Conservation news Environmental science and conservation news Mon, 09 Oct 2023 08:43:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Conservation news 32 32 Plan to bring Mennonite farmers to Suriname sparks deforestation fears 09 Oct 2023 08:00:03 +0000 Foreign land developers have spent the past several years working to bring Mennonite farming communities from across Latin America to Suriname with the plan of starting a series of agriculture projects — a major threat to conservation efforts in the country’s part of the Amazon Rainforest, environmentalists says. Investors from Argentina and the Netherlands launched […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Communities track a path of destruction through a Cambodian wildlife sanctuary 09 Oct 2023 04:23:02 +0000 PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia — Sometime after 10 a.m. on Friday, April 21, sweat poured down the face of veteran environmental activist San Mala as he crawled through the forest undergrowth, some 16 kilometers (10 miles) deep in the heart of Chhaeb-Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Cambodia. Rangers from the Ministry of Environment were closing […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Cambodia bars green activists from traveling to accept international award 06 Oct 2023 18:06:24 +0000 PHNOM PENH — A court in Cambodia has denied the requests of three activists from environmental group Mother Nature Cambodia to travel to Sweden to accept an international award. In a letter published Oct. 2 by Phnom Penh Municipal Court and posted publicly to Mother Nature Cambodia’s Facebook page, decrees the travel of the three […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Indonesia reports a new Javan rhino calf, but population doubts persist 06 Oct 2023 15:55:52 +0000 JAKARTA — A newborn Javan rhino calf has been spotted in Indonesia, but the good news is tempered by questions over the species’ population trend and reports of an increase in attempted poaching incursions into the animal’s last holdout. Camera trap images taken between July and September in Ujung Kulon National Park show a female […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Restoring degraded forests may be key for climate, study says 06 Oct 2023 15:41:20 +0000 A new global analysis focuses on the climate benefits of restoring degraded forest areas instead of replanting trees in deforested areas. Researchers mapped forests worldwide to find areas that could support more trees and wildlife if restored. The study reveals that degraded forests, which retain 50-80% of their potential tree density, cover more than 1.5 […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 World Bank accused of supporting evictions, rights abuses at Tanzanian park 06 Oct 2023 12:49:20 +0000 Farmers and herders in southern Tanzania say rangers at Ruaha National Park have committed extrajudicial killings and livestock theft in a bid to drive them off their land to make way for tourists. The allegations form the basis of a complaint submitted to the Inspection Panel of the World Bank, which is providing financial support […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 99% of Caatinga biome could lose plant species due to climate change: Study 06 Oct 2023 10:29:40 +0000 The Amazon Rainforest — together with other forests around the globe — lies at the center of concern over climate changes inside Brazil and worldwide. Yet little is studied and even less said about the dry, hot tropical biomes like the Caatinga, which occupies around 800,000 square kilometers (310,000 square miles, roughly the size of […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Applications open for Airbus’s ‘Satellites for Biodiversity Award’ 06 Oct 2023 08:29:56 +0000 The Airbus Foundation and the Connected Conservation Foundation have announced the second edition of their “Satellites for Biodiversity Award.” Aiming to encourage the use of high-resolution satellite imagery for biodiversity conservation purposes, the call for applications opened earlier this month. Individual researchers as well as nonprofit organizations have until Dec. 15 to send in their […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Cut down once again: Uncontrolled logging puts new Sahel reforestation projects at risk 06 Oct 2023 07:00:39 +0000 This report was produced with the support of the Rainforest Journalism Fund in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. MOKOLO, Cameroon — The sun is already beating down this morning, a Saturday in July, at Mansour-Sabongari village. Young locals sit chatting in the shade of a forest plantation developed by the  Reforestation 1400 project. The project […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 World owes it to Tanzania to keep Eastern Arc forests standing, study shows 06 Oct 2023 05:55:17 +0000 Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains, home to nearly 5,000 different plant species and dozens of amphibians unique to each isolated massif, provide the world with ecosystem services worth more than $8 billion, a group of international scientists says. But the challenge lies in translating more of the value of intact forest landscape there into benefits for […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Pope Francis condemns world leaders for deeply flawed UN climate process 05 Oct 2023 21:58:41 +0000 In the runup to the COP28 climate conference in December, which critics say has been largely co-opted by fossil fuel interests, Pope Francis has issued a strongly worded document critical of world leaders who make bold climate promises then fail to act.]