Environmental stories from around the web, December 14, 2018

  • There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.
  • Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.
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Tropical forests

By keeping pests in check, bats could help farmers in Madagascar, reducing the need to expand their farms into nearby rainforests (Science Daily, Scitech Europa).

Corruption allows the “plunder” of Guinea-Bissau’s forests to continue, the Environmental Investigation Agency says (All Africa).

The region around the Mekong River in Southeast Asia is home to nearly 160 new species of plants and animals discovered in 2017 (Vietnam News, Xinhua).

African cocoa producers aren’t ending deforestation (The Guardian, Confectionery News, Thomson Reuters).

Deforestation is down in 2018 in Brazil’s Cerrado (VOA News).

Ghana’s government is taking steps to address illegal logging in the West African country (Ghana Business News).

Conservation groups warn of an illegal mining “epidemic” in the Amazon (CGTN, The New York Times).

Forest and rangeland restoration could help combat climate change in Ethiopia (Thomson Reuters).

Other news

The Tanzanian island of Kisiwa Panza is struggling to cope with climate change (PRI, Reuters).

Carbon emissions limits could be relaxed by the EPA (The Washington Post).

Most of the oldest ice in the Arctic has melted away, scientists warn (The Washington Post).

Environmental groups object to the permits awarded to oil and gas companies in the U.S. that allow them to harm animals in the ocean (The Washington Post).

A new book captures Iceland’s glaciers in photographs, before they’re all gone (The New York Times).

Climate change could be a disaster for the world’s infrastructure, engineers say (Devex).

Conservationists blame geotagging on Instagram for “ruining” natural places (The New York Times).

Heat-tolerant corals could allow reefs to survive in a warmer world (The New York Times).

Other corals are colonizing new terrain in the ocean (Hakai).

Banner image of a coral reef in Indonesia by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.. 

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