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- As soy frenzy grips Brazil, deforestation closes in on Indigenous lands
- Deforestation of endangered wildlife habitat continues to surge in southern Myanmar
- Deforestation spikes in Virunga National Park, DRC
- Slash-and-burn clearing nears Indigenous park as Brazil’s fire season ignites
- Philippines banks on new fisheries management system, but rollout is rocky
- For manta rays, parasitic hitchhikers can be a pain in the rear, study finds
- ‘Mismanaged to death’: Mexico opens up sole vaquita habitat to fishing
- Building back Miami’s Biscayne Bay: Do natural solutions hold hope?
- Lessons from the 2021 Amazon flood (commentary)
- Amazon and Cerrado deforestation, warming spark record drought in urban Brazil
- As soy frenzy grips Brazil, deforestation closes in on Indigenous lands
- Protected areas keep adjacent lands safe, but face losing their own protection
Land rights and extractives
- Brazil prosecutors seek ban on all gold mining in hard-hit Amazonian region
- Killings, invasions escalate in fight for land in Brazil’s Maranhão state
- ‘Red-carded’ Australian miner signals intention to play on in Greenland
- Myanmar’s warring military and rebels find common ground in corrupt jade trade
- Rights groups demand end to Cambodia’s persecution of green activists
- With Indigenous rights at stake in Brasília, a territory is attacked in Paraty
- Brazil’s Bolsonaro vowed to work with Indigenous people. Now he’s investigating them
- Intimidation of Brazil’s enviro scientists, academics, officials on upswing
Indonesia's Forest Guardians
- From Flores to Papua: Meet 10 of Indonesia’s mangrove guardians
- Why I stand for my tribe’s forest: It gives us food, culture, and life (commentary)
- Reforesting a village in Indonesia, one batch of gourmet beans at a time
- Restoring Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem, one small farm at a time
- Is planting trees as good for the Earth as everyone says?
- ‘Bad science’: Planting frenzy misses the grasslands for the trees
- A Malagasy community wins global recognition for saving its lake
- Scientists in Costa Rica are growing new corals to save reefs
Southeast Asian infrastructure
- A road project in Indonesia’s Gorontalo carves a path of graft and grief
- NGOs call for alternative routes for Bornean road to avoid wildlife habitat
- Irrigation dams threaten Thailand’s tiger forests, say conservationists
- Relocating mangroves for Indonesian highway ‘not that easy,’ expert warns