tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/news Mongabay.com News 2015-01-24T03:21:23Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14303 2015-01-23T18:09:00Z 2015-01-24T03:21:23Z Brazil's soy moratorium dramatically reduced Amazon deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0123-DEFORESTATION-for-soy-in-the-amazon150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The moratorium on forest conversion established by Brazilian soy giants in 2006 dramatically reduce deforestation for soy expansion in the Amazon, and have been more effective in cutting forest destruction than the government's land use policy in the region, finds a study published today in the journal Science. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/sUGQMAdUrew" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler -10.125296 -55.708507 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0123-brazil-deforestation-soy-amazon-cerrado.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14302 2015-01-23T17:58:00Z 2015-01-23T17:59:56Z Sumatran community grows crops, aids conservation through ‘village forests’ <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0123-thumb-Buah-kopi-1.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The rolling green hills covered in rice paddies and coffee plantations give Semende in the Muara Enim regency of South Sumatra a welcome and hospitable feeling. However, behind the peaceful pastoral veil, is a history of rampant forest encroachment and land conflict in the Barisan mountains.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/x4rPgIOJGfs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -3.513941 103.084103 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0123-gfrn-bell-wijaya-rahmat-semende-uses-village-forests.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14301 2015-01-23T15:41:00Z 2015-01-24T15:28:51Z Conservationists ask, 'Is nuclear the way to go?' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0123_nuclear_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Nuclear power at times faces antagonism from the environmental community, with opponents arguing that it produces harmful radioactive waste, leads to the proliferation of nuclear arms, and brings forth lethal disasters. Scientists from Australia say it's time to get past myths about nuclear; they suggest that implementing nuclear power at a larger scale is a positive compromise for fulfilling both energy supply and conservation needs. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/36h-vAghhgc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0123-ikarashi-nuclear-power-helps-biodiversity.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14300 2015-01-22T20:46:00Z 2015-01-22T20:59:52Z Half of Borneo's mammals could lose a third of their habitat by 2080 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/malaysia/150/borneo_5424a.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Borneo consistently makes the list of the world’s “biodiversity hotspots” – areas full of a wide variety of forms of life found nowhere else, but which are also under threat. To better understand the hazards, a study published today in the journal Current Biology examines the effects of climate change and deforestation in the coming decades on mammals living on the island. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/bmV833Uoba0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.605527 113.329920 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0122-gfrn-cannon-borneo-wildlife-habitat-threatened-by-climate-change.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14299 2015-01-22T20:09:00Z 2015-01-22T20:32:41Z Endangered chimp habitat under threat from climate change <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/150/ug3-4440.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Climate change could make life more difficult for the world’s rarest chimp subspecies, the Nigerian-Cameroon chimpanzee, reported a team of scientists in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology earlier this week.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/2JtPY3G_ZY0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 5.886592 8.655484 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0122-gfrn-cannon-chimp-habit-threatened-by-climate-change.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14298 2015-01-22T19:35:00Z 2015-01-22T19:55:51Z 1,215 rhinos butchered in South Africa in 2014 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0121.Black-Rhino-c-Anti-poaching-patrol-courtesy-580.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>1,215: that's the total number of rhinos butchered last year in South Africa for their horns. The number represents another annual record&#8212;the seventh in a row&#8212;topping last year's total by 195 rhinos. South Africa houses the bulk of the world's rhinos (around 80 percent), but has also become the center of the illegal poaching trade.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/JAUjFmaeQMc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance -23.622689 31.431611 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0122-hance-rhino-record-2014.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14297 2015-01-22T16:57:00Z 2015-01-22T17:37:59Z Indigenous territories play dual role as homelands and protected areas <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/peru/manu/Manu_1023_2369a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous communities claim—and scientific evidence increasingly shows—that indigenous forested territories are as well protected as, or better protected than, government-designated parks. In areas under pressure from roads or development projects, deforestation rates are sometimes even lower in indigenous territories than in official protected areas. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/zn6tj098SrM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs -12.647074 -69.417415 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0122-sri-fraser-indigenous-territories-peru.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14294 2015-01-22T14:22:00Z 2015-01-22T14:36:41Z Palm oil giant launches online platform to support zero deforestation push <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0122KencanaAgri150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Wilmar, the world's largest palm oil company, has unveiled a tool it says will help eliminate deforestation from its global supply chain. The tool is an online dashboard that maps the company's supply chain, including the names of locations of its refineries and supplier mills. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/FY0FtMFOMP0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler 0.729198 121.270847 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0122-wilmar-transparency-dashboard.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14291 2015-01-21T20:01:00Z 2015-01-21T20:11:10Z Sundarbans still reeling from effects of December oil spill <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0121.kid_cleanup-1024x768.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last month, an estimated 350,000 liters of fuel oil spilled into the Sundarbans delta on the Bay of Bengal. An oil tanker that had collided with a cargo vessel on December 9th sank into the Shela River, spilling its oil into a protected sanctuary for the rare and endangered Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) and the Ganges river dolphins (Platanista gangetica). <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/uPbgyva4lxI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 21.968151 89.527303 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0121-dasgupta-sundarbans-oil-spill-impacts.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14290 2015-01-21T18:36:00Z 2015-01-21T19:11:48Z Sumatran village protects environment through agroforestry <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0121-thumb-Bekerja-di-sawah.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The forest behind Indudur village clings to the steep hillside. The topography itself is enough to protect it from most common threats of development. However, the area is under attack by a more pernicious force: a lack of interest by the younger generation in earning their living here. The difficulty of life compels many to migrate out, leaving the village dominated by older people.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/84aIUJiHUKo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -0.463398 100.552537 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0121-gfrn-bell-elviza-sumatran-village-protects-forest.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14289 2015-01-21T17:58:00Z 2015-01-21T19:39:33Z Environmental wisdom: keeping indigenous stories alive <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/graphics/0116_lakes_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Enchanted lakes and magic hills: how traditional stories support conservation and abundance. 'Long ago, when animals were <i>gente</i>...' Those words, uttered countless times by indigenous Amazonian storytellers, blur the boundary between humans and other creatures in the forests and rivers, revealing a different view of the way human and non-human worlds intertwine. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/cDN3CZoP7eQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs -4.495995 -73.588057 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0121-sri-fraser-enchanted-lakes.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14287 2015-01-21T17:33:00Z 2015-01-21T17:50:22Z Video: clouded leopards and elephants grace drowned forest in Thailand Camera trap video from Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary in southern Thailand has revealed an impressive array of wildlife, including scent-marking clouded leopards and a whole herd of Asian elephant. The camera traps were set by HabitatID, an organization devoted to using remote camera traps to prove to government officials that wildlife still flourishes in forgotten places.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Ytji2G114rU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 8.972407 98.790539 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0121-hance-khlong-saeng-video.