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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, May 18, 2018

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  • Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.
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Here are a few stories published this week by other news outlets.

Tropical forests

Gabon fights to save its forest elephants (The Guardian).

Too much rain in Ivory Coast could throttle cocoa farmers (Reuters).

“Ambitious” survey of biodiversity in Colombia underway (The Economist).

Deforestation and forest fragmentation set the stage for the current Ebola outbreak in DRC (CIFOR Forests News).

A new study finds that natural regeneration may not always be the best tactic for forest restoration (University of Maryland Baltimore County/Phys.Org).

Research tracks the impact of a small primate on forest regrowth in Brazil (The Revelator).

A model for ecotourism and conservation in Indonesia (CIFOR Forests News).

How a better understanding of the seasonality of tropical forests could help save them (University of Stirling/EurekAlert).

Oil palm farmers in the Amazon aim to learn from mistakes made elsewhere (CIFOR Forests News).

Orangutans could be suffering ill effects from wildfires, study finds (Rutgers University/Phys.Org).

Other news

A green sea turtle, thought to be the oldest in captivity in the U.K., turns 80 (BBC News).

Home to sea ice and thousands of miles of coastlines, Alaska works on a plan for climate change (The New York Times).

No more than 2,000 Cape parrots are left in South Africa (National Geographic News).

No signs of slowing down: The world’s longest predator-prey study on Isle Royale in the U.S. is 60 years old (Michigan Technological University/Phys.Org).

Scientists learn about ancient Europe’s economy from Greenland’s glaciers (The Economist).

A warming climate will have a cascading effect on biodiversity, scientists warn (Stellenbosch University/EurekAlert).

Fish could head north as seas warm, causing problems for fishers (Rutgers University/EurekAlert).

Costa Rica sets aside sanctuary for sharks (Rainforest Trust).

Bringing back mammoths to stem carbon emissions from the Arctic? Some scientists say it’s possible (The Conversation).

A new national marine monument in the U.S. is home to an array of large animal species, a survey finds (New England Aquarium/EurekAlert).

Scientists turn up evidence that someone on Earth is using a banned ozone-layer-destroying chemical (The Washington Post).

A pungent problem: The impact of hippos’ waste on fish could become deadlier with climate change (The Atlantic).

A shark at the New York Aquarium takes on a 100-yard odyssey to move tanks (The New York Times).

Mourners in Vietnam could be increasing demand for rhino horn (University of Copenhagen/Futurity).

The elephant herds in Chad’s Zakouma National Park are booming (The New York Times).

Whale sharks flock to Madagascar (BBC News).

Cataloging the threats to India’s Himalayan fauna (The Hindu).

Too many salmon are dying in Norway’s fish farms, and the fisheries minister is working on a plan to do something about it (Reuters).

Pentagon softens references to climate change risks in Defense Department report (The Washington Post).

Weeds and insects are evolving adaptations to the herbicides and pesticides that farmers use to control them (North Carolina State University/EurekAlert).

Scientists come across a plastic bag nearly 11 kilometers (almost 7 miles) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean (National Geographic News).

Climate change is contributing to the concentration of freshwater in some areas of the world and its disappearance in others (University of Maryland/EurekAlert).

More than 300 mammal species could be waiting to be discovered, biologists predict (University of Georgia/Phys.Org).

The blue whales living near New Zealand are genetically distinct (Oregon State University/EurekAlert).

The head of NASA believes that humans are contributing to climate change (The Atlantic).

If economies continue to grow faster than predicted, the world could face a worst-case climate change scenario that we haven’t considered (New Scientist).

Banner image of forest elephants by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain). 

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