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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, April 19, 2019

19 / 04 / 2019, Mongabaycom News

Tropical forests The American Museum of Natural History has withdrawn its hosting of an event by a lobby group honoring Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has moved to marginalize native peoples and develop the Amazon, as its “person of the year” (BBC). The news that Bolsonaro would be honored at the event in New York came just days after he announced his intention to open up a vast tract of the Amazon to mining companies (Reuters). Ecuador’s indigenous communities are leveraging technology to protect their homeland in the Amazon (Pacific Standard). An acoustics project has made it possible to livestream a soundtrack of the rainforest in Borneo from a website (Imperial College London). Deforestation could lead to the “extinction” of three lakes in Tanzania (IPP Media). A military leader with ties to the former president of the Democratic Republic of Congo may have sold illegally acquired timber licenses (Africa Times). Harmonizing differing views of land ownership is critical to a fair titling system in Peru, experts say (CIFOR Forests News). Tanzania will ban the use, production and import of plastic bags beginning in June 2019 (Xinhua). Other news A Florida man was killed by a cassowary, considered perhaps the “world’s most dangerous bird,” that he kept on his farm (The Washington Post, Forbes). Climate change may worsen allergy symptoms by encouraging trees to release pollen for longer periods (CNN). Bryde’s whales in the Gulf of Mexico are now protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (NOLA). Development and climate change…

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