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th century average during March. Looking at the first three months of 2014, this year is the seventh warmest on record to date. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/G75sUExPAv8" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0423-hance-march-temps.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13118 2014-04-22T18:50:00Z 2014-04-22T19:15:51Z After widespread deforestation, China bans commercial logging in northern forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0422-hinggan-yalu-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forestry authorities in China have stopped commercial logging in the nation's largest forest area, marking an end to more than a half-century of intensive deforestation that removed an estimated 600 million cubic meters (21 billion cubic feet) of timber. The logging shutdown was enacted in large part to protect soil and water quality of greater China, which are significantly affected by forest loss in the mountainous region.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/5hCt5bj7Ewk" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 50.980009 123.533821 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0422-morgan-gfw-hinggan.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13117 2014-04-22T17:54:00Z 2014-04-22T19:15:46Z Earth Day Picture Gallery: Celebrating Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0892.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This Earth Day, we've decided to highlight the spectacular natural wonders of Indonesia, which is arguably the most biodiverse country on Earth. Indonesia is rich with wildlife thanks to its geography: some 17,000 islands spanning 1.9 million square kilometers (741,000 square miles) of tropical seas. Accordingly, the country is home to an incredible array of habitats ranging from rainforests to tropical glaciers to coral reefs, which support untold numbers of species.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/gLPCZvcCT7Q" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0422-earth-day-pictures-indonesia.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13116 2014-04-22T15:30:00Z 2014-04-22T15:40:30Z Illegal logging makes up 70 percent of Papua New Guinea's timber industry <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/west-papua_5011.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Corruption, weak governance, and powerful timber barons are illegally stripping the forests of Papua New Guinea, according to a new report from the Chatham House. The policy institute finds that 70 percent of logging in Papua New Guinea is currently illegal, despite the fact that 99 percent of land is owned by local indigenous communities. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/k3nu4ZZOeoU" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance -6.843058 145.777812 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0422-hance-png-illegal-logging.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13115 2014-04-21T22:19:00Z 2014-04-22T19:19:20Z NASA detects surge in deforestation in Malaysia, Bolivia during first quarter of 2014 Forest disturbance in Malaysia, Bolivia, Panama, and Ecuador surged during the first quarter of 2014, according to NASA data.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/b6G1H-eD1qw" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 0.887111 112.314209 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0421-glofdas-2014q1.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13103 2014-04-21T16:28:00Z 2014-04-23T19:17:34Z Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/colombia_0864.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The barbecued leg of a spider monkey might not be your idea of a sumptuous dinner, but to the Matsés or one of the fifteen tribes in voluntary isolation in Peru, it is the result of a successful hunt and a proud moment for the hunter's family. However, a spider monkey tends to have only a single infant once every 30 months, which necessarily limits the number of adult monkeys available to subsistence hunters.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/WlVmQtW7w4s" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0421-watsa-hunting-primates.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13102 2014-04-21T05:27:00Z 2014-04-21T05:31:00Z Brazil strips protected status from 5.2M ha While Brazil led the world in establishing new protected areas in recent years, it has also stripped legal protected status from some 5.2 million hectares (12.8 million acres) of land, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Conservation Biology</i>.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/ntaCmeq4R4M" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -3.995781 -59.097033 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0421-brazil-strips-protected-status.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13101 2014-04-21T04:27:00Z 2014-04-21T04:31:31Z APRIL continued destroying high conservation rainforest up until January pledge <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0421-ramin150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Plantation giant Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) continued to source fiber produced by destruction of high conservation value forests in Sumatra right up until it committed to a new forest conservation policy, according to an investigation by Eyes of the Forest, a coalition of environmental groups in Riau.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/3wg5hYfpYas" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 0.563727 102.946773 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0421-april-ramin-kampar.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13100 2014-04-18T18:11:00Z 2014-04-20T15:59:38Z Behind the scenes of Showtime's blockbuster series on climate change <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0418-harrison-ford-baby-orangutans150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For years climate change activists and environmentalists have been clamoring for a high-profile, high-impact TV series about climate change to make Americans more aware of an issue that will affect billions of people around the globe in coming decades. This week they finally got it when Showtime released the first episode of <i>Years of Living Dangerously</i>, a big-budget TV series featuring a number of Hollywood's biggest stars as reporters and corespondents.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/vxCLPXqG3-Q" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -0.078106 101.652189 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0418-horowitz-interview-years-project.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13099 2014-04-18T16:04:00Z 2014-04-18T16:58:38Z Rainforests on fire: climate change is pushing the Amazon over the edge <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0418-burning-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>From 1999-2010, nearly three percent of the Amazon rainforest burned, and climate forecasts indicate dry conditions conducive to fire will only become more commonplace in the future. A new study indicates that rainforests are more vulnerable to fire than previously thought, and it warns the current combination of climate change and deforestation may be pushing Amazon forests past the breaking point. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/216cvbtrYFY" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -5.624371 -51.306233 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0418-morgan-amazon-fire.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13098 2014-04-18T14:04:00Z 2014-04-18T14:18:22Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Maps for the masses <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/colombia/150/colombia_3985.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Mark Mulligan makes maps for the masses. In his work on tropical forests, Mulligan uses GIS, modeling, remote sensing, and lab experiments to turn research into datasets and policy support systems, which are available online for use in development, decision-making, and education.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/pD9Ll7tjvF0" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0418-forestinnovation-kimbrough-mulligan.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13097 2014-04-17T20:55:00Z 2014-04-17T23:04:15Z Is Aru safe? Indonesia suspends plan to clear half the islands' forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0417-aru-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Aru, an area made up of about ninety-five low-lying islands in the Maluku province of eastern Indonesia, has suspended a plan to clear half of its total forest cover for sugar cane. However, the island paradise is still not safe from large-scale deforestation, according to a report from Mongabay-Indonesia.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/H62216jzrg0" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -6.120256 134.411539 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0417-hadinaryanto-aru.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13096 2014-04-17T18:06:00Z 2014-04-17T18:37:50Z Legal logging concessions drive illegal logging in Peru, threatening forests and indigenous people <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0417Peru-Logging_Photo150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Nearly 70 percent of "officially inspected" logging concessions in Peru have had their permits canceled or are under investigation for major breaches of forestry laws, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Scientific Reports</i>. Worryingly, the research also concludes that forestry permits are being widely used to launder timber illegally logged from outside concession areas.