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  • Bioplastics as toxic as regular plastics; both need regulation, say researchers
    on April 22, 2024 at 7:57 pm

    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 at 6:56 pm

    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 at 6:14 pm

    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 at 3:00 pm

    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 at 2:15 pm

    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 at 12:59 pm

    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 at 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
    on April 19, 2024 at 4:11 pm

    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 at 4:08 pm

    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 at 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.