Conservation news feed

  • Bioplastics as toxic as regular plastics; both need regulation, say researchers
    on April 22, 2024

    As negotiators meet this week for the fourth round of global plastics treaty talks, scientists warn that both plant-based and petroleum-based plastics are toxic, with both needing tough regulation to protect public health.

  • No protection from bottom trawling for seamount chain in northern Pacific
    on April 22, 2024

    The Emperor Seamount Chain is a massive and richly biodiverse set of underwater mountains stretching about 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) south from the Aleutian Islands in the northwest Pacific. From the 1960s until the 1980s, bottom trawlers plied the area aggressively, decimating deep-sea coral communities and fish stocks, and removing biomass to a degree not

  • Uttarakhand limits agricultural land sales amid protests & tourism development
    on April 22, 2024

    For months, residents in the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand have been fighting for the introduction of land laws that would prevent agricultural land from being sold to people from outside the state. These protests come at a time of transition in Uttarakhand. As infrastructure and business development for tourism increase, the region has seen an

  • A web of front people conceals environmental offenders in the Amazon
    on April 22, 2024

    A paper trail left by a notorious land grabber reveals how he used relatives and an employee as fronts to evade environmental fines and lawsuits, shedding light on this widespread practice in the Brazilian Amazon.

  • Mexico’s avocado industry harms monarch butterflies, but will U.S. officials act? (commentary)
    on April 22, 2024

    Monarch butterflies are returning to gardens across the United States, but a few months ago, I stood in a mountain forest in Mexico where the monarchs spend the winter. They clustered on trees by the thousands and when the sun hit them, they swarmed in a cloud of bright orange confetti. I was surrounded by

  • Bangladesh uses satellite transmitters on saltwater crocodiles in Asia’s first
    on April 22, 2024

    DHAKA — In a breakthrough in saltwater crocodile conservation in the country, Bangladesh has started using a satellite tagging system to monitor the species’ movements, habits, and life span in the Sundarbans mangroves. These mangrove forests are the animal’s only wild habitat in Bangladesh. On March 13, Bangladesh Forest Department, for the first time in

  • Study challenges use of charismatic wildlife as umbrella species for conservation
    on April 20, 2024

    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
    on April 19, 2024

    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
    on April 19, 2024

    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
    on April 19, 2024

    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
    on April 19, 2024

    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
    on April 19, 2024

    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
    on April 18, 2024

    Forest 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
    on April 18, 2024

    This story is published as part of the Global Indigenous Affairs Desk, an Indigenous-led collaboration between Grist,  High Country News, ICT, Mongabay Native News Online and APTN. When 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

  • Sierra Leone cacao project boosts livelihoods and buffers biodiversity
    on April 18, 2024

    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
    on April 18, 2024

    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
    on April 18, 2024

    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
    on April 18, 2024

    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
    on April 18, 2024

    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
    on April 18, 2024

    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