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Fires in Indonesia are destroying large areas of forest on land owned by lumber and palm oil companies, casting further attention on western companies that buy commodities from the affected regions.
The fires, which have been burn
Ricardo Vásquez Sánchez glances up at the dry thatched roof on the wood-framed platform that is his home in Peru's sweltering Amazon lowlands.
"If a spark lands there, it'll go up in flames,' he says.
It is a very real danger, ...
Forest 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 ...
One of the first things you realize about Borneo is how difficult it can be to land a plane. On my first trip there, our plane circled the provincial capital of Palangkaraya for a half hour before a window in the smoke opened long enough to ...
We all know what's gone wrong, or we think we do: not enough spending on flood defences. It's true that government cuts have exposed thousands of homes to greater risk, but too little public spending is a small part of the problem.
It is ...
An Indonesian court has found the palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burn
ing large swathes of the Tripa peat forest, which lies within Sumatra`s Leuser Ecosystem, the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and ...
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing an extensive salvage operation to log dead trees on about 46 square miles of timberland charred in last year's massive Rim fire in the Sierra Nevada.
The project would be one of the largest federal ...
models: New research suggests that temperatures will rise between 1.5 degrees and 5 degrees. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones
Temperatures are on course to rise at least 4 degrees by the end of the century, according to research that ...
Seven billion people and growing. A quarter of them living in poverty. Unsustainable -- and unequal -- resource use. Landscapes vanishing, along with their nonhuman inhabitants. Global warming upending natural systems. These are tough times on ...
Until they burn
ed, oaks and pines in the Rim fire area absorbed carbon dioxide and emitted oxygen, a useful service for the planet.
The massive blaze reduced the value of this function by as much as $797 million, according to an initial ...
After three decades of studying the world’s great rainforests, 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 ...
Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, 41 leading scientists sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on the agency to protect U.S. forests
from the growing sucking sound created by biomass power plants. The scientists ...
This evening I'm participating in a discussion at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club with thought leaders from various industries to explore the environmental and economic impacts of deforestation.
Deforestation represents a large ...
Almost 200 nations kept a plan to reach a new U.N. climate
pact in 2015 alive on Saturday when rich and poor countries reached a compromise on sharing out the efforts needed to slow global warming.
A two-week negotiation in Warsaw had ...
Investments in a U.N. plan to halt deforestation could suffer as U.N. climate
talks in Warsaw have failed to agree rules to guarantee the rights of indigenous peoples and to protect local biodiversity, observers said.
The programme, ...
In June 1988, climatologist and NASA scientist James Hansen stood before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the United States Senate. The temperature was a sweltering 98 degrees."The earth is warmer in 1988 than at any time in ...
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 ...
Bushfires that started earlier this week in Australia continue to burn
around Sydney. The blazes have charred more than 143,000 acres as of Wednesday. Early signs suggest that these fires are in line with what to expect in a warming world, though ...
The record-breaking wildfire in Yosemite National Park is almost fully contained, two months after it started. The blaze calls attention to a problem across the western U.S. - after a century having its fires routinely extinguished, the forests
Ironbridge, the 18th century birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and Drax, the UK’s biggest coal-fired power station, are helping to change the shape of the country’s energy future.
Both sites were developed as centres of coal-based ...
THIS is how we will hold off disaster. To help us avoid dangerous climate
change, we will need to create the largest industry in history: to suck greenhouse gases out of the air on a giant scale. For the first time, we can sketch out this future ...
Within the voluminous report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) published on Sept. 27 is a conclusion as sobering as any climate
change warning to date.
The world is currently on track to emit enough ...
We usually measure wildfires in acres burn
t or the number of homes destroyed. But there`s a human toll to fires as well. So far this year 32 people have lost their lives fighting fires, the highest number in nearly 20 years--and the fire season ...
Some of the West's leading fire scientists are calling for the increased use of managed burn
s to reduce fuel levels in the region's forests
, warning that climate
change is leaving them more vulnerable to large, high-severity ...
It has been a deadly year for the people who fight wildfires. In total, 32 people have lost their lives fighting fires in 2013; the highest number in nearly 20 years, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Just one incident ...