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Forest Stewardship Council cuts ties with Austrian timber giant
(February 23, 2017, 6:25 pm) Forest Stewardship Council cuts ties with Austrian timber giant After putting Holzindustrie Schweighofer on probation following an investigation, the FSC is formally disassociating from the company.
Study finds more than 350k trees illegally felled in Madagascar’s protected areas in five-year span
(February 23, 2017, 5:22 pm) Study finds more than 350k trees illegally felled in Madagascar’s protected areas in five-year span A study released this month by TRAFFIC, an NGO that monitors the wildlife trade, finds that governance has been so lacking in the forests of Madagascar in recent years that hundreds of thousands of trees have been cut down illegally in protected areas.
SpongeBob SquarePants and the ‘last frontier’ of the Philippines
(February 23, 2017, 4:56 pm) SpongeBob SquarePants and the ‘last frontier’ of the Philippines A mysterious developer plans to build a Nickelodeon-themed resort in a global biodiversity hotspot.
The changing face of Amazon development: from land grab to eco-lodge
(February 23, 2017, 10:48 am) The changing face of Amazon development: from land grab to eco-lodge The father, Ariosto da Riva, was a notorious land speculator; his daughter, Vitória da Riva Carvalho built a renowned eco-resort in the rainforest. Both have shaped the Amazon.
This new primate is a ‘giant’ among tiny bush babies
(February 22, 2017, 4:39 pm) This new primate is a ‘giant’ among tiny bush babies The newly described Angolan dwarf galago is nearly three times the size of other known dwarf galagos.
Judge halts excavation plans for largest-ever Brazilian goldmine
(February 22, 2017, 3:35 pm) Judge halts excavation plans for largest-ever Brazilian goldmine Court puts 180-day hold on the installation license for Belo Sun goldmine in the Brazilian Amazon due to Canadian mining firm’s inadequate response to indigenous and traditional community concerns.
Renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson calls for preserving half of Earth to save biodiversity
(February 22, 2017, 2:49 pm) Renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson calls for preserving half of Earth to save biodiversity Eminent Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson is calling for the preservation of half the planet in an undisturbed, natural condition in order to save beleaguered nonhuman life on Earth. The views expressed are those of the author.
How acoustic monitoring gave us a last chance to save the vaquita
(February 22, 2017, 7:11 am) How acoustic monitoring gave us a last chance to save the vaquita With only 30 animals left, the vaquita is the world’s most endangered cetacean and one of the most endangered mammals.
Scrapping Nigerian superhighway buffer isn’t enough, say conservation groups
(February 22, 2017, 2:50 am) Scrapping Nigerian superhighway buffer isn’t enough, say conservation groups Officials in Nigeria’s Cross River state tossed out plans to clear a 10-kilometer-wide zone along a 260-kilometer superhighway, but opponents of the project say that the road should still be rerouted.
Audio: Naomi Oreskes on what stories we can’t let get lost in the noise of 2017 and why scientists should speak up
(February 21, 2017, 5:59 pm) Audio: Naomi Oreskes on what stories we can’t let get lost in the noise of 2017 and why scientists should speak up On this episode of the Newscast, we welcome Harvard professor, climate historian, and noted author Naomi Oreskes to talk about what stories she’s worried will get lost in the media’s hyperfocus on the chaos surrounding the new Trump Administration in the U.S.
Environmental lawyer killed in the Philippines
(February 21, 2017, 4:41 pm) Environmental lawyer killed in the Philippines Mia Mascariñas-Green was shot dead in front of her children in the Philippine island of Bohol.
Proposed Trump policy threatens Critically Endangered Grauer’s gorilla
(February 21, 2017, 12:38 pm) Proposed Trump policy threatens Critically Endangered Grauer’s gorilla Critically Endangered ape could be in even greater danger if proposed Trump presidential memorandum allows US companies to buy conflict minerals freely.
What happens when the soy and palm oil boom ends?
(February 21, 2017, 11:50 am) What happens when the soy and palm oil boom ends? An interview with Derek Byerlee, lead author of The Tropical Oil Crop Revolution, a new agricultural economics book that looks at the past, present, and future of soy, oil palm, and other tropical oilseeds.
Scimitar-horned oryx return to the Sahara nearly two decades after going extinct in the wild
(February 20, 2017, 4:55 pm) Scimitar-horned oryx return to the Sahara nearly two decades after going extinct in the wild Conservationists are celebrating the successful reintroduction of an iconic antelope species, the scimitar-horned oryx, to a portion of its historical range on the edge of the Sahara desert after 14 captive-bred animals were released in a remote region of Chad.
African bush babies gain a new genus
(February 20, 2017, 9:00 am) African bush babies gain a new genus New research based on the genetics, physical characteristics and sounds of bush babies –  or galagos – in southeastern Africa calls for a sixth genus in the family Galagidae.
Singapore’s wild bird trade threatens exotic species
(February 20, 2017, 3:13 am) Singapore’s wild bird trade threatens exotic species Nearly 80 percent of the 14,000 birds being sold in Singapore’s bird markets were not native species, a new survey by TRAFFIC found.
It’s World Pangolin Day!
(February 18, 2017, 12:00 am) It’s World Pangolin Day! Today is dedicated to the world’s most trafficked mammal. What are we celebrating?
Protected areas found to be ‘significant’ sources of carbon emissions
(February 17, 2017, 4:00 pm) Protected areas found to be ‘significant’ sources of carbon emissions A new study finds official protection status isn’t keeping deforestation – and the heavy carbon loads it releases – out of many of the world’s parks and reserves.
Newly discovered gecko loses scales in ‘really bizarre’ behavior
(February 16, 2017, 5:21 pm) Newly discovered gecko loses scales in ‘really bizarre’ behavior Geckolepis megalepis has the biggest scales of any known gecko species – and readily sheds them when threatened by predators.
Saving Jamaica Bay’s diamondback terrapins
(February 16, 2017, 11:02 am) Saving Jamaica Bay’s diamondback terrapins Researchers are studying a declining native population of turtles in New York City’s coastal waters. Their loss could have severe consequences for the struggling Jamaica Bay.