Conservation news

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, November 15, 2019

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  • Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.
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Tropical forests

An official has reported “uncontrolled logging” in Liberia’s rainforest (Liberian Observer).

A new study has found that malaria cases don’t increase in Africa following deforestation (Center for Global Development).

Jaguar numbers are down in Ecuador as their habitat has been converted to agriculture, and scientists say that entire ecosystems could suffer (The Guardian).

Diverse ecosystems are often more productive, according to recent research in the Amazon (Science Times).

Corporations are trying to protect the plants that are the sources of their products (Ensia).

Retailer Carrefour Brazil is pressuring its suppliers to do away with deforestation (Food Navigator).

Cattle ranching for foreign beef markets takes a toll on forests in Brazil (China Dialogues).

Nepal is set to sign a REDD+ deal, providing funds for development in exchange for protecting its forests (Carbon Pulse).

Malawi’s Liwonde National Park has 17 new black rhinos, brought over from South Africa (Reuters).

Children in Guyana are learning about conservation firsthand (CIFOR Forests News).

Other news

Doctors warn that children face different health threats than their parents did as a result of climate change (Los Angeles Times, The New York Times).

Corals are struggling to adapt to artificial lights, new research has found (Hakai Magazine).

Australia is bracing for a destructive heavy fire season (The New York Times).

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule requiring the release of confidential health data that would make it harder for scientists to influence policy (The New York Times).

Watchdog NGOs are using data to combat destructive blast-fishing practices in Southeast Asia and Africa (OZY).

Ocean researchers are harnessing the power of underwater robots (Outside).

Scientists find evidence of a chain reaction initiated by climate change in the Sea of Okhotsk between Japan and Russia (The Washington Post).

An ecologist argues that successful conservation entails restoring species’ roles in ecosystems (Undark).

A tax plan with bipartisan support could cut U.S. carbon emissions (The Atlantic).

A new study shows which land animals are the most well-traveled (The New York Times).

Plastic trash from the U.S. is being burned to make tofu in Indonesia, tainting the food in the process (The New York Times).

A new podcast series looks at the struggle to control Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Pulitzer Center).

Artists and scientists have teamed up using music to draw attention to climate change (The New York Times).

The discovery of coyote-red wolf hybrids surprises scientists (The Atlantic).

A deadly disease is tearing through Florida’s orange groves (The Washington Post).

Deforestation has less of an impact on climate change than previously thought, a new study has found (The Lantern).

Norman Myers, an early proponent of environmental stewardship, has died (The New York Times).

An ecologist with a lifelong passion for butterflies says they’re disappearing in California (Los Angeles Times).

Architect Maya Lin has a new installation of “ghost forests” affected by climate change (The New York Times).

Scientists increasingly play starring roles at eco-resorts around the world (The New York Times).

A recent study looking back more than 100 years finds that the most damaging hurricanes are becoming more common (Los Angeles Times).

Banner image of a red wolf by Matthew Zalewski via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0 ).

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