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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, July 26, 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

Climate organizations accuse India of violating community rights and, in doing so, stymying the fight against climate change (Devdiscourse).

New research shows the increasing risk to companies that don’t address deforestation (GreenBiz).

Rising deforestation in Brazil could hamper a trade deal with the European Union (Reuters).

The EU will provide 36 million euros ($40 million) in climate-related financing to Ethiopia (Walta Media and Communications).

New video footage suggests that the uncontacted Awá tribe still occupies its territory in the Amazon and may be under threat from loggers (The Guardian, CBS News).

A conflict between indigenous communities and park rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is escalating (The Guardian).

Land reforms should focus on food security, new research suggests (CIFOR Forests News).

A man in Indonesia will walk 730 kilometers (454 miles) to raise awareness about tropical deforestation (

Other news

There’s a new monument to a glacier that disappeared due to climate change in Iceland (The Washington Post).

A forest in the U.K. now has bears and wolves in it living side by side for the first time in a millennium (The Guardian).

Belugas in the Beaufort Sea seem to be losing weight, puzzling scientists (Hakai Magazine).

Temperatures have risen more swiftly in the past few decades than at any time in the previous 1,900 years (Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic).

Illegal loggers and insurgents are threatening some of the last forest in Iraq (National Geographic).

The rating agency Moody’s just purchased a climate data firm, raising the possibility that companies and countries that don’t take climate-related threats seriously could see their credit ratings downgraded (The New York Times).

Native Hawaiians’ crusade to block the construction of a telescope has gained momentum and support from outside the state (The New York Times).

U.S. and foreign carmakers are working with California to reduce tailpipe emissions in spite of Trump’s relaxation of pollution rules (The New York Times, The Washington Post).

Heat waves, like the one currently pummeling Europe, will probably become more frequent with continuing greenhouse gas emissions (The Economist).

Authorities have charged two fishers with using shock-fishing devices in an area with Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia (The Phnom Penh Post).

Poachers have been capturing songbirds in the forests around Miami, Florida, to supply the pet trade and singing competitions (National Geographic).

Banner image of a 2014 protest of the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii by Occupy Hilo via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0). 

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