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/mCCYJAKitEM" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -11.199957 -70.359879 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0417-illegal-logging-peru.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13095 2014-04-17T15:37:00Z 2014-04-17T15:45:19Z Okapi-killing warlord shot dead in the Democratic Republic of the Congo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/deadokapi.okapi.unesco.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The head of an informal militia and poaching group, Paul Sadala a.k.a. 'Morgan,' was killed on Monday after surrendering himself to the army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A well-known elephant poacher and terrorist, Morgan became most famous for leading an attack on the Okapi Wildlife Reserve station in 2012. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/h8yBjCs9-mo" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 1.402597 28.573283 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0417-hance-morgan-dead.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13094 2014-04-17T14:00:00Z 2014-04-17T14:15:55Z New relative of the 'penis snake' discovered in Myanmar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0417.caecilian.myanmar.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists have discovered a new species of limbless amphibians, known as caecilians, in Myanmar. Dubbing the species, the colorful ichthyophis (Ichthyophis multicolor), the researchers describe the new amphibian in a recent paper published in Zootaxa. The world's most famous caecilian is the so-called penis snake (Atretochoana eiselti) which was rediscovered in Brazil in 2011. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/e4yPtWItXY8" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 16.738413 95.217346 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0417-hance-colorful-ichthyophis.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13093 2014-04-17T04:14:00Z 2014-04-17T18:06:28Z Malaysia at risk of falling behind in push for more sustainable palm oil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_2201.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Malaysian state should play a more active role in supporting the transition toward less environmentally destructive palm oil production, says a coalition of Malaysian NGO's. In a statement issued Sunday, the Malaysian Palm Oil NGO Coalition (MPONGOC) urged Malaysian banks, palm oil associations, and other government-backed institutions to commit to 'improving social and environmental standards in the palm oil industry'.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/I4jMrKWZI74" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 2.814114 114.496336 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0417-MPONGOC-malaysia-losing-sustainable-palm-oil-race.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13092 2014-04-16T20:25:00Z 2014-04-16T20:29:23Z Weird and mysterious: scientists find new shark species <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0416-sawshark-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A long snout with teeth jutting from the sides? Check. Catfish-like barbels dangling from its chin? Got them. Gills on the side of its body? It has those, too. These are characteristics of a bizarre group of sharks known as sawsharks. And until recently, only seven species were recognized. However, a new discovery raises that number by one more. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/XJCSyG7lt_I" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 16.594763 124.488124 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0416-samoray-sawshark.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13086 2014-04-16T16:20:00Z 2014-04-16T16:38:58Z Ecuador will have referendum on fate of Yasuni after activists collect over 700,000 signatures In what is a major victory for environmentalists, campaigners with United for Yasuni have collected 727,947 signatures triggering a national referendum on whether or not oil drilling should proceed in three blocs of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/azVxqYHQv_c" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance -1.438883 -76.068026 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0416-hance-yasuni-referendum.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13084 2014-04-15T20:03:00Z 2014-04-15T20:12:27Z Long lives, big impacts: human life expectancy linked to extinctions <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0415-wren-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Since the arrival of <i>Homo sapiens</i>, other species have been going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Most scientists now agree that extinction rates are between 100 and 1000 times greater than before humans existed. Working out what is driving these extinctions is fiendishly complicated, but a new study suggests that human life expectancy may be partly to blame.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/5eh_HAbL1CQ" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -40.671256 173.995140 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0415-rowland-life-expectancy.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13083 2014-04-15T17:34:00Z 2014-04-15T17:52:51Z Nearly a thousand environmental activists murdered since 2002 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0415.murders.activists.gwreport.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>At least 908 people were murdered for taking a stand to defend the environment between 2002 and 2013, according to a new report today from Global Witness, which shows a dramatic uptick in the murder rate during the past four years. Notably, the report appears on the same day that another NGO, Survival International, released a video of a gunman terrorizing a Guarani indigenous community in Brazil.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/1jqfjEzT8Wk" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0415-hance-environment-activists-murder.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13082 2014-04-15T14:33:00Z 2014-04-15T16:36:29Z Malaysia imperils forest reserves and sea turtle nesting ground for industrial site (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0414.tanjung.panorama.5.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Plans for an industrial site threaten one of Malaysia's only marine turtle nesting beaches and a forest home to rare trees and mammals, according to local activists. Recently, the state government of Perak approved two industrial project inside Tanjung Hantu Permanent Forest Reserve. But activists say these will not only cut into the reserve, but also scare away nesting turtles from Pasir Panjang.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/t4utVyxfkJA" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 4.315341 100.562672 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0415-hance-tanjung-hantu.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13081 2014-04-14T18:08:00Z 2014-04-14T18:30:55Z Ants plant rainforests, one seed at a time <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0414-antseed-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation is destroying forests around the world, but its effects are especially obvious in the Amazon Basin. Due to cattle ranching, soybean farming, logging, and slash-and-burn agriculture, the rainforest is disappearing at a rapid pace. But a recent study published in the Journal of Ecology offers a unique solution to replanting the deforested landscapes: ants.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/A98_vyE9KLM" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -11.216606 -67.295734 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0414-dulaney-ants-rainforests.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13076 2014-04-14T14:53:00Z 2014-04-14T15:05:39Z Climate change solution? UN touts ambitious (but cheap) investment in renewable energy <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0414.DR-jlh-044.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The world is warming rapidly due to greenhouse gas emissions, threatening everything from our food supply to our ecosystems, but the solution may be surprisingly cheap, according to the third and final report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report recommends a rapid and aggressive switch from fossil fuel-based energy to renewables.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/0u92xKRrTMM" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0414-hance-ipcc-third.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13074 2014-04-14T13:32:00Z 2014-04-14T13:46:05Z Riddled with tumors: another blow to the Sumatran rhino species <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0414.sumatranrhino.Pict4.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Conservation for Sumatran rhinos suffered another blow last week, only days after Suci&#8212;one of only ten rhinos in captive breeding efforts&#8212;died at Cincinnati Zoo. Scientists in the Malaysian state of Sabah revealed that a newly captured female, Iman, suffers from an assortment of tumors in her uterus, hugely complicating reproduction efforts.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/CoPjqWPFD34" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 5.171292 118.639881 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0414-hance-iman-tumors.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13071 2014-04-11T19:05:00Z 2014-04-11T19:12:49Z Life finds a way: the surprising biodiversity of cities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0411-urban-greenroof-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the largest global assessment of urban biodiversity to date, researchers examined the biodiversity of urban areas and found that cities are home to a surprising number of species. The study underlines the conservation importance of preserving and creating green spaces when it comes to urban planning.