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South America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn't rain soon.São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that ...
The Brazilian government said on Tuesday it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon
rainforest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the U.S. state of Delaware.The new reserve, called Alto Maues, has 6,680 ...
Satellite data from NGO Imazon suggests that the rate of deforestation
in the Amazon
increased by 290% in September when compared to last year.
Demand for commodities such as palm oil, animal feed and timber have driven tropical ...
Arial surveillance of the Amazon
by environmental campaigners has revealed how loggers are continuing to ravage the world's largest rainforest despite attempts to halt deforestation
Covert GPS surveillance of timber trucks by Amazon
campaigners has revealed how loggers are defeating attempts to halt deforestation
in the world’s greatest rainforest. Raids by law enforcement officers are expected early on Wednesday morning, ...
Agricultural losses are no longer the most visible effect of the drought plaguing Brazil's most developed region. Now the energy crisis and the threat of water shortages in the city of SÃ£o Paulo are painful reminders of just how dependent ...
Six weeks ago, a powerful voice for conservation and governance on Peru’s ragged, violent Amazon
rain forest frontier was silenced, adding the name Edwin Chota to the lamentable list of campaigners and others killed around the world in places ...
A strip of rainforest running along the northwestern Ecuadorian coast and up through Colombia is one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Yet, less than 10 percent of Ecuador’s portion remains intact, with more forest lost every year to ...
Cattle ranchers that drive the vast majority of forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon
are unlikely to be held at bay indefinitely unless they are afforded new incentives for keeping trees standing, argues new analysis published by an economic ...
With more and more of the world`s population moving into urban centers, the number of such areas with more than 10 million people has exploded in the last quarter century.In 1990 there were only 10 of these "megacities," with about seven ...
Because of the deforestation
of tropical rainforests in Brazil, significantly more carbon has been lost than was previously assumed. As scientists of the Hemholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) write in the scientific journal Nature ...
As the fires rage, the helicopters of the environmental police at this outpost in the Brazilian Amazon
cannot even take off some mornings because the sky is so thick with smoke. The plumes, sent up by the burning of the forest to clear land for ...
Environmental icon Marina Silva may struggle to advance her environment agenda if elected president.
Marina Silva rose from poverty deep in the Amazon
jungle to become a prominent politician and the advocate who kick-started Brazil’s ...
Policies to end deforestation
are essential for curbing climate change and can also support economic development, top government and business officials said."Putting a stop to deforestation
is the smart thing to do," Justine Greening, ...
From the Andes to the Amazon
, Peru houses some of the world's most spectacular forests. Proud and culturally-diverse indigenous tribes inhabit the interiors of the Peruvian Amazon
, including some that have chosen little contact with the outside ...
The U.S., Canada, and the European Union agreed at yesterday's UN climate summit to cut global deforestation
in half by the end of the decade and eliminate net forest losses entirely by 2030, marking the first time such a deadline has been set. ...
Cargill, one of the world's largest agricultural companies, has extended its zero deforestation
commitment for palm oil to all commodities it produces.
The commitment, announced Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, ...
One of the biggest near-term opportunities to mitigate climate change is to slow down deforestation
and forest degradation in the tropics, where the lion’s share of the world’s forest loss is taking place. Brazil has reduced deforestation
ON SEPTEMBER 23rd 120-odd presidents and prime ministers will gather in New York for a UN meeting on climate change. It is the first time the subject has brought so many leaders together since the ill-fated Copenhagen summit of 2009. Now, as ...
Since 2008, governments have invested $1.64 billion in funds to kick-start REDD+, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation
and Degradation, the global effort to conserve the world's forests in order to better mitigate climate change. However, a ...
Climate change scientists have a new high-rise tower window on the Amazon
rainforest to capture children`s imaginations by giving them a view from the top. The towering structure gives teachers a chance to start conversations in the classroom ...
The unprecedented drought now affecting São Paulo, South America’s giant metropolis, is believed to be caused by the absence of the “flying rivers”-the vapour clouds from the Amazon
that normally bring rain to the centre and south of ...
in the Amazon
rose 29 percent between August 2012 and July of last year to 5,891 square kilometers (2,275 square miles), Brazilian officials said Wednesday, posting an amended figure.
Last year, authorities indicated a ...
The destruction of the world's largest rainforest accelerated last year with a 29 percent spike in deforestation
, according to final figures released by the Brazilian government on Wednesday that confirmed a reversal in gains seen since ...
Since the birth of agriculture thousands of years ago, humans have cut down the world's forests to grow food and expand their population.But now experts believe the end of our "war on trees" is in sight amid what some are calling a new ...