- 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.
New research offers alternative tropical tree species for bioenergy production (CIFOR).
African parks need $1.2 billion or more each year to truly protect wildlife, scientists calculate (The New York Times).
Brazil’s forests could be in danger with the rise of the country’s likely next president, says one commentator (The New York Times).
A real-estate firm in Canada is countersuing campaigners from Malaysian Borneo who charge that the firm’s owners have deforested the state of Sarawak (National Observer).
An okapi (Okapia johnstoni) calf, an endangered mammal that lives in Central Africa, was born in early October in captivity at Disney World in Florida (Fox 35 Orlando).
Leaders in Pakistan appear to be embracing the international strategy to combat deforestation and forest degradation called REDD+ (Urdu Point).
A rare tree in Gabon is threatened by illegal logging (Borneo Bulletin).
Zambia aims to cull its hippo population in the next five years (Reuters).
Agriculture as it is now alone could push temperatures above a 1.5-degree-Celsius (2.7-degree-Fahrenheit) rise in global temperatures (WRI).
An oil leak over 14 years in the Gulf of Mexico could be the largest spill U.S. history (The Washington Post).
The scientists running for office in the U.S. say they understand climate change and want to bring it to the forefront (Inside Climate News).
Sea urchins, likened to cockroaches, are destroying kelp forests on the U.S. West Coast (The New York Times).
Some scientists believe the key to saving tigers could be dividing them up into more subspecies that reflect their genetic diversity (The New York Times).
New research finds that “ecolabeling” of seafood products leads consumers to buy more seafood in general (Norwegian University of Science and Technology/EurekAlert).
An indigenous tribe in California has taken to trading carbon credits as a way to sustain itself (The New Yorker).
The rarely seen mountain caribou is captured in photographs in a new book (Mother Nature Network).
The state of New York is taking Exxon to court, charging that it misled investors about climate change (The New York Times).
Has the push to “rescue” coal lost traction in the Trump administration? (Politico)
Giraffes’ horns, called ossicones, could put them at risk of poaching to supply traditional medicine markets in Asia (The Economist).
New plans from U.S. leaders for drilling for oil just off the coast of Alaska have emerged (The Washington Post).
Some scientists believe that the key to saving endangered species could be bringing them into cities (Smithsonian).
Here’s the lawyer behind the lawsuit about climate change that 21 young people are bringing against the Trump administration (The New York Times).
To reform fisheries, include women in the solutions, experts say (Devex).
Banner image of a newborn okapi calf courtesy of Disney.
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