Environmental stories from around the web, March 15, 2019

  • 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

Norway and Ethiopia could build on their collaboration to address climate change through forest protection (allAfrica).

Representatives from Liberia and the EU reaffirmed their pledge to stop illegal logging of the West African country’s forests (FrontPageAfrica).

Ecosystems shift with the loss of predators, according to research in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park (Pacific Standard).

The construction of a 4,300-kilometer (2,700-mile) road in Indonesian Papua has sparked violent uprisings from local populations (The Wall Street Journal).

A new study tracks the importance of parks and other protected areas in East Africa (University of California, Davis).

Fuel oil continues to leak from a ship into the ocean around the Solomon Islands after it ran aground more than a month ago (Smithsonian, Earth.com).

Other news

Students around the world are striking to ignite action on climate change (CNN, The Guardian).

New research has found that air pollution is a lot deadlier than once thought (The Guardian, Pacific Standard).

The U.S. Department of the Interior sidelined concerns from scientists about the damage of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (E&E News).

Indigenous understanding of fire’s role in the landscape could help land managers (Ensia).

Rising seas could dwarf the damage to California from past earthquakes and wildfires (Los Angeles Times).

Dozens of passengers were reportedly injured when their ferry struck a whale in Japan (BBC News).

Scientists and conservationists are starting to prepare for invasive species before they cause problems (Undark).

The new budget from the White House proposes cutting funding for renewable energy research and science in general (Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times).

Research shows that convincing arguments about climate change are more likely to rest on emotions than facts (Undark).

Banner image of a “FridaysForFuture” demonstration in Berlin, Germany, by Leonhard Lenz via Wikimedia Commons (CC0). 

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