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Chocolate and agroforestry accelerate in El Salvador

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Cacao, which is the main ingredient in chocolate, is making a comeback in El Salvador. Centuries ago the crop was so valued that it...

U.S. call to drill off all coasts, economic and ecological folly?

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90 billion barrels of recoverable oil, plus 327 trillion cubic feet of natural gas lie untapped offshore on the U.S. continental shelf. In January,...

Mysterious new butterfly named after YouTuber Emily Graslie

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Scientists have named a new species of butterfly for Emily Graslie, the writer, producer and host of the YouTube channel The Brain Scoop, and...

Camera traps nab crop-raiding animals near farms in the Amazon

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A team of scientists from the UK and Brazil used an array of 132 camera traps to snap more than 60,000 photographs around 47...

Illegal cattle ranching deforests Mexico’s massive Lacandon Jungle

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According to authorities and residents, cattle from Central America are brought to Mexico illegally over the porous border with Guatemala and left to graze...

Two dozen Latin American countries sign agreement to protect environmental defenders

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The Principle 10 treaty deals mainly with the defense of environmentalists, promoting transparency in public access to environmental information, and shoring up environmental democracy...

Hope for the rarest hornbill in the world (commentary)

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There are three Critically Endangered hornbill species in the world. The rarest, the Sulu hornbill in the Philippines, is little studied, does not occur...

Small hydropower a big global issue overlooked by science and policy

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Brazil recently announced an end to its mega-dam construction policy, a strategy other nations may embrace as understanding of the massive environmental and social...

In blood-sucking leeches, scientists find a genetic snapshot of local wildlife

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Scientists have identified mammals present at sites in Asia by examining the DNA in the blood sucked by leeches.They found that the nearly 750...

Debates heat up as Indonesian palm oil moratorium is about to...

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Announced two years ago, a moratorium on new oil palm permits in Indonesia is about to be signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.But a...

Rare newborn western lowland gorilla filmed in the wild

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The baby gorilla was born on Feb. 17 in the rainforests of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo, according to WCS.The infant...

Sarawak makes 80% forest preservation commitment, but some have doubts

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The Malaysian state of Sarawak is committing to the preservation of 80 percent of its land area as primary and secondary forest, according to...
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