Environmental stories from around the web, June 14, 2019

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

A new project in the Democratic Republic of Congo aims to use degraded land to grow biomass that will then power towns and villages (CIFOR Forests News).

Companies in Europe need to do more to end deforestation, says a sustainable trade initiative (Bloomberg).

A commentator cautions about the permanence of deforestation (Forbes).

Under a new law, the U.S. would reduce the debt of countries that protect their forests and reefs (Thomson Reuters).

A pride of 14 lions left the confines of Kruger National Park in South Africa, worrying local authorities (EnviroNews Nigeria).

Elders in a Cambodian community are taking to the front lines in the fight against deforestation (EuroNews).

A new book explores our relationship with elephants in Asia (Undark).

Other news

WWF has released a list of biodiversity-preserving foods (WBUR).

Research demonstrates the huge carbon footprint of Bitcoin (Pacific Standard).

Beleaguered coal mine secures final permit in Australia (The New York Times).

Canada is getting rid of single-use plastics (The New York Times, Reuters).

Carbon taxes are a non-starter for a group of conservative organizations in the U.S. (The Hill).

Climate change at its current pace will kill off 17 percent of life in the ocean, a new study has found (Los Angeles Times, AP).

Two hours of nature a week will keep the doctor away, new research shows (The New York Times).

Researchers are using radar to track the swarming migrations of insects (The New York Times).

Banner image of a lion in South Africa by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. 

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