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To celebrate Earth Day, we want to share some happy environmental news with our readers.

Deforestation alerts in the Brazilian Amazon fall to a 5-year low

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/deforestation-alerts-in-the-brazilian-amazon-fall-to-a-5-year-low/

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To celebrate Earth Day, we want to share some happy environmental news with our readers.

Lebanese youths take up rods and reels to learn sustainable fishing

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/03/lebanese-youths-take-up-rods-and-reels-to-learn-sustainable-fishing/

by Amélie David

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Mindanao, the Philippines’ second largest island group, has a troubled history of conflict dating back to the Spanish colonial era in the 16th century.

A recent study of Mindanao found that higher levels of both state and non-state conflict correlated with reduced biodiversity and forest cover.

by Keith Anthony S. Fabro
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/in-philippines-restive-south-conflict-is-linked-to-reduced-biodiversity/

#News #Conservation #Environment #Biodiversity #Forests

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Beset by criticism over its environmental and social impacts, the controversial project of building Indonesia’s new capital city in the Bornean jungle has finally come out with guidelines for biodiversity management.

The country’s president has hailed the Nusantara project as a “green forest city,” but just 16% of its total area is currently intact rainforest.

By Hans Nicholas Jong
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/indonesian-capital-project-finally-gets-guidelines-to-avoid-harm-to-biodiversity/

#News #Conservation #Environment #Indonesia #Biodiversity

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In recent years, state and corporate actors have been hesitant to adopt measures to reach climate and biodiversity goals, in some cases watering down regulatory frameworks or pulling out of voluntary commitments.

Industry experts, the private sector and environmental organizations say this is not surprising, but for different reasons: Some argue the measures are too difficult to meet, while others say parties are putting profits before sustainability.

By Aimee Gabay
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/international-hesitancy-to-adopt-environmental-regulations-threatens-indigenous-rights/

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Mongabay is thrilled to announce the expansion of its editorial team and is currently seeking a Wire Reporter.

The Wire Reporter will produce at least three short, non-technical articles daily about conservation and environmental issues in English.

https://mongabay.org/programs/news/opportunities/wire-reporter/

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Journalist Dahr Jamail joins the Mongabay Newscast to discuss the history and present context of resource wars, which he says are putting pressure on the planet’s ecological limits.

Noted for his work as an unembedded journalist during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Jamail says resource-based motives are behind many if not most conflicts today.

by Mike DiGirolamo, Rachel Donald
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/resource-wars-and-the-geopolitics-behind-climate-fueled-conflicts/

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Sargassum, a type of brown macroalgae, has been inundating beaches across the Caribbean since 2011. The seaweed has harmed Caribbean economies and human health, making it a national emergency in some island-nations.

Over the past decade, entrepreneurs and scientists have found ways to turn sargassum into nutrient-rich biofertilizers, biostimulants and other organic products to boost agricultural yields while cutting back on chemicals.

By Marlowe Starling
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/caribbean-startups-are-turning-excess-seaweed-into-an-agroecology-solution/

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Scientists say that coral reefs are currently undergoing a global bleaching event, with more than 54% of the world’s coral reef areas in the territorial waters of over 50 countries experiencing heat stress. According to one scientist, the percentage of areas dealing with bleaching-level heat stress “has been increasing by roughly 1% per week.”

by Elizabeth Claire Alberts
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/global-coral-beaching-now-underway-looks-set-to-be-largest-on-record/

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@zleap Thanks for letting us know!

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In February 2024, Papua New Guinea’s parliament passed the Protected Areas Bill, first introduced two decades ago, into an act, which aims to establish a national system of protected areas to achieve the conservation target of protecting 30% of PNG’s territory by 2030.

By Spoorthy Raman
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/conservationists-welcome-new-png-protected-areas-act-but-questions-remain/

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Mongabay is excited to expand its editorial team by seeking a Staff Writer for West and Central Africa.

The Staff Writer will be primarily responsible for generating news and feature stories within the region. This role involves developing and producing articles in close collaboration with Mongabay’s editorial team to discuss story ideas and coverage plans.

https://mongabay.org/programs/news/opportunities/staff-writer-west-and-central-africa/

#News #Environment #Conservation #JournalismJobs #Opportunities #EnvironmentalJournalism

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Bonobos have a reputation of being the hippies of the ape world, due to their propensity to “make love, not war.”

But a new study reveals that bonobos, found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo, may not be as peaceful as once thought.

by Ryan Truscott
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/bonobos-the-hippy-apes-may-not-be-as-peaceful-as-once-thought/

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People from the Caatinga, geraizeiros, veredeiros, Quilombolas and Indigenous communities in the northern region of Minas Gerais, in Brazil, have been generating income by harvesting native fruits such as umbu, buriti, coquinho azedo and pequi.

