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Air pollution caused by fires set for land-clearing on Sumatra has become a regularly occurrence in Southeast Asia, spurring hand-wringing in Singapore and Malaysia over health effects and worries among environmentalists over the climate impacts. ...
Indigenous tribesmen living deep in the Peruvian rainforest
have emerged into the outside world to seek help, after suffering a murderous attack by probable drug traffickers.
The contact took place across the border in Brazil and was ...
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 ...
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.
s are invaluable ...
‘Call me Victor,’ says the mustachioed scientist as he picks me up from the airport on a brisk, fall afternoon in Germany. Victor Smetacek is an esteemed marine biologist, but he’s decided to spend his golden years on an ambitious new pursuit. He ...
Peruvian ministers have met with representatives of hundreds of indigenous people from the country’s Amazon rainforest
after they threatened to go on hunger strike in protest at what they say is government failure to aid communities affected by ...
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 ...
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 ...
Decades of oil
extraction in the Western Amazon
has caused widespread pollution, raising questions about the impact of a new oil
boom in the region, according to a team of Spanish researchers presenting at a conference in California.Led ...
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 ...
When the Ecuadorian government approved permits for an oil
company to drill deep in Yasuni National Park-an area known as Block 31-it was on the condition that the company undertake a roadless design with helicopters doing the majority of the ...
Regnskogfondet (the Rainforest
Foundation of Norway) recently released a 52-page report entitled “Human Rights and Resource Conflicts in the Amazon
.” The report took over six months to complete and gives an in-depth account of the conflicts ...
Nearly two thirds of the signatures on a national petition to stop oil
being exploited on a large scale in one of the most biodiverse parts of the Amazon rainforest
have been rejected, leading to demonstations across Ecuador and accusations of ...
I once stumbled out of a jungle in the Congo Basin and startled two Bantu farmers -- both women -- tending a small field. I spoke no Bantu and they no French, and so we just stared at each other, a little warily, until one of their toddlers ...
Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.
Indigenous representatives and environmental activists from Africa, Asia, Australia and the ...
For more than twenty five years, an international non-profit known as the World Land Trust has been working to protect tropical forests through land purchase and partnerships with local groups. Last year, the U.S. arm of the group decided to ...
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked US courts from being used to collect a $9bn Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest
damage, saying lawyers poisoned an honorable quest with their illegal and wrongful conduct.
“Justice is not ...
Standing before the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa offered the international community a way to make a significant impact on climate change: Donate $3.6 billion to the economy of Ecuador by 2019, and ...
IT'S beginning to feel like déjÃ vu. With global demand for cosmetics, soap, biodiesel and vegetable cooking oil
ever on the rise, the African oil
palm (Elaeis guineensis) has been a boon, providing the essential ingredient for all these. So much ...
2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforest
s. 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 ...
U.S. energy company Chevron Corp appealed on Monday to Ecuador's highest court, asking it to cancel a $9.5 billion fine for polluting the Amazon rainforest
in a long-running case.
Last month Ecuador's National Court of Justice upheld a ...
After three decades of studying the world’s great rainforest
s, including the Amazon
and Congo Basin, I thought I’d seen the best nature has to offer. But that was before I visited a small pocket of forest in northern Borneo known as the Danum ...
Norway's Ministry of Finance is being urged to withdraw its investments from oil
and gas company Repsol because of its operations in a region in the Peruvian Amazon
inhabited by indigenous people who have no direct contact with outsiders, ...
President Rafael Correa's government has shut down a nonprofit environmental group that opposes Amazon rainforest oil
drilling, alleging it was involved in disturbing public order.
The closure Wednesday is the first of an advocacy group ...
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 ...