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/4uxFO2EkuO8" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 48.278296 16.196039 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0411-levikov-cities-biodiversity.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13070 2014-04-11T15:53:00Z 2014-04-11T17:06:05Z Amphibian pandemic may have hit Madagascar, hundreds of species at risk of infection <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0411-madchytrid-swab-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Madagascar is one of the world’s hotspots for amphibian diversity, home to so many frog species that many of them don’t even have names. But soon the island may also harbor a fungus causing drastic declines – even extinctions – of frogs around the world. Ironically, the wildlife trade that’s often blamed for helping spread the disease may also give scientists a chance to prevent it.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/agosZQy5I5k" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -18.817011 48.381764 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0411-devitt-chytrid-madagascar.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13069 2014-04-10T23:56:00Z 2014-04-11T02:14:47Z Forests in Indonesia's concession areas being rapidly destroyed <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0410-indonesia-forest-cover150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Forest clearing within areas zoned for timber, logging, oil palm, and mining accounted for nearly 45 percent of deforestation in Indonesia between 2000 and 2010, finds a new study that examined forest loss within industrial concessions.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/mbMm_SlaGJk" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -0.615223 114.322014 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0410-deforestation-with-Indonesian-concession-areas.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13068 2014-04-10T21:53:00Z 2014-04-10T22:14:00Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Empowering everyone to watch over forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0410.NigelSizer_image.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Nigel Sizer has worked on the forefront of global forest issues for decades. Currently, he is the Global Director of the World Resource Institute's (WRI) Forests Program, whose projects include the Global Forest Watch, the Forest Legality Alliance, and the Global Restoration Initiative. These programs work with governments, businesses, and civil society with the aim of sustaining forests for generations to come. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/za_eexwysyY" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0410-forestinnovation-kimbrough-sizer.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13067 2014-04-10T19:00:00Z 2014-04-11T13:15:51Z A new face for palm oil? How a small co-op is changing the industry in Honduras <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0403-tanya-locals-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Expanding oil palm plantations are among the top reasons for deforestation globally, along with cattle ranching, timber, and soy. However, a small palm oil production outfit recently became the first cooperative in the world to achieve Rainforest Alliance certification for sustainable growth of African palms, employing a number of innovations to ensure the prosperity of both forests and local communities.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/qFyi7R5W538" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 15.444187 -87.588480 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0410-dimitrova-hondupalma.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13066 2014-04-10T16:00:00Z 2014-04-13T14:32:24Z Giant ibis, little dodo, and the kakapo: meet the 100 weirdest and most endangered birds <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0410.Philippine-Eagle-3_ALAIN-PASCUA.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The comic dodo, the stately great auk, the passenger pigeon blotting out the skies: human kind has wiped out nearly 200 species of birds in the last five hundred years. Now, if we don't act soon we'll add many new ones to the list: birds such as the giant ibis, the plains-wanderer, and the crow honeyeater. And these are just a few of the species that appear today on the long-awaited EDGE list.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/4jqqAJdkL4U" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance -21.538109 165.761064 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0410-hance-edge-birds.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13065 2014-04-09T23:58:00Z 2014-04-10T05:30:41Z Cargill commits to zero deforestation, but environmentalists have questions <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_1847.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>After years of criticism from environmental groups, Cargill says it will establish policies to eliminate deforestation, peatlands conversion, and social conflict from its palm oil supply chain. But activists aren't yet sure what to make of the agribusiness giant's pledge. On Tuesday Cargill released a letter it sent to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a body that sets eco-certification standards, in response to a Greenpeace Report linking it to deforestation. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/vscjBrj8AmA" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 3.844511 103.339071 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0409-cargill-zero-deforestation-commitment.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13064 2014-04-09T21:18:00Z 2014-04-09T21:24:25Z Collateral damage: new findings shed light on the full impact of commercial fishing <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0409-bycatch-thresher-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Aside from reducing the populations of the species sought for capture, commercial fisheries are also killing thousands of nontarget creatures such as sharks, albatross, and sea turtles, collectively referred to as “bycatch.” However, the full extent of the problem is only beginning to be grasped. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/nTRLQyDhFkA" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -32.828046 86.901155 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0409-barrett-bycatch.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13063 2014-04-09T17:55:00Z 2014-04-10T05:39:11Z City lights threaten rainforests by deterring bats <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0409-carollia-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Fruit-eating bats play an important role in forest regeneration, collecting and spreading seeds far and wide. However, human development may be stymying bat-mediated dispersal. In a new study, researchers found that fruit bats avoid feeding in light-polluted areas, which may significantly affect forest growth. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/nTnCIjPMcwU" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 9.578736 -83.306614 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/409-sutherland-bats-light.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13062 2014-04-09T16:20:00Z 2014-04-09T16:31:21Z The enemy of your enemy is your ant bodyguard: spider uses one predator for protection against another <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0409-spitting-spider-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The notion of spiders using ants as bodyguards seems a bit contradictory, but that is exactly what occurs on the tropical forest floors of the Philippines. The jumping spider strategically nests within the vicinity of the aggressive Asian weaver ant as a defense tactic against its main predator, the spitting spider.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/TPKDM2NFfvU" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 12.254823 124.938564 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0409-mark-spider-ant-bodyguard.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13061 2014-04-08T22:47:00Z 2014-04-08T23:06:28Z Emissions from rainforest logging average 16% of those from deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/gabon/150/gabon_2655.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Carbon emissions from selective logging operations in tropical rainforests are roughly a sixth of those from outright forest clearing, finds a new study that evaluated 13 forestry concessions in six countries. The study analyzed carbon losses from elements of logging operations, including timber extraction, collateral damage to surrounding vegetation, and logging infrastructure like roads and skid trails.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/HrUgQUsU_yg" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 2.742787 -57.467165 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0408-emissions-from-rainforest-logging.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13060 2014-04-08T19:55:00Z 2014-04-08T22:47:43Z Procter & Gamble, Cargill pledge to cut deforestation linked to palm oil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_0093.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Procter &amp; Gamble (P&amp;G) and Cargill today announced new measures to cut deforestation from their palm oil supply chains. P&amp;G (NYSE:PG), a consumer products giant that owns brands like Head & Shoulders and Oil of Olay, pledged to establish traceability of palm oil to supplier mills by the end of 2015. The policy commits it to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain by 2020.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/3uy02c3GUxg" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 44.952066 -93.476831 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0408-procter-gamble-palm-oil-policy.