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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 9, 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.
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Tropical forests

An anthropologist tried to fight off poachers’ dogs going after chimpanzees in Uganda (The Atlantic).

Agri-giant Chiquita says it will take steps to protect biodiversity (Produce News).

Lawmakers in California are considering a rule that would penalize companies for not standing in the way of forest destruction (ProPublica).

Forest communities and conservation efforts stand to lose if India’s Forest Rights Act isn’t passed, says wildlife biologist Ravi Chellam (The Hindu).

Rainforests can only hold so much carbon dioxide, new research shows (UPI).

Mozambique’s Gorongosa has African wild dogs once again (The New York Times).

Other news

A water shortage is devastating herders in western India (Al Jazeera).

The combination of fire and destructive elephants may not be as harmful to savanna trees as once thought, scientists have found (The Economist).

Sixteen black rhinos were successfully moved to Swaziland in July from South Africa (The Maravi Post).

Canada has two new ocean sanctuaries aimed at protecting sea ice and wildlife in the Arctic (Mother Nature Network).

The new report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns about the dangers of climate change to water and food security (The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Economist, The Atlantic, The Guardian).

More young conservatives in the U.S. see climate change as a priority (The New York Times).

Climate change could cause a global financial meltdown (The Atlantic).

Fires in Siberia were set by illegal loggers, authorities say (The Irish Times, Reuters, The Moscow Times).

Mercury concentrations in fish are rising, despite decades of emissions reductions through regulation (The Atlantic).

Banner image of a chimpanzee in Uganda by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.

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