Environment

Gabon becomes first African country to get paid for protecting its forests

by Jim Tan - MongaBay - Creative Commons Gabon recently received the first $17 million of a pledged $150 million from Norway for results-based emission reduction payments as part of the Central African Forest...

Israel-U.A.E. pipeline deal ‘invitation to disaster’ for globally important corals

by Elizabeth Fitt - MongaBay - Creative Commons Israel and the U.A.E are moving to extend oil operations using Israel’s “land bridge,” an alternative to the Suez Canal, following the signing of the Abraham...

Two former Maine cops get jail time for killing porcupines with batons while on duty

(The AEGIS Alliance) - A couple of ex-Maine police officers got jail time for brutally beating porcupines with their police batons until they died while on the job. 31-year-old Michael Rolerson got sentenced to 270...

Brazil’s Amazon now emits more carbon than it absorbs, unprecedented study reveals

Liz Kimbrough - MongaBay - Creative Commons According to a study published today in Nature, the Brazilian Amazon is emitting more carbon than it captures. This study is the first to use direct atmospheric...

Notorious poacher who killed dozens of tigers caught after 20-year hunt

(The AEGIS Alliance) - A notorious poacher thought to have killed a minimum of 70 endangered Bengal tigers has been caught in Bangladesh after a manhunt that went on for 20 years. Habib Talukder, referred...

New bill seeks to end Hong Kong’s days as an illegal wildlife trade hub

Elizabeth Claire Alberts - MongaBay - Creative Commons (MongaBay) - In 2019, Hong Kong customs authorities inspected a cargo ship bound for Vietnam. Hidden beneath slabs of frozen meat were 8.3 metric tons of illegal...

Indonesian omnibus law’s ‘whitewash’ of illegal palm oil shocks its architects

Hans Nicholas Jong - MongaBay - Creative Commons Indonesian lawmakers appear outraged at a scheme from a law they already passed that grants amnesty to oil palm plantations operating illegally inside forest areas. The...

Genetically modified mosquitoes are being released in Florida

(The AEGIS Alliance) - Thousands of mosquitos that have been genetically modified are starting to be released into Florida as of this week in a coordinated effort to battle disease-spreading types of the flying...
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