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13059 2014-04-08T19:48:00Z 2014-04-08T20:25:55Z Featured video: Showtime releases first episode of major new climate change series online <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/ford.orangutan.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Although Showtime's landmark new climate change series doesn't premiere until Sunday, the network has released an edited version of the first episode of Years of Living Dangerously to the public (see below). The nine-part documentary series is being billed as a "groundbreaking" exploration into the many ways that climate change is already wreaking havoc on the lives of people around the world.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Fh8_lMHGpzI" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 0.010477 101.530569 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0408-hance-years-of-living-video.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13058 2014-04-08T17:44:00Z 2014-04-08T17:50:38Z Extinction crisis: rising sea levels will submerge thousands of islands <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0408-morgan-rmi-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Sea levels are rising at the highest rate in thousands of years, putting at risk low-lying islands around the world. In a new study published in Nature Conservation, researchers found that projected rises in sea level stand to swamp more than 10,000 islands, displacing human communities and wiping many unique species off the face of the earth.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/72eAtDuEpIs" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -21.233771 165.338091 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0408-edwards-sealevels-extinction.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13057 2014-04-08T15:48:00Z 2014-04-09T13:29:11Z Nearly 90 percent of logging in the DRC is illegal <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0408.754px-Congo_maluku.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The forestry sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is completely out of control, according to a new eye-opening report. Put together by the Chatham House, the report estimates that at least 87 percent of logging in the DRC was illegal in 2011, making the DRC possibly the most high-risk country in the world for purchasing legal wood products. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/vIYHxSXy7u0" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance -1.809386 21.981180 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0408-hance-drc-illegal-logging.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13048 2014-04-07T18:36:00Z 2014-04-07T18:46:20Z Australia proposes banning environmental boycotts What do you do when a company is repeatedly caught trashing the environment and refuses to change its ways? Boycott! Activists and campaigners often use boycotting a company's products when other methods have failed, yet in Australia such boycotts could soon become illegal.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/mN12taIvD88" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0407-hance-ban-boycotts-australia.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13045 2014-04-07T16:00:00Z 2014-04-07T16:10:24Z From seals to starfish: polar bears radically shift diet as habitat melts <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0407-polarbear-seal-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>One of the most iconic species of the ongoing climate change drama, polar bears have dropped in numbers as their habitat melts, with previous estimates forecasting a further 30 percent reduction within three generations. However, their situation may not be as dire as it seems.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/vrcfUScKn6k" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 58.762237 -94.149545 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0407-mann-polarbear-diet.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13044 2014-04-07T05:50:00Z 2014-04-07T14:02:41Z Indonesian 'legal' timber scheme could be greenwashing illegal products, NGOs warn <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_5583.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Flaws in the country’s system to verify legal wood products could have implications for trade with Europe, as new research suggests even certified companies in Indonesia may not be meeting EU standards. Indonesian civil society groups have called on their government to reform its legal timber certification system, pointing to widespread illegal practices among certified companies and an auditing system that is 'almost impossible' for companies to fail.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/cwyvzpB5scE" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -2.948527 105.621757 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0407-dparker-svlk-indonesia.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13040 2014-04-04T19:55:00Z 2014-04-07T14:35:03Z Will yellow fever drive brown howler monkeys to extinction in Argentina? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0404-howler-close-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The brown howler monkey is listed as Critically Endangered in Argentina, where a small number persist in the northeastern portion of the country. Although habitat loss and other human impacts have contributed to the populations’ decline, a new report indicates that yellow fever outbreaks in the region are primarily to blame. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/lOHnscDhNXw" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -26.611405 -54.417818 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0404-morgan-brownhowler-yellowfever.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13036 2014-04-04T17:31:00Z 2014-04-10T21:39:05Z Saving rainforests by buying them <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0404-Pronaturaleza_DiegoPerez150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For more than twenty five years, an international non-profit known as the World Land Trust has been working to protect tropical forests through land purchase and partnerships with local groups. Last year, the U.S. arm of the group decided to rebrand itself as the Rainforest Trust to better convey its core mission to the outside world. Since then, the Rainforest Trust has launched its most ambitious project yet: conserving 5.9 million acres of tropical forest in Peru.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/FnY8YTuxczc" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -8.067388 -73.444004 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0404-salaman-interview-rainforest-trust.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13035 2014-04-04T16:42:00Z 2014-04-07T14:34:28Z The incredible shrinking salamander: researchers find another casualty of climate change <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0404-lips-montanus-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Climate change is contributing to a slew of global problems, from rising seas to desertification. Now, researchers have added another repercussion: shrinking salamanders. Many amphibian populations around the world are currently experiencing precipitous declines, estimated to be at least 211 times normal extinction rates. Scientists believe these declines are due to a multitude of factors such as habitat loss, agricultural contamination, and the accidental introduction of a killer fungus, among others. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/QC2Io5cQkO4" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 37.933742 -79.776046 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0404-morgan-shrinking-salamanders.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13034 2014-04-03T22:55:00Z 2014-04-07T14:35:45Z U.S. citizens willing to spend billions to protect monarch butterflies <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0403-monarch-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>New research shows Americans are willing to pay for the protection of the ailing monarch butterfly, which is experiencing a steep decline in numbers. The study, published in Conservation Letters, found nearly three-quarters of those surveyed placed importance on conservation efforts for the iconic species.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/TpetC0FsaeQ" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 19.696638 -101.548731 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0403-sutherland-monarchs.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13031 2014-04-03T21:11:00Z 2014-04-05T04:17:32Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Connecting deforestation to disease <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0403.gillespie.portait.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Thomas Gillespie is concerned with the connections between conservation and disease, with a particular emphasis on primates. Much of his research examines the places where humans and animals are at a high risk of exchanging pathogens, and how human-caused disturbances, such as deforestation, can change disease dynamics and impacts. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/vrwNa38nP_I" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0403-forestinnovation-kimbrough-gillespie.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13026 2014-04-03T18:54:00Z 2014-04-03T19:04:49Z Madagascar lemurs share spotlight with primatologist in new IMAX film Tomorrow's opening of the IMAX film <i>Island of Lemurs: Madagascar</i> showcases not only endangered primates, but one of Madagascar's top conservationists: primatologist Patricia C. Wright.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/kWGCcvqhCyU" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -21.254302 47.421774 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0403-island-of-lemurs.