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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, October 18, 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

Research links deforestation in the Amazon to higher rates of malaria (Inverse, Sky Statement, Medical Daily) …

… While another study connects habitat destruction with the spread of Ebola (New Scientist).

Proponents of green bonds argue that financing will protect more than 20,000 square kilometers (7,800 square miles) of forest (Forbes).

An illegal logging bust in Colombia has raised the ire of residents (Insight Crime).

“Participatory conservation” is helping to protect Ecuador’s Chocóan Rainforest (Pulitzer Center).

Selfie-taking plants help scientists keep an eye on changes in the rainforest (The Telegraph).

Researchers are using audio recordings and artificial intelligence to count forest elephants in Central Africa (NPR).

Other news

Qatar struggles with how to keep cool in the face of climate change (The Washington Post).

Wild burros in Death Valley may have played a part in creating a new ecosystem, but the U.S. National Park Service wants to get rid of them (Undark).

The Trump administration plans to remove a limit on roads and logging in North America’s largest intact temperate rainforest (The New York Times, HuffPost, The Washington Post).

A cooperative in Finland has been managing a forest operation for generations (The Economist).

New research shows that some types of plastic don’t linger as long as previously thought in the ocean (The New York Times).

Climate change plays a larger role in the world’s conflicts (Ensia).

Fires are threatening a rare wolf species in Ethiopia (The Guardian).

Google has made financial contributions to think tanks that deny the existence of climate change (The Guardian).

The Tanzanian government is bringing water to dams to help save hippos during a drought (Xinhua).

The International Monetary Fund is calling for a carbon price of $75 per ton implemented in the next decade, which the organization sees as critical to limiting climate change (The Washington Post).

Banner image of an Ethiopian wolf by Charles J Sharp via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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