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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, February 8, 2019

08 / 02 / 2019, Mongabaycom News

Tropical forests Authorities seized 8.2 metric tons (9 tons) of pangolin scales that had been smuggled from Nigeria through Vietnam to Hong Kong (The New York Times). New research shows that Brazil might be able to continue growing crops for ethanol without causing deforestation if the industry uses the waste products for cattle feed (SciDev.Net). A taste for durian in China is fueling deforestation in Malaysia, conservationists say (NDTV/AGP). An okapi (Okapia johnstoni) calf had eye surgery in Florida (The Gainesville Sun). The opposition to mining in Ghana’s Atiwa Forest is growing (Business Ghana). India is planning new biodiversity park in the Kashmir region (Greater Kashmir). Ten journalists have been charged with extorting payments from a charcoal manufacturer in Myanmar (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project). The second stage of construction of the Pan Borneo Highway in the Malaysian state of Sarawak should begin in 2020, officials say (The Borneo Post). A recent study has found that “poor land use practices” are degrading forests in Africa (The New Times (Rwanda)). “Rewilding” is helping to restore ecosystems, but there are still pitfalls along the way (The Economist). An investigation probes the illegal trade of rosewood from Madagascar to China (Yale e360). Illegally and unsustainably harvested tropical timber is still finding its way into construction projects for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, conservation groups say (South China Morning Post). Scientists are examining Africa’s wetlands in the hopes of finding the mysterious source of higher atmospheric methane levels (Nature News). Other news Key…

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