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Frogs in the pot: Two in five amphibian species at risk amid climate crisis 05 Oct 2023 18:38:53 +0000 A new study published in Nature has found that more than 8,000 amphibian species are at a substantially higher risk of extinction than they were since the last assessment in 2004. Today, two in five amphibians are threatened with extinction, making them among the most imperiled animal groups. Between 2004 and 2022, climate change became […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 World Bank still backs coal in Asia, despite climate claims, report reveals 05 Oct 2023 18:36:37 +0000 The World Bank continues to indirectly finance some of Asia’s largest coal developers despite its pledges to stop doing so and align with the Paris Agreement, according to a new report from environmental and economic watchdogs. The report, by Inclusive Development International, Recourse and Indonesia-based civil society organization Trend Asia, shows that the World Bank’s […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Sustainable infrastructure in the Pan Amazon: In search of an oxymoron 05 Oct 2023 16:30:05 +0000 The macroeconomic hypothesis that infrastructure investments stimulate economic growth assumes that these physical assets overcome a logistical or systemic constraint on production. In practice, this requires for individual projects to be the subject to an objective feasibility analysis, are priced fairly, and have been approved after the full evaluation of their social and environmental impacts. […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Up in the air: Study finds microplastics in high-altitude cloud water 05 Oct 2023 16:04:12 +0000 The more we learn about plastic, the more we find it everywhere. Research has shown that tiny microplastic particles litter the world’s oceans and rivers, from the Arctic and Antarctic. Microplastics are in the soils where fruits and vegetables grow. They’re found in the internal organs of wildlife. Scientists have even detected plastic in human […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 What does land mean to Australia’s Indigenous groups fighting logging? 05 Oct 2023 15:57:29 +0000 BELLINGEN, Australia — A coastal breeze can be felt through the rustling eucalyptus leaves of blackbutt, ironbark and tallowwood trees in the old-growth native forest now known as Newry on the coast of the state of New South Wales, in present-day Australia. A faint, melodic creaking sound is audible from a twisted grey gum tree […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 ‘Wasn’t us,’ fire-hit Indonesia claims as Malaysia chokes on poor air quality 05 Oct 2023 15:04:58 +0000 JAKARTA — A diplomatic spat has once again flared up between Southeast Asian neighbors Indonesia and Malaysia, sparked by smoke from forest fires in the former that have reportedly crossed over into the latter. Air quality in parts of Malaysia have worsened in recent days, with the national environmental department recording unhealthy air quality in […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Indonesian children locked out of school as El Niño haze chokes parts of Sumatra & Kalimantan 05 Oct 2023 14:04:39 +0000 Regional governments in wildfire-hit Indonesia shuttered schools in the first week October, as sickly air pollution continued to cloak several population centers in Kalimantan and Sumatra. Local authorities in Central Kalimantan, Jambi and South Sumatra provinces have all announced either restricted teaching times or closure of schools altogether, with the changes affecting children throughout primary […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 VIDEO: The truth about Cambodia’s Prey Lang sanctuary | Chasing Deforestation 05 Oct 2023 12:30:11 +0000 PREY LANG, Cambodia — Cambodia has among the worst rates of forest loss of any nation, and Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary is a quintessential case. The protected area has long faced relentless devastation in near-total obscurity, with many observers saying that Prey Lang’s status as a sanctuary exists only on paper. In this episode of […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0 Brazil’s Indigenous women march again for the rights of their people and lives 05 Oct 2023 09:53:05 +0000 “Our voice is a political voice,” says Samela Sateré Mawé, communicator of the National Articulation of Indigenous Women Warriors of Ancestry (ANMIGA) and Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). To the sound of traditional musical instruments, songs and prayers, around 8,000 Indigenous women from the six Brazilian biomes took part in the III March […]]]> Mongabay]]> 0