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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, September 6, 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

More than two-thirds of the world’s forests are at risk, according to a U.N. report (Down to Earth).

Research suggests that we might be expecting trees to carry more of the carbon load than they can handle (Undark).

To save Mexican rosewood, China needs to act (Dialogo Chino).

Ethiopia is embarking on a quest to boost the cultivation of bamboo (Ezega).

Illegal loggers are going after a rare tree in the Democratic Republic of Congo that’s highly valued in China in what one local leader calls an “ecological disaster” (Phys.Org).

Tackling deforestation in the Amazon is only part of the solution to climate change, one commentator argues (New Republic).

The biggest trees in the forests are the most likely to be felled by drought, pests and lightning (Science Magazine).

Other news

A baby Masai giraffe was born at a wild animal park in Ohio in a win for the endangered species (Richland Source).

Calls for freshwater protection follow the discovery of eight new species of mussels in Myanmar (Fauna & Flora International).

Scientists say they’ve found a new species of beaked whale off the coast of Japan (Science Daily, Gizmodo).

The spawning rhythms of coral species in the Red Sea are out of step (The Atlantic).

Observers in fish markets could make a difference in protecting sought-after species around the world (Hakai Magazine).

Woolly mammoth ivory is filling the gap left by the subsidence of the outlawed elephant ivory trade (Undark).

Banner image of a painting of woolly mammoths by Mauricio Antón via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.5).

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