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Like Indonesia, Malaysia to sink illegal foreign fishing boats: minister
(July 29, 2016, 8:15 pm) Taking a page out of Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s book.
Up the Kapuas River, a Borneo tribe lives off the land
(July 29, 2016, 6:16 pm) A journey into the rainforest with the Dayak Punan provides a window into Indonesia’s debate about indigenous rights, including how to govern their territories.
Deficient water systems, poor sanitation driving Zika in Brazil
(July 29, 2016, 3:36 pm) About half of Brazil’s people lack basic sanitation services, which makes its sultry cities a good breeding ground for Zika, dengue fever, and chikungunya-carrying mosquitoes.
Grim reality behind tiger selfie tourism: speed breeding, cruelty
(July 29, 2016, 6:01 am) An investigation by the World Animal Protection has found that the tiger entertainment industry in Thailand is replete with stories of animal abuse and cruelty.
International Tiger Day: How are tigers faring now?
(July 29, 2016, 2:06 am) Mongabay presents a snapshot view of the tigers of the world.
15 fire-linked firms escape prosecution in Indonesia’s Riau
(July 28, 2016, 6:07 pm) Environmental advocates decried the police decision to close cases against the companies, which Jakarta had listed in connection with last year’s haze crisis.
Amid epic drought, villagers bitter over Zimbabwean ethanol plant
(July 28, 2016, 4:52 pm) Locals allege the Green Fuel ethanol plant has grabbed land and displaced families without compensation, polluted water supplies, and failed to pay its workers — leaving them with few options in a region beset by drought.
“Carbon farming” good for the climate, farmers, and biodiversity
(July 28, 2016, 3:58 pm) A conversation with the author of a new book about regenerative agricultural practices that mitigate climate change and boost biodiversity, water quality, food security, and more.
Rio Olympic organizers fail to meet all environmental goals
(July 28, 2016, 3:24 pm) 2016 Olympic Games aquatic event athletes and guests — plus the citizens of Rio — could be exposed to untreated raw sewage, rampant water pollution and superbugs.
New species of orange-red scorpionfish discovered in the Caribbean
(July 28, 2016, 5:27 am) The newly-discovered bright orange-red scorpionfish occurs at depths of 95 to 160 meters and is the deepest-living member of its genus in the western Atlantic Ocean, researchers say.
Video: Endangered baby tapir plays with his father
(July 28, 2016, 4:48 am) In a video released by the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, baby Baku, a two-month old endangered baby Malayan tapir, tries to play with his father.
The ‘raven’ whale: scientists uncover new beaked whale
(July 27, 2016, 8:19 pm) How did a huge mammal hide in plain sight for so long?
New initiative to further creation of a single map in Indonesia’s Riau
(July 27, 2016, 7:32 pm) The World Resources Institute’s Riau One Map campaign aims to advance a government initiative in the country’s top palm oil-producing province.
Samarco chief faces criminal investigation over collapsed Brazil dam
(July 27, 2016, 4:41 pm) An environmental crime investigation has been launched against Samarco CEO Roberto Carvalho over the dam collapse that poured 50 million tons of mining waste into the Doce River.
China’s coal use has peaked ‘sooner than expected’
(July 27, 2016, 3:30 am) China’s coal use peaked in 2014, a new study suggests. And this decline may be permanent.
Indonesia declares national park in top palm oil-producing province
(July 27, 2016, 2:37 am) Zamrud National Park encompasses an area inhabited by a variety of birds, fish and mammals in Riau on the island of Sumatra.
Failure of Indonesia’s palm oil commitment ‘not bad news’ [commentary]
(July 27, 2016, 12:29 am) Scott Poynton is the founder of The Forest Trust (TFT), an international non-profit that works with corporations to address environmental challenges. In this editorial, Poynton says there is “no time for NGO Handwringing: IPOP was a distraction. Its demise is not bad news”. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
On World Mangrove Day, 9 things to know about these tough plants
(July 26, 2016, 8:19 pm) Over half of the world’s mangrove forests have been lost in the last century, but conservationists and governments are increasingly recognizing them as important carbon sinks, habitat for commercial seafood species, and storm buffers.
Sri Lanka set to become first nation to protect all mangroves
(July 26, 2016, 8:09 pm) Today, on World Mangrove Day, Sri Lanka’s president announced new mangrove protection measures – and inaugurated a museum that aims to teach people about the value of these globally threatened, coastal forests.
Study concludes conservation NGOs might be better off working outside the RSPO
(July 26, 2016, 6:37 pm) Conservation non-governmental organizations, palm oil producers, and other players in the industry have all promoted the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s efforts, but a new study published in the journal Conservation and Society looks at how effective NGOs’ participation in the RSPO scheme truly is.