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Mongabay is the world’s most popular rainforest information site and a well-known source of environmental news reporting and analysis.

Why is Tasmania burning, and why are scientists worried?
(February 10, 2016, 6:41 pm) Mongabay answers some questions about the devastating fire that is ravaging Tasmania’s unique and iconic vegetation and landscape.
In the rush to reforest, are the world’s old-growth grasslands losing out?
(February 10, 2016, 3:40 pm) Mega biodiversity, underground trees: scientists worry a lack of research on ancient tropical grasslands may be putting them at risk as countries ramp up ambitious reforestation projects.
Cincinnati-born Harapan the rhino adjusting well to life in Sumatra
(February 10, 2016, 4:29 am) Raised in America, but will Harapan be able to mate in Indonesia?
Is this Malaysian palm oil firm still destroying forest in Borneo — and selling to Wilmar?
(February 9, 2016, 9:53 pm) The two companies disagree with an NGO's findings about deforestation in their supply chain.
Meet the new spider named after Johnny Cash
(February 9, 2016, 4:43 pm) Fourteen new species of tarantula have been discovered in the American Southwest and one was named after the late, legendary country artist, Johnny Cash.
What’s that forest worth? Disaster assistance (finally!) takes nature into account
(February 9, 2016, 11:58 am) In this guest commentary, Laurie Mazur, editor for the Island Press Urban Resilience Project, says that the once-radical notion of valuing nature’s services is now more widely accepted by the US federal government.
Researchers say you get what you pay for when it comes to payments for ecosystem services
(February 9, 2016, 11:50 am) A new study suggests that payments for ecosystem services only work when they provide enough economic incentive to local people to encourage active participation in conservation.
Illegal gold mining pushes deeper into protected Peruvian reserve
(February 9, 2016, 8:29 am) Between December 2015 and January 2016, illegal gold mining activities seem to have moved further into Tambopata National Reserve, clearing around 20 hectares of protected forest.
‘Where Have All the Animals Gone?’ – a journey through Africa and Asia
(February 8, 2016, 12:23 pm) In “Where Have All the Animals Gone?”, author Dale Peterson recounts his adventures with Karl Ammann, an eccentric award-winning wildlife photographer and conservationist, as they travel across several countries in Africa and Asia investigating bushmeat hunting, wildlife trafficking and vanishing wildlife.
Munduruku building new alliances to fight Tapajós Basin dams in Amazon
(February 8, 2016, 11:10 am) A large indigenous group with a strong warrior tradition is doing modern organizing to confront the Brazilian government and block hydroelectric dams threatening their traditional lands.
Drop in commodity prices isn’t necessarily helping indigenous peoples and the environment in Brazil
(February 8, 2016, 9:26 am) The drop in commodity prices has had a negative impact on Brazil's environment and the people who depend on it.
How can banks spur the palm oil industry toward sustainability?
(February 8, 2016, 12:19 am) A positive approach to sustainable finance.
Geospatial data for the people, by the people
(February 6, 2016, 4:00 am) Enabling “armchair” citizen science exploring fracking infrastructure to protect human and environmental health
The week in environmental news – Feb 05, 2016
(February 5, 2016, 8:12 pm) The deep-sea creature called Xenoturbella is so unique that it took researchers 60 years to figure out what it was or where it originated from on the evolutionary family tree.
Study finds logging helps black rats invade tropical rainforests, push native species out
(February 5, 2016, 2:32 pm) A new study shows that in addition to degrading and destroying habitat that wildlife depend on, logging continues to impact forest inhabitants well after the damage is done by helping invasive species like black rats displace mammals native to tropical rainforests.
Prospective Congo palm oil plantation wrecking prime great ape habitat
(February 5, 2016, 12:57 pm) The Atama plantation may never happen, but that uncertainty hasn’t prevented investors from potentially making a profit by clearing native forests and ruining ideal gorilla and chimpanzee habitat.
Norway pledges $50m to fund Indonesia’s peat restoration
(February 5, 2016, 8:32 am) The government of Norway announced on Wednesday it would continue its environmental funding partnership with Indonesia, offering $50 million to support the archipelago’s newly created Peat Restoration Agency. “This is a positive step in the ongoing partnership between Indonesia and Norway and signals the serious commitment by our president to address the devastating fires,” said […]
The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund just announced a groundbreaking human rights policy
(February 4, 2016, 5:12 pm) Norway’s pension fund, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, has made it clear that it expects companies to respect human rights in all of their operations and across their entire supply chains.
Researchers find the world’s forests are fragmenting at a quick pace
(February 4, 2016, 5:12 pm) Recent research by the U.S. Forest Service finds that the world lost interior forest at three times the rate of forest loss as a whole.
Rare video: young orangutan and gibbon play together in the Borneo jungle
(February 4, 2016, 4:58 pm) In the wild, gibbons and orangutans usually compete with one another for food and habitat, so they tend to keep their distance or even on occasion, fight. However, researchers recently captured rare footage of these species interacting in way that was completely unexpected.