Slain Amazon eco warrior becomes a conservation martyr

For a person living in extreme poverty, the wood from a single tree in the Amazon rainforest may be equal to one or two year’s salary. Those desperate for money are going so far as to murder the indigenous people trying to protect the dying forest from deforestation. Sadly, this is not unusual and is actually happening around the world. As natural resources become scarcer, the violence between indigenous tribes and illegal loggers is only going to increase, warns Dr James Watson, a professor of Conservation Science at the University of Queensland. “Unfortunately, it’s the state of the world,” he said. Read more here.

Silver-backed chevrotain, or mouse-deer, thought extinct, caught on camera in Vietnam

With so many stories of animals going extinct these days it's rare to get some good news. But researchers working in lowland forest near Nha Trang in south-east Vietnam have captured the first-ever photos of a silver-backed chevrotain or "mouse-deer", which conservationists feared was extinct. Key points: Silver-backed chevrotain not seen since the 1990s, only known from dead specimens They appear to be abundant in small patch of forest Good news welcome for 'depressed' conservationists Read more here.

Australia's flagship environmental fail

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, Australia's flagship legislation to combat species extinction, came into force in 2000, yet new research suggests the law has done little to hinder habitat loss. The study demonstrated that 7.7 million hectares of threatened species habitat were cleared between 2000 and 2017. While the Act mandates that any proposed land‐use change that could have national environmental consequences must be referred to the federal government for assessment, over 93% of the cleared land was not, according to a study (Conserv Sci Pract 2019; doi.org/10.1111/csp2.117). “The law is simply not being enforced”, says Michelle Ward, an ecologist at

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