Deforestation

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01 10 2021 | 12:18

Dead Forests Are Dangerous for the Planet — Here’s Why

Worldwide, dead and decaying wood releases roughly 10.9 gigatons of carbon every year. This is roughly 115% of annual fossil fuel emissions, a new study shows. The research, published in Nature, is…

24 09 2021 | 15:16

Russia forest fire damage worst since records began, says Greenpeace

Analysis shows over 18.16m hectares were destroyed in 2021, an absolute record since satellite monitoring began. Russia has endured its worst forest fire season in the country’s modern history,…

25 08 2021 | 12:29

Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon hits highest annual level in a decade

Rainforest lost 10,476 sq km between August 2020 and July 2021, report says, despite increasing global concern Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has hit the highest annual level in a decade, a …

03 08 2021 | 10:53

Brazil’s Atlantic Forest will change more in the next 50 years than at any time since the last ice age

Brazil’s Atlantic Forest is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Roughly one in every 50 species of plant and vertebrate land animal lives there and nowhere else.

15 07 2021 | 09:35

Even if Bolsonaro leaves power, deforestation in Brazil will be hard to stop

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon made global headlines in 2019, thanks to massive wildfires and the election of anti-environmentalist president Jair Bolsonaro. Brazilians took to the streets …

25 06 2021 | 10:50

How palm oil became the world’s most hated, most used fat source.

Palm oil is everywhere today: in food, soap, lipstick, even newspaper ink. It’s been called the world’s most hated crop because of its association with deforestation in Southeast Asia.

25 06 2021 | 10:43

Study Warns of Severe Drying in Amazon Rainforest.

Researchers at the University of Leeds in Britain published new research Tuesday — World Rainforest Day — showing that massive swaths of the eastern Amazon are at risk of severe drying by the end of…

25 06 2021 | 10:33

BP Gas Project Threatens Unique African Biodiversity Hotspot.

A BP fossil-fuel project could threaten a unique biodiversity hotspot and worsen the climate crisis, a new investigation from Unearthed and 

24 06 2021 | 11:07

Gabon is first African country paid to protect its rainforest.

Gabon has become the first African country to receive payment for reducing carbon emissions by protecting its rainforest. The UN-backed Central African Forest Initiative (Cafi) has handed over $17m…

22 06 2021 | 08:47

Where mining meets rainforest: the battle for Tasmania’s Tarkine.

Campaigners say plans for a new tailings dam threatens wilderness that should be declared a heritage area. Four days before the Morrison government was due to decide the future of a mining…

17 06 2021 | 11:30

Axa Will Stop Investing in Firms Linked to Deforestation, Biodiversity Loss

The Paris-based company says it will engage more with companies to push them to be more sustainable. AXA SA’s investment management arm will stop investing in companies that contribute to…

15 06 2021 | 13:05

Forest degradation primary driver of carbon loss in the Brazilian Amazon.

Forest degradation has become the largest process driving carbon loss in the Brazilian Amazon, according to a recent study using ESA satellite data. While both deforestation and forest degradation…

18 05 2021 | 11:01

Campaigners lose court case to stop Ugandan forest clearance.

Court ruling gives go-ahead for sugar plantation in Bugoma forest, home to endangered chimpanzees. Conservationists in Uganda have condemned as “shallow and absurd” a court ruling that authorised…

18 05 2021 | 06:57

Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it absorbed over past 10 years.

International team of researchers also found that deforestation rose nearly four-fold in 2019. The Brazilian Amazon released nearly 20% more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the past decade…

14 05 2021 | 14:25

Forest the size of France regrown worldwide over 20 years, study finds

Nearly 59m hectares of forests have regrown since 2000, showing that regeneration in some places is paying off. An area of forest the size of France has regrown around the world over the past 20…

13 04 2021 | 10:49

Deforestation: Consumption habits of person in rich country drives loss of ‘four trees each year’

Consumption of coffee, chocolate and meat fuelling deforestation. Each person living in a G7 country causes nearly four trees to be lost each year through their consumption of goods such as coffee,…

13 04 2021 | 10:24

New UK law will stop firms using products linked to illegal deforestation.

Lord Goldsmith said the new rule would ‘tackle deforestation’, but environmental campaigners warned it does not go far enough The UK government is set to introduce a new law to stop businesses from…

13 04 2021 | 10:22

Green groups dispute power station claim that biomass is carbon-neutral

Drax in Yorkshire burns wood pellets to generate electricity, but forests cannot be replaced quickly enough, say campaigners. The UK’s plan to burn more trees to generate “renewable” electricity has…

07 04 2021 | 09:27

‘Forests are our home’: How indigenous land defenders are fighting the climate crisis.

As a UN report highlights the role native communities can play in tackling deforestation, Daisy Dunne speaks to indigenous leaders from across Central and South America. Indigenous leaders in Latin…

03 04 2021 | 07:49

Forest Destruction Surged in 2020 Even as Global Economy Slowed.

Destruction of the world’s forests increased last year even as pandemic shutdowns curbed economic growth, adding more pressure on nations and business trying to cut carbon emissions.