In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 31, 2018

first_imgConservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update Article published by John Cannon 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.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. Tropical forestsThe “natural enemies” hypothesis, which argues that tropical forest biodiversity results from intense competition, isn’t the only factor (UPI).The effects of the Mayans’ use of forests in Central America centuries ago still linger today (Smithsonian Magazine).The chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah orders increased protection for Bornean elephants (The Sun Daily, Reuters).Managers in India use drones to move an elephant herd back into the forest and away from potential conflict with people (The Hindu).Anti-poaching forces have been deployed in areas with illegal logging in Thailand (Bangkok Post).A scientist explains how indigenous forestry techniques can be leveraged to rescue degraded forests (Yale Environment 360).A failed dam in Myanmar leaves 63,000 people homeless (Reuters).More tree species in forests could mean a higher capacity to absorb carbon (Carbon Brief).As urban areas explode in Central Africa, the incidence of disease outbreaks is rising as well (NIH/EurekAlert).A U.S. environmental group is no longer welcome in Russia (U.S. News & World Report).Hybrid pythons, the product of two Asian species, could be super predators when they invade wildlife-rich areas in Florida (The Guardian).Honeybees are helping in the fight against deforestation on the island of Zanzibar (Wired).Other newsFishers double their efforts in the lead-up to the designation of a marine protected area, study finds (The Atlantic).New research warns of the drastic potential impacts of climate change (The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic).The U.S. EPA’s plan to bring back coal could lead to an additional 1,400 deaths a year from poor air quality, scientists say (The New York Times).With warmer temperatures, crop-eating insect pests will become more active (The Guardian, BBC News, The New York Times).A judge has stopped plans for the first grizzly bear hunt in the Yellowstone ecosystem in four decades (Reuters).Logging may slow wildfires in some instances, but are the problems it causes for biodiversity worth it? (Pacific Standard).Plastic particles carry invasive species into new territory (National Geographic News).Dogs are helping authorities catch ivory traffickers in Kenya (BBC News).Researchers find a new species of high-altitude tarantula (National Geographic).Recent research links a drop-off in the ability to think with pollution in China (The New York Times).Officials express their concern that drones are interfering with breeding birds and mammals (BBC News).An underwater drone could protect the Great Barrier Reef from invasive (and coral-destroying) crown-of-thorns starfish (The Guardian).Banner image of a Bornean elephant by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img