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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, December 7, 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

Authorities in Cambodia are weighing stricter penalties for illegal logging (Asian Correspondent, Phnom Penh Post).

The executive director of Conservation International Guyana has been asked to step down (Stabroek News).

Furniture maker Ikea has planted 3 million trees in the rainforests of Borneo (The Star).

India’s farmers are looking to invest more in agroforestry (Hindustan Times).

Norway clamps down on palm oil from companies connected to deforestation (The Independent).

Proponents of REDD+ funding, intended to boost development and cut carbon emissions, say it’s still a viable strategy for change (Global Landscapes Forum).

U.S. Democrats work to bring climate change to the forefront of policy exchanges (The Atlantic).

Wood from Malaysian and Indonesian forests — habitat for endangered orangutans — is ending up at construction sites for the Tokyo Olympics (The Guardian).

A recent report outlines a global strategy for bushmeat consumption (CIFOR Forests News).

Other news

Global carbon emissions have never been higher (The Washington Post, The New York Times).

A fuel tax bump touches off violent reactions in France (The New York Times).

Brick factories worsen Bangladesh’s air pollution (Undark).

An invasive, disease-carrying tick is making its way through the eastern United States (New York Post).

Lifted restrictions on oil drilling in the Arctic could threaten polar bears (The New York Times).

Pollution is a continual problem in India (The Economist).

Authorities are questioning the business practices of the mining company Glencore (The Economist).

Greenland is shedding its icepack at its fastest pace in three and a half centuries (Nature News).

Entanglements of endangered right whales were higher than average in 2017 (NOAA Fisheries).

There could be up to eight new species of giant salamander, scientists report (National Geographic News).

A project in Costa Rica aims to “reforest” coral reefs (The Tico Times).

A new project tracks the movements of plastics across the Atlantic Ocean (Hakai).

School children stage strikes to draw leaders’ attention to climate change (Mother Jones).

Seismic surveys, used to explore the sea floor for oil and gas and just approved by the Trump administration, could kill marine life (The Washington Post).

Sage grouse habitat could dwindle while the land open to oil and gas drilling in the western U.S. could grow to more than 36,000 square kilometers (more than 14,000 square miles) (The New York Times).

Scientists document the elaborate courtship of manta rays in the Indian Ocean (Hakai).

Banner image of a sounding humpback whale by John C. Cannon/Mongabay. 

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