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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 17, 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.
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We’ve rounded up a few stories that were published this week by other news outlets.

Tropical forests

The environment ministry in Brazil announces that the country has met its emissions reduction target ahead of schedule (Reuters, Estadão, REDD+ Monitor).

Critics of the Crossriver Highway in Nigeria worry that the region’s rainforests will be gone by 2040 (Vanguard).

A dam that could displace communities in Malaysian Borneo won’t be enough to address water shortages for a growing population (Free Malaysia Today).

Halting deforestation requires a “transformation” in how business is done, says Asia Pulp and Paper, one of the world’s largest forest products companies (

Communities miss the cooling effects of the forest when they’re gone, research finds (Cool Green Science/The Nature Conservancy).

Companies engaged in illegal fishing and deforestation often employ offshore accounts and tax havens (Reuters).

Could local demand for sustainably harvested timber spark changes in Central Africa’s timber sector? (CIFOR Forests News).

A pact with China could help Mozambique save its remaining forests, a report finds (Inter Press Service News).

A new forestry registry in Tanzania aims to open up the country’s timber industry (Exchange).

Threats to Africa’s apes from the expansion of oil palm will likely increase, according to a new study (BBC News).

Drought creates a hangover effect on the Amazon, reducing its ability to suck up carbon dioxide (Pasadena Now).

Peru’s national parks agency announces the discovery of a new orchid species (Peru Reports).

South Sudan moves to curb the charcoal production that’s wiping out the country’s forests (U.N. Environment).

Other news

The next threat to the Great Lakes of the U.S. could be the world’s thirst for fresh water (Ensia).

New research demonstrates that wildlife numbers increase with communities’ participation in conservation projects (Pennsylvania State University/Futurity).

New EPA plan for toxic chemicals in the U.S. discounts certain research (Science Magazine).

Unusually warmer temperatures are expected over the next five years, researchers say (The Washington Post).

Foreign aid could be coupled with sustainability for a “win-win” (International Policy Digest).

Scientists are mapping India’s Ganges River in 3D (Nature).

The Israeli government aims to address environmental problems related to mining in the shrinking Dead Sea (Reuters).

Jakarta is the world’s fastest-sinking city (BBC News).

A court in the U.S. says that the Keystone XL oil pipeline must be reviewed (Reuters).

A suspect in the poaching of a black rhino is in custody in Kenya (Euro News).

Worms in the ocean are turning plastics into microplastics (Hakai Magazine).

One of Iceland’s last whalers defends his position (The New York Times).

NatureLynx app helps naturalists track biodiversity (Folio).

Thailand plans to outlaw the import of plastic and tech trash (Reuters).

Two invasive species of zooplankton have been found in the U.S.’s Great Lakes (Michigan Radio).

The orca mother who hung onto her dead calf for nearly two and a half weeks has finally let her go (The Atlantic).

New species discoveries are coming in at near-record numbers (The Conversation).

The U.S. Department of the Interior is poised to sell public lands — something Secretary Ryan Zinke said he would not do (The Washington Post).

Banner image of orcas near Alaska by Robert Pittman (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons.

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