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13024 2014-04-03T04:49:00Z 2014-04-03T05:00:44Z Malaysian palm oil giant tied to social conflict, deforestation, says report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_1832.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Unlike other palm oil giants that have recently made strong commitments to eliminating deforestation and social conflict from their supply chains, Malaysia-based Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) continues to source palm oil associated with forest destruction and community conflict, argues a new report published by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN).<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/QPVxp3xmL1c" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -9.409097 149.120078 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0402-klk-conflict-palm-oil.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13023 2014-04-02T19:46:00Z 2014-04-02T19:55:09Z Featured video: celebrities speak out for Yasuni A group of celebrities, including recent Academy Award winner Jared Leto, <i>Law and Order</i>'s Benjamin Bratt, and <i>Kill Bill</i>'s Daryl Hannah, have lent their voices to a new Public Service Announcement to raise signatures to protect Ecuador's Yasuni National Park from oil drilling. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/NEcDO1CR_wk" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0402-hance-yasuni-psa-video.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13022 2014-04-02T18:01:00Z 2014-04-10T16:43:49Z Is deforestation-free clothing possible? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/colombia/150/colombia_2946.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>H&M and Zara/Inditex, two of the world's largest clothing companies, today pledged to eliminate old-growth forest destruction from their products. The commitment lends support to a new front on efforts to cut deforestation out of the supply chains of global brands. Until now, most of the focus of campaigners has been on pulp and paper, timber, and agricultural commodities like soy, palm oil, and cattle.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/LL45AR6k828" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 2.319713 98.64381 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0402-deforestation-for-clothing-manufacture.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13021 2014-04-02T17:44:00Z 2014-04-03T14:43:51Z How locals and conservationists saved the elephants of Mali amidst conflict and poverty <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0402.mali.elephants.trunk.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>At a time when Africa's elephants are facing a relentless poaching crisis, one community has managed to safeguard their elephants in the most unlikely of places: Mali. In a country that has suffered from widespread poverty, environmental degradation, and, most recently, warfare, a collaboration between conservationists and the local community has kept Mali's elephants from extinction. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/XmxjoLCnKLs" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 15.662697 -2.605392 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0402-hance-canney-elephants.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13020 2014-04-02T16:00:00Z 2014-04-07T14:37:15Z Is 20 millions tons enough? Scientists recommend plastic crackdown as oceans choke <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0402-plastic-albatross-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Every year, 20 million tons of plastic enters the world’s oceans. In 2012, the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development dubbed marine plastic litter “a major environmental issue that the world must address,” and asked for management action by 2025. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/fh8fA36c9iI" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 25.769885 -171.736801 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0402-samoray-plastic-ocean.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13019 2014-04-02T05:43:00Z 2014-04-07T17:44:06Z Bioluminescent bacteria expose toxic arsenic in Bangladesh <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0402ToothBrush_Tricorder150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A knob turns, and pure water streams from the faucet. In developed nations, this expectation borders on being a fundamental human right. Elsewhere in the world, tap water is a pipe dream, while finding potable groundwater can be a full-time occupation laced by lethal threats—such as arsenic contamination.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/K0vt4lcnvKo" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0402-akpan-siegfried-interview-ucsc.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13018 2014-04-01T19:11:00Z 2014-04-07T14:37:41Z Court partially stops Japan's 'scientific' whaling, but Pacific harvests to continue <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0401-japan-whaling-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Japan has harvested thousands of whales in North Pacific and Antarctic waters since the implementation of a global ban on whaling, eliciting harsh criticism from the international community. Now, in a landmark decision, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan must cease its whaling activities in the Antarctic.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/I3iL-konPuA" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -67.111608 165.937499 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0401-morgan-japan-whaling-icj.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13017 2014-04-01T18:04:00Z 2014-04-10T13:20:01Z Ten years after Lost Africa: a retrospective on indigenous issues <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0401.e_hmr_02_MR.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Ten years ago, Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson photographed and wrote, a tribute to the expansive imagination of Africa's vast landscape, incredible people, and astonishing animals. As Marie and Cyril tell us below in this interview, now is the time to listen, consider, and conserve our ecology and our cultural relationships with the ecology that supports us each day. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/jm0gDYBAZVM" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0401-thoumi-masangu-interview.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13016 2014-04-01T16:40:00Z 2014-04-01T17:01:01Z Chile turns to owls to combat fatal disease <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0401.800px-Owlets.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This year the Hanta virus has already caused 15 deaths in Chile, according to reports in The Santiago Times. It isn't always fatal&#8212;the 15 deaths were of a total of 36 cases over six months&#8212;but the symptoms are severe. Those affected experience flu-like symptoms, as well as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and trouble breathing. But now Chile is using a novel method to fight the disease: owls. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/RLWLFByKAQU" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0401-green-owls-hanta.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13014 2014-04-01T15:24:00Z 2014-04-01T16:23:25Z Death of young Sumatran rhino shouldn't discourage captive breeding efforts say conservationists <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0331.Terri-and-Suci-2009.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Just over two weeks ago, conservationists in the Malaysian state of Sabah managed to finally catch a wild Sumatran rhino female after months of failed attempts. But following such hopeful events, comes bad news thousands of miles away: a young female rhino, named Suci, died over the weekend at the Cincinnati Zoo. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/duZPRjlRzCw" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 39.142873 -84.508063 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0401-hance-suci-death.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13013 2014-03-31T20:47:00Z 2014-03-31T21:02:46Z Brief lives linked to Amazon biodiversity <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0331-treegen-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The South American Amazon rainforest is renowned for being one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet, boasting an estimated 16,000 different tree species. However, the distribution of these diverse tree species is curiously uneven. What is the reason behind this irregular diversity? According to a new study, the answer lies within short durations between tree generations.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/E9hTuVv5y30" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.729702 -60.724478 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0331-mark-biodiversity-generations.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13012 2014-03-31T17:37:00Z 2014-04-08T19:40:37Z Apocalypse now? Climate change already damaging agriculture, acidifying seas, and worsening extreme weather <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0331.Tacloban_Typhoon_Haiyan_2013-11-14.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It's not just melting glaciers and bizarrely-early Springs anymore; climate change is impacting every facet of human civilization from our ability to grow enough crops to our ability to get along with each other, according to a new 2,300-page report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The massive report states definitively that climate change is already affecting human societies on every continent.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/099qoeQ9PD8" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 35.463838 139.619164 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0331-hance-ipcc-report-impacts.