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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, November 22, 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

Youth activists came together in the Amazon to strategize on how to combat climate change (The Guardian).

The loss of rainforests means that we’re also losing a source of important medicines (Undark, The Hour).

Brazil’s environment minister says that improving economic opportunities for people in the Amazon will slow deforestation (Yahoo News).

The largest ape ever to live trod the Earth almost 2 million years ago, and its closest living relative is the orangutan (Smithsonian).

A Brazilian tribe has successfully pushed back against development plans by a Portuguese corporation that sought to build a hotel on the country’s coast (The New York Times).

Other news

Climate change may put many toxic waste sites at risk in the U.S. (The Washington Post).

Communities are restricting building permits to stem the risk from climate change in the United States (The New York Times).

A team of researchers says that their new method to replicate rhinoceros horn could help save the animals from extinction (The Guardian, The Economist) …

… While some question whether a “new” replacement will alter the odds for threatened rhino species (The Revelator).

Surfers in California were treated to a visit from a gray whale (Adventure Sports Network).

A long-standing law backstops an effort to get rid of plastics in the U.S. (The Revelator).

Researchers believe that drought-resistant trees could be key to forests in the western U.S. surviving climate change (Los Angeles Times).

There’s a newly discovered species of animal that lives in a public park in the Netherlands (Deutsche Welle).

The wasted cuts from fish could be used to make biodegradable plastic (Smithsonian).

North America lost roaming ecosystem engineers when bison were wiped out of most of their range in the 1800s (The Atlantic).

Banner image of bison in Yellowstone National Park by Arturo de Frias Marques via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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