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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, September 21, 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

People settled Madagascar thousands of years before previously thought, meaning the island’s first human inhabitants didn’t cause the extinction of the elephant bird (Science Magazine).

Nestlé, one of the world’s largest corporations, is searching for deforestation on its oil palm plantations using satellite monitoring (Reuters).

A newly discovered species of black bird that lives in Central Africa is endangered, scientists say (The Independent).

The uptick in deforestation in Brazil could pose problems for uncontacted peoples in the Amazon (Thomson Reuters Foundation).

India’s highest court allows hunters to pursue a female tiger that may have killed as many as 13 people (The New York Times).

Other news

Ice shed from Antarctica in the past when global temperatures were similar to those at present caused sea levels to rise as much as 9 meters (30 feet) above present-day benchmarks (The Washington Post).

Republican and Democratic governors are coming together to tackle climate change in the U.S. (The Atlantic).

Rwanda’s Akagera National Park has much of the wildlife that’s made East Africa famous without the crowds of tourists (The New York Times).

New rules by the U.S. federal government make it easier for companies to emit climate-warming methane (The New York Times).

Romania’s forests have faced a surge in illegal logging of 32 percent since 2017 (Business Review).

Scientists warn that wetlands still don’t receive the protection they deserve (CIFOR Forests News).

Large marine predators need more space than what’s found in most marine protected areas (Hakai Magazine).

Officials in Botswana say that claims of a rise in elephant poaching in the country are overblown (The Guardian).

A new study has found that a high concentration of wind turbines could decrease the amount of rain from a hurricane (Hakai Magazine).

Rhino poaching is down in South Africa, but it’s still a problem, experts say (Reuters).

Banner image of African elephants by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.

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