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13011 2014-03-31T13:10:00Z 2014-03-31T13:47:57Z Schwarzenegger targeted by environmentalists for investments in forest-destroying companies <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_1247.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Former movie star and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing criticism after Global Witness produced evidence that his investment company is profiting off rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia. The findings are significant because Schwarzenegger championed rainforest conservation while serving as governor of California.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/HaknvvjCayk" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 2.16242 112.654982 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0331-schwarzenegger-deforestation.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13010 2014-03-30T14:10:00Z 2014-03-31T03:37:20Z Study warns of possible REDD+ land grab <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/papua_5249.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A UN program to reduce global carbon emissions may be putting indigenous communities at risk, jeopardizing local land rights and laying the groundwork for large-scale “carbon grabs” by governments and private investors, argues a new report.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/WjotUz7rlys" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0331-redd-land-grab.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13009 2014-03-28T22:21:00Z 2014-03-28T22:29:40Z Revealed for the first time: the surprising biodiversity of algae 'reefs' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0328-rhodolith-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Most people are familiar with coral reefs, but very few have ever heard of their algal equivalent – rhodolith beds. Yet, these structures provide crucial habitat for many marine species. In the first study of its kind, published in mongabay.com’s Tropical Conservation Science, researchers unveil just how important these beds are for bottom-dwelling organisms, and the species that depend on them.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/etVDF9g0_Xk" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -18.122016 -38.766440 -38.766440 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0328-morgan-rhodolith.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13003 2014-03-28T17:50:00Z 2014-03-28T18:25:07Z Those eyes look human: could anthropomorphism be used for conservation? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0328-anthropomorph-panda-thumb3.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It’s easier to relate to someone you have something in common with; that feeling of connection can turn strangers into friends. And if those strangers belong to an entirely different species, then attributing human qualities to that species – a process called anthropomorphism – may aid conservation efforts by attracting public attention and funding resources. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Mj1m_8pMjCs" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 30.969729 102.875458 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0328-devitt-anthropomorphism-rootbernstein.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12995 2014-03-27T21:41:00Z 2014-03-27T22:04:32Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Quantifying the cost of forest degradation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0327.Phil-w-stump-clipped.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>How much is a forest really worth? And what is the cost of forest degradation? These values are difficult to estimate, but according to Dr. Phillip Fearnside, we need to do a better job. For nearly forty years, Fearnside has lived in Amazonia doing ecological research, looking at the value of forests in terms of environmental or ecosystem services such as carbon storage, water cycling, and biodiversity preservation. Fearnside then works to convert these services into a basis for sustainable development for rural populations. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/zUAuEWhgHbI" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance -3.094940 -59.989343 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0327-forestinnovation-kimbrough-fearnside.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12992 2014-03-27T15:49:00Z 2014-03-30T18:54:23Z Kala: the face of tigers in peril <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0327.kala.Image-4.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 1864, Walter Campbell was an officer in the British Army, stationed in India when he penned these words in his journal: "Never attack a tiger on foot&#8212;if you can help it. There are cases in which you must do so. Then face him like a Briton, and kill him if you can; for if you fail to kill him, he will certainly kill you." In a stroke of good fortune for the tiger, perceptions in India have changed drastically since Campbell's time. Tiger hunting is now banned and conservationists are usually able to rescue the big cats if they become stranded while navigating increasingly human-occupied areas. But is this enough to save the tiger?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Y6oqXZ2zDr4" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 21.168602 79.645198 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0327-watsa-kala-tiger.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12991 2014-03-27T13:46:00Z 2014-03-27T14:08:01Z Wonderful Creatures: life is a gamble (inside a caterpillar) for the trigonalid wasp <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/03271.-Trigonalys_sp_female_Simon-van-Noortl.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Among the huge diversity of insects there are some bewilderingly complex life cycles, but few can compete with the trigonalid wasps for the seemingly haphazard way they ensure their genes are passed to the next generation. In most cases, a female parasitoid wasp deposits her eggs on or in the host, but this is far too pedestrian and safe for the trigonalids. These mavericks of the wasp world, which are also parasitoids, like to make things more difficult for themselves. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Am0iHoGxX2E" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0327-piper-wonderful-trigonalid.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12990 2014-03-26T22:41:00Z 2014-03-26T23:18:02Z Just how bad is the logging crisis in Myanmar? 72 percent of exports illegal <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0326.EIA.logging.myanmar.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Just days before Myanmar, also known as Burma, implements a ban on exporting raw logs, the Environmental Investigative Agency (EIA) has released a new report that captures the sheer scale of the country's illegal logging crisis. According to the EIA, new data shows that 72 percent of logs exported from Myanmar between 2000-2013 were illegally harvested. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/uSbnWK0m27g" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 26.304355 97.194069 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0326-hance-myanmar-illegal-logging-eia.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12989 2014-03-26T21:50:00Z 2014-03-26T22:04:54Z Deforestation makes Indonesia hotter, reduces quality of life <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_5113.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>One of the reasons I like living in the tropics is that they are perpetually warm. A pair of shorts and a light shirt will comfortably get you through the day and night in most parts of Indonesia. Still there are the occasional unpleasant extremes. Even the most cold-blooded creature will likely break into a sweat walking for more than a few minutes in the sun filtering through Jakarta’s polluted skies. We consider such heat a normal part of the tropics. But is it really?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/ZoXwxPd-U2g" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -1.730084 110.346465 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0326-meijaard-keeping-indonesia-cool.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12987 2014-03-26T18:03:00Z 2014-03-30T03:40:13Z Researchers use new technique to shed light on endangered tapir <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0326-bairdstapir-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new study, recently published in mongabay.com's open access journal, Tropical Conservation Science, uses a new technique to examine the behavior and distribution of the Endangered Baird’s tapir (<i>Tapirus bairdii</i>) in the southern forests of Mexico. One of four species of Central American tapir, Baird’s tapir was recently ranked 34th on a list of 4,000 endangered animals in need of urgent protection by the Zoological Society of London. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/rRfseWDjbDc" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 16.364678 -92.122461 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0326-barret-bairds-tapir-rem.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12986 2014-03-26T14:11:00Z 2014-03-26T14:26:16Z The best of the worst: fossil-fuel extractors pave the way for the low-carbon revolution At the end of last year, the world got some good news on the green business front concerning a very unlikely set of participants. A recent market review revealed that Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell, Duke Energy, PG&E Corporation, American Electric Power Company, ConAgra Foods and Walmart, among others, are including shadow carbon prices in their forecasts. