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Nature’s frontline: Environmental news for the week of January 12, 2018

  • There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.
  • Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.
  • If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.

Tropical forests

Virgin Atlantic has stopped buying REDD+ carbon credits from a conservation project in Cambodia (Phnom Penh Post).

Orangutans use plants to treat pain (Borneo Nature Foundation).

Elections seem to spur tropical deforestation (American Geophysical Union).

Law jeopardizes biodiversity hotspot in the Amazon (Current Biology).

Scientists investigate elephant decline in Indonesia (The New York Times).

Soy farming slows in Brazil (Reuters).

Moratorium reins in expansion of soy in the Amazon (Bloomberg).

Myanmar state pledges to halt illegal charcoal trade (Myanmar Times).

WWF opposes “large-scale” deforestation in Malaysia (The Sun Daily).

Other news

China aims to cut emissions by ceasing production of 500 automobile models (The New York Times).

Baby sea turtles have the endurance for their run across the beach (The New York Times).

China’s forestry department plans new forest that’s the size of Ireland (Thomson Reuters Foundation).

Climate change saddles Madagascar with drought (Thomson Reuters Foundation).

Nearly all of China’s regions follow through on 2016 carbon reduction targets (Thomson Reuters Foundation).

ExxonMobil fights climate change charges from San Francisco and other governments (The San Francisco Chronicle).

New York City sues oil giants for climate change impacts (Bloomberg).

Florida a no-go for Trump’s offshore drilling plans after pushback from governor (The New York Times).

CO2 causes problems in freshwater ecosystems (Current Biology).

Banner image of an orangutan by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.

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