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Slow lorises being sold illegally, though openly, in Indonesian capital

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Defying Indonesian law, slow lorises are being sold openly in Jakarta markets for the underground pet trade, according to wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC. In the last two weeks, TRAFFIC has recorded fifty different individual slow lorises on sale in the Indonesian capital. “The openness of the slow loris trade … Continue reading Slow lorises being sold illegally, though openly, in Indonesian capital

Federal judge in Brazil suspends construction of dam that would flood indigenous sacred site

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay A federal judge has suspended the construction of a 1,820 megawatt dam on the Teles Pires River in the Amazon. The judge found that indigenous communities were not properly consulted about the dam, which would flood a sacred site, known as the Seven Waterfalls, as well as imperil the livelihoods … Continue reading Federal judge in Brazil suspends construction of dam that would flood indigenous sacred site

Proposed natural gas refinery site in Western Australia is a nesting ground for sea turtles

By Sea Turtle Restoration Project The first ever recorded hybrid hawksbill sea turtle found in Australia nested this season at James Price Point, site of the proposed natural gas refinery in the Kimberley of Western Australia. The rare sea turtle was discovered during an independent survey of marine turtles at James Price Point conducted to … Continue reading Proposed natural gas refinery site in Western Australia is a nesting ground for sea turtles

Diseased dolphins, contaminated zooplankton, and dead coral: the legacies of the BP oil spill

By Peter Beaumont / The Guardian A new study of dolphins living close to the site of North America’s worst ever oil spill – the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe two years ago – has established serious health problems afflicting the marine mammals. The report, commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], found that … Continue reading Diseased dolphins, contaminated zooplankton, and dead coral: the legacies of the BP oil spill

Studies link common pesticides to 50% decline in honeybee populations

By Damian Carrington / The Guardian Common crop pesticides have been shown for the first time to seriously harm bees by damaging their renowned ability to navigate home. The new research strongly links the pesticides to the serious decline in honey bee numbers in the US and UK – a drop of around 50% in … Continue reading Studies link common pesticides to 50% decline in honeybee populations

Peat swamp forest set ablaze by palm oil companies, killing more than a hundred orangutans

By Kathy Marks / The Independent Fires raging unchecked in an Indonesian peat swamp forest could wipe out the remaining Sumatran orang-utans which live there, conservationists are warning. The forest is one of the last refuges of the great apes. The illegal fires, started by palm-oil companies clearing land to plant the lucrative crop, are … Continue reading Peat swamp forest set ablaze by palm oil companies, killing more than a hundred orangutans

Massive new dam on Yangtze River would flood nature reserve protecting 40 species of fish

By Lucy Hornby / Reuters China’s Three Gorges Corp. on Thursday marked the beginning of construction for a dam that will flood the last free-flowing portion of the middle reaches of the Yangtze, the country’s longest river. The 30 billion yuan ($4.75 billion) Xiaonanhai dam is decried by environmentalists because it will flood a nature reserve … Continue reading Massive new dam on Yangtze River would flood nature reserve protecting 40 species of fish

New study explains how river modification projects reduce biodiversity

By Emmanuel Barraud / Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne To alter natural waterways is to take a serious risk of endangering species living on the entire length of a river. In a joint project, scientists from EPFL, EAWAG and Princeton University have modeled the flow of organisms living along river networks. Their research will be … Continue reading New study explains how river modification projects reduce biodiversity

Obsession with industrial development harming biodiversity in Turkey

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Turkey: the splendor of the Hagia Sophia, the ruins of Ephesus, and the bizarre caves of the Cappadocia. For foreign travelers, Turkey is a nation of cultural, religious, and historic wonders: a place where cultures have met, clashed, and co-created. However, Turkey has another wealth that is far less known: … Continue reading Obsession with industrial development harming biodiversity in Turkey

Land Maggots – By Denise Jackson

The following was written by Denis Jackson, and Deep Green Resistance Colorado is very thankful that she has so generously allowed us to publish it here. Look for more of Denise’s writings to come. Thanks Denise! Coronado was here; I found chain mail, finely worked deep in the gravel near Comanche Springs. The road here … Continue reading Land Maggots – By Denise Jackson