Environment

Coal, Climate and Orangutans in Indonesia

Indonesia has the highest rate of forest loss in the world, with the largest area located in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. At current deforestation rates, little will be left by 2020. Map courtesy of WWF.
Indonesia has the highest rate of forest loss in the world, with the largest area located in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. At current deforestation rates, little will be left by 2020. Map courtesy of WWF.

What do the climate and orangutans have in common? They are both threatened by coal – the first by burning it, and the second by...




  • Fishing cat in Thailand. A new issue of Cat News finds that fishing cats and flat-headed cats require the most research and conservation attention of Southeast Asia's smaller cats. Photo by: Passanan Cutter.

    Saving Asia’s Endangered Cats

     It’s no secret that when it comes to the wild cats of Asia—and, really, cats in general—tigers get all the press. In fact, tigers—down to... Read more

  • Suni. Photo by: the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

    Only Six Northern White Rhinos in the World

    Rhino conservation suffered another tragic setback this weekend with the sudden death of Suni, a male northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) at the Ol... Read more

  • A coal barge passes the Masjid Islamic Center in Samarinda, East Kalimantan. Photo by David Fogarty, August 2014.

    Indonesia Developing Mega Coal Mine

    Global miner BHP Billiton and Indonesian partner PT Adaro are developing what could become the single largest mine in Indonesia in terms of land area,... Read more

  • A pair of orphaned orangutans in Borneo. Many orangutans have become orphaned across the island due to forest loss and conflict with humans. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.

    Zoo Kicks off Campaign for Orangutan Conservation

    If you see people wearing orange this October, it might not be for Halloween, but for orangutans. Chester Zoo‘s conservation campaign, Go Orange for Orangutans, kicks off... Read more

  • Sept. 15, 2014, file photo  shows beach goers cooling off during the Southern California heat wave,  in Huntington Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

    Warming Earth Heading For Hottest Year On Record

    WASHINGTON— Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That’s because global heat... Read more

  • The DRECP – What Is It?

    California’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is here! The draft environmental documents, totaling more than 8,000 pages, were posted online last Tuesday after an... Read more

  • Sky Jacobs (www.wikimedia.org.)

    A Tiny Owl with a Big Problem

    Cactus ferruginous pygmy owls could fit in the palm of your hand. These tiny birds are diurnal (that is, not nocturnal), feed on all manner of birds,... Read more

  • Coquerel's Sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) in Madagascar. Photos by Rhett Butler.

    Governments Increase Funding to Conservation

       On the heels of a report showing that the world is far behind on targets to halve habitat loss, cut pollution, and reduce overfishing,... Read more

  • Jane Goodall. Photo by: Morten Bjarnhof/GANT.

    Jane Goodall Joins Mongabay for Conservation

         Famed primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall—whose image is known the world over—has joined the advisory board of mongabay.org. This is the non-profit branch... Read more

  • Rice and rambutan farmers Komari, 70, and his wife Nur Bety, 60, say an adjacent coal mine has disrupted water supplies, leading to water pollution and reduced yields. Loss of local forests for new coal pits has increased insect and monkey attacks on their crops at Makroman village, near Samarinda, East Kalimantan. Photo by David Fogarty (August 2014).

    Indonesia’s Choice: Coal vs. Environment

       Indonesia cannot build power stations fast enough. And neither can most of its Asian neighbors. Rapid economic and population growth are driving equally rapid... Read more

  • The explosive eruption of Sarychev Volcano, on Russia’s Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan, seen from the International Space Station. (NASA Goddard/Flickr, CC BY)

    Under the Volcano: Predicting Eruptions and Coping With Ash Rain

    Living alongside active volcanoes in places like Japan, the Philippines and especially Indonesia can be uncomfortable. Around half a billion people in the world live... Read more

  • Illegal Logging in Para State, Brazil as revealed by Greenpeace activists. Photo by: © Greenpeace.

    Tracking Illegal Logging Trucks in the Amazon

    Every night empty trucks disappear into the Brazilian Amazon, they return laden with timber. This timber —illegally cut —makes its way to sawmills that sell... Read more

  • Amur Falcon (Alastair Rae from London, United Kingdom/www.wikimedia.org)

    Migrating Amur Falcons Arrive In India

    The early morning hubbub in Pangti village of Nagaland’s Wokha district came to a standstill when the villagers stopped to greet the first flock of... Read more

  • An injured royal bengal tiger is seen inside an enclosure set up by park rangers at Kashara in Chitwan National Park, some 200kms southwest of Kathmandu, on December 27, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

    New Royal Bengal Tiger Project in India Launched

    India is one of last remaining abodes of the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. Only 1706 of this big cat survive in India which means there... Read more

  • The "Thank you tree", designed by Swedish artist Lasse Åberg, represents a number of trees planted in Africa, and is meant to replace cut flowers as a gift to performers. (Courtesy of Vi Agroforestry)

    ‘Thank You Tree’ Contributes to a Better Environment, and Fights Poverty

    STOCKHOLM—A Swedish aid organization has developed a re-usable work of art, in order to replace the flower bouqets frequently given to actors and artists after... Read more

  • Image courtesy orrissadiary

    New Species of Wolf Snake Discovered in India

    India gets a new species of snake and the state of Odisha lends its name to this new snake! In a delightful news for snake... Read more


  • Top