Jackie Chan participates in endangered pangolin conservation activities

Action superstar Jackie Chan has joined the fight against poaching of the world’s most trafficked mammal, the pangolin (or scale anteater). In the video “Kung Fu Pangolin,” released by conservation groups WildAid and The Nature Conservancy, Jackie Chan tells the story of how a pangolin was killed by poachers. He teaches kung fu to protect … Read more

80% of Bornean orangutans live outside protected areas

Four-fifths of wild orangutans in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, live outside national parks and protected areas, according to a new study by the Indonesian government . The study, called the 2016 Orangutan Population and Habitat Feasibility Assessment, was led by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. This is the third survey, published last month and following … Read more

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Considers Changing Standards to Certify Recent Loggers

The certification body, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), has taken steps to allow timber companies that have been logging since 1994 to apply for certification. Since its inception 23 years ago, FSC has refused to certify logging companies. This is to convert it to a timber plantation. This was not changed by the passage of Motion 7 by the General … Read more

Study finds urbanization in Asia a beacon of hope for tigers

Recognizing that whether tiger populations on the Asian continent recover or disappear into history depends on the decisions we make about how we live on this planet. , suggests the latest research. “If we want a planet with tigers, forests and wilderness to survive beyond the 21st century, conservation efforts will help alleviate poverty, increase … Read more

A New Perspective Through Adversity: Is the Natural World Heading for a Glorious Comeback?

As an environmental journalist, I was tormented daily by headlines like ‘Worm Apocalypse’ and ‘Half the Earth’s Wildlife Lost’ . At least as generations before us knew, the dangers of the natural world are unbearable to watch. But if the collapse of global biodiversity that we are witnessing is not a critical cataclysm, it is simply a brief, bleak period … Read more

Otter cafes and pet fever accelerate illegal trade in Japan and Indonesia

On World Otter Day 2019, a documentary film was released highlighting the illegal trade in small-clawed otters in Asia. The small-clawed otter is categorized as a vulnerable species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, and its population is declining. A film by wildlife photographer and filmmaker Aaron Gekoski of World Animal … Read more

animals have culture

Carl Safina is a global ecologist based on Long Island, New York, USA. Safina, who became a researcher of marine life after earning a doctorate in seabird studies at Rutgers University, won the Lannan Prize for Literary Nonfiction for his first novel, Song of the Sea (1998). Awarded Division. In his recent book, Beyond Words: What Do … Read more

The women of Kunden used cement to prevent mining on their land. this is their story

Silence, prosperity, fertility. Those words came to my mind one Sunday night in 2019 as I stood on top of a hill in the village of Tegaldowo in Java, Indonesia. The phrase has been used to describe a huge island with fertile soil, green rice paddies and teak forests. But this stillness hides a more tumultuous story. Massive … Read more