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Though scientists are striving hard to discover how the world's forest
s 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 ...
Today, oil palm
is Indonesia’s most important cash crop. In 2014, Indonesia produced 33.5 million tons of palm oil
,  generating $18.9 billion in export revenue.  This makes palm oil
Indonesia’s third most valuable export, behind only coal ...
2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforests, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forest
s, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian ...
Almost a century ago, Russian botanist N.I. Vavilov was traveling the world in search of new species when he identified why equatorial rain forest
s are so critical to the Earth’s future: They’re the source-pool for 90 percent of the planet’s ...
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, ...
In the mid-1990s I visited a magnificent tract of lowland rainforest in Malaysian Borneo. Some of my fondest memories are from that forest
: hiking under the towering trees, wading in the crystal-clear streams, and delighting in its spectacular ...
More than 30 percent of Borneo's rainforests have been destroyed over the past forty years due to fires, industrial logging, and the spread of plantations, finds a new study that provides the most comprehensive analysis of the island's forest
Eliminating deforestation, peatlands and forest
degradation, and forest
fires in the tropics could reduce global carbon emissions by two billion tons a year, or nearly a fifth, argues a new study published in Global Change Biology.
Economic development coupled with soci-economic changes are relieving pressure on forest
s in the Central Africa among 16 other countries, thanks to programs and policies to reduce deforestation and the global warming emissions resulting from ...
The villagers of Ulak Batu in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province may not be fully aware of how decisions made by business executives and governments far away affect their lives. But that is what has steered their shift from fisherfolk to ...
Comprised of over 17,000 islands that are highly susceptible to rising seas, Indonesia is taking stock of its position as the world's third leading emitter of greenhouse gases after the United States and China.
Faced with the upcoming ...
Cameroon's government is due to introduce legal reforms by the end of the year to redress weaknesses in its two-decade-old forest
ry legislation. The new forest
code will better protect rainforests and the rights of indigenous communities that ...
This is the seventh in an ongoing series of articles developed in support of this year's two Katoomba Meetings, both of which are taking place in Latin America. The first meeting will take place on March 19 and 20 at Iguazú Falls, on the border ...
Southeast Asia has more than 27 million hectares of forest
ed peatland, and peat releases devastating amounts of methane and carbon when drained or burned. Approximately 80% of the world's peatland is in Indonesia, and much of it is slated to be ...
Watch, a new, free online monitoring and alert system for forest
management, was launched Thursday by more than 40 organizations, including the World Resources Institute, Google and the UN Environment Programme.
The mapping ...
fires that ravaged parts of Indonesia in mid-2013 and caused regional tensions have made it harder for the government to meet its goals for reducing carbon emissions, according to a report by climate
scientists -- and experts and activists ...
The recent appointment of a new head for Indonesia's fledgling REDD
+ Agency, tasked with reducing climate
-changing emissions from deforestation, is expected to accelerate tree planting and other efforts to protect forest
s in the Southeast Asian ...
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 ...
Several issues around the UN mechanism that aims to curtail greenhouse gases by preventing forest
loss were resolved in Warsaw at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC), and the meeting is ...
Almost eight years after the idea was first mooted, climate
change negotiators have thrashed out an agreement of a deal to channelise funds – necessarily for developing countries – to help them cut greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and ...
Indonesia expressed mixed reactions following the conclusion of the Climate
Change talks in Warsaw, Poland which reached a consensus on the commitment to a global climate
change adaptation program.
“With the conclusion we can hope that ...
The global convergence Reclaim Power, along with the No REDD
in Africa Network, have named this week a week of action against false solutions. We offer this blog post as a contribution to that effort.In the landscape of global ...
Inatoy Sidsagi and his cousin Esteban Herrera, from the indigenous Kuna Yala (also known as Guna Yala) nation in Panama, make up the indigenous rap group Kunarevolution. They rap about Mother Earth and the Kuna’s inalienable right to protect ...
One of the world’s major terrestrial carbon pools is rapidly deteriorating as large parts of Indonesia’s peatlands are deforested and converted to oil palm
and paper plantations. No longer a carbon sink, Indonesia’s peatlands are now a globally ...
The plantations spreading over Sumatra aren't spreading onto empty land; poor rural villages often get swept up in big decisions made in Jakarta for Indonesia's forest
s. Mitra Taj reports from Teluk Kabung, where the arrival of the pulpwood ...