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This newly discovered moth has a hairdo just like Trump’s
(January 20, 2017, 1:11 pm) A new moth has been named after Donald Trump due to the fact that, in its adult form, the species boasts a series of yellowish-white scales on its head that resemble Trump’s infamous hairdo.
Indigenous traditional knowledge revival helps conserve great apes
(January 20, 2017, 12:22 pm) Africa’s gorillas, chimps and bonobos straddle the razor’s edge of extinction. Traditional knowledge recorded on film, plus local community forest management may help save them.
Saving the Sumatran rhino requires changing the status quo
(January 20, 2017, 9:53 am) Commentary: the greatest barriers to saving the species are human, not biological or technological.
NASA scientists find connection between fires and droughts in sub-Saharan Africa
(January 19, 2017, 6:10 pm) Though the possible causal relationship between biomass burning and decreased rainfall in the Sahel has received little scrutiny, a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters last September sheds some light on the relationship between the two.
‘Running out of time’: 60 percent of primates sliding toward extinction
(January 19, 2017, 12:27 pm) A comprehensive study looking at more than 500 species of primates finds that most are declining in numbers and nearly two-thirds face the threat of extinction.
Trade in skulls, body parts severely threatens Cameroon’s great apes
(January 19, 2017, 12:09 pm) Even as scientists discover new great ape populations, traffickers are annihilating the animals, especially profiting from a booming trade in gorilla and chimpanzee skulls and body parts.
Private capital investments in conservation have taken off since 2013
(January 18, 2017, 5:14 pm) Over the past decade, banks, fund managers, and others funneled more than $8 billion into investments aimed at delivering measurable environmental benefits as much as financial returns — but the majority of those investments came after 2013.
Is Brazil green washing hydropower? The case of the Teles Pires dam
(January 18, 2017, 5:06 pm) The Teles Pires Hydropower Company won a sustainability prize for a dam that ruined indigenous communities and a sacred site, and harmed a fishery.
HSBC financing tied to deforestation, rights violations for palm oil in Indonesia
(January 18, 2017, 11:46 am) Greenpeace has published evidence of illegal deforestation and violations of local communities by companies that have received more than $16 billion in loans and credit from the British bank HSBC.
Conservation’s best kept secret (database)
(January 18, 2017, 12:00 am) A small NGO, Species360, manages a database that stores records on thousands of species around the world, with countless potential applications.
New species of poison frog discovered in Amazonian slopes of Andes in southeastern Peru
(January 17, 2017, 6:08 pm) The species is commonly known as the Amarakaeri poison frog. Its scientific name is Ameerega shihuemoy — with the species name, shihuemoy, being the native Harakmbut word for “poison dart frog.”
‘Out of control’ wildfires damage protected areas in northern Peru
(January 17, 2017, 5:37 pm) Fueled by agriculture and drought, the fires burned around 2,700 hectares during the last few months of 2016.
E.O. Wilson on Half-Earth, Donald Trump, and hope
(January 17, 2017, 5:34 pm) One of the greatest biologists since Charles Darwin discusses his plan to save the biodiversity of Earth, and include everyone in the effort
Indonesian government challenges another green group over freedom of information request
(January 17, 2017, 1:38 pm) The data in question: detailed maps of the land handed out to oil palm companies.
Pileated gibbons poached as bushmeat to feed illegal rosewood loggers
(January 17, 2017, 12:00 pm) Thailand’s Endangered gibbons in Thap Lan National Park are being eaten by illegal loggers who are cutting Endangered rosewood trees destined for China.
Southeast Asia’s coal boom could cause 70,000 deaths per year by 2030, report says
(January 16, 2017, 5:29 pm) Approximately 50,000 lives a year could saved by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan or Taiwan, a new study finds.
How local elites earn money from burning land in Indonesia
(January 16, 2017, 9:58 am) Slash and burn is big business in the archipelago country.
A trip on Borneo’s Mahakam River in search of forgotten wildlife
(January 15, 2017, 8:10 pm) In November 2016, Erik Meijaard of Borneo Futures set out to retrace the footsteps of Henry Cushier Raven, a specimen collector who travelled extensively in East Kalimantan, Indonesia between 1912 and 1914. Meijaard’s team set out to learn which species Raven found and whether we can still find these species today. His findings suggest significant local diversity declines for mammals and birds, but there are reasons for hope.
Enforcement, development and education define efforts to save Vietnam’s rare primates
(January 15, 2017, 6:38 am) Northern Vietnam is home to three of the world’s 25 most-endangered primate populations, which rely heavily on forests for habitat.
Nutella manufacturer: Palm oil in product is ‘safe’, despite cancer concerns
(January 15, 2017, 6:25 am) Candy maker Ferrero claims that the palm oil used in Nutella, a chocolate-hazelnut spread, is safe, even as recent findings from a European food safety board indicate that palm oil and fats contain carcinogenic compounds.