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14286 2015-01-21T16:45:00Z 2015-01-22T20:52:27Z A model forest? Regional park balances local needs and conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1218_Ampiyacu-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Regional conservation area safeguards subsistence and spirituality in the Peruvian Amazon. For Alfredo Rojas, the history of the remote villages along the Ampiyacu River is one of enslavement. Growing up here, Rojas listened to his parents tell stories of the rubber barons who beat and killed the Indians who failed to meet their latex quota. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/JlJ7kaB3TSc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs -2.954219 -72.431055 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0121-sri-fraser-ampiyacu-peru.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14285 2015-01-21T02:59:00Z 2015-01-21T03:04:25Z Changing California forests may help us prepare for the future <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/usa/150/ca_big_basin_00164.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examines how California’s forests have changed since the 1930s--and, according to its authors, can help us understand how forests will respond to the changing global climate in the future.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/aF2bZl9shoE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 34.190118 -117.739773 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0120-gfrn-gaworecki-changing-california-forests.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14284 2015-01-20T21:59:00Z 2015-01-21T19:39:02Z Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0120cacao150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A cacao grower with roots in Southeast Asia’s palm oil industry has set up shop in the Peruvian Amazon. The CEO of United Cacao has told the international press that he wants to change the industry for the better, but a cadre of scientists and conservation groups charge that United Cacao has quietly cut down more than 2,000 hectares of rainforest.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/UHXsGTYfnHE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -3.988978 -73.048351 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0120-gfrn-cannon-company-clears-forest-for-chocolate.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14283 2015-01-20T18:33:00Z 2015-01-22T20:51:48Z India's tiger population up by more than 500 animals in four years The tiger is in major trouble. In 1900, the global population was over 100,000 animals; today, it is on the precipice of extinction, hovering around just 3,000. In response, tiger range countries have pledged to double to the population by 2022. But there has been little evidence of success until now: India has announced that its tiger population has jumped a remarkable 29 percent in the last four years. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/S-NSh-AXEDw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 18.643618 78.028492 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0120-hance-tiger-boom-india.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14282 2015-01-20T14:29:00Z 2015-01-20T14:55:56Z Scandal and intrigue overshadow environment at the Simandou mine in Guinea <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1222_stiles_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Critically Endangered chimpanzees stand to lose their home over giant iron mine in West Africa. When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa decades ago well-laid plans often crumbled to dust in the unpredictable confusion of life there. We just muttered with resignation, 'WAWA' – West Africa wins again. The Simandou iron ore mine in Guinea could be one of the biggest WAWAs the region has ever produced.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/kFezoMG3ExU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs 9.165131 -9.166323 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0120-sri-stiles-simandou-mine.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14281 2015-01-20T00:15:00Z 2015-01-20T19:22:22Z Indonesia's moratorium not enough to achieve emissions reduction target <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_1186.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When Indonesia's former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared a moratorium in May 2012 on the issuance of new permits for logging in primary forests and on peat lands, it was widely hailed as an important, albeit far too limited, step in clamping down on the country's levels of deforestation. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/0lBIDXo77os" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler 0.726830 121.278234 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0120-eshelman-sri-indonesia-moratorium-emissions.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14280 2015-01-19T22:55:00Z 2015-01-22T22:56:21Z High deforestation rates in Malaysian states hit by flooding <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0119kemaman150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Five states hard hit by flooding last month in Malaysia had high rates of forest loss in recent years, bolstering assertions that environmental degradation may have worsened the disaster. According to satellite data from researchers led by the University of Maryland's Matt Hansen and displayed on Global Forest Watch, the states of Johor, Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, and Terengganu each lost more than 10 percent of their forest cover between 2001 and 2012. Loss was greatest in areas with dense tree cover.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/2H5mype84-w" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler 4.270459 103.178102 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0119-flooding-malaysia-deforestation.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14275 2015-01-18T23:52:00Z 2015-01-22T14:05:23Z Rising meat consumption pushes farming past deforestation as global warming driver Agriculture has surpasses deforestation and land use change as a driver of greenhouse gas emissions, argues a paper published in <i>Global Change Biology</i>.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/T-N4i88DEjg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0118-afolu_emissions.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14274 2015-01-18T23:29:00Z 2015-01-20T15:54:56Z Fake Doritos ad pressures Pepsi over palm oil policy <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0118doritos150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A dispute between environmentalists and PepsiCo over the food company's palm oil sourcing policy is escalating after activists released a video spoofing the Doritos Super Bowl campaign. Earlier this month SumofUs.org posted a clip stating that PepsiCo's current palm oil policy fails to exclude deforestation from its supply chain, meaning that Pepsi products like Doritos could be contributing to the destruction of rainforests in Malaysia and Indonesia. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/fCWEeBr6sUA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0118-sumofus-vs-pepsi.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14273 2015-01-18T23:13:00Z 2015-01-19T01:31:35Z Facing legacy of deforestation and corruption, Sarawak may cease granting new logging concessions Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem says his government may stop granting new logging concessions, reports Malaysian state media.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/AksJifmKf0s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0118-sarawak-logging-2015.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14272 2015-01-18T18:31:00Z 2015-01-20T15:53:49Z Even with no El Nino, 2014 was the warmest year on record <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/0118.150.Loy_Yang_open_cut_brown_coal_mine_and_dredgers.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>On Friday both NASA and NOAA announced that last year&#8212;2014&#8212;was the warmest on record. The year bested out both previous record holders, 2005 and 2010. According to NOAA, 2014 was 0.69 degrees Celsius (1.24 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th century average. The Earth is warming rapidly due to greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/ge5Qr-9gB1s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 62.633137 -158.715603 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0118-hance-2014-warmest.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14271 2015-01-16T19:46:00Z 2015-01-16T20:07:53Z Tree climbing as a tool to build respect for forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0116redwood150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The bulk of life in the rainforest is found the leafy layers of the canopy. But little was known about this world until relatively recently, when hobbyists, naturalists, and researchers began devising ways to access the upper levels of the forest. These efforts accelerated in the 1970s when scientists started to use mountaineering techniques and ropes to climb towering rainforest trees for long-term study and observation.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Xo19rW4NNhc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0116-kovar-tree-climbing-interview.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14270 2015-01-16T17:50:00Z 2015-01-20T17:40:01Z Sulawesi village seeks protection for sacred forest threatened by development <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0116-thumb-Cerekang5.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Home to some 400 fishermen, Manurung village appears unremarkable at first glance: quiet houses along a winding river lined with boats. However, behind the village lies something remarkable: a tract of old-growth forest nearly untouched by human exploitation. Pensimoni Hill stands as a rare outpost of towering trees rising above freshwater springs that provide clean water and life for the villages below.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Hbv32Q-sGdk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.598748 121.206665 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0116-gfrn-bell-rusdianto-sulawesi-village-seeks-protection-for-sacred-forest.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14269 2015-01-16T15:56:00Z 2015-01-16T16:52:10Z Fishing industry could lose up to $41 billion due to climate change <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/malaysia/150/sabah_mabul_semporna_0034.