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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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How herring populations are affected by commercial fisheries
June 10, 2014 09:21 AM - Nicholas Barrett, MONGABAY.COM
Scientists analyzed almost half a million fish bones to shed light on the population history of Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) in the North Pacific Ocean. Their paper, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) reveals a decline of unprecedented scale. It suggests that while the abundance of Pacific herring does fluctuate naturally, their numbers have fallen precipitously since commercial fishing started targeting the species in the 19th century.
In cutting deforestation, Brazil leads world in reducing emissions
June 9, 2014 08:53 AM - Rhett A. Butler, MONGABAY.COM
Brazil's success in reducing deforestation in the world's largest rainforest has been much heralded, but progress may stall unless farmers, ranchers and other land users in the region are provided incentives to further improve the environmental sustainability of their operations, argues a study published this week in the journal Science.
Boreal forests and Climate Change: Better management practices needed
June 5, 2014 12:28 PM - Paul Sutherland, MONGABAY.COM
Greenhouse gas emissions from human activity have caused global air and sea surface temperatures to rise approximately 0.8 Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit) since the beginning of the 20th century, contributing to a plethora of problems worldwide from rising sea levels to desertification. A new study published in Conversation Letters finds that global temperatures may start to increase even faster if more is not done to protect Earth’s boreal forests.
La selva intacta del Amazonas muestra posibles signos del calentamiento global
June 5, 2014 09:06 AM - Editor, MONGABAY.COM, MONGABAY.COM
El cambio climático puede estar tomando un costo oculto en los bosques tropicales intactos en el corazón de la Amazonia, encuentra un nuevo estudio basado en 35 años de observaciones.
Intact Amazon forests show possible signs of global warming impact
June 4, 2014 04:57 PM - Editor, MONGABAY.COM
Climate change may be taking a hidden toll on intact rainforests in the heart of the Amazon, finds a new study based on 35 years of observations. The research, published in the journal Ecology, focused on the ecological impacts of fragmentation but unexpectedly found changes in the control forests. These shifts, which included faster growth and death rates of trees, increased biomass accumulation, and proliferation in vines, may be linked to rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, according to George Mason University's Thomas Lovejoy, who initiated the study in the late 1970's.
Zebras Break Record for Africa's Longest Terrestrial Migration
May 30, 2014 08:47 AM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM
With food and water scarce in many parts of Africa, many species migrate long-distances in order to survive. A new study published in the journal, Oryx has found a new record-breaker for the continent’s longest tracked terrestrial migration: a huge group of zebras that traveled a total distance of 500 kilometers (300 miles).
Trawling: destructive fishing method is turning sea floors to 'deserts'
May 29, 2014 01:30 PM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM
Bottom trawling is a practice used by commercial fisheries around the world in which a large, heavy net is dragged along the ocean floor to scoop up everything in its path. Previous research has linked trawling to significant environmental impacts, such as the harvest of large numbers of non-target species, collectively termed "by catch," as well as destruction of shallow seabeds. Now, a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds this method is also resulting in long-term, far-reaching consequences in the deeper ocean and beyond. Trawling dates back to the 1300s, and it became widespread in coastal areas around the world after the industrialization of commercial fishing in the late-1800s. Bottom trawling targets commercially valuable species that live near the sea floor, such as cod, rockfish, and various kinds of squid and shrimp. Gear varies depending on the fishing outfit, but nets can be nearly as large as a city block and scoop thousands of fish and other marine animals in a single drag.
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.