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PORTO VELHO, ROND?NIA, BRAZIL. Aerial view of burned areas in the Amazon rainforest, in the city of Porto Velho, Rond?nia state. (Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace)

2019: The year rainforests burned

2019 closed out a "lost decade" for the world's tropical forests, with surging deforestation from Brazil to the Congo Basin, environmental policy roll-backs, assaults on environmental defenders, abandoned conservation commitments,…
PORTO VELHO, ROND?NIA, BRAZIL. Aerial view of burned areas in the Amazon rainforest, in the city of Porto Velho, Rond?nia state. (Photo: Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace)
Sue Palminteri with elephants. Courtesy of George Powell.

Conservation biologist and wildtech journalist Sue Palminteri, 1965-2019

Whether it was radio-collaring elephants across the savannas of South Africa, competing internationally alongside the Israeli national team in tennis, tracking saki monkeys through the rainforest in the sweltering mid-day…
Sue Palminteri with elephants. Courtesy of George Powell.
Nyeema Harris and her crew deployed motion-detecting cameras throughout their study site in West Africa. Credit: University of Michigan Applied Wildlife Ecology Lab

Camera traps yield surprises in West Africa’s largest protected area

Protected lands in the tropics are often managed to curtail poaching, creating a refuge for vulnerable wildlife that face risks of extinction.? However, a new study in West Africa’s largest…
Nyeema Harris and her crew deployed motion-detecting cameras throughout their study site in West Africa. Credit: University of Michigan Applied Wildlife Ecology Lab
Rainforest in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

$10M in prize money for mapping rainforest biodiversity

Efforts to catalog the fast-declining biodiversity of tropical rainforests just got a $10 million boost via a new competition from XPRIZE, an organization that has more than a dozen competitions…
Rainforest in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

Tree-planting programs turn to tech solutions to track effectiveness

ROCHESTER, New York and RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK, Madagascar — Tom Snyder wants to change the way people see trees. Specifically, he wants to help donors to Seneca Park Zoo in…

LIDAR technology leads Brazilian team to 30 story tall Amazon tree

The 88.5 meter (290 foot) tree was found by a study team creating a detailed forest biomass map of the Amazon to track carbon emissions caused by land use change.

Can camera traps diagnose the severity of a mystery giraffe skin disease?

Giraffes have many problems to deal with. There’s habitat loss and poaching. Then there’s a mysterious skin disease that’s been recorded in 13 giraffe populations in seven African countries. The…
Tanzanian farmer Julia Yusufu with two of her agricultural tools, a radio and her cell phone. Image courtesy Farm Radio International

Fighting Africa’s fall armyworm invasion with radio shows and phone apps

How does fish soup end up on a maize plant? Farmers in Malawi developed the idea to protect their plants from the invasive fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda). They found that…
Tanzanian farmer Julia Yusufu with two of her agricultural tools, a radio and her cell phone. Image courtesy Farm Radio International

The Ocean Cleanup successfully collects ocean plastic, aims to scale design

On October 2nd, the Dutch non-profit The Ocean Cleanup announced that it has successfully developed a device that can capture and collect ocean plastic, moving the organization closer to its…
WCS veterinarian Steve Harvey fitting a collar on one of the elephants. Image courtesy of Nacha Geoffrey/WCS

Satellite collars to help boost protection for Nigeria’s largest remaining elephant herd

LAGOS — In early October, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) fitted six elephants in northern Nigeria's Yankari National Park with satellite collars. The collars will help WCS, which works with…
WCS veterinarian Steve Harvey fitting a collar on one of the elephants. Image courtesy of Nacha Geoffrey/WCS

Companies ‘disregard responsibility’ over conflict minerals: Report

An analysis of 215 companies’ mineral supply chains has found many have fallen short of their obligations under the Conflict Minerals Rule, also known as Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank…

New app tracks down forest fires in Bolivia

A new app aimed at tracking forest fires in Bolivia could shake up the way authorities and firefighters battle fires, allowing them to pinpoint their locations more accurately and safely.…

New detection devices could record microplastic pollution levels in real time

The scope of the microplastic pollution problem is astonishing. While nations need to slow the rate of plastics entering Earth's waters, discovering what the density of it is, and where…

Protected areas best conserve mammalian diversity when connected with corridors, biologged weasels show

In a recently published? study, Canadian researchers monitored the fine-scale movements of GPS-tagged fishers (Pekania pennanti), a member of the weasel family, across a terrain of over 700 protected areas…

‘No place to hide’ for illegal fishing fleets as surveillance satellites prepare for lift-off

The prospect of monitoring every vessel at sea in real time has moved a step closer to reality as a new generation of surveillance satellites takes to the skies. The…

Snow leopard population overestimated in Nepal? DNA study suggests it may be

In September 2014, Nepali zoologist Madhu Chetri asked his professor Morten Odden a strange question during their fieldwork. "Are you tired?" he asked Odden as the duo from the Inland…
Fire burning in an area of recent forest clearing in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Courtesy of Planet Labs Inc.

Satellite images from Planet reveal devastating Amazon fires in near real-time

High-resolution images from satellite company Planet are revealing glimpses of some of the fires currently devastating the Amazon rainforest. While many of the images currently being shared on social media…
Fire burning in an area of recent forest clearing in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Courtesy of Planet Labs Inc.
Margay (Leopardus wiedii)

Precision conservation: High tech to the rescue in the Peruvian Amazon

Conservation leaders join successfully with technologists to thwart artisanal gold mining and illegal logging by creating early warning systems and transparency.
Margay (Leopardus wiedii)

Tests show multi-rotor UAVs can improve cetacean behavioral studies

A New Zealand-based research team assessing the utility of small, multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to survey and study humpback whales determined that video data collected from a UAV improved…

New toolkit identifies multiple species from environmental DNA

Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and CALeDNA have developed a toolkit designed to quickly identify the species in a biological community by simultaneously analyzing the environmental…