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Climate change is already having a severe impact on the atmosphere and oceans around the world. These changes are also impacting specific economic sectors including the fishing and aquaculture industries. According to a recent report by the European Climate Foundation, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the University of Cambridge, the fishing industry is projected to lose tens-of-billions as the world continues to heat up. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/IXrpE902JWM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0116-montoro-fishing-industry-loss-cc.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14268 2015-01-15T23:07:00Z 2015-01-16T03:17:18Z Amazon tribe attacks oilfield in Ecuador Indigenous leaders are calling for the release of six tribesmen implicated in a raid on an oilfield in Eastern Ecuador that left six soldiers injured, reports <i>Andina</i> and <i>El Comercio</i>. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/E_fULqe5hwc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0115-waorani-vs-petrobell.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14267 2015-01-15T22:32:00Z 2015-01-16T18:33:46Z Ocean's 15: meet the species that have vanished forever from our seas <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/0115.Steller's-sea-cow-Labeled-Peter-Schouten.600.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the last 500 years, the oceans have suffered far fewer extinctions than on land&#8212;at least that we know of. According to a recent study in Science, 15 animals are known to have vanished forever from the oceans while terrestrial ecosystems have seen 514 extinctions. The researchers, however, warn that the number of marine extinctions could rise rapidly as the oceans are industrialized.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/JImL28dwMe0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 34.889942 -154.673320 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0115-hance-marine-extinctions.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14265 2015-01-15T19:01:00Z 2015-01-16T18:35:14Z Empty seas? Scientists warn of an industrialized ocean <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/pink-skunk-anemonefish-(Amphiprion-perideraion)---Malin-Pinsky-300.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This is obvious, but still important: humans are not a marine species. Even as we have colonized most of our planet's terrestrial landscapes, we have not yet colonized the oceans. And for most of our history, we have impacted them only on the periphery. A new review in Science finds that this has saved marine species and ecosystems from large-scale damage&#8212;that is, until the last couple centuries. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Wp08LWFBhLk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 32.139061 -78.793072 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0115-hance-industrialized-oceans.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14266 2015-01-15T18:43:00Z 2015-01-15T19:15:23Z No experience necessary: how studying tamarins led to an innovative research organization in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0114_primates_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>While conducting doctoral research on tamarin reproductive biology in the Peruvian Amazon, Mrinalini Watsa realized she needed help in the field. Rather than hiring seasonal assistance she, along with Gideon Erkenswick, decided to create a life-changing non-profit organization, PrimatesPeru. The new NGO would allow students to conduct field research in one of the most biodiverse, yet threatened, places on Earth. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Y7T3ooXkLIw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs -12.195950 -72.133971 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0115-mann-primatesperu-interview.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14264 2015-01-15T16:54:00Z 2015-01-20T17:40:37Z Farmers help restore degraded forests in Sulawesi <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0115-2thumb-kalukku02.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Irda tends to his two-hectare timber plantation in Pamulukkang Forest at the base of Tanete Kindo Mountain in West Sulawesi. Unlike some other farmers in Indonesia, he does so without fear of harassment by forest rangers or police. Since 2008, he has been involved in the Community Plantation Forest (HTR) program—an initiative by the Indonesian government to restore degraded lands by encouraging locals to plant and manage commercially sustainable forests.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/FvYIatF_huM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.174771 119.432373 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0115-gfrn-bell-chandra-sulawesi-farmers-help-forests.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14263 2015-01-14T18:20:00Z 2015-01-14T18:25:02Z Amazon gold rush destroying huge swaths of rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0114-thumb-huepetuhe.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The rainforests of South America face many threats. The deforestation occurring on the continent is among the highest in the world and results in losses of habitat, biodiversity and massive amounts of sequestered carbon. While the usual culprits such as farming, ranching and logging are well known, gold mining is fast extending its destructive reach into some of the world’s most untouched landscapes, according to new research.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/tmUBx6bIpTE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -12.722233 -69.795456 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0114-gfrn-cannon-amazon-gold-rush-destroying-rainforest.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14260 2015-01-14T16:55:00Z 2015-01-14T17:13:44Z Did palm oil expansion play a role in the Ebola crisis? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/0114.Eidolon_helvum_fg01.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Ebola outbreak in West Africa may have been the result of complex economic and agricultural policies developed by authorities in Guinea and Liberia, according to a new commentary in Environment and Planning A. Looking at the economic activities around villages where Ebola first emerged, the investigators analyzed a shift in land-use activities in Guinea's forested region, particularly an increase in oil palm.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/bGhcnYCc53I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 8.571239 -10.128214 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0114-urey-ebola-palm-oil.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14259 2015-01-14T15:34:00Z 2015-01-14T16:09:09Z Road building spree hurts Amazon birds <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/1214_stewart_roads_biodiversity3_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A city-dwelling crow in Japan strategically drops a nut near a crosswalk into moving traffic. The bird then waits patiently for the light to turn before dropping down to the road and collecting the cracked nut in safety. While this type of animal behavior is fascinating, such adaptation to the human world is not possible for most bird species.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/ZICqSf5Q0b4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Brittany Stewart -5.530500 -52.613134 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/1214-stewart-roads-biodiversity.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14258 2015-01-13T23:25:00Z 2015-01-14T18:12:37Z Deforestation climbing - along with fears - in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/inpe-deter-oct14150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Brazil Amazon continues to pace well ahead of last year's rate, shows data released today by Imazon. According to the Brazilian NGO's analysis of satellite data, 1,373 square kilometers of rainforest was chopped down between August 2014 and December 2014, a 224 percent increase relative to the prior corresponding period a year before.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/kQ_vDN_Mcn0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler -11.599403 -55.322253 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0113-imazon-amazon-deforestation-2014.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14257 2015-01-13T18:41:00Z 2015-01-20T17:41:14Z Forest management by Sulawesi community attracts international attention <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0113-thumb-Ini-adalah-Lobo-rumah-adat-di-Ngata-Toro.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Ngata Toro community in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi worked with the government to remap their lands and negotiate access to the forest. In the year 2000, officials from the national park signed an agreement with Ngata Toro recognizing the existence of indigenous forests, and granting them permission to maintain the forest as they had previously.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/h6Sf6NF_mHw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.400789 120.171890 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0113-gfrn-bell-paino-ngata-toro-forestry-serves-as-example-of-successful-community-conservation.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14255 2015-01-13T18:01:00Z 2015-01-14T17:45:32Z Mother and cub: researchers photograph rare cat with cub in Sumatra <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/0113.Kucing_emas_Kerinci-Seblat-Clouded-Leopard-Project.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Researchers working in Kerinci Seblat National Park have captured a remarkable image of a mother Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii) carrying her young in her mouth. The image was taken in mid-2014 as reported by Mongabay Indonesia by the Sumatran Tiger Research Team.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/PyoJTw3DfZM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance -0.876586 100.527871 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0113-hance-asian-golden-cat.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14256 2015-01-13T17:49:00Z 2015-01-13T18:01:09Z Will Indonesia's REDD+ Agency be dissolved? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_1190.