Environment

Only Six Northern White Rhinos in the World

Suni. Photo by: the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Suni. Photo by: the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

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...




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  • 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

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  • 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

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    New Species of Wolf Snake Discovered in India

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  • 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

  • Fires in the Tripa peat swamp. Photo courtesy of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

    Indonesia Palm Oil Company Appeals to Supreme Court

    Oil palm company PT. Kallista Alam has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court continuing the closely-watched legal battle set to redefine Indonesia’s commitment to... Read more

  • Oil palm promotional poster along the highway near Lengpui airport. Photo courtesy of TR Shankar Raman.

    India Plans Huge Palm Oil Expansion, Forests At Risk

         Palm oil, a ubiquitous ingredient in supermarket products ranging from shampoos and cosmetics to processed foods, comes at a huge environmental cost. Between... Read more

  • Recent deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Photo by Alexander Lees of the Goeldi Museum.

    Small Farmers Play Big Role in Deforestation

       Smallholder properties account for a rising proportion of overall deforestation in Brazilian Amazon, suggesting that Brazil’s progress in cutting forest loss through stricter law... Read more

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    Examining Forest Restoration Commitments

       The United Nations Climate Summit at the end of September saw a host of governments, agencies and organizations rally around an international agreement aimed... Read more


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