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We’ve breached Earth’s threshold for chemical pollution, study says

We’ve breached Earth’s threshold for chemical pollution, study says

by Elizabeth Claire Alberts – MongaBay – Creative CommonsA new study has found that the release of novel entities — artificial chemicals and other human-made pollutants — has accelerated to a…
Pesticides released into Brazil’s Amazon to degrade rainforest and facilitate deforestation

Pesticides released into Brazil’s Amazon to degrade rainforest and facilitate deforestation

by Jenny Gonzales – MongaBay – Creative CommonsChemicals created to kill agricultural pests are being sprayed by aircraft into native forest areas.Glyphosate and 2,4-D, among others, cause the trees to defoliate…
Despite sanctions, U.S. companies still importing Myanmar teak, report says

Despite sanctions, U.S. companies still importing Myanmar teak, report says

by Sheryl Lee Tian Tong – MongaBay – Creative CommonsU.S. timber companies undercut sanctions to import nearly 1,600 metric tons of teak from Myanmar last year, according to a new report.Advocacy…
FOREST Act bill would hold global suppliers accountable for illegal deforestation

FOREST Act bill would hold global suppliers accountable for illegal deforestation

by Maxwell Radwin – MongaBay – Creative CommonsA new bill in the U.S. congress would create legislation to prohibit agricultural commodities like palm oil, cattle, soybeans, rubber, pulp and cocoa from…
Malawi court sentences Chinese wildlife trafficking kingpin to 14 years in jail

Malawi court sentences Chinese wildlife trafficking kingpin to 14 years in jail

by Charles Mpaka – MongaBay – Creative CommonsA court in Malawi has sentenced a Chinese national to 14 years in jail for masterminding an illegal wildlife trafficking cartel that operated across…
Fires in the Amazon have already impacted 90% of plant and animal species

Fires in the Amazon have already impacted 90% of plant and animal species

by Suzana Camargo – MongaBay – Creative CommonsNew study addresses the effects of fires on biodiversity loss in the world’s largest forest during the last two decades.Researchers measured the impacts on…
Nigeria seizes scales from 15,000 dead pangolins

Nigeria seizes scales from 15,000 dead pangolins

by Mongabay.com – MongaBay – Creative CommonsAuthorities at the Nigeria Customs Service have announced the seizure of 7.1 tons of pangolin scales that smugglers were attempting to ship out of the…
More than 250 major fires detected in the Amazon this year, despite Brazil’s ban

More than 250 major fires detected in the Amazon this year, despite Brazil’s ban

Liz Kimbrough – MongaBay – Creative CommonsThere have been 267 major fires detected in the Amazon this year, burning more than 105,000 hectares (260,000 acres) — an area roughly the size…
333 people rescued from slavery in Brazil mines since 2008, exclusive report shows

333 people rescued from slavery in Brazil mines since 2008, exclusive report shows

Maurício Angelo – MongaBay – Creative CommonsA breakthrough report has mapped out all the raids carried out to rescue people working in slave-labor conditions in mines across Brazil since 2008.A…
‘Stampede’ of legislation threatens accelerated destruction of the Amazon

‘Stampede’ of legislation threatens accelerated destruction of the Amazon

by Débora Pinto – Translated by Maya Johnson – MongaBay – Creative CommonsA series of bills being deliberated in Brazil threatens to legalize illegally occupied land, change demarcation rules for Indigenous…
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