Environment

Indonesia’s Secret Treasures

All photo by Erik Meijaard
All photo by Erik Meijaard

  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...




  • Snow leopard (Rodney Jackson, wikimedia.org)

    India Plans to Save Endangered Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard, one of the most elusive wild cats in the world and one of the most endangered has got the Indian government’s attention. In... Read more

  • A big cat crosses the Mysore-Mananthavadi Highway as commercial vehicles look on. Photo credit: Vikram Nanjappa. Adapted from a 2010 report on wildlife mortality reduction measures in the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve.

    Meet the Newest Enemy to India’s Wildlife

      On the front page of the Times of India from August 20 in the southern city of Bangalore, is a short news piece tucked... Read more

  • Forest conversion for oil palm plantations in Malaysian Borneo in 2012.

    Malaysian Palm Oil Chief Misleads on Deforestation

    One of Malaysia’s top palm oil officials has once again misled the public on the state of forests in Malaysia. Speaking at a recent conference... Read more

  • Construction workers building a solar power plant in Rajasthan. (Photo Bhaskar Deol)

    New Report Series: India’s Burgeoning Solar and Wind Energy Markets Jumpstarting Job Growth

    India’s solar and wind programs have catalyzed rapid growth, providing much needed energy access while creating enormous employment opportunities for India’s workforce, as discussed during... Read more

  • Borneo elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis) are also known as Borneo pygmy elephants, but are not significantly smaller than other Asian elephants. Photo by Cede Prudente, WWF Malaysia.

    Pygmy Elephants Lose Forest to Palm Oil Plantations

      Best estimates put the number of pygmy elephants in Malaysian Borneo at approximately 2,200, but no one can be sure how many have lost... Read more

  • Residential and commercial buildings stand in the Parel area of Mumbai, India, on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg /Getty Images)

    Building Smart Cities in India

    In his Independence Day speech from Old Delhi’s famed Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to replace India’s 64-year-old Planning Commission with a... Read more

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    Scientists Look to Ancient Knowledge for Seasonal Forecasting

    An Australian scientist is working to collate ancient methods of weather prediction in the Pacific, saying that the study could help improve contemporary forecasting tools,... Read more

  • Solar Energy: Improving the Livelihoods of India’s Rural Salt-Pan Farmers

    As India celebrates Independence Day this Friday, August 15th, it will bring with it a history of struggle, conflict, and triumph. It is certain that... Read more

  • The Aldabra banded snail (Rachistia aldabrae) is distinctive, with a dark purple shell encircled by pink rings. Photo by Catherina Onezia, SIF.

    Extinct Snail Found on Island in Indian Ocean

    Once plentiful on a tiny coral atoll in the Indian Ocean, the Aldabra banded snail (Rachistia aldabrae) was declared extinct in 1997 as one of... Read more

  • Desert elephants in Namibia. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    Zambia Ends Trophy Hunting Ban, Elephants Fair Game

      After 20 months, Zambia has lifted its ban on hunting, allowing trophy hunters to target numerous species in the wildlife-rich country including elephants. The... Read more

  • Monarch butterflies produce four generations every year. Most live only a few weeks, but the fourth generation lives several months in order to complete their journey. Photo by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson.

    Monarch Butterfly Considered for Endangered Status

    Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout the North American heartland. In Mexico, where they overwinter, single trees would often be covered in thousands... Read more

  • Northern minke whale. Photo by: NOAA.

    Norway Slaughters Over 700 Whales This Season

    As of late August, Norway has killed 729 northern minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) during its annual whaling season, the highest number taken since 1993. Norway... Read more

  • A sugar cane cutter works on a plantation near Florida on 25 May 2012 in Florida, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.  (Jan Sochor/Latincontent/Getty Images)

    The Greatest Multi-Purpose Garden Tool? A Machete.

    Nothing is better for relieving tension after a long, difficult day than an hour with a machete. You might do spinning classes, pedal a bike... Read more

  • Roberto Franco. Photo © The City Paper

    Two Conservation Scientists Die in Plane Crash

    A conservationist who worked to protect voluntarily isolated tribes in the Amazon rainforest and an indigenous leader were among ten killed in a plane crash... Read more

  • Morelet's tree frog or the Black-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis moreletii) from Central America is Critically Endangered.

    Pictures of Endangered Species

        September 7 is Threatened Species Day, a designation established by the Australian government to commemorate the death of the last remaining thylacine, better... Read more

  • An aerial view of Vlassof Cay in the Great Barrier Reef is seen in Cairns, Australia. Located in Far North Queensland, the Cairns region is one of Australia’s most popular travel destinations with a tropical climate and close proximity to both the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

    New Plan Avoids Mud Dumping in Barrier Reef Park

    BRISBANE, Australia — The government of Australia’s Queensland state approved a plan Monday that will prevent 3 million cubic meters (106 million cubic feet) of... Read more


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