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Study challenges use of charismatic wildlife as umbrella species for conservation
By Basten Gokkon [April 20, 2024, 1:08 am]
JAKARTA — In wildlife conservation management, the best species to focus on to maximize protection of a region’s biodiversity aren’t necessarily the most charismatic ones, a new study from Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem suggests. Conservation managers have long prioritized the management of what are known as umbrella species, on the basis that protecting these high-profile species […]

New calf, same threats: Javan rhinos continue to reproduce despite perils
By Jeremy Hance [April 19, 2024, 4:11 pm]
Male Javan rhino calf named Luther with his mother in 2020.There’s good news and bad news for the Javan rhino, one of the most threatened large mammals on Earth. The recent sighting of a mother-and-calf pair in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park, the only place in the world where the species is still found, means the Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) continues to reproduce. However, the […]

Annual ocean conference raises $11.3b in pledges for marine conservation
By Elizabeth Claire Alberts [April 19, 2024, 4:08 pm]
A whale shark in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia.ATHENS — From April 15-17, state delegates, organization representatives, academics and philanthropists met at the 9th Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Athens to discuss the protection of the world’s oceans and pledge actions to safeguard their future. As the OOC took place, news broke about the world’s coral reefs undergoing a mass bleaching event, which […]

Brazil boosts protection of Amazon mangroves with new reserves in Pará state
By Sarah Brown [April 19, 2024, 7:00 am]
The new extractive reserves allow resident populations to engage in traditional and sustainable extractive practices such as fishing and hunting, while keeping out big businesses, such as commercial aquaculture or logging.

In Philippines’ restive south, conflict is linked to reduced biodiversity
By Keith Anthony S. Fabro [April 19, 2024, 6:34 am]
A Philippine sailfin lizard in Misamis Oriental, Mindanao.The Philippines’ southern region of Mindanao has a history of war and armed conflict going back more than 400 years. The contemporary conflict’s origin in this region of 26.3 million people is complex, stemming from decades-long disputes between military forces and Moro separatist groups. More recently, clashes have erupted anew due in part to longstanding […]

Indonesian capital project finally gets guidelines to avoid harm to biodiversity
By Hans Nicholas Jong [April 19, 2024, 4:11 am]
Two male proboscis monkeys in Malaysian Borneo.JAKARTA — The Indonesian government has rolled out what it calls a “biodiversity management master plan” amid mounting criticism of the environmental and social threats posed by the construction of the country’s new capital city in the Bornean forest. The plan, published March 26, sets out a number of action plans to preserve wildlife habitat, […]

Deforestation alerts in the Brazilian Amazon fall to a 5-year low
By [April 18, 2024, 10:36 pm]
Deforestation in the Amazon in 2022. Photo by Rhett Ayers Butler / MongabayForest clearing detected by Brazil’s deforestation alert system fell to the lowest level in nearly five years, according to data released last week by the country’s space agency, INPE. INPE’s satellite-based tracking system recorded deforestation of 162 square kilometers in March, bringing the total loss over the past twelve months to 4,816 square kilometers, the […]

UN puts spotlight on attacks against Indigenous land defenders
By Sarah Sax [April 18, 2024, 10:29 pm]
A man is surrounded by tear gas thrown by police during a Maasai rights demonstration outside the Tanzanian high commission in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, on June 17, 2022. Ben Curtis / AP PhotoWhen around 70,000 Indigenous Maasai were expelled from their lands in northern Tanzania in 2022, it didn’t happen in a vacuum. For years, the Tanzanian government has systematically attacked Maasai communities, imprisoning Maasai leaders and land defenders on trumped-up charges, confiscating livestock, using lethal violence, and claiming that the Maasai’s pastoralist lifestyle is causing environmental […]

Sierra Leone cacao project boosts livelihoods and buffers biodiversity
By Spoorthy Raman [April 18, 2024, 10:26 pm]
In eastern Sierra Leone, straddling the border of Liberia, lies Gola Rainforest National Park, one of the last remaining intact tracts of the tropical Upper Guinean forests in West Africa. Towering trees with massive buttress roots create a dense, emerald-hued canopy where monkeys hoot, malimbes chatter and hornbills flutter between the branches with their high-pitched […]

Cross-border Indigenous efforts in Peru & Brazil aim to protect isolated groups
By Aimee Gabay [April 18, 2024, 5:21 pm]
An uncontacted Indigenous tribe in the Brazilian state of Acre.Indigenous organizations from Peru and Brazil are joining forces to push their respective governments to safeguard a 16-million-hectare (39.5-million-acre) territorial corridor in the Amazon that stretches from the Tapiche River in Peru to the Yavarí River in Brazil. The 15 Indigenous organizations, which include the Indigenous Peoples of the Eastern Amazon (ORPIO) from Peru and […]

Circular solutions vital to curb enviro harm from cement and concrete
By Sean Mowbray [April 18, 2024, 5:12 pm]
Workers loading cement.The concrete industry is a major carbon emitter and polluter, with severe human health impacts. But circular solutions, including electrifying cement plants, making low-carbon cement, and bio-architecture could offer relief.