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indonesia's cabinet-level agency tasked with reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (BP REDD+), may be dissolved after only one year in operation. The head of the newly merged Ministries of the Environment and Forestry has indicated she intends to absorb the group into her agency—stripping BP REDD+ of its ability to operate independently.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/T6A9zacPj-M" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0113-bp-redd-indonesia-lbell.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14253 2015-01-12T19:20:00Z 2015-01-12T19:40:26Z Casting for another job: will fishers take up a new livelihood? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0111_fisheries150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Can alternative income programs save Fiji's reef fish? Many implicate the failure of Fiji's government to prioritize sustainable management over fisheries development projects, or suggest that Fijians' mindsets must dramatically shift first.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/iFsoU-DeojU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs -17.865520 177.885014 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0112-sri-west-fiji-fishing-livelihood.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14251 2015-01-12T17:22:00Z 2015-01-14T17:45:45Z Video: global carbon dispersal looks like an impressionistic painting in motion A new video showing the global movements of carbon dioxide during one year may look beautiful, but such impressions are misleading. The video, produced by NASA, shows just how much humans are impacting the world's atmosphere, leading to rising temperatures, ocean acidification, melting glaciers, vanishing sea ice, and untold impacts on both wildlife and human communities. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/xq-AznAVDDw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0112-hance-carbon-dispersal-video.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14249 2015-01-12T16:13:00Z 2015-01-12T16:17:28Z New study: 'Yeti' hairs do not point to unknown bear species A new study casts doubt on findings from 2013 that hairs from a purported Yeti belonged to an unknown bear species or polar and brown bear hybrid. Instead, two researchers&#8212;who took a fresh look at the DNA in question&#8212;say the hairs are simply that of a Himalayan brown bear.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/bjba0QKcqoI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0112-hance-yet-bear.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14248 2015-01-12T15:13:00Z 2015-01-12T15:29:35Z Malta approves public referendum of bird hunt that kills over 15,000 Malta's Constitutional Court has upheld a public referendum to decide the fate of the country's controversial spring bird hunt, which kills over ten thousand migrating birds every year. The Constitutional Court threw out objections by Malta's powerful hunting lobby, and instead sided with the 11 conservation groups who organized the referendum, known as the Coalition for the Abolition of Spring Hunting&#8212;gathering 40,000 signatures from Maltese voters. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/WxaSe2nkO44" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 35.923168 14.400124 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0112-hance-malta-bird-referndum.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14247 2015-01-09T17:55:00Z 2015-01-20T17:41:42Z Sulawesi community regains access to forest on which it depends <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0109-thumb-Pemukiman-Masyarakat-yang-dikelilingi-Hutan-Desa.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table> Recognizing the ecological sensitivity of an area in Central Sulawesi, the Indonesian government established two expansive protected areas in the region. Although these protective measures may be forward-thinking in terms of environmental protection, they had the unfortunate side effect of corralling the residents of the village of Namo on a tiny patch of land, forbidding them from the utilizing the forest resources that once sustained them. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/OWNSwNFGzM4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.370414 119.959717 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0109-gfrn-bell-latowa-namu-regain-forest-access.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14245 2015-01-08T21:50:00Z 2015-01-12T20:12:56Z Indonesia to weaken peatlands protection to support plantations <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_0154.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Indonesian Ministry of the Environment and Forestry has announced it will further hobble its peatlands protection law to allow plantations to continue operating on a business as usual basis.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/RyAaNlcNu78" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0108-lbell-peatlands-law-indonesia.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14244 2015-01-08T20:50:00Z 2015-01-10T15:00:39Z California introduces bill to close ivory loophole California congresswoman, Toni G. Atkins, introduced a bill yesterday (AB 96) that would close a major loophole allowing ivory to be sold all over the state. Thousands of miles away, across Africa, poachers are decimating elephants for their ivory tusks. A recent study estimated that one fifth of the continent's elephants have been slaughtered in just three years.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/AQp2bPw0mxg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0108-hance-ivory-ca.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14243 2015-01-08T18:04:00Z 2015-01-20T17:42:08Z Kalimantan community maps forest to thwart timber companies <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0108-thumb-b2-lahan-yang-baru-dibuka-oleh-wearga-desa-tetangga.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The small village of Tumbang Bahanei is inhabited by 139 indigenous families that tend to 2,859 hectares of customary forest, 132 hectares of rice fields, 5,841 hectares of rubber forest, and 43 hectares of forest designated for indigenous tourism. In total, this amounts to just over 8,880 hectares. The residents know these numbers precisely, because they have been diligently mapping every corner of their territory in a desperate attempt to prevent it from being snatched up by timber companies.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/OOOf9blxSjc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.065649 113.492505 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0108-gfrn-bell-nugraha-tumbang-bahanei-residents-resist-logging-pressure.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14238 2015-01-08T14:03:00Z 2015-01-08T15:02:54Z New bat species has fangs you won't believe <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/0108.Hypsugo-'dolichodon'_portrait_ROM-110807_3.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>What big teeth you have, my dear! The better to eat insects with&#8212;and make one's own ecological niche. Scientists have uncovered a new bat with stupendous canines in the rainforests of Lao PDR and Vietnam, aptly naming it <i>Hypsugo dolichodon</i>, or the long-toothed pipistrelle. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/s9PYKdWih14" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 14.910053 106.838851 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0108-hance-long-toothed-pipistrelle.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14235 2015-01-07T22:01:00Z 2015-01-20T17:42:38Z Sulawesi community vies to maintain rights to forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0107-thumb-Karampuang3.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Around 3,000 people from 833 households live in Tompo Bulu's seven sub-villages. Traditional culture and ritual run thick in this area. The residents of Karampuang believe the area is where the cultures from eastern and western Indonesia first met. Local myth holds that the first leader of the area descended from the sky with a mandate that the locals must maintain their traditional way of life. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/qd_oN0q2uR8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -4.412137 119.805910 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0107-gfrn-bell-chandra-karampuang-vies-to-keep-forest-rghts.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14233 2015-01-07T18:15:00Z 2015-01-20T17:43:06Z Palm oil threatens community forest in Central Kalimantan <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0107-delang-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Delang district is different than many parts of Central Kalimantan. Namely, on the drive in from Nangabulik, you won't see large-scale oil palm plantations, and the forest appears to be well maintained. This is because the locals are keenly aware of the importance of their land at the headwaters of the Lamandau River. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/2IPw0SHsoPo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.653947 111.141559 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0107-gfrn-bell-nugraha-delang-community-manages-forest.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14232 2015-01-07T17:38:00Z 2015-01-20T03:22:47Z How black rhinos and local communities help each other in Namibia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/0107.Photo-1-(credit-Dave-Hamman-Photography)-_-A-desert-adapted-black-rhino-in-north-west-Namibia.150.gif" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Africa's rhinos are in a state of crisis. Poaching for their horn has resulted in the deaths of thousands of animals and pushed the continent's two species&#8212;the white and black rhino&#8212;against the wall. Yet, despite the crisis, there are pockets of rhino territory where poaching remains rare and rhinos live comparatively unmolested. Indeed, one of the brightest spots for rhinos is in Namibia.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/PoBRbp6h9Ew" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance -18.820276 15.165756 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0107-hance-muntifering-interview.