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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 3, 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

New research maps the carbon held in mangroves around the world (Louisiana State University/EurekAlert).

The dangers of a “greener” world that higher carbon dioxide levels will make possible (The New York Times).

There was more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in 2017 than there has been in 800,000 years (Science Magazine).

The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais created a 357-square-kilometer (138-square-mile) park to protect the critically endangered ground dove (Rainforest Trust).

A conservation group says that more than 570 square kilometers (220 square miles) of tiger habitat are in danger of conversion in India (The Hindu).

Large logging firms in Papua New Guinea are caught breaking forestry laws, a new report by Global Witness finds, and that puts the Chinese timber industry at risk (Radio New Zealand).

Nuns in Mexico are working to save an endangered salamander (The New York Times).

Officials in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo say they’ve uncovered a scandal involving the nonpayment of timber taxes involving publicly traded companies (The Daily Express, Free Malaysia Today).

The southern African country of Mozambique is overhauling its timber sector to tackle illegal logging (Reuters).

Other news

A history of the study of climate change and how we might have addressed it decades ago (The New York Times).

Just a few countries control the bulk of the world’s industrial fishing (UC Santa Barbara/Phys.Org).

Commercial fishing extends into 90 percent of the ocean, a study finds (University of British Columbia/Phys.Org).

Kenya loses another rhino, this time to poachers, after a recent relocation effort ended in the deaths of 10 rhinos (Reuters).

Advocacy and conservation groups are suing the Trump administration’s wildlife board to block trophy hunting (Reuters).

As the new mayor of one of the world’s largest cities, Mexico City’s Claudia Sheinbaum aims to clean up air pollution by raising emission standards for cars (Reuters).

A dolphin shooting is part of a worrisome trend, conservationists say (The New York Times).

Biologists report a sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin (The Guardian).

The future of weather forecasts: They’ll soon include climate change-influenced events (Nature).

The illicit timber trade is escalating in parts of Nepal, officials say (Kathmandu Post).

North Atlantic right whales face a daunting challenge for survival (The Atlantic).

King penguin numbers are down by 90 percent in the species’ largest colony (BBC News).

A population of the Indus river dolphin has dwindled to just 12 animals (The Hindu).

Iceland shutters its minke whale fishery for lack of profits (The Hindu).

The Revelator releases its summer eco-reading list (The Revelator).

An orca mother, part of a population on the decline, refuses to leave her dead calf in Puget Sound (Seattle Times).

A polar bear was killed in Norway after it attacked a cruise ship guard (The New York Times).

Can China and its climate ambitions cope with its appetite for meat? (Undark).

The EPA, under the direction of the Trump administration, is working to relax fuel-efficiency standards beginning in 2020 (Pacific Standard).

Around a third of all whale and dolphin species frequent the waters around Timor Leste, making it an ideal whale watching destination, conservationists say (The Guardian).

Scientists cautiously applaud Trump’s pick for science adviser (The Atlantic).

Banner image of a king penguin by Liam Quinn from Canada (CC BY-SA 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons

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