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Yosemite as a case study in protected area downsizing and habitat fragmentation
(August 26, 2016, 8:38 pm) Changes to Yosemite’s original boundaries were primarily made in order to enable natural resource extraction, road building, and other human activities. And Yosemite is not alone in having had policy changes chip away at its total area. But what effect has that had on habitat fragmentation?
Indonesian police arrest hundreds in connection to burning land
(August 26, 2016, 6:22 pm) Authorities in the archipelagic country try to prevent a repeat of last year’s devastating fire and haze crisis.
Planned Tapajós industrial waterway a potential environmental disaster
(August 26, 2016, 4:27 pm) New book describes rich environmental and social diversity of the Amazon’s Tapajós basin, but warns against planned dams and industrial waterway.
New species of extinct, kitten-sized marsupial lion named after David Attenborough
(August 26, 2016, 6:35 am) The lion, weighing only about 600 grams, is believed to have lived in the rainforests of north-western Queensland, Australia, some 18 million years ago, according to a new study.
Aceh governor eyes geothermal project in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem
(August 26, 2016, 12:06 am) The province’s chief asked Jakarta to rezone part of Mount Leuser National Park so that a Turkish company can develop the area.
New ‘sleeping beauty’ frog discovered in fragmented Peruvian forest
(August 25, 2016, 9:15 pm) The frog has distinctive red legs and was found during a rapid biodiversity inventory that scientists hint yielded even more surprises.
Rising sea levels could actually help coral reefs survive global warming: Study
(August 25, 2016, 9:08 pm) Waters that are warmer than normal cause coral to eject the algae that reside in their tissues and provide them with food as well as their vibrant colors — but a new study published in the journal Science Advances has concluded that another impact of global climate change might help coral reefs survive increasing sea temperatures.
Pet trade’s “cute” and “adorable” label endangers the slow loris
(August 25, 2016, 7:04 pm) Viral videos on social media are driving the illegal trade in slow lorises. But these venomous mammals make lousy pets. Trafficking and habitat loss are threats to these small primates.
PHOTOS: Panama revives stalled dam over strong indigenous opposition
(August 25, 2016, 1:14 pm) Protesters disrupted a ceremony on Monday marking an agreement to complete the contentious Barro Blanco dam.
Endangered species often wait 12 years or more to be listed for protection
(August 25, 2016, 7:33 am) A new study has found that endangered species often face long delays — an average of 12 years — to become listed for protection under the U.S.’s Endangered Species Act, which is pushing several species towards extinction.
Study explores how new technologies can be linked to benefit conservation efforts
(August 24, 2016, 9:17 pm) An international team of researchers makes the case that integrating multiple technologies could greatly increase our ability to study ecological patterns and processes across large landscapes and long timeframes, allowing for threats to protected areas to be better identified and mitigated.
Nixed Bolivian highway offers environmental lessons to big Brazil bank
(August 24, 2016, 9:08 pm) Bolivia’s failed TIPNIS Highway shows why BNDES needs to improve transparency, clarify social / environmental criteria, and create a complaint response process, say critics.
END LOOP: Coding to end wildlife trafficking
(August 24, 2016, 8:44 pm) Inaugural Zoohackathon to foster tech solutions to the illegal wildlife trade.
Can helping women achieve financial freedom help the environment, too?
(August 24, 2016, 6:27 pm) Some conservation organizations are using income-generating projects to encourage women to help the environment. The approach has sparked interest and momentum — but little research into whether it actually works.
Human impact on environment may be slowing down: new study
(August 24, 2016, 7:35 am) New maps show that between 1993 and 2009, human pressures on the environment did increase, but at much slower rates compared to population and economic growth. However, regions that are rich in biodiversity, and have a high proportion of threatened species, continue to be under intense, rapidly increasing human pressure.
Raging Amazon forest fires threaten uncontacted indigenous tribe
(August 23, 2016, 10:26 pm) According to Survival International, fires are “raging” in Awá territory on the edge of the Brazilian Amazon and “threatening to wipe out uncontacted members of the Awá tribe.”
Indonesia must do more to protect whale sharks, conservationists say
(August 23, 2016, 10:23 pm) The world’s largest fish was recently declared an endangered species.
What conservation isn’t: Eating endangered lemurs to save them
(August 23, 2016, 9:09 pm) Lemur conservation is an issue that requires coordinated, targeted, thoughtful, and sustained action. It also requires a deep understanding of local cultural norms, traditions, and potential consequences to one’s actions. We would wager a guess that consuming lemurs to save them does not meet these criteria.
Dams inevitably result in species decline, losses on reservoir islands
(August 23, 2016, 3:39 pm) Global dam study: reservoir islands shouldn’t be counted as conservation areas by developers. Island isolation inevitably leads to extinctions, ecosystem instability.
Atauro island has highest average reef fish diversity in the world
(August 23, 2016, 6:12 am) Ataúro Island, located around 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) north of Dili, Timor-Leste’s capital, has an average of 253 reef fish species per reef site, higher than that of Raja Ampat in Indonesia’s West Papua province that previously held the record.