- 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.
Here are a few stories published this week by other news outlets.
Deforestation in the savannas of Brazil rose in 2017 after falling in 2016 (Reuters).
The 2015 El Niño led to a 65 percent spike in Amazon tree loss (Inquisitr).
A “lost” rainforest inside a volcano in Mozambique begins to reveal its secrets (Quartz Africa).
Scientists break down the carbon dynamics of deforestation for oil palm (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne/Phys.Org).
A new study explores the domestic timber market in Cameroon (Forests News).
An American hunter has killed a lion near Kruger National Park in South Africa, raising the ire of conservationists (Conservation Action Trust).
Scientists tag a female whale shark in Indonesia (Conservation International).
The lobster population in the Gulf of Maine, once surging in warmer waters, could begin to slide again with continued climate change (The New York Times).
Conservation International’s CEO, M. Sanjayan, makes Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business list (Conservation International).
Rising land in Antarctica could help compensate for sea ice loss and slow sea level rise (The Washington Post).
Conservation measures credited for helping increase jaguar numbers in Mexico by 20 percent in eight years (Good News Network).
Koko, the gorilla who could communicate with sign language, dies at 46 (The New York Times).
Marine reserves aren’t perfect, but are better than no protection at all (ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies/Phys.Org).
Bits of proteins produced by microbes could lessen the need for cropland for animal feed, scientists say (American Chemical Society/EurekAlert).
Conservative heavyweights put together plan for a carbon tax in the U.S. (The New York Times).
New research has found that oil and gas producers release 60 percent more methane than previously thought (University of Colorado at Boulder/Phys.Org).
Cocaine and other drugs in waterways appear to be affecting fish behavior (National Geographic News).
The U.S.’s Chesapeake Bay has rebounded to its healthiest state in three decades (The Washington Post).
Researchers find the first known manta ray nursery in the Gulf of Mexico (The Hindu).
Iceland is home to the world’s first beluga whale sanctuary (New Scientist).
Banner image of a beluga whale by Ansgar Walk (CC BY-SA 2.5), via Wikimedia Commons.
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