- 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.
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California’s new carbon dioxide emissions offset plan has critics worried that it could allow unbridled pollution without adequate compensation (Los Angeles Times).
Leaves from a vine in Cameroon’s forests help women stay healthier (CIFOR Forests News).
Ethiopia aims to plant 4 billion trees to improve the health of its ecosystems (The Times).
Scientists at the Indian Institutes of Technology say their models show the country’s forests will do better in warmer temperatures than previously thought (The Wire).
Indian scientists have found a new species of wasp in Goa (The Hindu).
Instead of banning palm oil, fight for higher sustainability standards, conservation scientists argue (Science 2.0).
Poppy, the last surviving gorilla studied by Dian Fossey, is thought to have died (Forbes).
A baby mandrill was born at the Denver Zoo, the first to the zoo’s troop of threatened primates in more than a decade and a half (The Denver Post).
Scientists have found a treatment for Ebola that could be protective against the Nipah virus as well (The New York Times).
A new coal mine in Australia could doom an endangered bird, a scientist writes (The Sydney Morning Herald).
Wildlife management in the U.S. Midwest sparks contentious debate (Ensia).
The Trump administration exempted parts of Wisconsin from federal rules meant to control smog (The New York Times) …
… While scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency objected to the move (The New York Times).
Are the unseasonably warm temperatures in the U.S. state of Alaska an aberration or evidence of global climate change? (Hakai Magazine).
A lawmaker in Germany is putting together a law to address climate change (EnviroNews Nigeria).
The oil industry stands behind a carbon tax as a way to address climate change (Pacific Standard).
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld tribal hunting rights for a case in which a member of the Crow nation crossed into Wyoming and killed an elk (Wyoming Tribune Eagle).
China is taking advantage of the warming Arctic to expand its reach (The New York Times).
Malaysia’s prime minister says wealthy countries shouldn’t use poorer nations as dumping grounds for their plastic (The Washington Post).
Recent research suggests that sea levels could rise by 2 meters (6.5 feet) by 2100 (Undark).
Urchins that are handled by visitors to aquariums get stressed out (Hakai Magazine).
The West African country of Sierra Leone has banned industrial fishing for a month (China Dialogue).
Eighty countries may increase their climate-related commitments, the U.N. says (The New York Times).
Stopping elephant poaching requires tackling poverty and corruption (National Geographic).
New maps compare threatened ocean species with the locations of marine protected areas (Noozhawk).
New satellites could cause unprecedented light pollution in the night sky (The Economist).
Banner image of a mandrill by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.
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