Justin Catanoso, a professor of journalism at Wake Forest University and a regular contributor to Mongabay, joins us on this episode of the Mongabay Newscast all the way from Marrakesh, Morocco, where he’s attending the 22nd Congress of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP22 or simply the UN Climate Summit.
Catanoso wrote a piece for Mongabay, published last Friday, about the responses from delegates at the UN climate talks when they learned of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. Delegates were “aghast and shaken, with emotions ranging from defiance to wishful encouragement,” Catanoso writes.
Mongabay Newscast producer Erik Hoffner also joins us to answer a reader question about efforts to protect critically endangered Ambystoma salamanders in the state of Michoacan, Mexico.
Here’s this episode’s top news:
- Nigerian superhighway project draws international attention over threats to local communities and wildlife
- From Indonesia to Ohio: the struggle to breed Sumatran rhinos in captivity
- Small oil palm plantations are having big impacts on Peru rainforest
- Thirst for coltan, gold threatens Venezuelan forests, indigenous lands
- One-Year Anniversary of Brazil dam disaster brings prosecutions
- New millipede discovered in California has 414 legs, 4 penises
- World’s tallest tropical tree discovered, along with nearly 50 other record-breakers
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