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The Penan Hunter-Gatherers of Sarawak

For the Penan of Sarawak’s rainforest, the raucous call of the white-crowned hornbill has long heralded dawn. Today, however, they are just as likely to be woken by the sound of chainsaws and falling trees. The tropical rainforest of Sarawak in Borneo, East Malaysia, is one of the most biologically rich forests on earth. It…

Year of the Horse Kicks Off with Seahorse Conservation

Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh, Postdoctoral Research Associate John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago in partnership with Project Seahorse (University of British Columbia & Zoological Society of London) I’m writing from foggy and drizzly Haiphong, where I’ve been meeting with our country hosts at the Research Institute for Marine Fisheries (RIMF) and organizing the logistics for the next…

November 17, 2013: Horse-Riding Across Asia, Roadtripping America With a Canine Copilot and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson, as we ride 6,000 miles across Central Asia, collect chicken feces to protect bees from wasps, cycle across Iceland, ponder the moose’s plight, and drive to every state with a canine copilot.

A Tale of Two Islands’ Monkeys: Tioman vs. Sentosa

Long-tailed macaques are also called crab-eating macaques, but here in Singapore it’s a rare occurrence to see them doing just that.  However, I recently had the great pleasure to see some honest-to-goodness crab-eating, crab-eating macaques.  Typically, I see the Singapore monkeys chowing down on lush forest fruits or local garbage cuisine.  On an excursion to…

Praying Mantis Mimics Flower to Trick Prey

A praying mantis in Malaysia mimics an orchid to get a meal—the first scientific evidence of an animal imitating a flower to attract prey.

In Palm Oil’s Wake: an interview with Robert Hii

Do you have a story to share about how you’re helping save the world? Do you want to tell YOUR story about biodiversity and what it means to you? If you’re interested in connecting the human animal to the global ecosystem, submit content to Izilwane–Voices for Biodiversity! We’ve all heard the news about palm oil.…

The Places We Love V: First Global Summit on Sense of Place?

“People think that geography is about capitals, land forms, and so on. But it is about place – its emotional tone, social meaning, and generative potential.” – Dr. Yi-Fu Tuan, “Father of Humanist Geography,” scheduled speaker at a novel October summit.

Australian Research Consortium Engages on Critical Minerals

Article by Gillian Cornish, Artem Golev and Saleem Ali This article provides a summary of the Rare Earths Research Symposium which was held at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia on Friday 31 May, 2013 with more than 70 attendees from industry, academia and government to discuss emerging research questions surrounding the full…

How Starbucks Can Save Orangutans TODAY

Do you have a story to share about how you’re helping save the world? Do you want to tell YOUR story about biodiversity and what it means to you? If you’re interested in connecting the human animal to the global ecosystem, submit content to Izilwane: Voices for Biodiversity! Back in February this year, I came…

It’s Not All Bad: Americans and Palm Oil

Climate change and its impact on Americans Your family carefully sorts your trash and composts table scraps weekly and tries really hard to remember to bring cloth or canvas bags to the grocery store. Some of us drive hybrid cars and support wind power, while others ride a bike to work because they want to…

Consumer groups slam greenwashing in sustainable palm oil marketing

Consumer groups Palm Oil Investigations of Australia (POI) and Palm Oil Consumers Action (POCA) of the United States issued a joint statement against the green-washing that is prevalent among Western brands that use palm oil in their products. The problem, as they see it, includes confusing wording and suggestive statements used by companies that try…

Of Palm Oil and Extinction

You know the old question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a noise? I’m not quite sure why that question came to mind when news came out of the extinction of Dipterocarpus coriaceus, or keruing paya, in West Malaysia. Perhaps because the extinction of an iconic…

America’s Youth Tells Starbucks to Say “No” to Palm Oil!

Did you know that the world’s orangutan population has declined by more than 50 percent since 1992? And did you know that this decline is largely due to loss of habitat, notably for the development of palm oil plantations? Because of our hunger for luxury items like baked goods and cosmetics, the loss of pristine…

Petitioning Starbucks: Stop selling baked goods containing palm oil!

Save Wildlife—Pass on Starbucks Pastries This month, Izilwane–Voices for Biodiversity is teaming up with primatologist Paula Pebsworth in her campaign against Americans’ hunger for environmentally destructive palm oil. She has received a good deal of support in her work, but one notable hold out: Starbucks, a company known (perhaps surprisingly) for it social activism. Over…

Reconciling with Rare Earths in Malaysia

Guest article by Bernadetta Devi “Rare Earths” are a group of 17 elements that are currently used in a wide array of modern technologies, ranging from hard disk drives to lamp phosphors to hybrid car batteries. At present 90% of these minerals are mined in China due to a range of economic and environmental factors.…