Scientists look to chimps’ past to gauge their future under climate change

Peering back over the last 120,000 years, scientists have uncovered where chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) rode out past periods of global change, providing insights into how they might be affected by future climate change. The recent findings, published in the American Journal of Primatology, also show that several areas previously identified as important shelters for biodiversity …

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For Indonesian MPs, Indigenous rights may be bad for business, report says

JAKARTA — A long-delayed bill on Indigenous rights continues to languish in parliament because most lawmakers have business interests that are threatened by the acknowledgement of Indigenous land rights, activists say. The bill, a perennial priority for legislation for several years, is meant to be the follow-up to a landmark Constitutional Court ruling in 2013 …

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Illegal logging reaches Amazon’s untouched core, ‘terrifying’ research shows

One of the main fears about the Brazilian Amazon is beginning to materialize: logging is starting to move from the periphery of the rainforest toward the core of the biome, groundbreaking new research shows. Tracking cut trees through satellite mapping data, the research found that logging activities cleared 464,000 hectares (1.15 million acres) of the …

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Myanmar’s snowcapped north is a haven for large mammals, new study finds

The Hkakaborazi landscape at the northern tip of Myanmar is dominated by precipitous snowcapped peaks that tower over rainforest-cloaked slopes and valleys below. Rugged and remote, the region is home to Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, Hkakabo Razi, which rises to 5,881 meters (19,295 feet) close to where the borders of Myanmar, India and China meet. …

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Deforestation sweeps national park in Brazil as land speculators advance

Deep in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, the emerald canopy of the Campos Amazonicôs National Park sprawls across nearly a million hectares of land. Within it, dense forest hugs stretches of savanna shrubs – a rare sight that has turned the park into a biologist’s treasure. Yet, along its edges, trees are being razed at a breakneck …

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After surge, Amazon deforestation slows for second straight month

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon declined for the second straight month according to data released today by the Brazilian government. Brazil’s national space research institute INPE detected 918 square kilometers of forest clearing during August 2021, down 32% from a year ago. That follows a 10% year-over-year decline in July. Year to date, INPE’s DETER …

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Indonesia terminates agreement with Norway on $1b REDD+ scheme

JAKARTA — Indonesia has terminated a long-standing agreement with Norway, in which the latter agreed to pay US$1 billion if the forest-rich tropical country is able to slow its emissions from deforestation. The Indonesian government cited lack of progress in the payment as one of the reasons to terminate the agreement, enshrined in a Letter …

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Indonesia lays out plan to rescue 15 lakes under pressure from human activity

JAKARTA — The Indonesian government has unveiled the country’s first national priority plan to recover the ecosystems of 15 major lakes in “critical” condition by 2024. “Saving these national priority lakes is an effort to control damage, maintain, restore, and recover the conditions and functions of lake water bodies, water catchment areas, and lake borders …

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As illegal logging route in Peru nears Brazil, Indigenous groups warn of calamity

On the western fringe of the Brazilian Amazon, lush forest stretches for miles across a protected reserve that is home to the Ashaninka Indigenous people. Just a few miles away, however, a roughly carved road slices through the Ashaninka’s twin reserve across the border in Peru. Flanked by felled trees, a pair of tractors stands …

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Environmental activist ‘well-hated’ by Myanmar junta is latest to be arrested

As demonstrations and deadly crackdowns continue to roil Myanmar following the military coup in February, land and environmental defenders are increasingly under threat. In the seven months since protests erupted, the junta’s clampdown on dissent has caused more than 1,000 deaths. Nearly 8,000 people have been arrested, with 6,324 still detained. On Sept. 6, environmental …

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