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Not a new idea, as this map from 1885 shows, but no less controversial. Not a new idea, as this map from 1885 shows, but no less controversial. Meyers Konversationslexikons

Canal carved through Nicaragua will destroy rainforests, communities and wildlife

The Nicaraguan government has granted a concession to a mysterious Chinese company owned by Jing Wang, a little-known Hong-Kong based businessman, to build an inter-oceanic canal. This would provide an…
150,000 square kilometres of tropical rainforest is destroyed every year. 150,000 square kilometres of tropical rainforest is destroyed every year. Threat to democracy

Carbon emissions must not distract us from conservation

With current concerns focusing, quite rightly, on controlling carbon emissions, it is easy to lose sight of the need for continued conservation efforts. In fact our recent study published in the Proceedings…
Yasuni’s frogs are unimpressed with your lack of conviction. Yasuni’s frogs are unimpressed with your lack of conviction. Geoff Gallice

Paying Ecuador to save Yasuni was an idea ahead of its time

When the Ecuadorian Congress this month voted overwhelmingly to allow drilling for oil underneath the Yasuni National Park, it signalled the failure of a novel conservation proposal unlike any the world…
This rare white lemuroid possum is just one of the species that will see dramatic effects of climate change. This rare white lemuroid possum is just one of the species that will see dramatic effects of climate change. Mike Trennery

As climate changes, animals move fast to escape the heat

Australia is already feeling the effects of climate change, with record-breaking temperatures not just over summer, but over the past 12 months as well. Research suggests that such events are many times…
Greg Hunt will face hurdles in his plan to stop rainforest logging, but there is much he could do now. Greg Hunt will face hurdles in his plan to stop rainforest logging, but there is much he could do now. Rainforest Action Network

Hunt’s direct action on rainforest could reap carbon rewards

Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt’s ambition to broker a new global rainforest recovery plan reopens an important conversation about Australia’s role in tackling tropical deforestation. And it…
An aerial view of the Cononaco River in the Ecuadorian Amazon, with a huge emergent Ceiba tree in the foreground. An aerial view of the Cononaco River in the Ecuadorian Amazon, with a huge emergent Ceiba tree in the foreground.

FactCheck: is protecting global rainforests the best way to rapidly tackle climate change?

“Nothing would do more to rapidly decrease the risk of climate change than a major plan to protect global rainforests” – Opposition climate action spokesman Greg Hunt, media release, 30 August. Launching…
Road to nowhere: The human impact on rainforests is highly tangible. Road to nowhere: The human impact on rainforests is highly tangible. Flickr/Rainforest Action Network

Final frontiers: rainforests

With the global population now well over seven billion there are few remaining parts of the world relatively untouched by human activity. We assess the current state and future prospects of five final…
Its not just the forests that make the Tarkine distinctive - it is habitat for 117 threatened species of flora and fauna. Its not just the forests that make the Tarkine distinctive - it is habitat for 117 threatened species of flora and fauna. Jennifer Evans

There’s more to the Tarkine than trees

Tasmania’s Tarkine is now instantly recognisable, evoking ancient forests and environmental controversy. It hasn’t always been so, however, with research and celebration building over the past 40 years…
Bumping into a jaguar in Mexico’s cloud forest could soon be a thing of the past. Bumping into a jaguar in Mexico’s cloud forest could soon be a thing of the past. Kjersti Holmang/Wikimedia Commons

Head in the clouds: reserves won’t save Mexico’s forest

The chances of being roared at by a jaguar in a Mexican cloud forest are already low, but that is precisely what happened to me during a recent fieldwork expedition. I was very lucky to see a jaguar close…
Is this the place for an antimony mine? I guess that depends what an antimony mine is… Is this the place for an antimony mine? I guess that depends what an antimony mine is… Karl Vernes

Rain, runoff and rare metals – the toxic threat to the Dorrigo Plateau

Hands up those who’ve heard of antimony. Now, keep them up if you can name its chemical symbol, list the world’s leading producers, or even name a single commercial product that contains the element. Most…

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