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Planetary boundary pioneer Johan Rockström awarded 2024 Tyler Prize

  2024-02-29 in Mongabay

The 2024 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement has gone to Johan Rockström who led the team of international researchers who originated the planetary boundary framework in 2009.

Rewilding Ireland: ‘Undoing the damage’ from a history of deforestation

  2024-02-27 in Mongabay

Rewilding advocate Eoghan Daltun was unsatisfied with life in Dublin, so he sold his property and bought a farm on the Beara Peninsula of southwestern Ireland. His plan was simple: remove the invasive plant species and then put up a fence to keep out the goats and nonnative sika deer. The land did the rest, […]

  Tagged under: Rewilding

Detailed NASA analysis finds Earth and Amazon in deep climate trouble

  2023-12-21 in Mongabay

Study finds Earth could reach 2° Celsius (3.6° Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels by 2040 and shows regional climate variables in fine detail. These findings, along with others, are very worrying for the Brazilian Amazon.

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Brazil

Science panel presents COP28 with blueprint for saving the Amazon

  2023-12-13 in Mongabay

Five policy briefs released at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai call for urgently protecting the Amazon Rainforest from degenerating into a dry savanna, providing insights about what drives destruction and degradation in the region and solutions for securing the basin’s sustainable future. The reports were published Dec. 9 by the Science Panel for the […]

  Tagged under: COP28 | Amazon Rainforest

South Africa’s penguins heading toward extinction; will no-fishing zones help?

  2023-10-17 in Mongabay

CAPE TOWN — The endangered African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) could be extinct in the wild in just over a decade. To protect the bird’s food supply and slow its population collapse, South Africa is throwing a protective no-fishing cordon around its main breeding colonies. But the devil is in the details, and conservationists say time […]

  Tagged under: Fish | Collapse | Africa

Cut down once again: Uncontrolled logging puts new Sahel reforestation projects at risk

  2023-10-06 in Mongabay

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 […]

  Tagged under: Africa | Trees

Jakarta snags ‘most polluted’ title as air quality plunges and officials dither

  2023-08-17 in Mongabay

JAKARTA — Millions of residents of Jakarta have for the past several weeks suffered from some of the worst air pollution recorded anywhere in the world. Even President Joko Widodo has been affected by the problem — a problem his own administration refused to address even after being ordered to do so by a court […]

Mycorrhizal fungi hold CO2 equivalent to a third of global fossil fuel emissions

  2023-06-13 in Mongabay

Plants and fungi struck a deal way back when. More than 400 million years ago, plants began trading sugar made from sunlight (a.k.a. carbon) for some of the soil nutrients gathered by mycorrhizal fungi. Nearly 90% of all land plants are now part of this arrangement, so scientists estimated that the amounts of carbon flowing […]

Indigenous chief shot in head in Brazil’s ‘palm oil war’ region; crisis group launched

  2023-05-16 in Mongabay

This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center’s Rainforest Investigations Network where Karla Mendes is a fellow.   A prominent Indigenous leader was shot in the head on May 14 in the Brazilian Amazon, intensifying the cry for justice in a dubbed “palm oil war” region where violence against land activists keeps systematically soaring without […]

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Activism | Brazil

Invisible destruction: 38% of remaining Amazon forest already degraded

  2023-02-13 in Mongabay

When we speak about destruction of the Amazon, deforestation data are often the reference. Over the last few decades, it is the rates of clear cutting that are best documented, making headlines and guiding environmental protection strategies. “Historically, deforestation was the main driver of land use change in the Amazon. Between 1975 and 1985, almost […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Land Use | Trees

Biden-Lula meeting: The time is right for U.S. and Brazil to work together for Amazonia (commentary)

  2023-02-10 in Mongabay

The Amazon rainforest and its people have gone through tough times recently. For the last four years, under Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the region has experienced increasing deforestation and the dismantling of agencies intended to protect the environment and support indigenous communities. With the recent election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, or “Lula,” Brazilians […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Joe Biden | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil

Liberian courts rubber-stamp export shipment of illegal logs

  2023-01-27 in Mongabay

Last week, a timber company won a controversial lawsuit against Liberia’s Forestry Development Authority when a court ordered the agency to allow a shipment of illegal logs to be exported overseas. Liberian environmental groups say the ruling is emblematic of a breakdown of the laws regulating the country’s logging sector under the current president, George […]

  Tagged under: Trees

From Japan to Brazil: Reforesting the Amazon with the Miyawaki method

  2023-01-24 in Mongabay

When Takushi Sato left Japan for Belém, Brazil, in 1971, he never imagined what he would go through. By 2000, as the manager of a timber company that shipped Brazilian wood to Japan, he was tired of being extorted by officials from IBAMA, the environmental protection agency, to get the required export documents, he recalled. […]

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Japan

Wildfires are climbing up the snowiest mountains of the western U.S.

  2022-12-14 in Mongabay

In the western United States, natural periods of fire and snow are cyclical. The summer brings wildfire season, and the winter brings ski season. But as the globe warms, these cycles have become erratic and less reliable, with dramatic impacts on the region’s vital water supply. Now, researchers have shown that severe wildfires are diminishing […]

  Tagged under: Wildfires

Arctic sea ice loss to increase strong El Niño events linked to extreme weather: Study

  2022-10-24 in Mongabay

As Arctic sea ice begins melting out fully in summer, the frequency of strong El Niños could increase by 35% by century's end, causing extreme weather events to increase, says recent modeling study.

