Agriculture, Biodiversity, Critically Endangered Species, Extinction, Illegal Logging, Illegal Mining, Illegal Trade, Palm Oil, Pollinators, Rainforests, Vaquita, Whales, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Erik Hoffner Peruvian palm oil, orca attacks on humpback whales, and mining in an Amazon national park are among the recent top stories from Mongabay Latam, our Spanish-language service.Orcas attack young humpbacks migrating north For 30 years, Juan Capella and five other researchers analyzed thousands of photos of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) off Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Antarctica. They looked for things like rake marks on the whales’ tails — signs that they had been attacked by orcas (Orcinus orca). Since young humpback whales are less skilled at swimming in the deep, they are easy orca prey; but human activity is still the main cause of humpback whale deaths.The scarred tail of a humpback whale. Image by Juan Capella.Peruvian palm oil company said to have illegally cleared forestFarmers and a local NGO in Peru’s Amazon say a palm oil company illegally cut 27 percent of a rainforest tract before the project was approved. Palmas del Huallaga recently acquired almost 1,900 hectares (4,700 acres) in San Martín province. Without integrated conservation planning in the Amazon, plantations are creating islands of ecosystems no longer capable of providing environmental services.Deforestation on Palmas del Huallaga’s land. Image by Karen de la Torre.Palm plantations in Colombia killing native plants and pollinatorsThe boom in oil palm cultivation in western Colombia has introduced diseases and infestations to the area that are harming native plants. Researchers found that chemicals deemed necessary for the cultivation of oil palms are also affecting pollinators of banana palms and other species in this region of high biodiversity. In some areas, local farmers are turning back to traditional cultivation out of necessity.Oil palm fruit ready for harvest. Image by Palmasur‘Hope dies last’: The last 20 vaquitas can rebound“I’m not saying it will be easy, or that we can do it, but as they say, hope dies last,” says Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, a researcher of vaquita porpoises. With high genetic diversity and reproduction rates, vaquita (Phocoena sinus) populations can recover from the current 20 that remain, Rojas-Bracho says. He warns that the illegal fishing of totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi) could sound their death knell. Demand for totoaba bladder, highly valued in Asia, has is believed to be responsible for the death of vaquitas as bycatch.Nets for catching totoaba fish are the biggest threat to vaquitas. Image by Omar Vidal.Costa Rica’s palm oil farmers face five-year crisisDisease and declining palm oil prices have precipitated a five-year crisis for Costa Rica’s palm farmers, who’ve sought government assistance to offset the losses. While fatal yellowing disease is first observed in the leaves, it originates in the roots in response to soil conditions. Local biofuel projects are trying to boost the domestic market without increasing cultivation acreage.Oil palms grow two leaves a month and need 40 leaves to produce fruit. Fatal yellowing disease, which affects the leaves, stops fruit production. Image by Alejandro Gamboa.Illegal mining pictured in Peru’s Tambopata National ReserveMongabay Latam flew over the Madre de Dios region of Peru with the Peruvian Air Force. The resulting high-resolution photos and videos revealed illegal activities inside the Tambopata National Reserve in the Amazon, including illegal mining, logging and coca cultivation.The Peruvian Air Force’s ADS80 cameras captured high-resolution images of the devastation in the Amazon in Madre de Dios. Image by National Amazon Vigilance Center/Peruvian Air Force.Read the original stories in their entirety in Spanish here at Mongabay Latam.Banner image of a humpback whale and calf by NOAA.