Valuing native species plays a crucial role in preserving the health of threatened biomes.

By Sibélia Zanon
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/between-brazils-caatinga-cerrado-communities-profit-from-native-fruits/

#News #Conservation #Environment #Agriculture #IndigenousPeople

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An international team of scientists has created the largest and most detailed bird family tree ever, spanning 93 million years and representing 92% of bird families species, using cutting-edge computational methods and a supercomputer to analyze vast amounts of genomic data.

By Liz Kimbrough
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/a-new-and-improved-bird-family-tree-shows-rapid-post-dinosaur-evolution/

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A new study indicates that significant networks of informal, unmapped and unregulated roads sprawl into forest-rich regions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Slipping beneath the purview of environmental governance, construction of these “ghost roads” typically precede sharp spikes in deforestation and represent blind spots in zoning and law enforcement, the study says.

By Carolyn Cowan
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/unseen-and-unregulated-ghost-roads-carve-up-asia-pacific-tropical-forests/

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Recent research has revealed human contamination by pesticides in the Brazilian Cerrado, following a previous study that also found contamination in tapirs in the region.

This research shows how animals are providing information and inspiration for research with humans, while emphasizing that the stress endured by South America’s largest terrestrial mammal is also evidenced in people.

by Michael Esquer
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/tapirs-in-brazils-cerrado-inspire-research-on-human-health-pesticides/

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As the urgency for impactful environmental journalism grows in the face of escalating environmental challenges, Mongabay is proud to welcome three exceptional journalists to the Y. Eva Tan Conservation Reporting Fellowship. This program is designed to nurture the talents of emerging environmental journalists from biodiversity hotspots in tropical countries.

https://mongabay.org/three-early-career-journalists-enter-mongabays-conservation-reporting-fellowship/

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New research comparing data from the two largest-ever elephant surveys reveals the overall population in the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area is stable, but also uncovers some concerning local trends.

Elephant numbers in Botswana, home to more elephants than any other country, are stable overall, but declining numbers in areas where hunting is permitted, and increasing numbers in protected areas, suggest underlying issues for elephants.

By Jim Tan
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/analysis-of-largest-elephant-surveys-ever-shows-stable-population-but-disturbing-trends/

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Because of her opposition to mining, indiscriminate logging in forests and the social and environmental consequences of oil exploration, María Alis Ramírez was forced to abandon her farm in Caquetá, in southern Colombia, and move across the world.

The various threats she received because of her work as an environmental defender forced her and her family to first move to New Zealand, where she arrived as a refugee in 2019.

by Laila Abu Shihab Vergara
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/alis-ramirez-the-defender-of-the-colombian-amazon-now-living-as-a-refugee-in-new-zealand/

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The offshore islets and reefs of the South China Sea have been the stage of intense geopolitical standoffs for decades, as the region’s coastal states compete for territorial control of the productive maritime area that includes oil and gas fields and reef and oceanic fisheries.

By Carolyn Cowan
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/island-building-and-overfishing-wreak-destruction-of-south-china-sea-reefs/

#News #Conservation #Environment #Oceans #MarineConservation

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Many of the world’s small wildcats are enigmatic, elusive and roam beyond the media spotlight enjoyed by their big cat cousins. But you could be forgiven for never having heard of Latin America’s cloud forest-dwelling small cat Leopardus pardinoides, as researchers only recently described it as a new species.

By Sean Mowbray
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/a-tiger-cat-gains-new-species-designation-but-conservation-challenges-remain/

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The World Bank’s independent watchdog, the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), has finalized its investigation into a complaint filed five years ago, alleging grave human rights violations by communities living near the Salala Rubber Corporation in Liberia.

By Victoria Schneider
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/world-banks-ifc-under-fire-over-alleged-abuses-at-liberian-plantation-it-funded/

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The rewilding of 50 captive-bred spotted softshell turtles has sparked hope among conservationists for the future of the rare and threatened species in Vietnam, a country where softshell turtles are widely considered a culinary delicacy.

Described by scientists as recently as 2019, the species is considered critically endangered throughout its range in China and Southeast Asia due to hunting for human consumption and habitat loss.

By Carolyn Cowan
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/spotted-softshell-turtle-release-boosts-reptile-conservation-in-vietnam/

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The overall rate of primary forest loss across the tropics remained stubbornly high in 2023, putting the world well off track from its net-zero deforestation target by 2030, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute.

The few bright spots were Brazil and Colombia, where changes in political leadership helped drive down deforestation rates in the Amazon.

By Hans Nicholas Jong
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/tropical-forest-loss-puts-2030-zero-deforestation-target-further-out-of-reach/

#News #Conservation #Environment #TropicalForests #Deforestation #Forests

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