Rubber used by leading European tire makers linked to forest loss in Africa: Report

A rubber farmer taps a rubber treeTop European tire makers, including France’s Michelin and Germany’s Continental AG, are sourcing rubber from agribusinesses implicated in deforestation and undermining land rights in western and central Africa, a report by the non-profit Global Witness found. Rubber is used to manufacture everything from shoes to condoms, but three-quarters of the world’s natural rubber ends up […]

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Construction begins on controversial water project inside Lake Malawi National Park

Boats in Lake Malawi National Park.BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Despite ongoing protests from conservationists, the government of Malawi has rolled out construction works for a water project inside Lake Malawi National Park, the world’s first underwater national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. According to eyewitness accounts in the area, construction vehicles are currently blasting rocks, bulldozing boulders and uprooting […]

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Data from droppings: Researchers draw up a genetic ID map for chimps

A chimpanzee in the Congo rainforestsIn 2005, a chimpanzee named Tico arrived at a rescue center in Spain. The details of his early life were vague: he’d been found roaming in the mountains before being moved to a zoo that eventually closed. “[But] we knew that he had arrived illegally from an African country,” writes the center, Fundacion Mona. Through […]

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Home away from home: Researchers trial artificial nests for Lilian’s lovebirds

Lilian’s lovebirds perching on a branch.The screechy, chirruping notes of Lilian’s lovebirds are the dominant music in the air on a sunny June afternoon in an expanse of mopane forest deep in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park. These gregarious little parrots are found in mature mopane forests throughout the Zambezi River Basin. Conservationists concerned about widespread and ongoing degradation of their […]

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Smart Parks, the Dutch technologists tackling poaching with technology

Park rangers walk next to a fencelineYou’ve heard of smartphones, smart cars, smart cities, even smart refrigerators, but have you heard of Smart Parks? Smart Parks is a Netherlands-based team of technologists dreaming up inventive ways to realize the founders’ vision of bringing the power of modern technology to bear in conservation. “Big tech organizations like Google and Microsoft have big […]

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