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  • Fragmented forests hurt some bat species, may benefit others

    23 September 2014, 4:18 pm by: Tiffany Roufs

    Development of roads and other structures disturb large, continuous patches of habitat for wildlife. This habitat fragmentation is one of the biggest contributors to species extinction, as the local ecology and species interactions are altered. A new study…
  • Leonard DiCaprio to UN Climate Summit: 'You can make history or you will be vilified by it'

    23 September 2014, 3:22 pm by: Jeremy Hance

    Actor, environmental activist, and recently named UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, spoke today to a UN Climate Summit. The summit, which is hosting the largest gathering of world leaders to address the crisis in five years, is meant to pave the way…
  • Dissolving pulp: the threat to Indonesia’s forests you’ve probably never heard of

    23 September 2014, 2:13 pm by: Morgan Erickson-Davis

    If the term “dissolving pulp” evokes nothing for you, you’re not alone. Not many people have heard of it, and the very term “dissolving pulp” is so generic it’s hard to imagine it could be a threat to anything.
  • Climate coup: Rockefeller announces they are dropping fossil fuel investments

    22 September 2014, 5:52 pm by: Jeremy Hance

    In 1870, John D. Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil Company. Rapidly becoming the world's largest oil refiner, Standard made Rockefeller a billionaire and one of the world's greatest philanthropists. 144 years later and John D. Rockefeller's descendants have…
  • Chinese now emit more carbon per capita than Europeans

    22 September 2014, 4:32 pm by: Jeremy Hance

    Last year, the people of China emitted more carbon per person than those in the EU, according this year's Global Carbon Budget. The report, updated annually, also found that global emissions jumped 2.5 percent last year and are set to hit a record high of 40…
  • Over half a million people march for climate action worldwide, shattering turnout predictions

    22 September 2014, 12:26 pm by: Jeremy Hance

    Around 570,000 people took part in marches around the world yesterday calling for action on climate change. By far the largest event was in New York City, which had been dubbed the biggest climate march in history weeks before. Organizers estimate that 400,000…
  • Feeding the planet while saving forests

    22 September 2014, 9:52 am by: Rhett Butler

    Cattle ranching, palm oil production, soy cultivation, and other forms of commercial agriculture drive more than 70 percent of tropical deforestation worldwide, but a global transition could enable the world to produce more food, fuel and fiber without…
  • Extinction island? Plans to log half an island could endanger over 40 species

    22 September 2014, 9:36 am by: Jeremy Hance

    Woodlark Island is a rare place on the planet today. This small island off the coast Papua New Guinea is still covered in rich tropical forest, an ecosystem shared for thousands of years between tribal peoples and a plethora of species, including at least 42…
  • Scientists rebut NYTimes op-ed 'To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees'

    22 September 2014, 4:39 am by: Rhett Butler

    The following is a response from a group of scientists' -- including 6 members of the National Academy, 3 IPCC Lead Authors, and 1 IPCC Co-Chair -- to Dr. Nadine Unger’s September 21, New York Times Op-Ed, "To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees"
  • Palm oil giants announce deforestation moratorium -- effective immediately

    20 September 2014, 8:46 am by: Rhett Butler

    Five of the world's largest palm oil producers have announced an immediate moratorium on palm oil sourced via clearance of potential high carbon stock forests. On Friday, Asian Agri, IOI Corporation Berhad, Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) Berhad, Musim Mas Group and…
  • After 12 years, Indonesia finally ratifies transboundary haze agreement

    19 September 2014, 6:49 pm by: Rhett Butler

    Indonesia ended 12 years of stalling this week, becoming the last ASEAN nation to ratify an agreement on transboundary haze. As smoke from more than 1,200 fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan pushed air pollution in neighboring Singapore to 'unhealthy' levels, the…
  • Changing climate, changing conservation paradigms in Canada's boreal forests

    19 September 2014, 6:13 pm by: Brittany Stewart

    Crackling heat and thick billowing smoke raced across the landscape. After weeks of scorching dry summer weather, the wildfire seemed to hungrily consume the earth. In northern Alberta, Canada, the Richardson fire of 2011 gained particular notoriety for…
  • Is there hope for the vaquita? IUCN calls for action to save world's smallest, rarest porpoise

    19 September 2014, 1:39 pm by: Morgan Erickson-Davis

    Since the baiji was declared extinct in the early aughts, the vaquita has taken its unenviable position as the world’s most threatened cetacean. The tiny porpoise currently numbers around 100, with accidental entanglement in gillnets primarily responsible…
  • Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' Donuts to cut palm oil linked to deforestation

    19 September 2014, 4:18 am by: Rhett Butler

    Two of the world's largest doughnut brands this week committed to sourcing safeguards that move them toward eliminating deforestation from their palm oil supply chains.
  • Brazil cancels Tapajos dam auction due to indigenous concerns

