Environmental stories from around the web, September 28, 2018

  • 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

Scientists are using solar-powered smart devices to keep tabs on animals in Borneo (New Scientist).

Policy and technical hurdles are slowing the growth of the biodiesel industry in Indonesia (CIFOR Forests News).

Cambodia’s minister of the interior decries the country’s problems with illegal logging (Phnom Penh Post).

A desire for the meat of chimpanzees and gorillas is driving hunters to seek them out (CIFOR Forests News).

Scientists say we will have to massively overhaul our way of life if we’re going to keep the global temperature rise under 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) (The Guardian).

The Brazilian government has agreed to financially back the Tijuca, the world’s largest urban forest (Brazil Reports).

Other news

Shrinking habitat could endanger a newly discovered species of high-altitude-dwelling hummingbird (Science News).

Conservationists in Chile are working to save the kodkod, the world’s smallest wild cat (Telesur).

Climate change is impacting national parks in the U.S. (The Washington Post).

Underwater art exhibits also support the formation of reefs (The New York Times).

Crackdowns are keeping pace with the rising rate of environmental crimes (U.N. Environment Programme).

Efforts to target high-level leaders of wildlife crime syndicates aren’t working (The New York Times).

More people are turning to a wholly plant-based diet as a way to help the planet (BBC News).

A new protected area the size of Central Park will protect amphibians and other species in Ghana (Rainforest Trust).

Pollution could poison and kill half of all orcas (The Guardian, BBC News, The New York Times).

The head of the U.N. Environment Programme has been castigated for flying too much (BBC News).

Officials relax safety rules for undersea oil wells put in place after the Deepwater Horizon debacle in 2010 (The New York Times).

Banner image of a bushmeat market in the Democratic Republic of Congo by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.

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