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Hundreds of anti-logging protesters arrested in Canada
LONDON, UK, 24 June 2021 (Guardian) - The arrests, which involve police removing protesters from the intricate and sometimes precarious contraptions blocking logging roads on southern Vancouver Island, are continuing despite recent promises by the BC government to defer logging for two years in two of the five areas that blockaders are trying to protect: the untouched Fairy Creek watershed and the nearby Central Walbran Valley.



Deforestation of orangutan habitat feeds global palm oil demand
JAKARTA, Indonesia, 24 June 2021 (Mongabay) - Palm oil giant Royal Golden Eagle has allegedly sourced the commodity from a plantation responsible for deforesting prime orangutan habitat in Sumatra, which would constitute a violation of the group’s no deforestation and no peatland destruction policies.



Development of third Sumatran rhino sanctuary
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 25 June 2021 (Mongabay) - The development of a highly anticipated captive-breeding facility for Sumatran rhinos in Indonesia’s Aceh province is advancing as part of conservation efforts to save the nearly extinct species.



A startup deploys black soldier flies in the Philippines war on waste
MINDANAO, Philippines, 25 June 2021 (Mongabay) - In Davao City, in the southern Philippines, a startup has introduced the use of black soldier flies to address kitchen waste. The flies are fed kitchen waste, turning the food waste into compost, while their larvae, rich in protein, is touted as alternative feed for livestock.



Nauru turns to Australia for undersea cable after spurning China
SYDNEY, Australia, 24 June 2021 (Reuters) - The Pacific island of Nauru is negotiating for the construction of an undersea communications cable that would connect to an Australian network after the earlier rejection of a Chinese proposal.



Macquarie Island station renovation
KINGSTON, Australia, 24 June 2021 (AAP) - A plan to renovate Australia’s ageing research station on remote sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island is open for public comment. The renovation will include reducing the station area and number of buildings, refurbishing three of the six field huts and looking at ways to protect the station from ocean inundation.



Florida Keys faces stark reality as seas rise
LONDON, UK, 24 June 2021 (Guardian) - Long famed for its spectacular fishing, sprawling coral reefs and literary residents such as Ernest Hemingway, the Florida Keys is now acknowledging a previously unthinkable reality: it faces being overwhelmed by the rising seas and not every home can be saved.