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Arctic | Ice Melting | El Niño

With rights at risk, Indigenous Brazilians get on the ballot to fight back

  2022-09-27 in Mongabay

It was 35 years ago that Ailton Krenak, while painting his entire face with the black dye of the jenipapo fruit, protested against violence against Indigenous peoples in one of Brazil’s highest seats of power: the speaker’s podium in the lower House of Congress. “There is Indigenous blood in every hectare of Brazil’s 8 million […]

  Tagged under: US Politics | Brazil

‘Amped-up citizen science’ to save the world: Q&A with Conservation AI Hub’s Grant Hamilton

  2022-08-19 in Mongabay

Conservation apps have emerged in recent years as an efficient and cost-effective way to get citizens to monitor and document wildlife across the world. But an Australian initiative is going one step further. In a bid to detect and save the country’s dwindling koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) population, Conservation AI Hub has, since the beginning of […]

  Tagged under: Bolsonaro | Amazon Rainforest | Wildlife

Climate change amplifies the risk of conflict, study from Africa shows

  2022-07-13 in Mongabay

In October 2021, the city of Guriel in Somalia’s Galguduud region became the epicenter of fierce fighting between the national army and a paramilitary group that left more than 100 people dead and displaced another 100,000. In November, the government declared a national emergency as drought intensified over 80% of the country, including in Galguduud. […]

  Tagged under: Drought | Conflict | Climate Change | Africa

Amazon deforestation is off to the fastest start to a year since 2008

  2022-07-08 in Mongabay

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is off to the fastest start for the first half of any year since 2008 according to government data published today. Deforestation alert data from Brazil’s national space research institute INPE shows that 3,988 square kilometers of forest have been cleared within the Brazilian Amazon since January 1, a 17 […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Trees

From land mines to lifelines, Lebanon’s Shouf is a rare restoration success story

  2022-03-23 in Mongabay

SHOUF BIOSPHERE RESERVE, Lebanon — Late afternoon light falls across Talal Riman’s weathered face as he stands under the ancient cedars he’s tended for almost three decades in Lebanon’s Shouf Biosphere Reserve (SBR). Riman used to defend these trees against would-be loggers and human-caused forest fires with a pump-action shotgun. Now, the SBR team protects […]

  Tagged under: Forest Fires | Trees

Activists vow to take EU to court to fight its forest biomass policies

  2022-03-14 in Mongabay

The EU remains committed to burning forests to make energy, despite conclusive scientific evidence of its climate destabilizing impacts. In a new strategy, forest advocates plan to take the EU to court to fight that policy.

  Tagged under: Activism | Trees

‘Everything is on fire’: Flames rip through Iberá National Park in Argentina

  2022-02-24 in Mongabay

The fires were still several miles away, but Talía Zamboni and her colleagues wanted to work fast. Early in the morning on Feb. 23, they traveled to San Alonso Island in Argentina’s Iberá National Park, where several giant river otters were being housed in a large enclosure, awaiting their release into the wild. But today […]

  Tagged under: Argentina | Rivers

Indonesia’s biodiesel program fuels deforestation threat, report warns

  2021-06-09 in Mongabay

JAKARTA — A new report has added to growing concerns that Indonesia’s ambitious program to increase its use of palm oil-based biodiesel will drive greater deforestation across the country. The report, by London-based nonprofit CDP, an international platform for the disclosure of environmental risks, warns of conflicting policies and lack of transparency around biofuel regulations […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Indonesia

“Securing Indigenous guardianship of vital ecosystems”: Q&A with Nia Tero CEO Peter Seligmann

  2021-02-23 in Mongabay

One of the dominant trends in conservation over the past 20 years has been growing recognition of the contributions Indigenous peoples have made toward conservationists’ goals of protecting biodiversity, wild places, and ecosystem functions. Lands stewarded by Indigenous peoples and local communities sequester at least a sixth of forest carbon and house 80% of terrestrial […]

  Tagged under: Trees

European public roundly rejects Brazil trade deal unless Amazon protected

  2021-02-16 in Mongabay

An average 75% of respondents in 12 European nations say the gigantic EU-Mercosur trade pact should not be ratified if Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil doesn’t end Amazon deforestation; EU governments are listening.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil

A wet Amazon may be more resilient to a drying climate than thought: Study

  2021-02-03 in Mongabay

In some of the wettest parts of the Amazon rainforest, dry air may increase plant photosynthesis rates — a response that contradicts the assumptions of many climate models, according to a recent study published in Science Advances. When conditions are dry, plants attempt to retain water by closing the tiny pores on their leaves called […]

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Rainforests

Deforestation rises with incomes in developing economies

  2017-01-30 in Mongabay

Economists have for the first time shown a definitive link between rising incomes and a corresponding uptick in deforestation using satellite mapping data. For a long time, economists have assumed that this more-or-less predictable pattern exists in developing economies, but it’s been difficult to prove. “Until now, nobody had found a way of testing it […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation

Extinction, like climate change, is complicated

  2007-03-26 in Mongabay

Impact of global warming on extinction debated Extinction is a hotly debated, but poorly understood topic in science. The same goes for climate change. When scientists try to forecast the impact of global change on future biodiversity levels, the results are contentious, to say the least. While some argue that species have managed to survive […]

  Tagged under: Global Warming

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