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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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Amount of carbon absorbed by ecosystems each year is grossly overstated, says new study
January 17, 2011 09:38 AM - Emily Kirkland, MONGABAY.COM
According to a new paper published in Science, current carbon accounting methods significantly overstate the amount of carbon that can be absorbed by forests, plains, and other terrestrial ecosystems. That is because most current carbon accounting methods do not consider the methane and carbon dioxide released naturally by rivers, streams, and lakes.
"End of Days" bird kill just a fraction of real death toll
January 12, 2011 09:31 AM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM
The sudden en-masse deaths of thousands of birds in the Southern U.S. on the night of New Year's Eve have created a frenzy of media attention, but in reality hardly compare to the massive number that die each year because of human activity.
Meat producers should replace cattle with insects, scientists say
January 11, 2011 08:33 AM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM
Scientists in the Netherlands have discovered that insects produce significantly less greenhouse gas per kilogram of meat than cattle or pigs. Their study, published in the online journal PLoS One, suggests that a move towards insect farming could result in a more sustainable - and affordable - form of meat production.
Mediterranean Sea may be polluted with 250 billion microplastics
January 10, 2011 08:38 AM - Pierre Fidenci, MONGABAY.COM
The 2010 scientific expedition undertaken by the European program called Mediterranean En-Dangered (MED) reveals that 250 billion microplastics could be found in the Mediterranean Sea. The main goal of the program, which will end in 2013, is to quantify the distribution of plastic pollution and better understand its dynamics in the Mediterranean Sea. Microplastics are usually defined as plastic particles smaller than 5 millimeters, so for most part they are invisible to human eyes.
U.S. bumble bees experiencing significant declines
January 6, 2011 09:46 AM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM
Many U.S. bumble bee populations have declined significantly over the past few decades, with certain species dropping off by as much as 96 percent. While the decline is linked to low genetic diversity and disease, an underlying cause remains uncertain.
Growing Atlantic dead zone shrinks habitat for billfish and tuna, may lead to over-harvest
December 30, 2010 02:52 PM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM
A dead zone off the coast of West Africa is reducing the amount of available habitat for Atlantic tuna and billfish species, reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in a study published in Fisheries Oceanography. The zone is growing due to rising water temperatures and is expected to cause over-harvest of tuna and billfish as the fish seek higher levels of oxygen in areas with greater fisheries activity.
New legislation places US at forefront of shark conservation
December 27, 2010 03:31 PM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM
Last week the US Senate passed the Shark Conservation Act, which bolsters the prohibition of shark-finning in US waters and puts the US at the forefront of shark conservation.
NASA releases global warming map
December 16, 2010 08:24 AM - Editor, MONGABAY.COM
NASA has released a new analysis of temperature change. The map shows temperature anomalies for 2000-2009 and 1970-1979 relative to a 1951-1980 baseline.
Finland forest protected: 80,000 hectares of green cover rescued from industrial logging
December 15, 2010 08:25 AM - Ashley Hobbs, MONGABAY.COM
Metsahallitus, a forest enterprise controlled by the Finnish government, have agreed to preserve 80 percent of 107,000 hectares of pine forests in northern Finland. The area, which serves as a grazing land for the reindeer, includes tracts of old growth forest.
Mountain gorilla population up by 100 individuals
December 8, 2010 08:47 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM
Conservation appears to be working for the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) in the Virunga massif region, as a new census shows an additional 100 individuals from the last census in 2003, an increase of over a quarter. The Virunga massif is a region in three nations—Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda—and covering three protected area.