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/xurSryoFLnk" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0326-reynolds-shadow-carbon-prices.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12985 2014-03-25T23:59:00Z 2014-03-26T18:10:12Z Grocery giant commits to zero-deforestation policy for palm oil sourcing Safeway has become the latest company to establish a policy that excludes deforestation-linked palm oil from its products.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/yHR4AVLr9tY" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 2.825773 114.489799 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0325-safeway-zero-deforestation.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12982 2014-03-25T19:43:00Z 2014-03-25T20:42:19Z Europe approves vet drug that killed off almost all of Asia's vultures <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0325.cinereous_vulture-01.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When Europeans first arrived in North America, they exterminated three to five billion passenger pigeons (<i>Ectopistes migratorius</i>) in the short span of a century through a combination of habitat destruction and hunting. In 1914, the last living passenger pigeon perished at the Cincinnati Zoo. Despite the staggering scale of this extinction event, three species of vulture from Southeastern Asia retain the dubious distinction of having had the most rapid population crash of any avian fauna. They might not have begun with numbers as large as the passenger pigeon, but within the space of a single decade, their populations were reduced by 96 to 99 percent. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/EicHsXl5cdM" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 25.365863 78.632792 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0325-watsa-europe-vultures.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12981 2014-03-25T16:43:00Z 2014-03-25T20:45:52Z Alien trees use logging roads to invade Borneo forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0325-sabahlogroad-rhett-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The spiked pepper tree (<i>Piper aduncum</i>) is native to the American tropics, but has made itself at home in a variety of other locales where it can crowd out local vegetation and interfere with forest recovery. Although it’s been slow to spread through Borneo since its introduction to Indonesia in 1952, new logging roads appear to be driving the species farther afield. A study in mongabay.com’s open access journal Tropical Conservation Science raises concerns that these roads may bring unintended plant colonists to new areas – putting the biodiversity of forests at risk.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Y4z4bHBzUN4" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 2.774354 115.763672 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0325-devitt-invasive-logroads-borneo.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12979 2014-03-25T15:00:00Z 2014-03-26T13:40:55Z Long lost mammal photographed on camera trap in Vietnam <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0325.rooseveltsmuntjac.SUNP0044.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 1929, two sons of Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy Junior and Kermit) led an expedition that killed a barking deer, or muntjac, in present-day Laos, which has left scientists puzzled for over 80 years. At first scientists believed it to be a distinct species of muntjac and named it Roosevelts' muntjac (Muntiacus rooseveltorum), however that designation was soon cast into doubt with some scientists claiming it was a specimen of an already-known muntjac or a subspecies. The problem was compounded by the fact that the animal simply disappeared in the wild. No one ever documented a living Roosevelts' muntjac again&#8212;until now. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/g1A_Ut0Gxuc" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 20.004510 105.065916 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0325-hance-roosevelts-muntjac.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12978 2014-03-25T01:03:00Z 2014-03-25T01:07:07Z Indigenous communities demand forest rights, blame land grabs for failure to curb deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_2207.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous and forest-dependent peoples from Asia, Africa and Latin America have called for increased recognition of customary land rights in order to curb deforestation and ensure the survival of their communities. The Palangkaraya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples calls on governments to uphold forest peoples’ rights to control and manage their customary lands and to halt rights-violating development projects being carried out without consent from local communities.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/c-p9I-VlyxQ" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -2.302732 113.872063 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0325-dparker-palangkaraya-declaration.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12977 2014-03-24T19:31:00Z 2014-03-24T19:59:04Z Over 9,000 primates killed for single bushmeat market in West Africa every year <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0324.bushmeat.tcs.monkeys.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Over the past 25 years, West Africa's primates have been put at risk due to an escalating bushmeat trade compounded with forest loss from expanding human populations. In fact, many endemic primates in the Upper Guinea forests of Liberia and Ivory Coast have been pushed to the verge of extinction. To better understand what’s happening, a recent study in mongabay.com's open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science investigated the bushmeat exchange between these neighboring countries.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/YO5X1SqH9ls" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0324-mark-tcs-west-africa-bushmeat.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12974 2014-03-24T18:43:00Z 2014-03-24T19:04:51Z Bizarre, endangered bird discovered in high densities The turkey-sized, noisy, fruit-feasting guans are arguably one of the strangest wildlife sightings in the tropical forests of Central and South America. Ancient animals, these birds are members of the Cracidae family&#8212;which also include equally-odd currasows and chachalacas&#8212;and are actually distantly related to megapode, or mound-building, birds of Australiasia. A new study in mongabay.com's open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science looks at a particularly endangered guan: the Cauca gaun (<i>Penelope perspicax</i>). <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/6TWd5zLZmJo" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 3.291219 -76.752808 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0324-hance-tcs-cauca-guan.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12976 2014-03-24T17:52:00Z 2014-03-24T18:04:47Z General Mills, Colgate-Palmolive announce deforestation-free policies for palm oil sourcing <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_0587.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Two consumer products giants have joined the wave of companies committing to deforestation-free palm oil. On Monday General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive both announced palm oil policies that go beyond standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the industry's main certification body. The policies include provisions to protect wildlife-rich rainforests and carbon-dense peatlands, while respecting the rights of local communities. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/gpI1aQlkHqU" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 39.275163 -84.349585 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0324-colgate-general-mills-zero-deforestation.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12975 2014-03-24T17:19:00Z 2014-03-24T20:27:50Z Indonesia's orangutan action plan failing to save great red apes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0892.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In December 2007, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono launched Indonesia’s Strategy and Action Plan for National Conservation of Orangutans. Quoting the president from his speech, 'this will serve as a blueprint for our efforts to save some of our most exotic but endangered wildlife.' Furthermore, the president said that 'the Orangutan action plan formally endorses Indonesia’s commitment to orangutan conservation as expressed in 2005 when Indonesia signed the Kinshasa Declaration on the Protection of Great Apes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.'<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/risrn9iYfwc" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0324-meijaard-orangutan-commentary.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12973 2014-03-24T13:29:00Z 2014-03-24T14:33:53Z Meet Iman: the Sumatran rhino's newest hope for survival <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0323.iman.Picture2.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Hopes for one of the world's most imperiled megafauna rose this month when wildlife conservationists succeeded in catching a female Sumatran rhino named Iman in the Malaysian state of Sabah. The female, which experts believe to be fertile, has since been successfully transferred via helicopter to the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary where experts plan to mate her with the local male, Tam. Located in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary is an uncompleted semi-wild enclosure and home to one of several last-ditch efforts to save the vanishing species from extinction. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/7gx6jmWg4oI" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance 4.936987 117.673531 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0324-hance-iman-sumatran-rhino.