Let’s reduce poverty & deforestation via greater EUDR traceability requirements (commentary)
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by Julia Christian
2d ago
The EU’s regulation on deforestation-free products (EUDR) was hailed as a watershed in the fight to protect the world’s forests when it came into force in 2023. The world’s first law its kind, the EUDR requires companies selling certain high-risk goods on the EU market – including palm oil, cocoa and soy – to prove that they haven’t harmed forests. The path to achieving this “global benchmark” in forest protection was long and arduous, and followed years of intense political debate, tireless campaigning, and behind-the-scenes lobbying by industry forces and member states, who were intent on we ..read more
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More industrial minerals on Brazil’s borders with Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia
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by Timothy J. Killeen
3d ago
The mineral resources that characterize the High Andes of Peru are conspicuously absent north of the Huancabamba Gap, the altitudinal low point in the Andes linked to the deflection zone that created the Amazon Rift Valley. There is, however, an unusual mountain range located east of the Cordillera Oriental on the border between Peru and Ecuador. The Cordillera del Condor is a fold and thrust belt created in one of the earlier phases of the Andean orogeny when magmatic plutons were intruded into older sedimentary strata that created copper porphyries with significant mineral resources. There a ..read more
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Java farmers vow to live under own steam as geothermal project falters
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by Irfan Maulana
3d ago
PADARINCANG, Indonesia — On a white-hot afternoon in June, people from Padarincang subdistrict gathered near a mountain lake to recite an istighosah, an Islamic prayer blended with Indigenous context here in Indonesia’s Banten province. “We aren’t asking anything from the government,” Eha Suhaeni, a mother from Padarincang, told Mongabay Indonesia. “We want to live in peace: What’s important is that we are left alone.” For 15 years, the community has resisted efforts to drill beneath the land here, around 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital. “We were sound a ..read more
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Panama’s ‘Caribbean Corridor’ highway threatens three protected areas, critics say
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by Maxwell Radwin
3d ago
A lawsuit has temporarily stalled construction on a controversial highway project in north-central Panama, which allegedly bypassed environmental regulations and could damage several protected areas along the Caribbean coast. The highway, known as the “Caribbean Corridor,” is supposed to travel 28.4 kilometers (17.6 miles) from the towns of Quebrada Ancha to María Chiquita, with the goal of increasing tourism and local commerce on the coast of Colón province. But the highway would also pass by three protected areas and didn’t carry out adequate studies to make sure they won’t be harmed by cons ..read more
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Shrimp farms threaten Mexico’s mangroves and the jaguars that inhabit them
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by Sarah Brown
4d ago
Among the spindly saline roots of the mangrove trees that line western Mexico’s coast, the jaguar is the ecosystem’s apex predator. Yet despite being at the top of the food chain, its existence is threatened by the abundance of another, much smaller species: the whiteleg shrimp. Aquaculture of whiteleg shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei), or Pacific white shrimp, has boomed along Mexico’s Pacific coast in the last couple of decades, in the process clearing swaths of mangrove forests and jeopardizing crucial habitats for jaguars (Panthera onca) in the western states of Sinaloa, Sonora and Nayarit ..read more
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After historic 2023 drought, Amazon communities brace for more in Brazil
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by Amanda Magnani
4d ago
Images of dozens of freshwater dolphin carcasses and cracked soil where once laid navigable rivers shocked the world in 2023, as the worst drought in history hit the Brazilian Amazon. Now, there is a chance that 2024’s pictures will be even worse, a report presented by the Civil Defense of the state of Amazonas suggests. Despite rains that restored navigability and reconnected communities that had been left isolated by last year’s historical drought, rivers across the region are at lower levels now than they were during 2023’s already meager flood season. In early May, the Negro River reached ..read more
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In Peru, conservationists and archaeologists unite to save a threatened gecko
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by James Hall
5d ago
LIMA — For more than two decades, José Pérez Zúñiga, a researcher at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, has set out at night to search by the light of a flashlight through the pre-Inca ruins of the city for hidden treasure — not ancient artifacts of gold, but a tiny gecko with gold-flecked eyes. “When I first started my research, my interests were scientific, and my goal was just to study this species, but today, my focus is on its conservation,” he says of his work with the critically endangered Lima leaf-toed gecko (Phyllodactylus sentosus). Endemic to the valley of Lima and occurring almo ..read more
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Indonesia’s oil palm smallholders get a boost in bid for sustainability
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by Hans Nicholas Jong
5d ago
JAKARTA — NGOs working with Indonesian smallholder farmers have developed a set of guidelines aimed at helping oil palm farmers prove that their products are deforestation-free, allowing them a foothold in markets increasingly demanding sustainably produced goods. Launched on June 24, the deforestation-free smallholder toolkit, the first of its kind, is a participatory step-by-step guide for smallholder groups to protect their forests and cultivate their lands in a sustainable manner. To implement the toolkit, smallholders will have to go through six steps, beginning with preparation and infor ..read more
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As aquaculture hits historic highs, let’s ensure sustainability is prioritized (commentary)
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by Erika Feller
5d ago
Just two years ago, global consumption of aquatic animal foods soared to an estimated 165 million tons, growing at nearly twice the annual rate of the world population since 1961. Ensuring the sustainable and responsible production of aquatic foods should be standard practice. But how close are we to the mark? The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) Report, published every two years by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, is a vital resource for understanding the current state of our fisheries and oceans and offers important insights into aquatic food ..read more
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Frog ‘saunas’ may help threatened frogs fight off deadly fungus
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by Liz Kimbrough
5d ago
Researchers have developed simple, sun-heated shelters that allow frogs to raise their body temperatures and fight off infections. These frog “saunas” may bring hope for populations threatened by a deadly fungal disease, according to a new study published in Nature. Researchers found that providing artificial “hotspot” shelters allows frogs to quickly bake off infections by raising their body temperatures. The shelters were constructed using simple materials like bricks and small greenhouses. “In these simple little hotspots, frogs can go and heat up their bodies to a temperature that destroys ..read more
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