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Trafficking: Indonesian soldier caught with 8 pangolins in car backseat
(June 24, 2016, 9:38 pm) The latest indication of military involvement in wildlife smuggling in the Southeast Asian country.
Malaysian land rights activist Bill Kayong murdered in broad daylight
(June 24, 2016, 9:11 pm) Bill Kayong, a dedicated indigenous and land rights activist in Malaysia’s Sarawak state, was killed in a drive-by shooting while waiting at a traffic light in broad daylight on Wednesday.
Cambodia declares first-ever marine protected area
(June 24, 2016, 7:17 pm) Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has approved the country’s first-ever marine protected area in the waters of the Koh Rong Archipelago.
Judges up the ante for tiger traffickers in Indonesia
(June 24, 2016, 7:13 pm) Record sentences in Indonesia’s Aceh and Bengkulu provinces as conservationists push for better enforcement and higher maximum sentences.
Corruption is driving unsustainable, illegal rosewood trade in Cambodia and Laos: Report
(June 24, 2016, 4:35 pm) Corruption in Cambodia and Laos is driving the illegal exports of endangered rosewood species in violation of UN protections, according to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency.
Saving Borneo’s wild cats and small carnivores
(June 24, 2016, 1:40 pm) Borneo, the third-largest island in the world, is home to more endemic carnivores than any other island except Madagascar, and about half of them are threatened with extinction thanks to habitat destruction and fragmentation resulting from logging, illegal hunting, and fires — but an international team of researchers is hoping to kickstart efforts to change that.
Rare moth vanishing from its last site in England
(June 24, 2016, 8:16 am) The dark bordered beauty moth is declining by an average of 30-35 percent per year, a new study has found.
Researchers forecast extreme displacement of tropical wildlife even under moderate warming scenarios
(June 23, 2016, 6:32 pm) Surface temperatures are nearly uniform near the equator, which means that species trying to migrate in order to find temperatures they are adapted to would have to travel extreme distances, even under relatively mild warming scenarios at the low end of current projections.
PepsiCo products in Indonesia tainted with worker abuses, report finds
(June 23, 2016, 2:46 pm) A new investigation into the palm oil plantations of Indofood, the sole maker of PepsiCo products in the Southeast Asian country, reveal child labor, exposure to hazardous chemicals, below minimum-wage payments and more.
US oil and gas production ‘dramatically’ increasing harmful ozone-causing ethane
(June 23, 2016, 8:52 am) Ethane concentrations have increased by three to five percent per year in the Northern Hemisphere since 2009, coinciding with the boom in oil and gas production in the US, a new study has found.
Sub-Saharan African countries most vulnerable to invasive crop pests
(June 22, 2016, 9:37 am) This is because these countries do not have diverse economies and depend heavily on agriculture. So any threat from invasive species can be devastating, new study finds.
“Less meat, less heat:” Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron call for less meat consumption to combat climate change
(June 21, 2016, 9:33 pm) The two Hollywood legends have been tapped by the 5 To Do Today campaign for the starring role in a media blitz comprised of TV PSAs and billboards aimed at reducing meat consumption.
Amazonian catfish’s 5,000-mile migration endangered by dams
(June 21, 2016, 7:02 pm) Study proves giant Amazonian catfish species holds record for longest freshwater migration on earth — just in time for its possible demise due to Amazon dams.
Policy makers meet to discuss forest conservation and ‘the future of humanity’
(June 21, 2016, 6:09 pm) Last week the Oslo REDD Exchange saw the gathering of hundreds of government, civil society, and industry representatives to talk about REDD+ implementation and capacity.
Widespread coral bleaching event to hit US hard for third straight year
(June 21, 2016, 7:48 am) Sea temperatures will remain higher-than-normal for an “unprecedented” third consecutive year, NOAA says, which could spell severe trouble for coral reefs in the U.S.
Search warrant executed at Global Plywood over alleged Lacey Act violations
(June 20, 2016, 8:18 pm) Global Plywood was found to be importing “significant quantities” of Amazonian timber into the U.S. that had been declared illegal by the Peruvian government, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency.
New boa species “on its way to extinction” discovered in the Bahamas
(June 20, 2016, 5:26 pm) A team from Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology discovered the silver boa (Chilabothrus argentum) in a remote corner of the Bahamian Archipelago called the Conception Island Bank — and the team says it’s one of the most critically endangered boas in the world.
No more fires in Indonesia?
(June 20, 2016, 5:16 pm) Erik Meijaard is a Jakarta-based conservation scientist coordinating the Borneo Futures Initiative. The views expressed are his own.
Deadliest year on record for environmental activists
(June 20, 2016, 4:09 pm) Environmental activists were killed at a rate of more than three per week in 2015, according to a new report by Global Witness. The murders occurred amid conflicts with mining, logging, hydro power, and agribusiness operations, particularly in indigenous lands.
Video: Baby frogs escape from snake in seconds
(June 20, 2016, 7:42 am) Embryos of the red-eyed treefrogs have evolved a strategy to hatch quickly, in a few seconds, to escape predators or other threats.