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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, October 4, 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

An insect could help farmers battle invasive cacti in Kenya (Biographic).

The world owes the Democratic Republic of Congo more money to protect its forests, the country’s president says (Bloomberg).

Deforestation in the Amazon continues, even as fires abate in the world’s largest rainforest (Gizmodo).

Ghana appears ready to implement REDD+ to address deforestation in the West African country (Business Ghana).

Indonesia says it won’t close part of Komodo Island as it had planned (Reuters).

Wild meat still provides critical nutrients and protein to forest dwellers in the Amazon (CIFOR Forests News).

Economists warn that coffee growers need help if the commodity is to weather climate change (My London).

Two of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, Nestlé and Procter & Gamble Co., won’t meet their goal of cutting deforestation from their supply chains by 2020 (Reuters).

Scientists are increasingly warning that dietary change is necessary to address the loss of biodiversity and climate change (New Scientist, The New York Times).

Researchers use satellite images and groundtruthing to find the tallest known tree in the Amazon, standing at 88.5 meters (290 feet) (Smithsonian).

Anglican bishops in South America join the chorus of calls for ending deforestation in the continent’s forests (Episcopal News Service).

A top expert on the Amazon argues for working with indigenous people to sustainably harvest forest products as a way to preserve the world’s largest rainforest (Scientific American).

Other news

Researchers are fighting a deadly coral disease in the Caribbean (Reuters).

Brazil plans to offer oil leases near a vital marine protected area on Oct. 10 (Hakai Magazine).

Lenders’ reactions to climate change-related events mirror the subprime mortgage crisis (The New York Times).

Guides are tracking an unusual spotted zebra in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park (IPP Media).

The effects of a ban on trading manta ray gills in Indonesia ripple into local communities (China Dialogue Ocean).

A researcher argues that the sometimes deadly methods used to keep sharks away from beaches don’t always make them safer (The Conversation).

A Turkish environment researcher is going to prison after publishing data that the government had been hiding showing an uptick of cancer in a polluted part of the country (Science Magazine).

Representatives from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan met this week to discuss damming the Nile River, a water source on which all three countries depend (The Economist).

A freediver set a depth record while raising money for conservation (Berea Mail).

The Trump administration has pushed science into “crisis,” according to a bipartisan report (The New York Times).

Banner image of Blue Nile Falls in Ethiopia by A. Savin via Wikimedia Commons (Free Art License 1.3).

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