Conservation news

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, February 16, 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

Study finds that tigers may help herders and farmers (The Revelator).

Physicists and mathematicians pin down method to measure fragmentation in tropical forests (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research/EurekAlert).

Even with the changes laid out in the Paris climate accords, extreme weather is still on the horizon (Los Angeles Times).

RSPO ponders new regulations, holding up Sime Darby’s expansion plans in Liberia (Reuters).

Study documents spiking carbon emissions from forest fires in the Amazon during droughts (University of Exeter/Phys.Org).

New national park in Peru protects huge area of Amazonian rainforest (The New York Times).

Soldiers dispatched to plant trees in China (Asia Times).

New report finds that more than 40 percent of timber from Brazil’s Mato Grosso state is illegally harvested (Folha de Sao Paulo).

Argentina lost 1,280 square kilometers (490 square miles) of forest in 2017, according to Greenpeace (TeleSur).

NGO releases a new analysis of funding for REDD+ and climate change mitigation strategies (Environmental Defense Fund).

Pepsi: No more palm oil from Indofood Agri Resources amid concerns about labor practices (Valuewalk).

Questions arise about Disney’s purchase of REDD+ carbon credits in Cambodia (VOA News).

Authorities in Congo argue that the country has the right to energy exploration in national parks (Reuters).

“Complex” story emerges when seed dispersers are over-hunted in the Amazon: New study (University of Connecticut/EurekAlert).

Other news

Climate-driven seasonal changes cause shifts in bird migration (The Condor: Ornithological Applications).

Noisy energy extraction influences bird songs (The Condor: Ornithological Applications).

Policy changes shunt more public lands to industry in the U.S. (High Country News).

Trump’s infrastructure plan could incur climate change costs (The New York Times).

A warmer Earth could have fewer lightning storms, new study finds (University of Edinburgh/Phys.Org).

Melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica driving accelerated sea level rise (The Guardian, University of Colorado at Boulder/Phys.Org).

Train in India plows into a herd of elephants, killing five (The New York Times).

New research questions the influence of climate change on human conflict (The Atlantic).

Trump administration moves to relax restrictions on methane (The New York Times).

Michael E. Mann recognized for efforts to communicate climate change to the public (AAAS).

Bats arrive earlier in the season in response to shifting climatic conditions (Rothamsted Research).

New infrastructure plan from Trump administration would sideline “inefficient” environmental assessments (The Guardian).

Dwindling krill stocks from overfishing and climate change could destabilize the Antarctic food web (The Guardian).

Banner image of an Asian elephant herd (pictured in Thailand) by KOSIN SUKHUM (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

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