Mongabay’s site-wide traffic in January 2021 amounted to 14.3 million pageviews, a 28% increase over January 2020. The most read posts on Mongabay’s global English news site in January 2021 were 2020 year-in-review wrap-ups, including a list of our 2020 investigations, the December 2020 most popular, and the 2020 most popular. Below is a list of the 15 most read posts for January 2021. Traffic totals are for the month of January only. Mongabay’s environmental investigations in 2020 (12/31/20) Written by Mongabay.com – 186,674 pageviews Over the course of 2020, Mongabay published more than 5,200 stories, which collectively had on-site readership of 140 million pageviews. The reach of this content was further amplified by readership within social media and by the many third party outlets that syndicate our stories. This post reviews some of the investigations we undertook in 2020. Some of these investigations were collaborative efforts with other news outlets and agencies. Mongabay’s most popular conservation news posts in December 2020 (1/4/21) Written by Mongabay.com – 143,303 pageviews Mongabay’s site-wide traffic in December 2020 amounted to 12.3 million pageviews, a 55% increase over December 2019. Aggregate time on the site in December set a new all-time high, surpassing the previous peak from the initial pandemic lockdown period form April-June 2020. For the year Mongabay attracted 142 million pageviews, a 40% increase over 2019. Below is a list of the 25 most popular articles for December 2020. Traffic totals are for the month of December only. Mongabay’s 10 most popular…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer
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EU-domstolen ger Sverige bakläxa och menar att vi måste ta mycket större hänsyn till djur och växter än vad som är fallet i dagsläget. Domslutet förväntas leda till konsekvenser för… Läs mer
Sonia Castro says her family stayed in self-isolation for two months in the Jambuaçu Territory in Brazil’s Pará state. She recounts how they eventually fell ill, their condition worsening bit by bit without proper medical attention. “[They were] one in each house, and after 30 days there was no way they could stay there any longer,” she says. “That’s when I had to call an ambulance, and they were transferred to Belém,” the state capital. Castro is speaking in front of her wooden house, a solid structure painted forest green with white trim, located in the middle of the community of Ribeira. It’s one of Jambuaçu’s many quilombos, communities of quilombolas, the descendants of African slaves who settled in remote parts of Brazil to flee their oppressors starting in the 1500s. Quilombos are found throughout Brazil, including vast stretches of the Amazon Basin. But even though they often reside in remote, forested portions of the country, the quilombolas of Jambuaçu do not inhabit a bucolic landscape: they are surrounded by mining and processing activities, as well as large agribusiness ventures. The presence of which has been aggravated by the arrival of the novel coronavirus. The other residents of her quilombo feared being infected with COVID-19, Castro says, so she had to fetch her kids sitting and waiting on a bridge on her way out of the community via motorboat — a daunting undertaking meant to prevent interaction with outsiders, but a far cry from the tight-knit nature of a community…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer
“One of the good things about living here is that it is — or at least it was, before the pandemic — possible to coexist and share ideas, sips of coffee and food bites with the very people you write about and work with.” This is how anthropologist Thais Mantovanelli, a researcher at the Instituto Socioambiental, an NGO that defends Indigenous and environmental rights in Brazil, describes her life in Altamira. This municipality in the Amazonian state of Pará is ripe with land ownership conflicts and violence. Mantovanelli received her doctorate in social anthropology from São Carlos Federal University in 2016, and after having split her time between São Paulo and Pará states for around five years, she moved to Altamira for good in 2017. There, she works with the Mẽbengokre-Xikrin and Juruna Yudjá peoples, who run an independent monitoring of the effects the Belo Monte dam has had over their territories at the Volta Grande do Xingu region, southeast from Altamira at the margins of the Xingu River. These tribes have suffered the impact of Belo Monte not only through the violence rates that have skyrocketed in the region, but also because fishing has become more difficult. The flow rate of the Xingu has been throttled down, greatly restraining the piracema, the reproductive season when several fish species migrate to shallow areas and fountainheads to spawn. Mantovanelli said the Xingu’s flow rate in Volta Grande before the dam was built was 25,000 cubic meters per second (m3/s), or about…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer
