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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, April 13, 2018

Tropical forests A government agency in Indonesia aims to restore peatlands and help communities (CIFOR Forests News). Planting cocoa trees could help farmers and ranchers avoid further deforestation in the Amazon (Reuters). Leeches help scientists assess the array of species present in forests (The New York Times). CITES finds that some reptiles and amphibians sold as “captive bred” are actually captured from the wild (The New York Times). Pollution appears to be changing the chemistry of the air in the Amazon (Phys.Org). Habitat loss killed most of the koalas that died in recent years in Queensland, Australia (The Guardian). The proliferation of wildlife on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi happened more recently than scientists previously estimated, according to a new study (Phys.Org). Other news Sperm whale succumbs to 29 kilograms (64 pounds) of trash in its gut, according to an autopsy (The New York Times). Animals’ “charismatic” status may increase their risk of extinction, a new study finds (PLOS Biology/EurekAlert). Increased snowfall in Antarctica over past 200 years isn’t enough to compensate for the sea-level rise caused by melting ice (BBC News). Now a different dodo, a small pigeon in the South Pacific, is facing extinction due to hunting (The Guardian). Scientists debate the danger that climate change poses to polar bears, and denialists use the discord to sow doubt (The New York Times). New research suggests that as mountains erode, they release climate-warming gases (Science Magazine). In a bid to save dugongs, conservation groups are trying to set up…

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