Satellites show deforestation surging in Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park

Satellites show deforestation surging in Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park

PEKANBARU, Indonesia — Reportedly home to 3% of the planet’s mammal species and one of the highest levels of lowland plant diversity known to science, Indonesia’s Tesso Nilo National Park is a sanctum for Sumatra’s wildlife – including critically endangered Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) and elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus). But the capacity of Tesso […]

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Indonesia teams up with Germany on Sumatran rhino breeding efforts

Indonesia teams up with Germany on Sumatran rhino breeding efforts

JAKARTA — Indonesian and German scientists are collaborating on assisted reproductive technologies for critically endangered species, with a primary focus on pulling the Sumatran rhino from the brink of extinction. Indonesia’s Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) and Germany’s Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) signed the collaboration agreement in May. It calls for […]

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Drivers of Colombia’s peacetime deforestation weave a complex web

Drivers of Colombia’s peacetime deforestation weave a complex web

When the Colombian government struck its historic peace accord with the paramilitary group FARC in 2016, heralding an end to one of the world’s longest-running wars, scientists and journalists were already contemplating the potential repercussions for Colombia’s wild places. For many, peace brought hope that environmental protection would emerge phoenix-like from the ravages of conflict. […]

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Deforestation-neutral mining? Madagascar study shows it can be done, but it’s complicated

Deforestation-neutral mining? Madagascar study shows it can be done, but it’s complicated

The Ambatovy nickel mine located in a biodiversity-rich Madagascar rainforest made up for the forest lost due to its operation, a recent study in Nature Sustainability concluded. The mine operators did so by reducing deforestation rates in nearby areas designated as “biodiversity offsets.” There are at least 6,000 large mining projects that impinge on forests […]

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World heading towards a devastating insect apocalypse according to new study

World heading towards a devastating insect apocalypse according to new study

Land overuse, resource depletion, and global warming have all had disastrous implications for the world. According to a new study, portions of the planet are now on the verge of an insect apocalypse. The study, which was published in the journal Nature, discovered a link between high-intensity agriculture and the ever-present climate emergency. They discovered […]

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Broad-scale declines in forest birds of the Canadian Acadian Forest due to deforestation

Broad-scale declines in forest birds of the Canadian Acadian Forest due to deforestation

According to recent research headed by Oregon State University that quantifies the effects of forest “degradation” on avian habitat, bird species that reside in wooded areas are under threat from human-caused changes to forest composition. “To date, forest loss has been the main focus of conservation policy, which is well warranted because it has a […]

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