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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.
Grief, anger and fear in the aftermath of a deadly coal-mining disaster in Jharkhand State, India
(February 16, 2017, 8:50 am) Grief, anger and fear in the aftermath of a deadly coal-mining disaster in Jharkhand State, India ‘I watched a massive tornado of earth approaching behind me and I ran for my life.’
Wilmar grabbed indigenous lands in Sumatra, RSPO finds
(February 16, 2017, 3:13 am) Wilmar grabbed indigenous lands in Sumatra, RSPO finds The leader of the Kapa community said he hoped the palm oil giant would ‘quickly restore our right to the lands that it took without our consent.’
Camera traps proving to be powerful tool for studying endangered species in remote locations
(February 15, 2017, 2:46 pm) Camera traps proving to be powerful tool for studying endangered species in remote locations In 2015, a team of researchers left 21 camera traps on a previously unsurveyed ridge in Peru’s Sira Communal Reserve for six months and captured some of the first images of the critically endangered Sira curassow to be made publicly available. Following the success of their initial expedition, the team revisited the study location in 2016, this time with HD cameras in tow.
Getting there: The rush to turn the Amazon into a soy transport corridor
(February 15, 2017, 2:38 pm) Getting there: The rush to turn the Amazon into a soy transport corridor The Amazon’s rivers once were sufficient for commerce; now international commodities traders want to build roads, railways and industrial waterways thru the Amazon’s heart.
Seven ‘most wanted’ elephant poachers arrested in Malaysia
(February 15, 2017, 3:12 am) Seven ‘most wanted’ elephant poachers arrested in Malaysia The men are believed to have killed at least 15 Asian elephants over a period of four years.
Latin America palm oil production doubled since 2001 without massive uptick in deforestation
(February 14, 2017, 6:58 pm) Latin America palm oil production doubled since 2001 without massive uptick in deforestation The area of land planted with oil palm has doubled in Latin America since 2001, but a new study finds that most plantations were established on land that had already been cleared.
Endangered species and habitats threatened by US-Mexico border wall
(February 14, 2017, 4:57 pm) Endangered species and habitats threatened by US-Mexico border wall The wall not only presents human, fiscal, and international relations concerns, but would also have an adverse impact on wildlife and the environment. The views expressed are those of the author.