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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, March 22, 2019

  • 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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Tropical forests

Pollution from the Brazilian city of Manaus has found its way into the Amazon, scientists say (SciDev.Net).

The chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah has asked that the construction of two dam projects for drinking water be fast-tracked (Malay Mail).

Investigators suspect that wood imported by a company in the U.S. may have been illegally cut in Central African rainforests (KVAL News).

Protected areas in East Africa are holding back the tide of agricultural conversion (SciDev.Net).

Restoring forests requires long-term monitoring that goes beyond just replanting them (Undark).

Cutting down rainforest for “sustainable” energy development isn’t acceptable, says a Malaysian minister (Malay Mail).

Other news

Big banks invested $1.9 trillion in fossil fuels in the three years after the Paris climate accord (Fast Company).

The ban on ivory in China hasn’t stamped out the illegal trade within the country’s borders (The Diplomat).

A dead whale washed up in the Philippines with 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of plastic in its digestive tract (The New York Times).

A recent study finds that seeding the atmosphere with sulfur dioxide could be a safe way to cool the Earth (The Guardian)…

…While the U.S. and Saudi Arabia block a U.N. resolution supporting more research into such geoengineering solutions (E&E News).

A court rules that land leases for oil and gas issued during the Obama presidency were illegal because they didn’t assess the projects’ impact on the climate (The New York Times).

A research project aims to find out if deep-sea mining is hurting the ocean environment (Nature).

“Wingspan” is a new, “scientifically accurate” game for birdwatchers (Smithsonian).

Scientists around the world support the children striking for action on climate change (Nature).

Bees’ honey could tell researchers if there’s lead pollution in the air (The New York Times).

Scientists warn that the collapse of the natural world, and the services it provides, could be a bigger calamity than climate change (Huffington Post).

Whales living off the northeastern U.S. coast are burdened with heavy metals, and researchers aren’t sure why (Hakai Magazine).

A new nature documentary, narrated by Sir David Attenborough and exploring the pressures on “our planet,” premieres on Netflix on April 5 (WWF).

Banner image of a humpback whale in the Gulf of Maine by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.

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