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For Valentine’s Day, our Love: Rainforests (77 photos)
(February 14, 2016, 1:06 am) Mongabay was born out of my love for rainforests so for this Valentine’s day, I’m doing something a little different: posting a bunch of my favorite rainforest photos from the past twenty years. There are no wildlife photos in this set — the focus is solely on rainforests. If you’d like to follow our reporting […]
The week in environmental news – Feb 12, 2016
(February 13, 2016, 7:52 pm) Botanists in Hawaii have made a heart-shaped discovery that is sure to reignite your love of biodiversity.
Can Cutting-Edge Drone Technology Help Answer the Age-Old Question of Bipedalism?
(February 12, 2016, 1:46 pm) Using several types of drones to map the movements of western Tanzania’s elusive Issa Valley chimpanzees
Some Indigenous groups wary of REDD+ following Paris Climate Agreement
(February 12, 2016, 12:33 pm) While the UN forest protection program has the backing of many, the Wapichan in Guyana and other indigenous groups fear it may lead to government and corporate land grabs.
Focus on great apes, draws attention from other species, finds study
(February 12, 2016, 11:55 am) In tropical Asia and Africa, scientists tend to focus on a handful of large national parks that are home to high-profile species of great apes like gorillas and orangutans, researchers have found.
High levels of carbon uptake in secondary forests can help identify conservation priorities
(February 12, 2016, 11:28 am) New research shows that some regenerating forests might have an even higher rate of carbon uptake than previously thought, which can help identify the most important conservation priorities.
Aceh citizens ask governor to keep bulldozers out of a crucial rainforest
(February 12, 2016, 6:40 am) Authorities in Indonesia's westernmost province have yet to respond to their demand.
Peruvian Amazon will get wetter and experience more severe floods, threatening wildlife
(February 11, 2016, 6:01 pm) Researchers predict increased seasonal precipitation and much higher rainfall fluctuations in the Peruvian Amazon basin due to rising global temperatures.
As the U.S. bans trans fats, palm oil is poised to take over – but at what cost?
(February 11, 2016, 5:57 pm) A ban on trans fats in U.S. foods comes into effect in 2018. With palm oil rushing to fill the gap, some say this could be used as an opportunity to bolster sustainability and health standards.
Can a virtual fence help protect birds from human structures?
(February 11, 2016, 12:16 pm) A new geofence system integrating solar-powered biotelemetric tags reduces California condor collisions with wind turbines.
New electric fish provided key to establishing first new genus in 30 years
(February 11, 2016, 11:58 am) “I distinctly recall pulling this fish from the trap, looking at it in my hand, and thinking, ‘I do not know what this is,’” said Cornell University ichthyologist John Sullivan.
Republic of Congo awards two million hectares of timber concessions
(February 11, 2016, 11:48 am) The rainforest-rich country’s quest for legitimization of its forestry sector is undermined by corruption and lax enforcement, say conservation groups. Rampant logging could threaten highest gorilla densities in Africa.
Colombia bans mining in its moorlands
(February 11, 2016, 10:28 am) In an unexpected decision that received much applause, Colombia has closed its doors to mining and oil companies that are seeking to extract resources from the Andes.
Photos: ‘Extremely rare’ baby albino turtle spotted in Australia
(February 11, 2016, 4:29 am) A group of volunteers, during a regular turtle monitoring trip, discovered "Alby", an albino green turtle hatchling that was tiny, and had a white shell and pink flippers.
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.