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José Maria Arara, Almir Surui, and Aureliano Córdoba all have three things in common: each is the leader of a traditional forest community of the Amazon
; each lives in a country that nominally recognizes their rights to their forests; and each ...
Old smartphones turned into solar devices to detect illegal activities in the Amazon
are the innovative response proposed by a San Francisco-based start up that has joined conservationists to protect rainforest.
San Francisco tech ...
Yasuni National park has been in the conservation spotlight in recent years, with oil drilling threatening the forests and wildlife of this biodiversity hotspot. Recently, disturbance in the park may have ramped up, with satellite data showing a ...
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is at the top of the cultural zeitgeist these days, one of the most popular television series on the air. In the show, a virus has ravaged the Earth, killing most of humanity, with the dead corpses rising to terrorize the ...
A new report argues that expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous and rural people in Latin America, Africa and Asia can lead to less deforestation
and contribute to lower carbon dioxide emissions.
The report ...
Expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous groups and rural residents can make a major contribution to sequestering carbon and reducing CO2 emissions from deforestation
, according to a new report. The World Resources ...
When a new road centipedes its way across a landscape, the best of intentions may be laid with the pavement. But roads, by their very nature, are indiscriminate pathways, granting access for travel and trade along with deforestation
and other ...
The selective logging and burning of trees carried out to clear land for farming in the Amazon
rainforest releases 54 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year, according to a new study.
While rainforests are invaluable ...
A series of square, straight and ringlike ditches scattered throughout the Bolivian and Brazilian Amazon
were there before the rainforest existed, a new study finds. These human-made structures remain a mystery: They may have been used ...
The three-week-old carcass in Kenya's East Tsavo National Park is hardly identifiable as an elephant anymore. Gone are the hallmark tusks and expressive trunk; the elephant's entire face has been hacked off.
The perpetrators used a ...
Trees in Indonesia are disappearing at twice the rate reported by the nation's government, according to a new analysis of deforestation
rates. The data also suggests that the nation's 2011 regulations to halt deforestation
were largely ...
Indonesia cleared 840,000 hectares of forest in 2012 compared to 460,000 hectares in Brazil, with new research suggesting that the true size of deforestation
and climate change impacts have been significantly under reported.
Forests play ...
A research study published in Science this month (June 2014) found that a 70% decline in Brazilian Amazon deforestation
could be an indication that effective management of the expanding agricultural sector is possible.
One of the leading ...
Since 2005, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Forest Degradation program (REDD+) has functioned as a mechanism to financially incentivize the preservation of forestlands in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But beyond its ...
Chief Raoni Metuktire, head of the Kayapò indigenous group from the Xingu region, deep in the Amazon
rainforest, sits in a packed lecture hall in London. With his jutting lip plate and large feather headdress, the elderly, gently-spoken tribal ...
No one could accuse Nilcilene Miguel de Lima of being easily afraid. When loggers beat her and burned down her home in Lábrea – in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon
– the environmental activist refused to give up her struggle. When they killed ...
Brazil may be struggling to be a "green" host for the World Cup, but Dan Nepstad, director of the Earth Innovation Institute, tells host Steve Curwood that Brazil is already a top winner in tackling global warming emissions, as it has reduced ...
Chiefly because of climate change and global warming, environmentalists do not hold the oil and gas industry very close at heart. Courtesy of a new study, greenheads are likely to criticize this industry even more than they have until ...
All eyes are on Brazil right now because of the World Cup. But there's another Brazil story that deserves just as much attention -- over the last decade, the country has made surprising strides in slowing the destruction of its ...
A scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Brazil, Dr. Amy Duchelle coordinates research on the effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and co-benefits of REDD+ initiatives at the sub-national level in Latin America as ...
The Brazilian tribal leader who enlisted Sting to help save the Amazon
rainforest has accused the developed world of being intent on “destroying everything” and urged its citizens to fundamentally change the way they think.
Economic development coupled with soci-economic changes are relieving pressure on forests in the Central Africa among 16 other countries, thanks to programs and policies to reduce deforestation
and the global warming emissions resulting from ...
Efforts to slow destruction of tropical forests seem to be paying off in a number of countries, argues a new report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
The report, Deforestation
Success Stories: Tropical Nations Where ...
IN THE 1990s, when an area of Brazilian rainforest the size of Belgium was felled every year, Brazil was the world’s environmental villain and the Amazon
ian jungle the image of everything that was going wrong in green places. Now, the Amazon
Brazil's success in reducing deforestation
in the world's largest rainforest has been much heralded, but progress may stall unless farmers, ranchers and other land users in the region are provided incentives to further improve the environmental ...