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14231 2015-01-07T16:51:00Z 2015-01-07T17:00:05Z One clever ape: new book celebrates real-life Orangutan Houdini <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0106_Laurel_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An interview with Laurel Neme about her new children's book, Orangutan Houdini. When no one is looking, a gangly orangutan named Fu Manchu reaches into his mouth and pulls out a wire. Carefully, Fu, housed at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska, begins to pick the lock to his enclosure's door, and escapes! He and his orangutan cohort have the run of the zoo, until his keeper Jerry brings them all back home.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/McYxefW3p9Q" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0107-dulaney-orangutan-houdini.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14229 2015-01-07T15:49:00Z 2015-01-07T15:55:11Z Time for a checkup: researchers examine the health of lowland tapirs <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1229_taiper_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Brazilian tapir may get a bad rap in Brazil, where referring to someone as a 'tapir' essentially equates to calling them an 'ass,' but history has shown that this species is deserving of a lot more respect. These hardy 'living fossils' have survived multiple extinction events since the Eocene, yet their ability to survive the ongoing Anthopocene extinction remains uncertain.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/r3nc7o6wbiU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs -12.193784 -57.985572 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0107-danglelo-tapir-health.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14227 2015-01-07T01:59:00Z 2015-01-07T02:09:54Z Peru’s first environment minister dies at 74 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0107egg150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Born to a poor family of coffee farmers on the western slopes of the Andes in 1940, Antonio Brack Egg became one of Peru’s most respected ecologists and led the country in protecting its profound biodiversity. Completing his doctorate at the university of Wurzburg, Germany in 1973, Brack Egg started his life of Peruvian public service with the Ministry of Agriculture, working to reestablish threatened populations of vicuña (Vicugna vicugna), a relative of the llama, honored as Peru’s national animal.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/rTLRlnoU_Ec" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0106-moll-rocek-brack-egg-obit-peru.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14226 2015-01-06T22:17:00Z 2015-01-20T17:43:38Z Traditional farming technique preserves soil, forest in Kalimantan <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0106-thumb-Desa-Patebang-1.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The road winds five kilometers through a thick canopy of trees before ending abruptly at a stream and a small, stout wooden cabin in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Amid, the cabin's owner, proudly explains that he constructed it from local hardwoods—high value trees still readily available in the surrounding hills. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/21bwROQfdyk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.079942 110.417842 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0106-gfrn-bell-fachrizal-kalimantan-farming-preserves-forest.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14224 2015-01-06T20:27:00Z 2015-01-06T21:34:55Z Earthworms under threat <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0106earthworms150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>1st November 1837 was a disappointing day at the Geological Society of London. The men (and they were only men) of the Society were expecting great things from the young Charles Darwin, recently returned from his Beagle voyage. Yet on that day only William Buckland saw sufficient value in Darwin’s work to recommend it for publication – but then Buckland himself was an oddity, given his work on fossil feces and his proclivity for eating his way through the Animal Kingdom (moles and bluebottle flies, he reported, are particularly distasteful). <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/jT1HOK-TE5k" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0106-rps-ghazoul-threatened-earthworms.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14222 2015-01-06T18:13:00Z 2015-01-20T17:44:11Z Coffee farmers help protect Flores forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0106-thumb-bajawa-kebun-kopi.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Located on the slopes of Inerie Mountain on the island of Flores in Indonesia, farmers in Bajawa and Golewa districts have practiced sustainable agroforestry for generations, producing coffee for export to the U.S. and Europe known as Arabica Flores Bajawa (AFB). Although not as well-known as other specialty coffees in Indonesia, its popularity is increasing, and Ngada regency now produces more than 300 tons of AFB per harvest.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/CQWzXIhL3-E" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -8.890073 121.116466 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0106-gfrn-bell-muhajir-flores-coffee-farmers-help-protect-forest.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14218 2015-01-06T15:37:00Z 2015-01-06T18:11:01Z Judge protects Midwest wolves after 1,599 killed in three years Future wolf hunting and trapping seasons in the Upper Midwest are on hold after a judge ruled the Obama Administration erred in removing the top predator from the Endangered Species Act. The ruling came nearly three years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped federal protections for the Great Lakes' wolf population. Since then hunters and trappers have killed 1,599 wolves.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/OpqjglpwC3g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0106-hance-wolves-esa.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14217 2015-01-06T05:06:00Z 2015-01-06T05:13:48Z Half of Indonesia's deforestation occurs outside concession areas <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0106-indonesia-forest-loss-concession150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Roughly half of Indonesia's natural forest loss occurs outside officially designated concession areas, concludes a new assessment that also finds higher deforestation rates in places with worse forest governance scores. The report, released last month by Forest Watch Indonesia, is based on analysis of satellite data spanning the archipelago. Unlike assessments by the Ministry of Forestry, the data includes areas outside the 'forest estate'.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/GA-oWPHfA9c" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler 0.749575 121.290790 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0106-fwi-indonesia-deforestation.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14215 2015-01-05T17:00:00Z 2015-01-07T18:44:53Z Two vanishing prairie butterflies added to the Endangered Species Act <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/15/0105.First-Dakota-skipper-female-reared-at-MN-Zoo-7-1-14-ventral.150.gif" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This fall, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added two little-known prairie butterflies to the Endangered Species Act. One of the species, the Poweshiek skipperling, may be down to only a few hundred individuals. The Dakota skipperling is faring a little better, but both have lost the majority of their habitat in the pass few hundred years and continue to decline. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/cON8Fg-_Nxk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0105-hance-poweshiek-dakota-esa.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14214 2015-01-05T15:38:00Z 2015-01-05T15:56:55Z Featured video: new documentary highlights 'Sumatra Burning' A new half-hour documentary investigate the impact of the palm oil industry in Indonesia, including burning forests and peatlands as well as haze spreading across Indonesian borders. Entitled Sumatra Burning, the documentary explores palm oil production on the island of Sumatra, which is experiencing some of the highest deforestation rates on the planet.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/_BuxAyojev4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 0.394984 101.370236 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0105-hance-sumatra-burning-video.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14213 2015-01-02T17:28:00Z 2015-01-09T02:21:18Z Rainforests: 10 things to watch in 2015 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_2477.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforests</a>, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian Amazon, among other big developments. Here's a quick look ahead at what might be in store for tropical forests in 2015.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/yTibeBcZow4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler -1.414087 -76.659226 http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0102-what-to-expect-for-rainforests-in-2015.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14237 2015-01-01T23:23:00Z 2015-01-08T21:29:39Z Things you want to know about Mongabay <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/hawaii/150/hawaii_0293.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This is a compilation of responses to some of the most frequently asked questions for Mongabay. If you have additional questions you'd like me to answer, you can ask them using this form.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/r9X7WuIs0OM" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2015/interview.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14212 2014-12-31T23:05:00Z 2015-01-01T01:11:31Z Most popular environmental news stories in 2014 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1546.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2014 Mongabay published more than 1,100 stories in English and over 450 posts in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, and Chinese. Mongabay-Indonesia published nearly 1,400 posts in Indonesian. Stories ran the gamut from light-hearted feel-good pieces to hard-hitting investigative content to thought-provoking interviews.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/f7CqrZXrNp8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1231-most-popular-posts-2014.