Regional councils monitor water quality in streams and rivers. Troy Baisden, CC BY-ND Troy Baisden, University of Waikato Environment Aotearoa 2019, a major report released today, provides the first snapshot since 2015 of New Zealand’s environment across five “domains” – air, climate, freshwater, land and ocean. This is the first synthesis report produced...
By Sophie Mbugua, Climate Home News After years of planting trees and having no forest to show, Jerome Tuyisingize, a specialist at the Rwanda Water and Forest Authority (RWAFA), realised they were going about it the wrong way. Rwanda is aiming to halt decades of forest loss, while meeting fast-increasing demand for wood. “We...
While the world produces as much as 50 million tonnes of e-waste a year, it is becoming an increasingly important resource for in the informal work sector, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said. The informal sector is involved in recovery, refurbish, repurpose and recycle electrical and electronic equipment, bringing...
by Sarah Sax, Mongabay The US is the world’s largest soy producer and historically has exported the majority of its soybeans to China. But after President Donald Trump’s high China tariffs resulted in a Chinese retaliation of a 25 percent import tariff on US agricultural goods last year, United...
A new study of records from the continuous plankton recorder, a torpedo-shaped marine sampling device in Atlantic ocean points to the growing menace of plastic pollution in oceans. The device, which was towed across more than 6.5m nautical miles of the ocean over the past 60 years, was initially designed...
Serge Mandiefe Piabuo, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); Divine Foundjem Tita, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and Peter A Minang, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) A quarter of a century ago, Cameroon passed a law which gave people living on the edge of forests the right to own and manage forest areas. These...
Microplastics are reaching some of the remote and pristine environments of the planet, shows a new study which highlights the severity of the problem. The study, published in Nature Communications, showed that travelling through the wind, 365 plastic particles, fibres and films were deposited per square metre every day in...
by Eni Muslihah, Mongabay In February, authorities in Indonesia held an exercise for Sumatran rhino researchers to track and tally the remaining wild population of the species. The government aims to finalize an official count of the critically endangered rhino within three years, according to the environment ministry. Natural...
The central environment ministry has written to the ministry of mines requesting to stop giving clearances to private companies for mining beach sand minerals. "...MoEF&CC is requested not to grant any clearance of any type for mineral concessions of Beach Sand Minerals held by private person/company,” read an office memorandum...
Deforestation can impact the supply of clean drinking water to communities, a new study has found. According to the study conducted in Malawi, a 14% reduction in the forest in the country between 2000 and 2010 resulted in the decline of water as would be resulted by a 9% reduction...

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