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With more than one million unique visitors per month, Mongabay.com is one of the world's most popular environmental science and conservation news sites. The news and rainforests sections of the site are widely cited for information on tropical forests, conservation, and wildlife.
Mongabay.com aims to raise interest in wildlife and wildlands while promoting awareness of environmental issues. Originally the site was based around a text on tropical rainforests written by Rhett A. Butler, but today the site has expanded to other topics (like Madagascar [WildMadagasacar.org]) and is available in versions for kids and in more than two dozen non-English languages. Mongabay.com is also publisher of Tropical Conservation Science, a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal that seeks to provide opportunities for scientists in developing countries to publish their research in their native languages.
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Millions of Birds Killed Annually due to Window Collisions
February 11, 2014 11:02 AM - Editor, MONGABAY.COM
365-988 million birds are killed in the U.S. each year in collisions with buildings, estimates a review published last month in the journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications. The research, based on some 92,869 records across 23 studies, finds that low-rise buildings (56 percent) and residences (44 percent) rather than skyscrapers (1 percent) are responsible for most of the toll. The results suggest that building collisions are the second largest cause of death from anthropogenic sources in the United States after domesticated and feral cats, which kill 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds per year according to a study published last year.
Plantaciones en humedales están influyendo en la generación de GEI en la Provincia de Riau, Indonesia
Peatland plantations drive steep GHG gas emissions in Indonesia's Riau Province
February 6, 2014 08:09 AM - Michael Buelna, MONGABAY.COM
Versatile is the best way to describe the reddish brown fruit born from oil palm trees. Both the flesh and seed of the fruit is used in many applications including cooking, cosmetics, and biofuel.
Empresa de Gas autorizada a perforar en la zona de amortiguamiento del Parque Nacional Manu, poniendo en peligro a las poblaciones indígenas
El gobierno peruano autoriza a una empresa de gas a realizar perforaciones en Parque Nacional Manu, poniendo en riesgo a los pueblos indígenas de la selva peruana.
Gas company to drill in Manu National Park buffer zone, imperiling indigenous people
February 5, 2014 11:13 AM - David Hill, MONGABAY.COM
The Peruvian government has approved plans for gas company Pluspetrol to move deeper into a supposedly protected reserve for indigenous peoples and the buffer zone of the Manu National Park in the Amazon rainforest.
Amazing discovery in Antarctica: sea anemones found living upside down under ice
January 28, 2014 09:12 AM - Jeremey Hance, MONGABAY.COM
Sea anemones are supposed to sit on the bottom of the ocean, using their basal disc (or adhesive foot) to rest on a coral reef or sand. So, imagine the surprise of geologists in Antarctica when they discovered a mass of sea anemones hanging upside from the underside of the Ross Ice Shelf like a village of wispy ghosts.
Emissions outsourced to China return to US as air pollution
January 24, 2014 09:00 AM - Editor, MONGABAY.COM
Twenty percent of China's air pollution can be attributed to goods exported to America, with some of those emissions drifting back to the Western United States, finds a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research, conducted by an international team of researchers, estimates that Los Angeles sees at least one extra day of severe air pollution due to nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide emitted by Chinese factories making products for export. On some days as much as a quarter of sulfate pollution on the California coastline can be attributed to Chinese export production.
One quarter of all sharks and rays are threatened with extinction
January 23, 2014 08:09 AM - Loren Bell, Mongabay-Indonesia correspondent, MONGABAY.COM
One quarter of all sharks and rays are threatened with extinction, according to a new study published in the open-access journal eLife. The paper analyzed the threat and conservation status of 1,041 species of chondrichthyans—the class of fish whose skeletons are made of cartilage instead of bone which includes sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras—and found this group to be among the most threatened animals in the world.
Handful of Species Key to Ecosystem Health, Study Finds
January 21, 2014 03:41 PM - Ariel Mark, MONGABAY.COM
While conducting field research in the humid salt marshes of Sapelo Island, scientists Marc Hensel and Brian Silliman made an astonishing discovery: species type, not just quantity, is vital for maintaining healthy ecosystems. For decades, scientists believed that preserving the largest number of species was critical for ecosystem function, regardless of their genetic makeup. However, Hensel, a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and Silliman, Rachel Carson Associate Professor at Duke University, counter the old dogma in an article recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Land conflicts complicate effort to spare forests from palm oil in Borneo
January 17, 2014 12:19 PM - Rhett A. Butler, MONGABAY.COM
A widely-heralded effort to spare carbon-dense rainforests and peatlands from palm oil development in Indonesian Borneo is facing new criticism after an investigation by rights groups found evidence of unresolved conflicts over community land.