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U.S. imports of Amazon crude oil driving expansion of oil operations

U.S. imports of Amazon crude oil driving expansion of oil operations

Crude oil imported to the U.S. from the Amazon, most of which gets refined in California, is driving expansion of oil operations into the rainforest, according to a new report.
No decline in tiger trafficking: new report

No decline in tiger trafficking: new report

Between 2000 and 2015, a total of 801 tiger seizures — equivalent to at least 1,755 tigers — were reported across ...
Fires driving deforestation in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

Fires driving deforestation in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

NGOs recorded 4,097 hectares of forest loss and 187 hotspots in the nationally protected area in the first half of this ...
Going green with the aviation industry (commentary)

Going green with the aviation industry (commentary)

Jeffrey Chatellier is the Indonesia country director of Forest Carbon, an environmental consultancy. Devan Wardwell is an avid environmentalist and specialist ...
Study suggests commercial fishing depletes key nutrients in coral reefs

Study suggests commercial fishing depletes key nutrients in coral reefs

In coral reef ecosystems, fish typically constitute a substantial portion of living biomass and thus represent an important reservoir of nutrients. ...
Chile creates largest marine park in Southeast Pacific

Chile creates largest marine park in Southeast Pacific

With its 300,035 square kilometers, Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park protects 12 percent of Chile’s marine surface territory.
International trade in Barbary macaques banned

International trade in Barbary macaques banned

The Barbary macaque — Europe’s only native, non-human primate — has been up-listed to Appendix I of the CITES, making commercial ...
Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues

Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues

Amid a logging ban, domestic turbulence, and illegal timber harvesting, Myanmar's forests face an uncertain future.
Slave-linked fishing firm thought to have resumed operations in Indonesia

Slave-linked fishing firm thought to have resumed operations in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities have reopened an investigation into Pusaka Benjina Resources, the fisheries minister announced on Friday.
Commercial trade in all eight pangolin species has just been banned

Commercial trade in all eight pangolin species has just been banned

Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa for the seventeenth Conference of ...
Deforestation jumps into Peru reserve, 1,600 hectares of rainforest lost

Deforestation jumps into Peru reserve, 1,600 hectares of rainforest lost

Recently spotted forest loss for agriculture and gold mining threatens endangered wildlife and indigenous communities in El Sira Communal Reserve.
Field Notes: Can we alter endangered species to be more adaptable?

Field Notes: Can we alter endangered species to be more adaptable?

Mongabay offers a glimpse into conservation science in progress: Stephanie Courtney Jones suggests that “pesty” traits that help invasive species spread, ...
Colombia’s peace could pressure the environment

Colombia’s peace could pressure the environment

ith the disbanding of Colombia’s largest military guerrilla group, FARC, Colombia’s forests could come under pressure from developmental goals. Home to ...
Missing data puts thousands of illegally traded wild animals at risk

Missing data puts thousands of illegally traded wild animals at risk

Records of confiscated live wild animals reported to the CITES represent only a fraction of the actual animals being illegally traded, ...
Innovative tax credit takes aim at deforestation in Peru

Innovative tax credit takes aim at deforestation in Peru

Peruvian agricultural shareholders will now have access to an $88 million line of credit.
Conservationists: It’s time for pangolins to be listed on Appendix I of CITES

Conservationists: It’s time for pangolins to be listed on Appendix I of CITES

Increased trade in pangolins is having drastic consequences for their population numbers. In 2008, just two pangolin species were classified as ...
China’s reforestation program a letdown for wildlife, study finds

China’s reforestation program a letdown for wildlife, study finds

The vast majority of forests restored under China’s Grain-for-Green program are monocultures or compositionally simple “mixed” forests, which scientists say spells ...
Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years

Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years

Fewer than 100 ploughshare tortoises remain in the wild, conservationists estimate, and continued poaching of these animals for the illegal pet ...
The Nicaraguan frontier: a treasure trove under siege

The Nicaraguan frontier: a treasure trove under siege

Nicaragua is home to what is perhaps the last wild frontier of Central America — but its wild areas are under ...
Indonesia seeks foreign funds to aid peat restoration drive

Indonesia seeks foreign funds to aid peat restoration drive

The cash-strapped Southeast Asian nation is trying to rehabilitate 2 million hectares of damaged peatlands in the wake of last year's ...
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Wildtech, a joint initiative of Mongabay, RESOLVE’s Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions program, and the World Resources Institute (WRI), intends to help accelerate the flow of information among scientists, forest and wildlife managers, technology innovators, and interested groups and catalyze the development and application of technologies for forest and wildlife conservation.
Experts hack away at portable DNA barcode scanner to fight timber and wildlife trafficking