    19 September 2014, 1:16 am by: Rhett Butler

    Brazilian authorities have suspended the auction of the centerpiece of the massive Tapajos hydroelectric complex, reports Agencia Brasil.
  • World population could surpass 13 BILLION by the end of the century

    18 September 2014, 6:14 pm by: Tiffany Roufs

    By 2100, over 13 billion people could be walking the planet. That's the conclusion of a new study published today in Science, which employed UN data to explore the probability of various population scenarios. The new study further demolishes the long-held…
  • Legislation protecting Indonesia's indigenous communities is not good enough, says advocacy group

    18 September 2014, 3:26 pm by: Morgan Erickson-Davis

    Approaching final legalization, an advocacy group for Indonesia’s indigenous communities has asked to postpone passing a bill granting protections to indigenous people, stating some demands still need to be addressed.
  • The cheap option on climate change: recognize indigenous rights to forests

    18 September 2014, 11:35 am by: Tiffany Roufs

    Since 2008, governments have invested $1.64 billion in funds to kick-start REDD+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation…
  • 'The green Amazon is red with indigenous blood': authorities pull bodies from river that may have…

    17 September 2014, 3:46 pm by: Jeremy Hance

    Peruvian authorities have pulled more human remains from a remote river in the Amazon, which may belong to one of the four murdered Ashaninka natives killed on September 1st. It is believed the four Ashaninka men, including renowned leader Edwin Chota Valera,…
  • Camera traps capture ‘fantastically bizarre’ animal behavior in South African park

    17 September 2014, 2:13 pm by: Morgan Erickson-Davis

    Cowbirds ride cattle to pick off their parasites; egrets pal around with wildebeest and eat the small creatures disturbed by their grazing. But mammals riding other mammals is something long-thought pretty much isolated to humans and their domestic creatures.…
  • 'We will win this war': Yeb Saño speaks out on global warming

    17 September 2014, 12:33 pm by: Morgan Erickson-Davis

    Ahead of the upcoming Climate Change Summit to be held in New York, September 23, a Filipino man who last year made headlines around the world on the subject is speaking out.
  • Plantation companies agree to process to define zero deforestation commitments

    17 September 2014, 5:47 am by: Rhett Butler

    A group of palm oil and timber companies that have pledged to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains have agreed to establish a standard for determining what constitutes forest in terms of carbon storage.
  • Activists urge outgoing Indonesian president to protect key forest area before he steps down

    17 September 2014, 4:55 am by: Rhett Butler

    Activists have launched an urgent appeal calling upon outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to step up protection of the only ecosystem that houses Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers.
  • Malayan tiger population plunges to just 250-340 individuals

    16 September 2014, 5:18 pm by: Jeremy Hance

    Malaysia is on the edge of losing its tigers, and the world is one step nearer to losing another tiger subspecies: the Malayan tiger. Camera trap surveys from 2010-2013 have estimated that only 250-340 Malayan tigers remain, potentially a halving of the…
  • From 'production' forests to protected forests, groups work to save Sumatran orangutan habitat. But…

    16 September 2014, 2:03 pm by: Morgan Erickson-Davis

    The orangutan is native exclusively to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra — two regions that have seen the brunt of Indonesia's recent forest destruction due primarily to logging and plantation development. Although there are anywhere from 45,000 to 69,000…
  • Bizarre lizard newest victim of reptile pet trade

    15 September 2014, 12:52 pm by: Jeremy Hance

    If you've never heard of the earless monitor lizard, you're not alone: this cryptic lizard has long-escaped the attention of the larger public. But over the past couple years its bizarre appearance has been splashed across social media sites for reptile…
  • Protected areas do work, concludes study

    15 September 2014, 8:54 am by: Jeremy Hance

    Protected areas are working. That's the conclusion of a new analysis of over 80 different studies on the efficacy of parks and nature reserves in safeguarding wildlife. Published in the open access journal, PLOS ONE, the new study finds that in general…
  • Brazil's planned Tapajós dams would increase Amazon deforestation by 1M ha

    14 September 2014, 7:08 pm by: Rhett Butler

    A plan to build a dozen dams in the Tapajós river basin would drive the loss of an additional 950,000 hectares of rainforest by 2032 by spurring land speculation and mass migration to the region, suggests a new study published by Imazon, a Brazilian NGO.
  • Indonesia's secret treasures: islands passed over by loggers, hunters and conservationists

    14 September 2014, 3:48 am by: Rhett Butler

    As our boat sailed towards the forest-clad island, I had no idea what surprise awaited me. A few months ago I was asked to conduct a wildlife survey on a rarely visited island somewhere in Indonesia. For reasons explained below I will not disclose its name.…
  • Domestic conservation: Indonesia’s rich should step up to save nation’s dwindling natural…

    13 September 2014, 7:52 pm by: Rhett Butler

    Indonesia’s middle and upper classes are becoming increasingly interested and supportive of environmental conservation. Still, they have some way to go to become real leaders and trendsetters on this important issue.

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