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14209 2014-12-31T20:01:00Z 2014-12-31T20:07:30Z Monkey sleep, monkey do: how primates choose their trees <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1229_b_Macaque_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Primates don't monkey around when deciding where to spend the night, but primatologists have had a poor grasp on what drives certain monkeys toward specific trees. Now, two extensive studies of Indonesian primates suggest that factors in selecting trees each evening are site-specific and different for each species&#8212;and that some overnight spots result in conflicts between monkeys and humans. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/7yRuVWdcdaA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Brittany Stewart http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1231-cooper-primates-trees.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14211 2014-12-30T21:52:00Z 2014-12-30T23:06:24Z Activists call out 'one of the worst actors in pulp and paper' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1230-thumb-sumatra_2281.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The owner of the only mill in Indonesia equipped to produce dissolving pulp, Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL), is being held out as emblematic of the risks the industry’s massive recent growth pose to endangered forests.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/7zBKA1DZevI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 2.437708 99.271847 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1230-gfrn-gaworecki-tpl-deforesting-as-pulp-demand-grows.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14210 2014-12-30T21:00:00Z 2014-12-30T21:07:53Z Top 10 camera trap photos of animals <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/Photo-two150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Camera traps are revolutionizing the world of conservation, helping researchers document elusive wildlife, record rarely-observed animal behavior, catch poachers, and identify high conservation value areas. The non-invasive tool also offers incredible marketing value, showcasing the sometimes little-seen targets of conservation efforts.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/wSunXJbh1f4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1230-top-10-camera-trap-photos.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14208 2014-12-30T19:40:00Z 2015-01-10T02:17:03Z 2014: the year in rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/YIR-sabah_sepilok_0390_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>2014 could be classified as 'The Year of the Zero Deforestation Commitment'. During 2014, nearly two dozen major companies, ranging from palm oil producers to fast food chains to toothpaste makers, established policies to exclude palm oil sourced at the expense of rainforests and peatlands.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Iic-37t_LBo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler 2.864823 17.489353 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1230-year-in-rainforests-2014.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14207 2014-12-30T19:11:00Z 2014-12-30T20:30:24Z Rat eradication needed to save seabird colony <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/redbilledtropicbird.tcs.600-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Although only a nuisance in your home, on an isolated island chain (archipelago) off the northeastern coast of Brazil, rats pose a threat to the red-billed tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus). The seabird nests in the remote Abrolhos National Park, but two species of invasive rats prey on its eggs and young: the house rat (Rattus rattus) and the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus).<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/X3A6VgK5IxA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Brittany Stewart -17.962922 -38.703031 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1230-buelna-seabird-colony-tcs.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14206 2014-12-30T17:23:00Z 2014-12-31T16:23:26Z Meet Biofaces: the Facebook for wildlife enthusiasts <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1229.leonardo.thumb.98504.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Love wildlife? Wish you had a place online to share your photos, videos, and stories with other wild enthusiasts&#8212;kind of like a Facebook for wildlife lovers? Well, look no further than Biofaces, a new website meant to "make wildlife loving people happy," according to its creator, Leonardo Avelino Duarte.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/gwV_eB5Bkd8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1230-hance-biofaces-interview.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14205 2014-12-30T15:26:00Z 2014-12-30T15:41:26Z Young journalists win prizes for environmental reporting <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/colombia/150/co06-1366.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>This year, Mongabay published over 165 articles written by journalists participating in its internship program. To highlight some of the excellent work, Mongabay held a competition for intern contributions to the site, asking individuals to submit their most compelling pieces. A staff selection panel reviewed the selections and chose the winners. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/VIA6UpPFAXg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1230-interns-reporting-prize.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14204 2014-12-29T17:55:00Z 2014-12-29T17:58:59Z Endangered mussel still harvested for food in Laos <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1229-mussel-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Only one freshwater pearl mussel species is known to inhabit tropical water systems. However, despite being listed as Endangered by the IUCN, it is also still a part of the diet of villagers in Northern Laos. A study published recently found that the dwindling populations of the bivalve would benefit from a ban on their capture.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/LE4fh2VftW0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 22.124416 101.960561 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1229-gfrn-tcs-moreno-mussel-threatened-by-human-consumption.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14203 2014-12-29T16:10:00Z 2014-12-29T16:21:38Z Camera traps capture rare footage of wild bonobos (video) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1229.bonobocameratrapping.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Bonobos, our ape cousins, love peace. Unlike chimpanzees, also our close relatives, bonobos are known to resolve conflict through sex instead of aggression. They kiss, they caress, and females display genito-genital rubbing (also called G-G rubbing) to communicate, bond, and reconcile. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Qh98RJogD2U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance -2.468749 25.304473 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1229-dasgupta-bonobo-camera-trap.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14202 2014-12-29T14:32:00Z 2014-12-29T14:35:08Z Top 10 HAPPY environmental stories of 2014 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/okavango/150/okavango_452.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In what was widely seen as a possible breakthrough in the battle to coordinate some kind of response to global warming, China and the U.S. announced joint actions this year. On November 12th, the world's two most powerful countries surprised pretty much everyone by announcing that they would work together to tackle the crisis. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Hhi2fdqTcNs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1229-hance-butler-happy-top-ten.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14199 2014-12-26T16:21:00Z 2014-12-26T16:33:31Z Indonesia's silent wildlife killer: hunting <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/north_sumatra_0255.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>By and large, Indonesia is a peaceful country. In fact, on the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime’s list of homicide rates, Indonesia ranks number 10, making Indonesians one of the least murderous people on Earth. A ban on gun ownership probably helps, although obviously there are many other ways to snuff out another person. Maybe Indonesia’s general tendency to avoid conflict helps, too. Whatever the reason why Indonesians are relatively unlikely to kill each other, such favors are not extended to Indonesia’s non-human wildlife. The relative safety of Indonesia’s people does not guarantee similar security for its animals. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/7eBThBZGzhw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1226-rsp-meijaard-indonesia-hunting.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14198 2014-12-26T14:51:00Z 2014-12-26T15:00:10Z Connecting the Dots: from Christmas Cookies to Climate Change <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1226ford150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Harrison Ford checking out everyday products to see which ones contain palm oil. Not exactly the high-octane activity we associate with an adventurer like Ford…so what gives? Ford cares about the ingredients used to make these products because our high demand for these everyday consumer goods is directly tied to high rates of deforestation and climate change. He was in the frozen food aisle to find out just how prevalent palm oil is in our food supply.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/DWEEtQJ7Z2o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1226-horowitz-commentary-rps-palm-oil-cookies.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14197 2014-12-26T14:00:00Z 2014-12-26T14:10:39Z Scientists rediscover Critically Endangered streamside frog in Costa Rica <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1224-montoro-rediscovered-frog-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the past 20 years, amphibian species around the world have experienced rapid decline due to climate change, disease, invasive species, habitat loss and degradation. Populations have decreased by approximately 40 percent with nearly 200 species thought to have gone extinct since 1980. However, despite these discouraging statistics, new research efforts are turning up lost populations of some vanished frogs.