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Oil pipeline sparks fierce opposition among American tribes and farmers

Oil pipeline sparks fierce opposition among American tribes and farmers

The $3.78 billion Dakota Access pipeline would cross the Missouri River just half a mile upstream from the water intake of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Activists worry that a spill would threaten ...
The biologist terrifying the US Forest Service and the timber and forest fire-fighting industries

The biologist terrifying the US Forest Service and the timber and forest fire-fighting industries

The U.S. Forest Service, which manages 11 million acres of public forest land in California's Sierra Nevada, is publishing a new ...
US creates world’s largest marine reserve off Hawaii

US creates world’s largest marine reserve off Hawaii

Last week, U.S. President Obama announced the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument by 442,781 square miles, creating a total protected ...
Detector Dogs sniff out illegal ivory, help nab poacher in Tanzania

Detector Dogs sniff out illegal ivory, help nab poacher in Tanzania

Jenny, a Belgian Malinois dog, and Dexter, an English springer spaniel, recently helped seize four elephant tusks in a village outside ...
Yosemite as a case study in protected area downsizing and habitat fragmentation

Yosemite as a case study in protected area downsizing and habitat fragmentation

Changes to Yosemite’s original boundaries were primarily made in order to enable natural resource extraction, road building, and other human activities. ...
Indonesian police arrest hundreds in connection to burning land

Indonesian police arrest hundreds in connection to burning land

Authorities in the archipelagic country try to prevent a repeat of last year's devastating fire and haze crisis.
Planned Tapajós industrial waterway a potential environmental disaster

Planned Tapajós industrial waterway a potential environmental disaster

New book describes rich environmental and social diversity of the Amazon’s Tapajós basin, but warns against planned dams and industrial waterway.
New species of extinct, kitten-sized marsupial lion named after David Attenborough

New species of extinct, kitten-sized marsupial lion named after David Attenborough

The lion, weighing only about 600 grams, is believed to have lived in the rainforests of north-western Queensland, Australia, some 18 ...
Aceh governor eyes geothermal project in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

Aceh governor eyes geothermal project in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

The province's chief asked Jakarta to rezone part of Mount Leuser National Park so that a Turkish company can develop the ...
New ‘sleeping beauty’ frog discovered in fragmented Peruvian forest

New ‘sleeping beauty’ frog discovered in fragmented Peruvian forest

The frog has distinctive red legs and was found during a rapid biodiversity inventory that scientists hint yielded even more surprises.
Rising sea levels could actually help coral reefs survive global warming: Study

Rising sea levels could actually help coral reefs survive global warming: Study

Waters that are warmer than normal cause coral to eject the algae that reside in their tissues and provide them with ...
Pet trade’s “cute” and “adorable” label endangers the slow loris

Pet trade’s “cute” and “adorable” label endangers the slow loris

Viral videos on social media are driving the illegal trade in slow lorises. But these venomous mammals make lousy pets. Trafficking ...
PHOTOS: Panama revives stalled dam over strong indigenous opposition

PHOTOS: Panama revives stalled dam over strong indigenous opposition

Protesters disrupted a ceremony on Monday marking an agreement to complete the contentious Barro Blanco dam.
Endangered species often wait 12 years or more to be listed for protection

Endangered species often wait 12 years or more to be listed for protection

A new study has found that endangered species often face long delays — an average of 12 years — to become ...
Study explores how new technologies can be linked to benefit conservation efforts

Study explores how new technologies can be linked to benefit conservation efforts

An international team of researchers makes the case that integrating multiple technologies could greatly increase our ability to study ecological patterns ...
Nixed Bolivian highway offers environmental lessons to big Brazil bank

Nixed Bolivian highway offers environmental lessons to big Brazil bank

Bolivia’s failed TIPNIS Highway shows why BNDES needs to improve transparency, clarify social / environmental criteria, and create a complaint response ...
END LOOP: Coding to end wildlife trafficking

END LOOP: Coding to end wildlife trafficking

Inaugural Zoohackathon to foster tech solutions to the illegal wildlife trade.
Can helping women achieve financial freedom help the environment, too?

Can helping women achieve financial freedom help the environment, too?

Some conservation organizations are using income-generating projects to encourage women to help the environment. The approach has sparked interest and momentum ...
Human impact on environment may be slowing down: new study

Human impact on environment may be slowing down: new study

New maps show that between 1993 and 2009, human pressures on the environment did increase, but at much slower rates compared ...
Raging Amazon forest fires threaten uncontacted indigenous tribe

Raging Amazon forest fires threaten uncontacted indigenous tribe

According to Survival International, fires are “raging” in Awá territory on the edge of the Brazilian Amazon and “threatening to wipe ...
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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.
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 ...
Online forest mapping made easy

Online forest mapping made easy

Some basics to using the free online Global Forest Watch platform to monitor tree cover and forest change in your region ...
Empowering smartphone users to bear witness to illegal wildlife trade

Empowering smartphone users to bear witness to illegal wildlife trade

The Wildlife Witness app helps crowdsource the reporting of wildlife trafficking.
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