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12972 2014-03-22T17:43:00Z 2014-03-26T14:10:20Z Sloths, moths and algae: a surprising partnership sheds light on a mystery <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0321-sloth3toe-pauli-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>While it spends the majority of its time in the safety of tree canopies, the three-toed sloth regularly places itself in mortal danger by descending to the forest floor to defecate. For years, scientists have been trying to figure out what is driving this peculiar and risky behavior. Now, Jonathan Pauli from the University of Wisconsin-Madison believes his team of researchers has found an important clue to this mystery involving an unusual and beneficial relationship among sloths, moths and algae. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Hw2jq8Q5sdI" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 9.489350 -83.270908 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0322-mark-sloths-moths-algae.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12971 2014-03-21T22:41:00Z 2014-03-21T22:45:41Z Howard G. Buffett puts $24M toward saving rhinos Howard G. Buffett, the son of Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett, has pledged $23.7 million to South African National Parks to help fight rhino poaching in Kruger National Park, reports Reuters.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/QMzB69_l8mE" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0321-buffett-rhinos.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12967 2014-03-21T20:12:00Z 2014-03-27T13:22:35Z U.N.: We can save world's forests at a fraction of cost of fossil fuels subsidies <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0321unreddchart150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Investing $30 billion a year in forest conservation &#8212; less than seven percent of the $480 billion spent annually on fossil fuels subsidies &#8212; could help stop deforestation while accelerating a transition toward a greener global economy, asserts a new report published by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN REDD Programme.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Ml3lpXZUORY" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -5.57225 34.589596 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0321-unredd-appeal.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12965 2014-03-21T18:43:00Z 2014-03-21T18:52:33Z Scientists urge ban on roads in intact wilderness areas <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.com/images/external/2006/satellite/sat_braz_104x.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A group of prominent scientists chose to mark the second International Day of Forests by urging the world to support an initiative that aims keep wild areas free of roads. Roadfree, an initiative led by Member of the European Parliament Kriton Arsenis, has been growing in prominence over the past year, gaining supporters ranging from indigenous rights leaders to deep ecologists. Now the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers and Thinkers (ALERT) has thrown its weight behind the concept.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/sZqjBTSqwgQ" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler -5.140186 -56.102543 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0321-roadfree-alert.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12970 2014-03-21T15:09:00Z 2014-03-23T15:51:30Z The power of connections: India to establish Asia's largest protected forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0321-karnataka1-morgan-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>India has stepped up forest conservation efforts in recent years, with a major project underway to establish a large swath of uninterrupted habitat through the designation of additional protected areas and expanding those already under protection. If realized, these areas would converge to become Asia’s largest unbroken forest, encompassing approximately 15,000 square kilometers (5,790 square miles) over three states.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/B-eoZITJgzo" height="1" width="1"/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 13.509241 75.091853 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0321-morgan-india-connected-forest.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12958 2014-03-21T00:45:00Z 2014-03-27T22:01:55Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Offer health care for forest protection <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0320.health.Danzer_027545.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dr. Kinari Webb has a superpower: the ability to provide high-quality health care in a remote and rural landscape. And she uses her power not only to save lives, but also to protect the remaining Bornean rainforests. Twenty-one years ago, Kinari Webb traveled to Borneo to work with orangutans. She witnessed the faltering health of both the people and the environment and saw that the two issues were inseparable. When families must choose between the health of their children and the health of the forest that supports them, everyone loses. But in the region of Gunung Palung National Park &#8212; where an estimated 10 percent of the world's orangutans live &#8212; illegal logging and slash and burn farming methods paid the bills and locals saw few alternatives. Kinari vowed to study medicine and return with more to offer. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Z0UFLbZn2cw" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance -0.961310 109.975687 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0321-forestinnovation-kimbrough-webb.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12960 2014-03-20T19:44:00Z 2014-03-21T16:51:09Z Indigenous people witness climate change in the Congo Rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0320Acongo150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous communities in the Republic of Congo are observing climate change even though they have no knowledge of the science, according to a unique collaboration between the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) and local communities. The environmental changes witnessed by the locals in the Congo rainforest include increased temperature, less rainfall and alterations to the seasons, much as expected under global climate change. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/ThpG-HRl7v8" height="1" width="1"/> Tiffany Roufs 1.653836 18.849670 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0320-millar-indigenous-witness-climate-change-congo-rainforest.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12959 2014-03-20T19:27:00Z 2014-03-21T13:42:24Z Oil or rainforest: new website highlights the plight of Yasuni National Park A new multimedia feature story by Brazilian environmental news group, ((o))eco, highlights the ongoing debate over Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, arguably the most biodiverse place on the planet.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Me4UBbGMj-w" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance -1.425451 -75.992689 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0320-hance-yasuni-website.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12957 2014-03-20T15:06:00Z 2014-03-20T15:20:59Z Panda lemur making a comeback <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0311.Andriantantely-greater-bamboo-lemur-%C2%A9-Hery-Randriahaingo.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>One of the world's biggest populations of greater bamboo lemurs (<i>Prolemur simus</i>)&#8212;sometimes known as the panda lemur&#8212;has doubled in just three years, giving conservationists new hope that the species can be kept from extinction. With the recent arrival of twenty babies, a community conservation project run by the Aspinall Foundation has boosted the local population to over 100 individuals in Andriantantely, one of Madagascar's only surviving lowland rainforests. Greater bamboo lemurs are currently categorized as Critically Endangered, though they were once believed extinct until hidden populations were uncovered in the 1980s. <img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/M9O_hSuqt3A" height="1" width="1"/> Jeremy Hance -18.700073 48.801227 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0320-hance-greater-bamboo-lemur.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12956 2014-03-20T05:14:00Z 2014-03-20T05:52:08Z Community's push to clear forest for plantation challenges efforts to conserve in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0320SGP150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the swampy peatlands of Basilam Baru in Sumatra's Riau Province a conflict between a community and a woodpulp company is illustrating some of the intractable challenges of conserving forests and addressing deforestation in Indonesia. On first glance the story seems depressingly familiar. One actor wants to preserve the forest, which serves as critical habitat for endangered Sumatran tigers and clouded leopards. The other wants to clear it for a plantation.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/SyYcnxA5I9w" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler 2.008027 101.173729 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0320-deforestation-app-vs-caliph.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12955 2014-03-19T23:44:00Z 2014-03-20T13:14:33Z Deforestation tracking system recognized with global innovation award A global deforestation tracking tool developed by Mongabay and NASA has been honored as a Finalist for the 2013 Katerva Award.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/ZEHICkwgBPs" height="1" width="1"/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0319-katerva-award.html