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/zPCvYLp4JOg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Brittany Stewart 8.351337 -83.129618 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1226-montoro-rediscovered-frog-tcs.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14196 2014-12-24T19:02:00Z 2014-12-24T23:42:33Z Favorite nature and wildlife photos from 2014 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/malaysia/150/sabah_tawau_0149.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>During the course of my reporting in 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to several countries and take some pictures in the field. Below are some of my favorite images from the year. Most of these photos are from Sumatra (Indonesia), Sabah (Malaysia), and Queensland (Australia), although there are a few from the United States. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/KxMhI0KDLd8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1224-nature-photos-highlights-2014.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14193 2014-12-23T22:52:00Z 2014-12-23T22:52:35Z Ecuador sends aid money back to Germany over planned rainforest visit A visit to a rainforest slated for oil drilling has blown up into a diplomatic row between Ecuador and Germany. Ecuador has said it will no longer partner with Germany on environmental issues and will return aid money, after the South American government discovered that German legislators were attempting to visit the much-embattled Yasuni National Park. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/4iKDblh0su4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance -1.198430 -75.591814 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1223-hance-ecuador-germany-aid.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14192 2014-12-23T22:24:00Z 2014-12-23T22:27:50Z Palawan palm oil presence likely to grow, industry rep denies harmful impact <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1223-thumb-peacock-pheasant-danta-alighieri.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Plans to convert eight million hectares of land for palm oil production on Palawan island in the Philippines have been met with opposition from environmental and social advocacy groups, with a petition to cease development sent to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights by an anti-palm oil expansion group. But an industry representative denies claims that all eight million hectares will be cultivated to the detriment of wildlife and human communities, maintaining palm oil expansion will be beneficial to the people of Palawan. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/ZACponQ13os" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 8.989710 117.903717 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1223-gfrn-panela-palawan-palm-oil-expansion-2.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14191 2014-12-23T22:23:00Z 2015-01-05T05:43:58Z Advocacy group lashes out against palm oil expansion on Philippine island <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1223-thumb-aceh_0853.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the first week of November, an anti-oil palm expansion group sent a copy of their petition to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of the Indigenous People for the United Nations Commission on Human Rights hoping to elevate their concerns over land-grabbing issues faced by tribes in Palawan, Philippines, due to planned palm oil expansion in the province.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/H_e5iyDMBJ0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 8.989710 117.903717 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1223-gfrn-panela-palawan-palm-oil-expansion-1.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14190 2014-12-23T17:22:00Z 2014-12-23T17:34:53Z How a frog with a strange name is helping improve conservation in Brazil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1223_frog_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Protecting the biodiversity of the Amazon basin is an immense undertaking, and to its credit the Brazilian government has a set procedure for doing so. However, there are gaps in the process that may prevent the authorities from fully protecting the species that call this place home. To investigate this, a recent study uses as an example the brilliant-thighed frog, a species that is found across the Amazon Basin—including the area surrounding the soon-to-be dammed Xingu River.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/jxW6KZztUog" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs -2.764184 -55.485174 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1223-tcs-hong-brilliant-thighed-frog-brazil.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14189 2014-12-23T16:55:00Z 2014-12-23T17:07:24Z Conservation conflicting with local ways of life in Mexican reserve <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1223_hunting_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Although conservation has good intentions, it can give rise to conflicts when the interests of conservationists put local peoples’ livelihoods at stake. A recent study has uncovered an unhappy symbiosis between Mayan subsistence hunters and authorities in Yucatán, Mexico. A lack of understanding and communication about hunting regulations are forcing Mayan hunter societies to alter their traditional ways of living. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/i1_SZpWrnP0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs 20.469914 -90.458852 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1223-tcs-ikarashi-conservation-conflict-mexico.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14188 2014-12-23T16:23:00Z 2015-01-21T20:13:49Z Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2014 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_2297.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2014, the unimaginable happened: companies representing the majority of palm oil production and trade agreed to stop cutting down rainforests and draining peatlands for new oil palm plantations. After years of intense campaigning by environmentalists and dire warnings from scientists, nearly two dozen major producers, traders, and buyers established zero deforestation policies.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/E_IlkDjxi4I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance -2.391216 -64.166830 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1223-hance-butler-top-ten.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14187 2014-12-23T06:53:00Z 2015-01-12T20:18:25Z Child labor and palm oil in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1223Bimo1-siswa-kelas-3-SMP-di-Asahan-ini-terpaksa-membantu-ayahnya-menjadi-pengangkut-buah-sawit-Ayat-S-Karokaro150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Meet Bimo Kencana Arief. At 13 years old, this Indonesian middle school student is not spending his afternoons doing homework, helping around the house, or getting into trouble with the neighborhood children. Instead, Bimo is working up a sweat, hauling heavy oil palm fruits from the trees to a waiting truck. If he moves quickly, he can help his father earn up to $2 between 3:00 pm and dark. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/cqo4Gigrw94" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler 2.953174 99.500841 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1223-lbell-child-labor-and-palm-oil.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14186 2014-12-22T23:26:00Z 2014-12-23T00:46:32Z Greenpeace: zero deforestation pioneer makes progress, but still has work to do <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1222gar150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Half a decade ago, Golden-Agri Resources (GAR) was losing customers right and left in the midst of a Greenpeace campaign that blamed the Singapore-based palm oil giant for destroying forests in Indonesia. Then in February 2011, GAR surprised the world when it announced it would no longer clear rainforests or peatlands for new plantations. The company also committed to resolving social conflicts and respecting the right of local communities to reject plantation development on their traditional lands. Observers thought it could be mark the beginning a transformation in how palm oil was produced.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/4-egtLlLGq8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler -1.890421 112.528001 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1222-gar-status-report.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14182 2014-12-22T18:10:00Z 2014-12-22T18:20:26Z Shifting attitudes may help endangered wild dogs in Thailand <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1222_dhole150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Once found throughout much of Asia, the dhole—a wild dog species that looks something like a jackal—has been displaced by humans from much of its range. But a new study published in mongabay.org's open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science, offers hope that the two species may be able to coexist, with people living next to protected forest areas in southeastern Thailand showing a favorable attitude towards increasing awareness and conservation efforts for the endangered canids.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/AGdJqtm3G9s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs 14.324487 101.510893 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1222-tcs-montoro-dholes-thailand.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14179 2014-12-22T17:19:00Z 2014-12-22T18:52:07Z The biggest new species discoveries in 2014 (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1222topnewsp150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Biologists describe upwards of 15,000 previously undocumented species every year. Some of these species are complete surprises, sometimes representing new genera. Others may be identified after genetic analysis distinguishes them from closely-related species. Some &#8212; especially conspicuous birds and mammals &#8212; are already known to local populations, but hadn't been formally described by scientists.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/haVhWcn_ewg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1222-biggest-new-species-discoveries-in-2014-part-ii.