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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, October 12, 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

Between 2012 and 2017, scientists discovered 21 new species of plants and animals in Mexico (Mexico News Daily).

Research finds that schemes to avoid soy-related deforestation don’t always work (CIFOR Forests News).

Different datasets paint diverging pictures of deforestation around the world (Yale e360).

Mining and illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon are putting communities in jeopardy (DW).

Ghanaian officials consider the use of deadly force against illegal loggers (Joy Online).

Myanmar has a new species of gecko (Myanmar Times).

The head of Royal Dutch Shell calls for a massive reforestation campaign to fight climate change (The Guardian).

A new trade agreement between Peru and the U.S. could help fight illegal deforestation (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development).

Other news

Australia’s efforts to rehabilitate abandoned mines could inform similar efforts around the world (Ensia).

Repair costs from severe storms are mounting for the U.S.’s disaster relief agency (The New York Times).

A climate science report warns of the challenges for humanity in the coming decades (The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone).

REDD+ programming begins in Pakistan (Urdu Point).

“Seafood month” is designed to draw focus on sustainability, NOAA says (NOAA Fisheries).

Chinese logging demand extends to Russia and Zambia (The Epoch Times).

This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics goes to researchers investigating the impact of climate on economic growth (BBC News).

Oil giant ExxonMobil backs a carbon tax-and-dividend plan (The Washington Post).

Asian demand for sea cucumbers from Mexico may be leading to a population collapse (The New York Times).

A study ties climate change to worsening mental health (Los Angeles Times).

Scientists find two new species of lizards in the Western Ghats, a mountain range in India (The Wire).

Labeling foods with environmental impacts could help people make more sustainable choices, advocates say (The Guardian).

Banner image of a sea cucumber © Hans Hillewaert (CC BY-SA 4.0), via Wikimedia Commons

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