Malawi police arrest elephant poachers in Kasungu National Park
By Charles Mpaka [April 18, 2024, 4:31 pm]
Savannah elephants at Majete NP, Malawi. Image by Peter Steward via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)BLANTYRE — Police and wildlife department officials in Malawi have arrested two men suspected of having killed an elephant in Kasungu National Park in the country’s west. In July 2022, 263 elephants were translocated to the park, which forms part of a transfrontier conservation area covering 32,000 square kilometers (12,400 square miles) across Malawi and […]

Snack giant PepsiCo sourced palm oil from razed Indigenous land – investigation
By Andrew WasleyAramís CastroElisângela Mendonça [April 18, 2024, 3:30 pm]
The US food and drink giant PepsiCo has been linked through its supply chain to Amazon deforestation and the invasion of Indigenous lands in Peru, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), Mongabay and Peruvian outlet Ojo Público can reveal. For at least three years, PepsiCo’s Peruvian suppliers have been sourcing palm oil from deforested territory […]

Drone cameras help scientists distinguish between drought stress & fungus in oaks
By Abhishyant Kidangoor [April 18, 2024, 11:53 am]
Acorns on an oak tree.How do you identify sick oaks? For a long time, detecting unhealthy oaks and identifying the disease afflicting them required a lot of manual labor. Scientists often looked out of airplanes or walked through forests in a bid to detect and find visible symptoms. Even then, one couldn’t really be sure. New research attempts to […]

How predatory fishing has decimated Brazil coastal fish populations for decades
By Letícia Klein [April 18, 2024, 9:15 am]
When he was a teenager at the end of the 1980s, Evanildo Sena would come back from a day of fishing dragging 5 or 6 tons of fish with his canoe at a time — a task for which he needed the help of one or two buddies. But things have changed radically since those […]

In largest ever study, Indigenous and local communities report the impacts of climate change
By Sonam Lama Hyolmo [April 18, 2024, 5:30 am]
A man from the Vedda community in Sri Lanka.Indigenous peoples and local communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change, according to firsthand accounts documented in a new study. The authors of the paper, published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment, say the data provide evidence that climate change impacts on Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) are tangible, widespread and affect […]

Report links H&M and Zara to major environmental damage in biodiverse Cerrado
By Dimitri Selibas [April 17, 2024, 10:25 pm]
Clothing giants H&M and Zara have been linked to large-scale illegal deforestation, land-grabbing, violence and corruption in the Brazilian Cerrado, according to an investigation by Earthsight. Using satellite images, court rulings, shipment records and by attending undercover global trade shows, the U.K. NGO tracked nearly a million tons of tainted cotton going from companies in […]

Panama delays promised relocation of sinking island community
By Aimee Gabay [April 17, 2024, 3:50 pm]
Guna homes on the coastline of Gardi Sugdub Island.Plans to relocate an Indigenous community from a tiny Caribbean island off Panama to the country’s mainland to escape rising seas have been delayed due to administrative issues, previous COVID-19-related complications, and poor budgeting. Residents say the government has failed to integrate traditional and local knowledge in the relocation and site development plans. President Laurentino […]

International hesitancy to adopt environmental regulations threatens Indigenous rights
By Aimee Gabay [April 17, 2024, 3:22 pm]
This land once belonged to the Guarani-Kaiowá Indigenous people, who depended on the dense forest to hunt and fish.The mood is tense. After months of delays, the EU will soon vote on a long-awaited piece of legislation that will require European companies to integrate environmental and human rights due diligence into their corporate policies and risk management systems. This directive, known as the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), is one among various […]

The environmental mismanagement of enduring oil industry impacts in the Pan Amazon
By Timothy J. Killeen [April 17, 2024, 1:15 pm]
The petroleum industry has a long history of operational calamities, large and small, that has created an equally long history of efforts to manage the environmental and social liabilities that are an inherent outcome of their business model. This includes both corporate and governmental actions that seek to mitigate the impact of their day-to-day operations […]