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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, March 16, 2018

Tropical forests Cash convinces forest dwellers to cut down fewer trees, a new study in five developing countries finds (University of Colorado at Boulder/EurekAlert). The loss of Central Africa’s elephants could fundamentally alter the makeup of the region’s forests (Duke University/EurekAlert). “Major” biodiversity reports will headline Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services meeting in Colombia beginning March 17 (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)/EurekAlert). A study of some 80,000 plants and animals finds that climate change could wipe out local populations of half of species (University of East Anglia/EurekAlert, The Hindu, The Guardian). The growing role of zoos and aquariums in safeguarding the world’s biodiversity documented in a new book (Arizona State University/EurekAlert). New study looks at the impact of climate change on yellow fever in Africa (PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases/EurekAlert). Fragmenting forests in Costa Rica are a bigger problem for native plants than monkeys (Phys.org). Other news Angola’s elephants need “active protection” if they’re going to survive, new study finds (PLOS One/EurekAlert). Ticks and Lyme disease on the rise in Canada as a result of climate change (Mother Jones/Undark). Mongolia is a land of wet and dry extremes that may not be worsened by climate change (University of Arizona/EurekAlert). Rising sea levels are imperiling Easter Island (The New York Times). White House chief of staff axes EPA head’s plans for debates to question climate change (The New York Times). The war on pollution in China appears to be working (The New York Times). Climate…

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