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Video Reveals Water Contamination, ‘Brazen Disregard’ for Amazon by ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil Industry

Video Reveals Water Contamination, ‘Brazen Disregard’ for Amazon by ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil Industry

During 18 months, Mongabay investigated allegations challenging the “sustainable” status of the Brazilian palm oil supply chain, revealing impacts including deforestation and water contamination, and what appears to be an industry-wide pattern of brazen disregard for Amazon conservation and for the rights of Indigenous people and traditional communities in northern Pará state. In this behind-the-scenes […]

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    Exposing High Seas Crime With Journalism — and Help From Music

    Exposing High Seas Crime With Journalism — and Help From Music

    By Ian Urbina About 100 miles off the coast of Thailand, three dozen Cambodian boys and men worked barefoot all day and into the night on the deck of a purse seiner fishing ship. Fifteen-foot swells climbed the sides of the vessel, clipping the crew below the knees. Ocean spray and fish innards made the […]

    Who’s to Blame for the Lawbreaking and Habitat Destruction in U.S. Fisheries?

    Who’s to Blame for the Lawbreaking and Habitat Destruction in U.S. Fisheries?

    By Reynard Loki There is one main U.S. law that governs the management of marine fisheries in federal waters: The Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Originally intended to address the concern over foreign fisheries operating near U.S. waters, the MSA, which was passed in 1976, extended the nation’s exclusive fisheries zone from 12 […]

    Arbor Day Should Be About Growing Trees, Not Just Planting Them

    Arbor Day Should Be About Growing Trees, Not Just Planting Them

    By Karen D. Holl and Pedro Brancalion For 149 years, Americans have marked Arbor Day on the last Friday in April by planting trees. Now business leaders, politicians, YouTubers and celebrities are calling for the planting of millions, billions or even trillions of trees to slow climate change. As ecologists who study forest restoration, we […]

    Species Snapshot: The El Rincon Stream Frog Is in Hot Water

    Species Snapshot: The El Rincon Stream Frog Is in Hot Water

    By Federico Kacoliris The El Rincon stream frog only lives in hot springs at the headwaters of a small Patagonian stream. With just a handful of decimated populations remaining, the critically endangered frog is struggling to survive. Species name: El Rincon stream frog, also known as the Somuncura or Valcheta frog (Pleurodema somuncurense) Description: This […]

    PPE May Save Human Lives, But It’s Deadly for Wildlife

    PPE May Save Human Lives, But It’s Deadly for Wildlife

    By Reynard Loki One of the most distinguishable features of the COVID-19 era is the public, everyday use of personal protective equipment (PPE), mainly in the form of disposable face masks and latex gloves. And while these thin layers protect us and others from transmitting and contracting SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the lower […]

    Earth Day 2021: Join the Global Youth Climate Summit

    Earth Day 2021: Join the Global Youth Climate Summit

    By Alexandria Villaseñor This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. My journey to becoming an activist began in late 2018. During a trip to California to visit family, the Camp Fire broke out. At the time, it was the most devastating and destructive wildfire […]