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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...


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    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

  • A giant river otter with a fish in its mouth. Photo by: Frank Hajek.

    Peru River Otters Recovering but Still Threatened

    Lobo de río, or river wolf, is the very evocative Spanish name for one of the Amazon’s most spectacular mammals: the giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis). This... Read more

  • A 45,000-year-old thighbone is showing when humans and neanderthals may have first interbred, and revealing details about our origins. (AOL Screenshot)

    Oldest Bone Ever Sequenced Shows Human/Neanderthal Mating (Video)

    A 45,000-year-old bone is giving us some news about a 50,000-year-old encounter. Look, we can’t play it any other way, this story is about sex... Read more

  • Treasure hunting. (Micheal Coghlan, CC BY)

    Discovering a Viking Hoard: A Day in the Life of a Metal Detectorist

    Metal detecting enthusiast Derek McLennan’s recent discovery of Viking-age artefacts at a site in Dumfries and Galloway is both spectacular and impressive. Not only did... Read more

  • Bill Cannon, archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), walks by the Paisley Caves in Oregon. The human remains in these caves suggest an ancient human population reached what is now the United States at the end of the last Ice Age. (BLM/Wikimedia Commons) Background: A file photo of a glacier lake. (Shutterstock*)

    Ancient Oregon Caves May Change Understanding of Human Habitation in Americas

    A network of caves in rural Oregon, known as the Paisley caves, may contain archaeological evidence of the oldest definitively-dated human presence in North America,... Read more

  • The Lycurgus Cup, at the British Museum. (Wikimedia Commons) Background: A concept image of nanotechnology (Kentoh/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Ancient Roman Nanotechnology Inspires Next-Generation Holograms for Information Storage

    The Lycurgus Cup, as it is known due to its depiction of a scene involving King Lycurgus of Thrace, is a 1,600-year-old jade green Roman... Read more

  • A lot has changed since people first started skiing, which is evident in what archaeologists believe to be a 13 hundred year old medieval ski that has been found in a national park in Norway. (AOL Screenshot)

    1,300 Year-Old Ski Found in Norway (Video)

    Modern skis are high tech sports gear made to be light and easily maneuverable. A lot has changed since people first started skiing, which is... Read more

  • File photo of a wooden bird  (Shutterstock*, effects added by Epoch Times)

    First Robotic Drone Created in 350 BC?

    In 350 B.C., mathematician and founding father of mechanics Archytas of Tarentum invented a wooden mechanical dove. “Archytas’ invention is often cited as the first... Read more

  • Srivatsa Geoglyphs

    Over 50 Ancient Geoglyphs, Including Swastika, Discovered in Kazakhstan

    Archaeologists are calling them the Nazca lines of Kazakhstan – more than 50 giant geoglyphs formed with earthen mounds and timber found stretched across the... Read more

  • Conceptual image of medieval lovers holding hands (Kanwarjit Singh Boparai/iStock/Thinkstock) Background: File photo of a medieval tomb (Commoner28th/iStock/Thinkstock)

    2 Ancient Skeletons Found Holding Hands in Medieval Chapel

    Archaeologists have discovered two skeletons holding hands at an ancient site of pilgrimage, in the newly-discovered Chapel of St Morrell in Leicestershire England. According to... Read more

  • A file photo of a Sanskrit text (Maxim Krasnov/Hemera/Thinkstock, effects added by Epoch Times); Rice (Shutterstock*); Conceptual image of the "flower of life" (Tschitscherin/iStock/Thinkstock)

    The Indian Sage Who Developed Atomic Theory 2,600 Years Ago

    John Dalton (1766 – 1844), an English chemist and physicist, is the man credited today with the development of atomic theory.  However, a theory of... Read more

  • Researchers have found prehistoric cave paintings on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia that might be even older than those found in Europe. (AOL Screenshot)

    Some of the Earliest Cave Paintings Discovered in Indonesia (Video)

    Researchers have found prehistoric cave paintings on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia that might be even older than those found in Europe. Archaeologist Alistair Pike from the... Read more

