Environmental stories from around the web, September 14, 2018

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

Unbridled logging in the Solomon Islands disproportionately affects women, researchers say (CIFOR Forests News).

Ecologists map out the distribution of tree species in the Amazon (University of Turku/Phys.Org).

Scientists learn from the devastating effects of a hurricane on Puerto Rico’s rainforests (Science Magazine).

Chevron gets a victory in international courts in a case alleging that Texaco, which it acquired in the 1990s, dumped toxic substances in the rainforests of Ecuador (BBC News).

A blockchain initiative aims to protect the rainforest in Peru (Cryptovest).

The end of a conflict doesn’t always mean more deforestation as it has in Colombia, researchers are finding (NBC News).

Charities are chipping in $450 billion in an effort to protect forests and stave off climate change (VOA News).

Critics of a new renewable energy law in Europe say it will increase deforestation (The Guardian).

Other news

New research suggests that climate change will intensify hurricanes (The Washington Post).

Seals are dying from flu and distemper in alarming numbers along the northeastern coast of the United States (The New York Times).

Releasing and burning methane would become easier under new rules proposed by the U.S. EPA (The New York Times).

The pretty flowers of the Nootka lupine, an invasive plant, make it a tough candidate for eradication (The New York Times).

Churches support bird species diversity, a new study has found (The Economist).

Scientists tag the reclusive True’s beaked whale for the first time (NOAA).

Banner image of True’s beaked whales by Ida Eriksson (Futurismo)/de Soto et al., 2017

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