After drugs and arms trafficking, illegal fishing is the third most lucrative illegal activity in the world. It is estimated that around 26 million tons of fish and other marine resources are caught illegally every year to supply a black market worth up to $23 billion. Illegal fishing takes many forms, one of which involves fishing inside marine protected areas that have been created to safeguard the biodiversity within them. A team of journalists from Mongabay Latam, Cuestión Pública in Colombia, El Universo in Ecuador, and Ciper in Chile, with the advice of satellite-monitoring experts and scientists, analyzed the movement of boats within marine protected areas over a five-year period between 2015 and 2020. This research revealed illegal fishing in marine sanctuaries in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico. These four countries are among the top six in Latin America with the largest amount of protected marine territory, but the findings raise questions about whether they have the tools to control, monitor, and stop such illegal activities within their marine protected areas. What the images reveal The ability to track a boat’s movements in the ocean depends on whether it has a satellite device on board. The device “is essentially a box that is in connection with satellites in orbit,” says scientist Fabio Favoretto, a member of DataMares, a civil society organization that analyzes data on fishing in Mexico and that collaborated with Mongabay Latam in analyzing the information for this research. The device sends a signal every hour to a…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer
Skyddet av arter vid skogsbruk och andra markintensiva verksamheter i Sverige behöver skärpas. Igår kom EU-domstolen med en dom om hur förbuden mot att döda, störa eller skada vissa skyddade arter och fåglar ska tolkas. EU-domstolen säger att förbuden gäller även när en individ av en skyddad art störs eller skadas av en verksamhet, och inte enbart om hela den skyddade populationen påverkas. Det är ett underkännande av den svenska tillämpningen av artskyddet.
På sistone har fall av fågelinfluensautbrott konstaterats på svenska fågelfarmer, men provtagning visar att det finns en uppenbar spridning även bland vilda fåglar. Hittills är det främst vitkindade gäss i Skåne som drabbats samt flera arter rovfåglar, t.ex. duvhök, pilgrimsfalk och berguv som alla äter andra fåglar. I sydöstra Sverige har ovanligt många döda knölsvanar
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Genom aktivt ägande vill AP-fonderna få fossila bolag att bli mer hållbara. Men Naturskyddsföreningens nya rapport visar att inte ett enda av de bolag som utvinner kol, olja och gas som AP-fonderna försökt påverka har satt utsläppsmål i linje med Parisavtalet.
The superb lyrebird has garnered worldwide recognition as nature’s greatest voice impersonator. Researchers have found that besides imitating other species’ songs and artificial sounds from the environment, it is capable of mimicking the sounds of an entire multispecies flock. This vocal mimicry is used by males during mating sessions and is believed to increase their reproductive success. Image of a superb lyrebird by Alex Maisey. Masters of imitation The superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) is a large ground-dwelling songbird endemic to southeastern Australia. It’s best-known for its extraordinary ability to imitate complex artificial sounds from the environment, even chainsaws, camera shutters, squeaking trees, and car alarms. A study published Feb. 25 in Current Biology adds one more astonishing feat to its repertoire: male lyrebirds can mimic the panicked alarm calls and wingbeat noises of many bird species all at once. This illusion of creating a complex ecological scene has never before been seen in birds. “In the past, biologists have specified that mimicry involves three protagonists: a mimic, a signal receiver, and a model. But here we have an example of one individual — a male lyrebird — mimicking an entire ecological scene comprising multiple individuals and multiple species calling simultaneously,” Anastasia Dalziell, a behavioral ecologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and lead author of the paper, says in a statement. https://imgs.mongabay.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/04231252/This-audio-clip-is-a-segment-of-a-real-mixed-species-mobbing-flock-experimentally-induced-in-Sherbrooke-Forest-CREDIT-Dalziell-et-al.wav This audio clip is a segment of a real mixed-species mobbing flock experimentally induced in Sherbrooke Forest. Audio courtesy of Dalziell et al. https://imgs.mongabay.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/04231256/This-audio-clip-is-an-example-of-a-male-lyrebird-imitating-a-mobbing-flock-during-copulation-2-CREDIT-Dalziell-et-al-1.wav This audio clip is an…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer
Vill du engagera dig för fossilfria pensioner? Toppen! Det finns nämligen flera sätt som du kan vara med och bidra för att visa att våra pensionspengar inte ska investeras i olja, kol och fossilgas.