The construction of logging roads in the region has doubled over the past 15 years, and researchers warn that this increase could have serious environmental ramifications.
Satellite data indicates that the Congo Basin lost an area of forest larger than Bangladesh between 2000 and 2014.
The disease's presence in Mbandaka, population 1.2 million, is the first non-rural case in what appears to be a new epidemic of the notoriously contagious disease.
Restoring Africa's peace could be helped by restoring its fabled—and endangered—fauna.
The lust to kill is somewhat normal, and cruelty can have some benefits. But the researchers who are exploring those sad discoveries are also working to bust up the vicious circle that offers these insights.