The World Bank in calling for a crackdown on the organized crime behind illegal logging. A related report estimates that billions of dollars are lost each year to corrupt government officials. [New York Times]
Bolivia’s plans for a controversial road through the Amazon have been put on indefinite hold after it cancels contracts with builders. [BBC]
Human trafficking in Nepal brings the poor and vulnerable to the Middle East, where they become trapped in inhumane conditions and slavery. [The Guardian]
Access to proper sanitation has declined over the past decades in Haiti—Port-au-Prince doesn’t even have a sewer system. Now that cholera has been introduced to the country, the need to implement a sanitation system is urgent. [NPR]
A new report says the developed world needs to cut its meat consumption by at least fifty percent; fertilizers used to grow feed for cattle are one of the largest contributors to climate change.