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Deficient water systems, poor sanitation driving Zika in Brazil

Deficient water systems, poor sanitation driving Zika in Brazil

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

Grim reality behind tiger selfie tourism: speed breeding, cruelty

An investigation by the World Animal Protection has found that the tiger entertainment industry in Thailand is replete with stories of ...
International Tiger Day: How are tigers faring now?

International Tiger Day: How are tigers faring now?

Mongabay presents a snapshot view of the tigers of the world.
15 fire-linked firms escape prosecution in Indonesia’s Riau

15 fire-linked firms escape prosecution in Indonesia’s Riau

Environmental advocates decried the police decision to close cases against the companies, which Jakarta had listed in connection with last year’s ...
Amid epic drought, villagers bitter over Zimbabwean ethanol plant

Amid epic drought, villagers bitter over Zimbabwean ethanol plant

Locals allege the Green Fuel ethanol plant has grabbed land and displaced families without compensation, polluted water supplies, and failed to ...
“Carbon farming” good for the climate, farmers, and biodiversity

“Carbon farming” good for the climate, farmers, and biodiversity

A conversation with the author of a new book about regenerative agricultural practices that mitigate climate change and boost biodiversity, water ...
Rio Olympic organizers fail to meet all environmental goals

Rio Olympic organizers fail to meet all environmental goals

2016 Olympic Games aquatic event athletes and guests — plus the citizens of Rio — could be exposed to untreated raw ...
New species of orange-red scorpionfish discovered in the Caribbean

New species of orange-red scorpionfish discovered in the Caribbean

The newly-discovered bright orange-red scorpionfish occurs at depths of 95 to 160 meters and is the deepest-living member of its genus ...
Video: Endangered baby tapir plays with his father

Video: Endangered baby tapir plays with his father

In a video released by the RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, baby Baku, a two-month old endangered baby Malayan tapir, tries to play ...
The ‘raven’ whale: scientists uncover new beaked whale

The ‘raven’ whale: scientists uncover new beaked whale

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

New initiative to further creation of a single map in Indonesia’s Riau

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

Samarco chief faces criminal investigation over collapsed Brazil dam

An environmental crime investigation has been launched against Samarco CEO Roberto Carvalho over the dam collapse that poured 50 million tons ...
China’s coal use has peaked ‘sooner than expected’

China’s coal use has peaked ‘sooner than expected’

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

Indonesia declares national park in top palm oil-producing province

Zamrud National Park encompasses an area inhabited by a variety of birds, fish and mammals in Riau on the island of ...
Failure of Indonesia’s palm oil commitment ‘not bad news’ [commentary]

Failure of Indonesia’s palm oil commitment ‘not bad news’ [commentary]

Scott Poynton is the founder of The Forest Trust (TFT), an international non-profit that works with corporations to address environmental challenges. ...
On World Mangrove Day, 9 things to know about these tough plants

On World Mangrove Day, 9 things to know about these tough plants

Over half of the world’s mangrove forests have been lost in the last century, but conservationists and governments are increasingly recognizing ...
Sri Lanka set to become first nation to protect all mangroves

Sri Lanka set to become first nation to protect all mangroves

Today, on World Mangrove Day, Sri Lanka’s president announced new mangrove protection measures – and inaugurated a museum that aims to ...
Study concludes conservation NGOs might be better off working outside the RSPO

Study concludes conservation NGOs might be better off working outside the RSPO

Conservation non-governmental organizations, palm oil producers, and other players in the industry have all promoted the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s ...
Mexico bans gillnets to protect rare vaquita porpoise

Mexico bans gillnets to protect rare vaquita porpoise

To protect the world’s rarest and most threatened marine mammal, Mexico will permanently ban the use of gillnets throughout the range ...
Why helping civil society investigate illegal timber is about much more than protecting forests and forest peoples [commentary]

Why helping civil society investigate illegal timber is about much more than protecting forests and forest peoples [commentary]

Sam Lawson is the founder of Earthsight, a London-based nonprofit whose mission is to promote the use of in-depth investigations to ...
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