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14181 2014-12-22T16:12:00Z 2014-12-22T20:46:51Z Genetics study sheds light on Chile’s most endangered bird <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1222TCS150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A member of the Furnariidae family, the small brown and beige bird possesses rusty “spine-like” tail feathers and inhabits densely vegetated areas. Scientists estimate the total population to range from 140 to 500 individuals. In 2012 the IUCN declared the Masafuera Rayadito to be a Critically Endangered species. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/q_P-hfQERgs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs -33.776491 -80.800473 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1222-tcs-parkman-chilean-masafuera-rayadito.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14180 2014-12-22T14:35:00Z 2014-12-23T15:38:52Z Edited Reality: What I Learned from Filming Eaten Alive <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/2332.pr.eatenalive.4.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>On November 3, 2014, I woke up to check my flight status from Bangalore to New York. What I found when I opened my laptop was a mindboggling amount of emails, hate mail, death threats, and interview requests. The numbers were staggering. The night before, the Discovery Channel had aired the first trailers for the show they decided to call Eaten Alive. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Fyub3NewhcY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance -12.546168 -69.339244 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1222-rosolie-rps-eaten-alive.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14178 2014-12-20T02:23:00Z 2014-12-22T20:08:19Z Pictures: the top new animal discoveries of 2014 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1220-top-new-species-2014_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Seemingly every year scientists set a new record with the number of species they describe. 2014 will be no exception. Below are some of the 'new species' highlights from the past year. The list includes species whose descriptions were first published in 2014. Some of the 'discoveries' occurred in years prior.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/oCZSd5va_5o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1220-top-new-species-of-2014.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14177 2014-12-19T21:49:00Z 2014-12-19T22:05:10Z 125M ha of degraded lands identified for forest-friendly agricultural expansion <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1219-land-suitability-map150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A team of researchers has identified 125 million hectares (309 million acres) of land suitable for agricultural expansion that won't come at the expense of tropical forests. The study argues that shifting agricultural expansion away from forests to these 'degraded lands' would avoid 13 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions that would be released were they converted for plantations, pasture, and croplands. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/0_F1uMlSHs0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler -3.376340 119.635613 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1219-degraded-lands-map.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14176 2014-12-19T18:11:00Z 2014-12-20T03:24:54Z Puerto Rico's only native toad bounces back from edge of extinction <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1219-thumb-adult-pr-toad.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Once common on the islands of Puerto Rico and Virgin Gorda, the Puerto Rican crested toad declined by more than 80 percent over the past decade, leaving behind just some 200 individuals in the wild. But researchers have turned their fate around. Since 1992, they have successfully bred in captivity and re-introduced to the wild more than 300,000 of these threatened toads.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/IcXHbFr4GPI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 17.970266 -66.844313 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1219-gfrn-dasgupta-crested-toad-bounces-back.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14174 2014-12-18T20:19:00Z 2014-12-18T20:31:44Z Impacts of deforestation on Amazonian river ecosystems could be far-reaching <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_1247.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A study by researchers in Brazil published this week has found that deforestation in the Southern Amazon may impair significantly the structure and function of rivers, and make them less able to support life.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Q7Opz7TMTXw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis -9.947342 -56.057837 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1218-gfrn-tcs-gaworecki-riparian-deforestation-far-reaching.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14166 2014-12-18T19:17:00Z 2014-12-22T19:07:51Z Plant wars: some tree species compete better against grasses for reforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/2018_stewart_tcs_grasses_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>What happens to degraded pastureland once the cows are kicked out? After years of letting the area rest, does it eventually become what it once was? Not likely. When disruptions such as invasive species and human interference are introduced to an area, ecological succession doesn’t occur the way it should naturally.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/4gMFUHH3imA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Brittany Stewart -8.512761 -55.993002 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1218-stewart-grass-reforestation-tcs.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14172 2014-12-18T17:36:00Z 2014-12-18T17:53:18Z Tropical deforestation could disrupt rainfall globally <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1802.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Large-scale deforestation in the tropics could drive significant and widespread shifts in rainfall distribution and temperatures, potentially affecting agriculture both locally and far from where forest loss is occurring, concludes a study published today in <i>Nature Climate Change</i>. <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/ZijdSTAAFQo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler -9.015302 -62.634773 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1218-rainforests-and-rainfall.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14171 2014-12-18T16:25:00Z 2014-12-18T16:32:31Z Enough for an elephant: why are Cameroon's elephants raiding fields? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/namibia/150/namibia_1025.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Waza National Park in West Africa is a refuge to many endangered and vulnerable species. Walk through the grounds and you may see red-fronted gazelles grazing or giraffes sauntering between trees in search of foliage. Head to the park's perimeter, though, and you may see a less serene scene: elephants raiding local farmers' crops.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/OWktueKcLY8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs 11.333265 14.666613 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1218-bane-elephants-cameroon-tcs.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14170 2014-12-18T15:53:00Z 2014-12-18T15:53:52Z Ocelots live in super densities on Barro Colorado Island By comparing camera trapping findings with genetic samples taken from feces, biologists have determined that the density of ocelots on Barro Colorado Island in Panama is the highest yet recorded. There are over three ocelots per every two square kilometers (0.77 square miles) on the island.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/PAI7YgMiGAI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Jeremy Hance 9.160347 -79.851205 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1218-hance-ocelots-barrocolorado-tcs.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14169 2014-12-17T23:26:00Z 2014-12-18T17:36:13Z Amazonian peatlands store mega carbon Peatlands in the Peruvian Amazon store ten times the amount of carbon as undisturbed rainforest in adjacent areas, making them critical in the battle to fight climate change, finds a new study published in <i>Environmental Research Letters</i>.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/Nb36C-nPgTw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Rhett Butler -4.750255 -74.68802 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1217-amazonian-peatlands.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14168 2014-12-17T22:47:00Z 2014-12-18T16:10:23Z Saving the world's rarest primate: can it be done? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1217-thumb-hainangibbon.568.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Endemic to China’s southernmost province of Hainan, only around 30 Hainan gibbons survive today. Rapid island-wide deforestation and consequential loss of habitat, uncontrolled hunting, and failed captive breeding attempts have pushed this ape towards the precipice of becoming the first primate species to go extinct in the modern world. Will a multi-stakeholder conservation strategy be able to save it? <img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/SksMWquo48o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Morgan Erickson-Davis 19.084163 109.149507 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1217-gfrn-joshi-saving-the-hainan-gibbon.html tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14167 2014-12-17T21:56:00Z 2014-12-22T19:04:26Z When predators attack, plants grow fewer thorns <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1217_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Crisp lines of light begin to play out across the landscape. As the morning light grows, blades of grass take shape and, amongst rocky outcrops, green acacia breaks the yellow and gold of the savannah. Stirring in this early morning atmosphere is the African impala, an ungulate that typically grazes at dusk and dawn.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MongabaycomNews/~4/cOTjwc7JHzA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tiffany Roufs 1.330315 37.534791 http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1217-buelna-predators-fewer-thorns.html