In oil palm-dominated Malaysia, agroforestry orchards are oases of bird life: Study

In oil palm-dominated Malaysia, agroforestry orchards are oases of bird life: Study

Malaysia is the second-largest palm oil producer in the world, behind only Indonesia. In 2020 alone, Malaysia was responsible for more than a quarter of global palm oil production. But for the country’s forests and wildlife, plantation agriculture is an industry that comes at a cost. Across Peninsular Malaysia, where nearly half of the country’s […]

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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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Himalayan musk deer talk to each other through poop, but poachers are also listening

Himalayan musk deer talk to each other through poop, but poachers are also listening

KATHMANDU — On April 25, 2020, barely a month after the country went into COVID-19 lockdown, authorities at Nepal’s Sagarmatha National Park reported “one of the worst cases of poaching in recent years”: Six Himalayan musk deer (Moschus leucogaster) had been found killed by poachers. Officials from the park, situated in the Everest foothills, said […]

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Human disturbance is pitting wolverines against an unlikely competitor: Coyotes

Human disturbance is pitting wolverines against an unlikely competitor: Coyotes

In March this year, headlines across the United States announced the rare sighting of an elusive creature in Yellowstone National Park: the wolverine. In the accompanying photographs, a lumbering, blackish-brown animal stands in profile on a snowy road. The individual, thought to be one of only around 10 wolverines that call Yellowstone home, continued on […]

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