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SE Asia’s damaged peat swamps could release 8.7 gigatons of CO2
(May 31, 2016, 9:55 am)

New models shine light on the environmental costs of draining and drying the region’s vast peat swamp zones for agriculture and development.

Reestablishing a wild population of American burying beetles
(May 30, 2016, 5:24 pm)

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden released 110 pairs of endangered American burying beetles at the nearby Fernald Nature Preserve last week as part of ongoing efforts to restore the beetle’s population in the wild.

Study suggests trees sleep at night
(May 30, 2016, 2:49 pm)

A study published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science provides compelling new evidence that trees do in fact have themselves a bit of a snooze after the sun goes down.

New Cambodian protected forest offers hope for endangered wildlife
(May 27, 2016, 10:51 pm)

The protection decree vanquishes industrial agriculture – but threats persist.

Scientists puzzled by slowing of Atlantic conveyor belt, warn of abrupt climate change
(May 27, 2016, 5:23 pm)

Scientists are increasingly warning of the potential that a shutdown, or even significant slowdown, of the Atlantic conveyor belt could lead to abrupt climate change, a shift in Earth’s climate that can occur within as short a timeframe as a decade but persist for decades or centuries.

The key to tropical conservation: scrap big projects, invest in people
(May 27, 2016, 4:18 pm)

Top conservation scientist Dr. Andy Mack has advice for Big Conservation groups: junk Big Projects, invest in local people — a Mongabay interview.

Indonesia’s birds being wiped out by pet trade
(May 27, 2016, 5:43 am)

A new study has identified 13 species of birds found in Sundaic Indonesia — including Indonesia’s national bird, the Javan hawk-eagle — that are at serious risk of extinction due to bird trade.

Video: Critically Endangered monkey ‘chatters’ for camera
(May 27, 2016, 5:07 am)

Camera traps in northern Sulawesi have captured some rare, fun footage of a critically endangered black-crested macaque looking at a camera, examining it, and “chattering” — a vocal behavior that scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) say is most likely indicative of “curiosity with the camera”.

BREAKING: Norway commits to zero deforestation
(May 26, 2016, 5:17 pm)

The Norwegian parliament pledged today that the government’s public procurement policy will go deforestation-free.

Thousands of Southeast Asian newts being collected from the wild for pet trade
(May 26, 2016, 6:51 am)

New study finds that official records greatly underestimate the number of Southeast Asian newts being sold to meet the demands of the international pet trade.

Peruvian gov’t affirms illegal plantation activity in Amazon rainforest
(May 25, 2016, 9:17 pm)

Peru’s forest authority has issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange condemning United Cacao’s plantation projects.

An improbable future for Nicaragua’s inter-oceanic canal
(May 25, 2016, 9:05 pm)

Many social and ecological processes and current events will likely undermine the success of Nicaragua’s inter-oceanic canal project.

The Borneo rainbow toad has been missing for 87 years — until now
(May 25, 2016, 7:29 pm)

The Borneo rainbow toad (Ansonia latidisca) was considered one of the top ten “most wanted” lost amphibians by Dr. Robin Moore and his colleagues when the Search for Lost Frogs project was launched six years ago.

Zika: from obscure virus to global health emergency
(May 25, 2016, 7:01 pm)

Brazilian researchers race to find a Zika vaccine amid political chaos and a faltering economy, as the world prepares to arrive for the Rio Olympics.

The results are in: Winners of the Mongabay internship awards
(May 25, 2016, 4:13 am)

Mongabay’s internship program awards prizes for articles published in 2015.

First-ever photos of long-lost blue-eyed bird from Brazil
(May 24, 2016, 7:43 pm)

Thought-to-be-extinct blue-eyed bird rediscovered after 75 years.

Epilogue: Conservation still divided, looking for a way forward
(May 24, 2016, 5:47 pm)

In this commentary, veteran Mongabay reporter Jeremy Hance shares his thoughts after completing Conservation, Divided. His four-part series investigating how the field of conservation has changed over the last 30 years concluded last week.

The assassinations of Mother Nature’s guardians (commentary)
(May 24, 2016, 4:38 pm)

Dr. Fred B. Bercovitch, a professor at Kyoto University, writes a follow-up to his recent op-ed about threats against wildlife rangers. Bercovitch’s piece is a commentary — the views expressed are his own.

World’s most expensive coffee often produced from caged, abused civets, study finds
(May 24, 2016, 12:59 pm)

Civets in Bali’s civet coffee plantations are held in small, filthy cages, with little space to move around. The caged animals have little access to clean water and are often fed a poor diet comprising only of coffee cherries, a new study has found.

Saving reef fish from the impacts of a hit film
(May 23, 2016, 8:11 pm)

You’re probably familiar with the 2003 animated film Finding Nemo — it was a box office hit that grossed nearly $400 million, after all. But you may be less familiar with the film’s ecological impact.