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Fires driving deforestation in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

Fires driving deforestation in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

NGOs recorded 4,097 hectares of forest loss and 187 hotspots in the nationally protected area in the first half of this year.
Going green with the aviation industry (commentary)

Going green with the aviation industry (commentary)

Jeffrey Chatellier is the Indonesia country director of Forest Carbon, an environmental consultancy. Devan Wardwell is an avid environmentalist and specialist ...
Study suggests commercial fishing depletes key nutrients in coral reefs

Study suggests commercial fishing depletes key nutrients in coral reefs

In coral reef ecosystems, fish typically constitute a substantial portion of living biomass and thus represent an important reservoir of nutrients. ...
Chile creates largest marine park in Southeast Pacific

Chile creates largest marine park in Southeast Pacific

With its 300,035 square kilometers, Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park protects 12 percent of Chile’s marine surface territory.
International trade in Barbary macaques banned

International trade in Barbary macaques banned

The Barbary macaque — Europe’s only native, non-human primate — has been up-listed to Appendix I of the CITES, making commercial ...
Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues

Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues

Amid a logging ban, domestic turbulence, and illegal timber harvesting, Myanmar’s forests face an uncertain future.
Slave-linked fishing firm thought to have resumed operations in Indonesia

Slave-linked fishing firm thought to have resumed operations in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities have reopened an investigation into Pusaka Benjina Resources, the fisheries minister announced on Friday.
Commercial trade in all eight pangolin species has just been banned

Commercial trade in all eight pangolin species has just been banned

Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa for the seventeenth Conference of ...
Deforestation jumps into Peru reserve, 1,600 hectares of rainforest lost

Deforestation jumps into Peru reserve, 1,600 hectares of rainforest lost

Recently spotted forest loss for agriculture and gold mining threatens endangered wildlife and indigenous communities in El Sira Communal Reserve.
Field Notes: Can we alter endangered species to be more adaptable?

Field Notes: Can we alter endangered species to be more adaptable?

Mongabay offers a glimpse into conservation science in progress: Stephanie Courtney Jones suggests that “pesty” traits that help invasive species spread, ...
Colombia’s peace could pressure the environment

Colombia’s peace could pressure the environment

ith the disbanding of Colombia’s largest military guerrilla group, FARC, Colombia’s forests could come under pressure from developmental goals. Home to ...
Missing data puts thousands of illegally traded wild animals at risk

Missing data puts thousands of illegally traded wild animals at risk

Records of confiscated live wild animals reported to the CITES represent only a fraction of the actual animals being illegally traded, ...
Innovative tax credit takes aim at deforestation in Peru

Innovative tax credit takes aim at deforestation in Peru

Peruvian agricultural shareholders will now have access to an $88 million line of credit.
Conservationists: It’s time for pangolins to be listed on Appendix I of CITES

Conservationists: It’s time for pangolins to be listed on Appendix I of CITES

Increased trade in pangolins is having drastic consequences for their population numbers. In 2008, just two pangolin species were classified as ...
China’s reforestation program a letdown for wildlife, study finds

China’s reforestation program a letdown for wildlife, study finds

The vast majority of forests restored under China’s Grain-for-Green program are monocultures or compositionally simple “mixed” forests, which scientists say spells ...
Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years

Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years

Fewer than 100 ploughshare tortoises remain in the wild, conservationists estimate, and continued poaching of these animals for the illegal pet ...
The Nicaraguan frontier: a treasure trove under siege

The Nicaraguan frontier: a treasure trove under siege

Nicaragua is home to what is perhaps the last wild frontier of Central America — but its wild areas are under ...
Indonesia seeks foreign funds to aid peat restoration drive

Indonesia seeks foreign funds to aid peat restoration drive

The cash-strapped Southeast Asian nation is trying to rehabilitate 2 million hectares of damaged peatlands in the wake of last year’s ...
The thriving oysters of Wellfleet Harbor

The thriving oysters of Wellfleet Harbor

Richard Elson is a filmmaker who will be presenting his work at next month’s Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York ...
Amazon radio network unites regional opposition to Tapajós basin dams

Amazon radio network unites regional opposition to Tapajós basin dams

A regional news network is energizing Amazonian people, helping them take informed action regarding plans to turn the Tapajós River and ...
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