  • Stencils of hands in a cave in Indonesia. Ancient cave drawings in Indonesia are as old as famous prehistoric art in Europe, according to a new study that shows our ancestors were drawing all over the world 40,000 years ago. And it hints at an even earlier dawn of creativity in modern humans than scientists had thought. (AP Photo/Kinez Riza, Nature Magazine)

    40,000-Year-Old Asian Cave Paintings Shock Archaeologists: Reconsidering History

    WASHINGTON—Ancient cave drawings in Indonesia are as old as famous prehistoric art in Europe, according to a new study that shows our ancestors were drawing all over the world 40,000 years ago. And it... Read more

  • Christopher Columbus and his ship, the Santa Maria. (Wikimedia Commons)

    UNESCO Report: Wreck Off Haiti Not ‘Santa Maria’

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti— The U.N. cultural agency has determined that a shipwreck off northern Haiti is not the Santa Maria, the lost flagship of Christopher Columbus... Read more

  • A light-bulb-like object engraved in a crypt under the Temple of Hathor in Egypt. (Lasse Jensen/Wikimedia Commons)

    Ancient Egypt Illuminated by Electricity?

    Today, we take for granted nightly city skylines, streetlights, and the overall power that drives our modern convenience. But, could the wise-men of ancient Egypt... Read more

  • Fuenta Magna (Courtesy of Bernardo Biados's Research Team) Background: Lake Titicaca in Boliva (Shutterstock*)

    Fuente Magna, the Controversial Rosetta Stone of the Americas

    The Fuenta Magna is a large stone vessel, resembling a libation bowl, that was found in 1958 near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. It features beautifully... Read more

  • The character of Count Dracula, the vampire from Bram Stoker’s novel, was named after the historical figure of Wallachian Prince Vlad III the Impaler, who was also known by the nickname Dracula. Researchers think they have found the dungeon where Dracula was held as a prisoner during the 15th century. (AOL Screenshot)

    Researchers Claim To Have Found Dracula’s Dungeon (Video)

    The character of Count Dracula, the vampire from Bram Stoker’s novel, was named after the historical figure of Wallachian Prince Vlad III the Impaler, who... Read more

  • Main image: Map of China. (Shutterstock*); Left: Photo of an ancient Chinese bronze sword,  similar to the one found at Laozhoulin River in Gaoyou County, China. (Shutterstock*)

    3,000-Year-Old Bronze Sword Discovered in China

    An 11-year-old boy was washing his hands in the Laozhoulin River in Gaoyou County, China, when he felt something hard and metallic. He pulled out... Read more

  • Vlad Tepes

    Archaeologists Believe They’ve Found Dungeons That Held ‘Dracula’

    Archaeologists in Turkey have uncovered a secret tunnel, storage rooms, a military shelter, and two dungeons during restoration work on Tokat Castle, where Vlad III... Read more

  • Left: A file photo of holy water. (Shutterstock*) Top: Heron, a.k.a Hero of Alexandria (Wikimedia Commons) Right: An illustration of an ancient Greek beacon device (image of jar by Didecs/iStock/Thinkstock) Background: Cogs (Shutterstock*; effects added by Epoch Times)

    3 Crazy Ancient Inventions: You’ll Be Surprised What the First Vending Machine Gave Out

    1. Coin-Operated Holy Water Dispenser The first vending machine, invented in the 1st century A.D. by Heron (a.k.a. Hero of Alexandria), worked sort of like... Read more

  • Underwater exploration of the  original foundations of Pavlopetri. (Screenshot/The University of Nottingham/Youtube)

    The 5,000-Year-Old Sunken City in Southern Greece

    In the Peloponnesus region of southern Greece there is a small village called Pavlopetri, where a nearby ancient city dating back 5,000 years resides. However,... Read more

  • Detail from an ancient Venetian golden mosaic showing three Egyptian Arabs in Alexandria. (Shutterstock*)

    1,000-Year-Old Middle Eastern Recipe Book Claims to Have Ultimate Hangover Cure

    Written nearly a thousand years ago, the Kitab al-tabikh (book of cookery) written by Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq, is the most comprehensive work of its kind... Read more


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