Environmental stories from around the web, December 28, 2018

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  • Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.
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Tropical forests

Communities in Malawi are replanting forests to save a tree threatened by deforestation (Nyasa Times).

New research in South America finds that, with tree plantations, the bad outweighs the good for local communities (CIFOR Forests News).

Conservation continues despite violence in the troubled Central African Republic (DW).

The deforestation rate in Nigeria reaches 3.7 percent, concerning the country’s leaders (New Telegraph).

Kenyan prisoners are replanting trees to battle deforestation in the country (African News Network).

Experts say that researchers need to study the results from REDD+, a strategy to slow deforestation and encourage economic development, to understand its impacts (CIFOR Forests News).

An Indian investor is looking for ways to help forests recover after mining (Nagpur Today).

Other news

Ice from the Arctic is melting enough to send 12,700 metric tons (14,000 tons) of water into the ocean per second — enough to raise its level by 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) since the 1970s (The Washington Post).

Authorities have found guns from a U.S. manufacturer being used by poachers in Africa (The New York Times).

The U.K. is wrestling with whether to outlaw the import of trophies from big game hunting (The Guardian).

A new method for mining the genome sheds light on how species evolve (University of Gothenburg).

Scientists have discovered a new species of gecko in India (Research Matters).

Business leaders suggest that technology could help address the massive loss of species around the world (Forbes).

Banner image of ice in the Arctic by Ansgar Walk, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).

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