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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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April Ties For Warmest On Record
May 28, 2014 09:55 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM
Globally, this April was a scorcher, tying with 2010 for the warmest April on record, according to new data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last week.
African nation seeks $1 billion to save its rainforest
May 23, 2014 07:24 AM - Editor, MONGABAY.COM
The Democratic Republic of Congo is seeking a billion dollars for a plan to protect up to 9 million hectares of rainforests, reports the Financial Times. In a presentation given at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday, DR Congo Minister of Environment Bavon N'sa Mputu Elima said his country needed foreign assistance to protect forests. He cited Indonesia as a precedent for such an approach.
El coral produce compuestos médicamente útiles.
May 19, 2014 10:41 AM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM, MONGABAY.COM
En las aguas de la costa del norte de Australia vive una especie de coral plumoso. Hace años, partes de éste fueron recogidos por el Instituto Australiano de Ciencias Marinas y almacenados en el repositorio de extractos del Instituto Nacional del Cáncer junto con otras 200 mil muestras. Cuando los investigadores analizaron la muestra, descubrieron que ésta era muy eficaz en el bloqueo de la infección del VIH.
Scientists discover giant sperm fossilized in bat guano
May 16, 2014 08:49 AM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM
In a cave in Australia, researchers from the University of New South Wales discovered giant fossilized sperm. The sperm were produced 17 million years ago by a group of tiny, shelled crustaceans called ostracods, making them the oldest fossilized sperm ever found. The results were published recently in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The fossils were excavated in 1988, but it wasn't known they contained sperm until they were studied in detail by an ostracod expert last year.
Tipping point already reached?
May 15, 2014 08:04 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM
Two hundred years from now, the planet could look very different. This week two landmark studies revealed that West Antarctica's ice sheet is in a state of seemingly inevitable collapse linked to climate change. The slow-motion collapse would by itself eventually lead to a rise in global levels of 3.6-4.5 meters (12-15 feet), overrunning many of the world's islands, low-lying areas, and coastal cities. The only silver lining is that scientists conservatively estimate that the collapse could take 200-1,000 years.
India, not China, has the world's worst urban air pollution
May 13, 2014 09:07 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM
Breathing in urban India is hard: of the world's top twenty cities with the worst air, 13 of them are found in India, according to a new analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO). Despite the attention recently given to Chinese cities for atrocious air pollution, many of India's cities are actually worse when comparing annual averages of fine airborne particulates.
Coral Yields Medically Useful Compounds
May 12, 2014 06:06 AM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM
In the waters off the coast of northern Australia lives a species of feathery coral. Years ago, bits of it were collected by the Australian Institute of Marine Science and stored at the National Cancer Institute's extract repository, along with 200,000 other samples. When researchers retrieved and tested it, they found that it was very effective at blocking HIV infection of host cells.
Comer especies en peligro de extinción en China podría llevar a la cárcel
May 5, 2014 10:37 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM, MONGABAY.COM
Es bien sabido que gran parte del comercio de vida silvestre ilegal masiva en el mundo termina en China, incluyendo tigres escalfados, pangolines y osos. Pero ahora aquellos que ordenan los fetos de pangolín, sangre de tigre o bilis de oso en un restaurante o en el mercado pueden terminar en la cárcel. De acuerdo con una reinterpretación de la ley china por el Comité Permanente de la Asamblea Popular Nacional (APN), los consumidores de unas 420 especies raras o en peligro de extinción en China podrían ser condenados a más de diez años en prisión dependiendo del delito.
Eating endangered species in China could yield jail time
April 30, 2014 08:02 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM
It's well known that much of the world's massive illegal wildlife trade ends up in China, including poached tigers, pangolins, and bears. But now those who order pangolin fetuses, tiger blood, or bear bile at a restaurant or market may see significant jail time. According to a reinterpretation of Chinese law by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), consumers of some 420 rare or endangered species in China could be sentenced to over ten years depending on the offense.
Congo rainforest losing its greenness, finds NASA
April 25, 2014 04:11 PM - Editor, MONGABAY.COM
The Congo, the world's second largest rainforest, is losing its greenness, finds a new study published in Nature. The research, based on analysis of NASA satellite data, reveals the impact of long-term drought that has affected the region in 2000. The study may help scientists forecast the Congo rainforest's future outlook.