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Biodiversity

Lack of farmer training worsens Sri Lanka’s growing human-wildlife conflict

Farmers in Sri Lanka aren't receiving training on how to deal with wild animals raiding their crops, despite human-wildlife conflicts growing more frequent as farms expand into wildlife habitats, according to a study.

Justice

Bringing Christ and coronavirus: Evangelicals to contact Amazon indigenous

Ethnos360 missionaries have a helicopter and a plan to contact and convert isolated Amazon indigenous groups, putting them at grave risk of deadly infectious disease.

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Toxics

Peruvian women unite against toxic metals pollution

In Peru, communities in the Andes and the Amazon have come together to defend the health of people and families affected by pollution from toxic metals.

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Toxics

Indonesia probes suspected nuclear waste dumping at housing estate

Authorities in Indonesia have launched an investigation following the discovery of radioactive contamination in an empty lot in a housing complex near a nuclear research facility.

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Climate

Escalating firestorms could turn Amazon from carbon sink to source: Study

An intensification in fires, coupled with increasing deforestation and worsening climate change, could rapidly shift the Amazon toward being a carbon source by 2050.
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Climate

Severe drought and other climate impacts are driving the platypus towards extinction

According to a new study published in the journal Biological Conservation this month, severe drought conditions and heat, combined with habitat loss and other impacts of human activities, are pushing one of Australia's most enigmatic and iconic endemic species, the duck-billed platypus, toward extinction.

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Population

Sarah Baillie: Our growing footprint, wildlife extinctions, and the importance of contraception

Improving access to family planning and education is crucial to slowing population growth in order to ease the burden we're putting on threatened and endangered species.

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Climate

Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: Study

New research offers early evidence that the Arctic and tropics are no longer a world apart; melting sea ice may be intensifying equatorial trade winds and emergence of El Niño.
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Toxics

Philippine study finds microplastics inside a commonly consumed fish

Microplastics for breakfast? It might be likely as a newly published study shows concentrates of small plastic particles, or microplastics, inside the digestive systems of rabbitfish, a popular catch in the Philippines.

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Toxics

Killing gods: The last hope for the world’s rarest reptile

After decades of dams, overhunting and pollution the Yangtze giant softshell turtle is down to three known individuals.

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Climate

Nalaka Gunawardene: Balancing short and long term interests vital for Sri Lanka in 2020

To cope with unprecedented trends and uncertain futures, the island needs clear, well-coordinated conservation and climate policies.

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Toxics

Concerns about radioactive contamination dog Rio Tinto’s Madagascar mine

Elevated background levels of radioactive uranium and thorium, and lead in water bodies near the mine, are most likely a result of mining activity, according to new analysis.

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Climate

“The forest is sick and losing its carbon-sequestration capacity”

A researcher at the INPE Center of Land System Science, Antonio Donato Nobre, describes the state of degradation threatening the future of the Amazon rainforest in an exclusive interview with Mongabay.
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Toxics

As pesticide approvals soar, Brazil’s tapirs, bees, other wildlife suffer

Forty percent of samples collected from 116 tapirs in a Cerrado study were poisoned with 13 toxic residues.

From our Newsroom

The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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