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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 30, 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.
  • If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.
  • Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content.

Tropical forests

Côte d’Ivoire is trying to increase its vegetation cover by planting trees (Ecofin).

Indonesia plans to move its capital to Borneo, which could damage rainforests (Fast Company).

The Amazon is reaching a tipping point for its weather system (The New York Times).

Other news

Researchers are working to protect a species of bat that lives in a single cave in Cuba (BBC News).

U.S. President Trump is trying to allow further logging of the country’s largest temperate forest (The Washington Post).

Young climate activist Greta Thunberg has reached New York for the U.N. climate summit after sailing across the Atlantic (The Washington Post).

Sea otters in California are dying after contracting parasites from cats (The New York Times).

Companies in the United States won’t have to check pipelines for methane leaks if a proposal to relax methane regulations is accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (The New York Times, The Washington Post).

Kenya is cracking down on illegal fishing in its waters (Hakai Magazine).

The Atlantic Ocean may soon have the world’s largest marine protected area (National Geographic).

The food giant Nestlé wants to take 1.1 million gallons of water from a river in Florida, but environmentalists say that will damage the river’s ecosystem (The Guardian).

Climate change, overfishing and land clearing are damaging the Great Barrier Reef, an Australian agency says (Reuters).

Banner image of a sea otter by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.

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