tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/south%20korea1 south korea news from mongabay.com 2014-02-20T19:23:18Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12254 2013-10-24T22:33:00Z 2014-02-20T19:23:18Z 'Sustainable' tropical timber trade a misnomer, says group The production and trade in 'sustainable' timber products in Southeast Asia is mostly 'a mirage' due to questionable forestry practices and loopholes in import regulations, alleges a new report from Friends of the Earth International. Rhett Butler 1.817932 113.784542 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9806 2012-07-10T17:38:00Z 2012-07-10T17:56:56Z As U.S. sees record heat, extreme weather pummels 4 continents <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/666359main_20120709-russia-label_946-710.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It's not only the U.S. that has experienced record-breaking extreme weather events recently, in the last couple months extreme weather has struck around the world with startling ferocity. In addition to the much-covered heatwaves, wildfires, and droughts in the U.S., killer floods struck India, the worst drought yet recorded plagued South Korea, and massive forest fires swept through Siberia to name just a few. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9730 2012-06-26T14:55:00Z 2015-02-08T23:05:13Z Agricultural area larger than Texas has been 'land-grabbed' Compiling over 1,000 foreign land deals from 2000-2010, a new report finds that 702,000 square kilometers (271,043 square miles) of agricultural land worldwide has been sold-off to foreign governments or international corporations, an area larger than Texas. The report by the Worldwatch Institute finds that such land deals, often referred to as "land grabbing," have declined since a peak in 2009, but still remain high. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9319 2012-03-28T11:07:00Z 2012-03-28T11:25:37Z "Strong evidence" linking extreme heatwaves, floods, and droughts to climate change As North America recovers from what noted meteorologist Jeff Masters has called "the most incredible spring heatwave in U.S. and Canadian recorded history," a new paper argues that climate change is playing an important role in a world that appears increasingly pummeled by extreme weather. Published in Nature Climate Change, the paper surveys recent studies of climate change and extreme weather and finds "strong evidence" of a link between a warming world and the frequency and intensity of droughts, floods, and heatwaves&#8212;such as the one that turned winter into summer in the U.S. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9282 2012-03-19T20:22:00Z 2015-02-05T01:09:40Z Russia, South Korea sign agreement to resurrect woolly mammoth <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/bigstock_Wooly_Mammoth_4340526.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last week Russian and South Korean educational facilities signed an agreement to work together to bring back the woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) from extinction. The project will be headed by Hwang Sooam of South Korea's Bioengineering Research Institute and will involve implanting a woolly mammoth embryo into a modern elephant. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7370 2011-01-31T17:30:00Z 2011-06-14T16:34:10Z 'Land grab' fears in Africa legitimate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/madagascar_4738.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new report by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) has found that recent large-scale land deals in Africa are likely to provide scant benefit to some of the world's poorest and most famine-prone nations and will probably create new social and environmental problems. Analyzing 12 recent land leasing contracts investigators found a number of concerns, including contracts that are only a few pages long, exclusion of local people, and in one case actually giving land away for free. Many of the contracts last for 100 years, threatening to separate local communities from the land they live on indefinitely. "Most contracts for large-scale land deals in Africa are negotiated in secret," explains report author Lorenzo Cotula in a press release. "Only rarely do local landholders have a say in those negotiations and few contracts are publicly available after they have been signed." Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7091 2010-11-22T19:28:00Z 2010-11-22T19:28:42Z 2009 carbon emissions higher than expected Despite a global economic recession and ongoing concerns about the impacts of climate change, last year's global carbon emissions were the second highest on record, according to the Global Carbon Project (GCP). Emissions in 2009 were just below the record emissions of 2008. In addition, 2009 emissions were higher than predicted, falling by only 1.3% from 2008 to 2009, instead of the predicted 2.8%. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6425 2010-07-05T22:34:00Z 2015-01-23T17:39:45Z In the midst of marine collapse will we save our last ocean? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/ainley.penguin.thumb.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>Imagine an ocean untouched by oil spills: a sea free of pollution, invasive species, dead zones, and over-exploitation; waters where marine animals exist in natural abundance and play ecological roles undimmed by mankind. Such a place may sound impossible in today's largely depleted oceans, but it exists: only discovered in 1841, the Ross Sea spreads over nearly a million kilometers adjacent to the Antarctic continent. Here killer whales, penguins, sea birds, whales, and giant fish all thrive. However, even with its status as the world's 'last ocean', the Ross Sea has not escaped human impact. Over the last 15 years commercial fisheries have begun to catch one of its most important species in the ecosystem to serve them up on the dinner plates of the wealthy. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4959 2009-09-09T17:04:00Z 2015-01-19T00:22:58Z South Korea's frogs have avoided amphibian crisis so far, an interview with Pierre Fidenci <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g94/troufs/DSC_0199-1.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Frogs are on the edge. Blasted by habitat loss, pollution, and a terrible disease, the chytrid fungus, species are vanishing worldwide and those that remain are clinging to existence, rather than thriving. However, an interview with Pierre Fidenci, President of Endangered Species International (ESI), proves that there are still areas of the world where amphibians remain in abundance. South Korea is not a country that is talked about frequently in conservation circles. Other nations in the region attract far more attention, such as Malaysia and Indonesia. But it was just this neglect that drove Pierre Fidenci to visit the nation and survey the amphibians there. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4810 2009-08-10T13:50:00Z 2009-08-10T14:00:27Z Ban Ki-Moon: climate change 'greatest collective challenge we face' United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke on Monday of the challenges facing the world and singled out climate change as the greatest. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4573 2009-05-26T01:18:00Z 2009-05-26T01:51:02Z Rich countries buy up agricultural land in poor countries <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0525.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Over two-and-half million hectares in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; half a million hectares in Tanzania; and a quarter of a million hectares in Libya: these figures represent just some of the recent international land deals where wealthy countries buy up land in poorer nations for food, and sometimes biofuel, production. The controversial trend has sparked a recent report from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) highlighting what nations have to gain—and lose—from participating in such deals. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/3504 2008-11-17T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:15:55Z Korean demilitarized zone has become pristine wildlife habitat In 1953 when the Korean War ended, South and North Korea agreed to a demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two nations: 2.5 miles wide and 155 miles long. Residents were moved out of the area and access became restricted to military only. While the DMZ is known as a region of international tension, it has also become pristine wildlife habitat. Rhett Butler