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A transition to a sustainable economy requires not only population stabilization, breakthroughs in resource productivity and checks on material consumption, but also constraints on aggregate investment. Built into the DNA of finance is the goal ...
The best way to manage forests to store carbon and to mitigate climate change is hotly debated. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and wood can be a substitute for fossil fuels and carbon-intensive materials such as concrete and ...
There`s a wild place at the end of my street inside the city limits. Sixty acres of very big pin oaks, wild cherry, basswood, some old agricultural fields reverting back to wetlands and forest and an ancient fencerow of swamp white oaks that may ...
As climate finance and “loss and damage
” payments dominated the agenda at last November's United Nations climate change negotiations in Warsaw, Poland, indigenous peoples’ groups fought to be heard.One of the most vocal and visible ...
The continued destruction of the Amazon
to exploit its resources for mining, agriculture and hydro-power is threatening the future of the South American continent, according to a report by campaigning groups using the latest scientific ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year.
As a review, this post will not ...
For the first time, all countries of the world have agreed to make contributions in cutting greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the planet’s temperature rising above the 2°C danger limit previously agreed by politicians.
U.N. climate talks head into a tense final week Monday after the diplomatic effort to reduce global warming gases was hit by a series of setbacks, including Japan's decision to ditch its voluntary emissions target.
The two-decade-old ...
The destruction of a global biodiversity hotspot deep in the Peruvian Amazon
by illegal gold mining is twice as bad as previously thought, an authoritative new study using ground-breaking technology has revealed.
According to the report ...
Thanks to climate change the southern Amazon
rainforest is "drying out", say US researchers.Researchers say the southern part of the Amazon
rainforest is at a far higher risk of dieback than the models used by the Intergovernmental Panel ...
Video of illegal gold mining operations that have turned a portion of the Amazon
rainforest into a moonscape went viral on Youtube after a popular radio and TV journalist in Peru highlighted the story.
Last week Peruvian journalist and ...
This Friday, in its latest comprehensive assessment of the evidence on global warming, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will show that the world’s climate scientists are more certain than ever that human activity – ...
The world's species are in worse trouble than widely-assumed, according to a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which reevaluates how scientists estimate extinction rates. The new model takes into account the ...
This week an international team is setting off on a unique journey, aiming to be the first to descend the Amazon
River using inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards.
The group, led by Dr. Mika Peck, a conservation biologist from the University ...
Researchers for the first time mapped the extent and frequency of understory fires across a study area (green) spanning 1.2 million square miles (3 million square kilometers) in the southern Amazon
forest. Fires were widespread across the forest ...
Using an innovative satellite technique, NASA scientists have determined that a previously unmapped type of wildfire in the Amazon
rainforest is responsible for destroying several times more forest than has been lost through deforestation
A year after adopting changes to its long-standing forestry policy, Brazil is struggling to implement the new rules, adding to uncertainty that appears to be fueling an increase in clearing of the Amazon
may significantly decrease the hydroelectric potential of tropical rainforest regions, warns a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
The study, led by Claudia M. Stickler at the ...
While forests once provided subsistence for local people, for generations clearing forested land has also been good for global business, providing immediate food security for the world. Put simply, forests have been worth more dead than ...
What will be the effect of global warming on the Amazon
rainforest? Over the last 30 years, forest fires, most of them deliberately started to clear land by cattle ranchers and soy farmers, have destroyed thousands of square miles of forest. This ...
Coal-fired power generation in Asia and cattle ranching in South America are the most damaging businesses for nature with hidden costs that exceed the value of their production, a U.N.-backed report said on Monday.
Global output of basic ...
Rapidly expanding road networks are causing large-scale damage
to forests but proper infrastructure planning and implementation could actually turn them into a net positive for the environment, argue researchers writing in the journal ...
Scientists think they have found some good news for the Amazon
and other tropical forests. They say they appear more able to withstand the effects of climate change than previous studies had suggested.
The research team, including ...
Strict conservation areas and indigenous reserves are more effective at reducing deforestation
in the Brazilian Amazon
relative to "sustainble-use" areas set up for non-indigenous resource extraction, reports a new study published in the journal ...
While they were growing up in their remote community deep in the Ecuadorean Amazon
, Blanca Tapuy and her sister Innes were inseparable.
As children, they would play together while their parents hunted monkeys and tapir with blowpipes and ...