Experts hack away at portable DNA barcode scanner to fight timber and wildlife trafficking

How could we harness DNA barcode technology in a handheld modular device that frontline officials in developing countries could use to combat timber and wildlife trafficking?
Hot stuff: improving chili fence effectiveness (in protecting crops from elephants)

Hot stuff: improving chili fence effectiveness (in protecting crops from elephants)

Tips from a chili fence expert on how to make the most of a low-tech approach to reducing crop raiding and ...
Solving Global Grand Challenges, One MOOC at a Time

Solving Global Grand Challenges, One MOOC at a Time

A newly-launched online course aims to address the complex challenges facing conservation and development.
Understanding the ghost of the mountain

Understanding the ghost of the mountain

Technological developments in satellite data, camera traps, fecal genetics and spatial analysis are unshrouding the ecological mystery of snow leopards.
How to use the Bloomberg Terminal for advocacy work: advanced tools

How to use the Bloomberg Terminal for advocacy work: advanced tools

Explore some of the more advanced offerings of the Bloomberg Terminal, a software package offering real-time global news, financial data, and ...
Identifying the drivers of Amazon deforestation through high-tech maps and stories

Identifying the drivers of Amazon deforestation through high-tech maps and stories

The MAAP project integrates a range of satellite imagery and analysis tools to detect and disclose deforestation across the Peruvian Amazon.
DART-TOFMS: Finding the chemistry in wood

DART-TOFMS: Finding the chemistry in wood

Researchers are discovering they can determine the geographic origin of a wood sample based on chemical profiles generated using mass spectrometry.
Chew on this new way to detect disease in primates

Chew on this new way to detect disease in primates

Plant material that mountain gorillas chew and discard reveals viruses imperiling their endangered population.
Piloting PALM Risk to detect palm oil-driven deforestation

Piloting PALM Risk to detect palm oil-driven deforestation

Using satellite imagery to increase supply chain transparency, this new tool helps identify and eliminate palm oil-related deforestation.
Wildlife Law Enforcement in Sub-Saharan African Protected Areas: A Review of Best Practices

Wildlife Law Enforcement in Sub-Saharan African Protected Areas: A Review of Best Practices

In an effort to support the fight against poaching, the IUCN and GIZ partnered to produce a comprehensive review of best ...
New map of Malaysia’s limestone hills will help set conservation priorities

New map of Malaysia’s limestone hills will help set conservation priorities

Malaysia’s limestone hills, or karsts, have been described as “arks of biodiversity,” but they’re facing intense pressures from mining and other ...
GDELT: Mining and mapping global wildlife crime news

GDELT: Mining and mapping global wildlife crime news

This upcoming live open-access website will harness big data to help visualize, interpret and stop wildlife crime reported worldwide.
Bringing Star Trek tricorder analysis to the 21st century

Bringing Star Trek tricorder analysis to the 21st century

Handheld, palm-sized, lightweight DNA preparation and sequencing devices designed to analyse DNA using minimally invasive or non-invasive methods, are still limited, ...
Bridging the Gap between Land and Space

Bridging the Gap between Land and Space

The United Nations/Kenya Conference on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity aims to expand the use of ...
5 Tech Projects That Are Protecting Sharks

5 Tech Projects That Are Protecting Sharks

With seemingly elusive personalities and dwindling populations, scientists turn to innovative technology to learn more about and protect sharks.
A World of Tings

A World of Tings

The real-time wildlife sighting app, Latest Sightings, is linking a global community of wildlife enthusiasts and promoting conservation one “ting” at ...
Combining high-tech and low-tech to turn satellite images into action

Combining high-tech and low-tech to turn satellite images into action

Wildtech interviews Dr. Lilian Pintea of the Jane Goodall Institute about advances cloud mapping tools, the importance of community conservation, and ...
Drink beer, help the ocean?

Drink beer, help the ocean?

A Florida microbrewery’s pioneering packaging aims to feed, not harm, marine life.
e-Eye of the tiger: Complex surveillance system extends watch over India’s wildlife sanctuaries

e-Eye of the tiger: Complex surveillance system extends watch over India’s wildlife sanctuaries

Expensive thermal motion-detecting cameras keep a constant eye over Indian tiger reserves.
Tracking assets for environmental advocacy work with Bloomberg

Tracking assets for environmental advocacy work with Bloomberg

Learn how to track companies’ assets, such as palm oil and other commodities, with the Bloomberg Terminal. Part 2 of a ...
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