Environmental stories from around the web, November 1, 2019


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

The Solomon Islands government has deemed the lease of an island to China illegal (The New York Times, Reuters).

Research shows that glacial rivers pull in carbon faster than tropical forests (The Guardian).

Scientists argue that maintaining the genetic diversity of coffee is key to ensuring its survival in the face of climate change (Scientific American).

Illegal logging is easing up in the Mexican forests where monarch butterflies spend the winter (The Washington Post).

Mountain gorillas are responding to a “concerted conservation campaign” (The Washington Post).

Deforestation as a result of cocoa farming in West Africa continues to rise (The Washington Post).

Macaques help control rats in oil palm plantations (The Economist).

Support for Predict, a decade-long environmental health research project funded by the U.S. government, has tapered off (The New York Times).

A group of Catholic leaders has resolved to help protect the Amazon’s 34 million inhabitants (America Magazine).

Tyson Foods is evaluating the risk of deforestation in its supply chains (Global Meat News).

A foundation in Tanzania is urging the government to require improved cookstoves to halt deforestation (IPP Media).

Other news

A bacterial parasite could be causing problems for corals (Hakai Magazine).

Most Americans would prefer to avoid further drilling for oil and gas, according to a recent poll (The Washington Post).

California condors now number more than 100, nearly 30 years after disappearing in the wild (Hakai Magazine).

Scientists on a clean-air panel that was disbanded in 2018 by the U.S. government have continued to meet independently with the goal of benefiting public health (The Revelator).

Scientists who received funding from hunting organizations signed a letter opposing a trophy-hunting ban that appeared in the journal Science (The Times).

Climate activist Greta Thunberg won’t accept an environmental award (The Washington Post).

A campaign against hyenas in Lebanon based on fear and legend is threatening the country’s national animal (The New York Times).

Text message roaming charges from GPS-tracked eagles cost Russian researchers more than they’d bargained for (HuffPost).

Researchers named a species of beetle that’s new to science Nelloptodes gretae, after Greta Thunberg (The Natural History Museum).

Rex Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO and U.S. secretary of state, testified about allegations of fraud by the company (The New York Times).

Some 150 million people worldwide could be living below the high-tide line by 2050 as a result of sea-level change (The Washington Post).

A new documentary, Anthropocene, heats up the discussion of human impact on the environment (The Revelator).

Banner image of a striped hyena by Vickey Chauhan via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

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