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It is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth, boasting the Amazon rainforest
, Andean mountains and the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution.
Yet with a heavy reliance on oil
and mining, Ecuador, ...
Though scientists are striving hard to discover how the world's forests will respond to climate change – whether they will tip from being carbon sinks to being carbon sources – much remains clouded in mystery. Photo credit: Rhett ...
Every year, more companies pledge to stop using ingredients whose production cause tropical deforestation. Retailers and brands making voluntary commitments – mostly involving palm oil
– include Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Colgate and Wilmar, ...
Bolivia's government, supported by some small and most large producers, pushes to expand agricultural lands at the expense of the nation's environment.
In April 2015, small-scale Bolivian farmers who painstakingly work the land as their ...
Two palm oil
plantations have recently been established in Peru, supplanting primary forest. Satellite imagery analysis shows extent of the massive development, which is led by a group of companies tied to plantation entrepreneur and United Cacao ...
The Brazilian rainforest
could be effectively nationalised under a draft bill being considered by the country’s MPs.
The proposed legislation would recognise the sovereignty of Brazil over the Amazon
’s natural resources and set up a ...
United Cacao didn't need authorization to clear its plantation near Tamshiyacu, said a court in Loreto, Peru, resolving for the time being one of a series of questions about the legality and environmental sustainability of companies connected ...
A new platform will provide critical near-real time information and analysis on emerging threats to forests in the non-Brazilian Amazon
Officially announced today, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon
Project (MAAP) in an initiative ...
The CEO of a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, that aims to become the world’s largest producer of cocoa, is responsible for illegally clearing swathes of rainforest
in the Peruvian Amazon
, according to a report by the Environmental ...
In Brazil water and electricity go together, and two years of scant rainfall have left tens of millions of people on the verge of water and power rationing, boosting arguments for the need to fight deforestation in the Amazon
While deforestation for soy production in the Brazilian Amazon
has slowed since the establishment of a deforestation moratorium in 2006, clearing for soy has increased sharply in recent years in the Bolivian Amazon
; Paraguay's Chaco, a dry forest ...
Today, the state of New York announced that, after negotiations with the global agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland, ADM will adopt a no-deforestation policy for soy and palm oil
This is really freaking good news, and it ...
The Southern Suriname Conservation Corridor was made official when indigenous leaders and members of Suriname's parlaiment met to sign a declaration on March 5. Photo courtesy of Forward Motion.
Indigenous leaders from southern Suriname ...
Companies in Peru are planning to clear more than 23,000 hectares of primary rainforest
in the northern Amazon
in order to cultivate oil
palm, according to NGOs.
Operations on two plantations called Maniti and Santa Cecilia which would ...
Selective logging is causing long-term changes to tropical forests in Africa by facilitating the growth of weeds and vines, which reduces plant diversity and diminishes carbon storage, reports a new paper published in the journal Ecological ...
Aiming to be the world’s largest purveyor of sustainable cacao, a company is developing a plantation in the Amazon
that scientists say comes at the expense of primary forest
A cacao grower with roots in Southeast Asia’s palm oil
A commodity boom has helped pull millions out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It has also unleashed a new scramble for oil
, minerals and cropland that is accelerating deforestation and fuelling a new wave of land conflicts ...
2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforest
s, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian ...
Ecuador halted environmental cooperation deals with Germany worth some 43 million euros to the Latin American country after German lawmakers tried to visit an Amazon rainforest
recently opened for oil
production, the foreign minister said on ...
Global climate negotiators have gathered in Lima, Peru, for the annual United Nations climate change conference COP 20, to discuss how to combat climate change and who should pay for curbing the world's fossil fuel emissions.
There is a ...
Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the United Nations climate summit in Lima, Peru, where high-level talks have just gotten under way. Here is the coverage from today:
Putting People Before Profit: Thousands March in Peruvian People’s ...
Indigenous organizations and international human rights activists say Peru is failing to protect the rights of indigenous people in its Amazon rainforest
, putting at risk the individuals and the carbon stored in their lands.The report, ...
Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon
increased significantly last year, says a top official.Speaking to the press at U.N. climate change talks in Lima, Gustavo Suarez de Freitas of MINAM, Peru's environment ministry, said 145,000 hectares ...
The Brazilian soy industry has extended its deforestation moratorium for another 18 months.
The moratorium, which was established in 2006 after a high-profile Greenpeace campaign, bars conversion of forests in Brazilian Amazon
for soy ...
In the 1990s, the world watched with alarm as vast tracts of tropical rainforest
were torn down for timber and croplands, dug up for minerals and energy, and flooded for hydroelectric projects. Conservation groups, governments, philanthropists, ...