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Indonesia has extended a major logging
moratorium aimed at preserving the archipelago's vast swathes of tropical rainforest
, but environmentalists say the logging
ban does not go nearly far enough. The country, home to some of the world's most ...
Once seen as one of the biggest threats to the Amazon rainforest
, large meatpacking companies can become important players in slowing the rate of deforestation.Preserving tropical forests, which store enormous amounts of carbon
, is widely ...
It is well known that tropical deforestation is just as costly as carbon
pollution when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. But while research has mostly focused on forests that have been completely mowed down, scientists are now saying that ...
Within the botanical menagerie that makes up the Amazon rainforest
, which is so important it's frequently dubbed the "lungs of the planet,' scientists have pinpointed a small number of tree species that are doing the heaviest breathing as they ...
About 1% of all the tree species in the Amazon account for half of the carbon
locked in the vast South American rainforest
, a study has estimated.Although the region is home to an estimated 16,000 tree species, researchers found that just ...
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 ...
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 ...
The amount of carbon
the Amazon's remaining trees removed from the atmosphere fell by almost a third last decade, leading scientists to warn that manmade carbon
emissions would need to be cut more deeply to tackle climate change.
Fall in ...
Researchers warn that without better local management, some of the world's most iconic ecosystems may collapse under climate change.
It is well known that corals in the Great Barrier Reef, for example, are diminishing due to ocean ...
If you Google "rainforest," you're almost assured to get a page of search results mostly about the tropics. Yet, another kind of rainforest
also exists: temperate rainforest
s. Far less expansive than the tropical kind, temperate rainforest
s occur ...
If there's one thing most governments and even political parties appear to agree on it's a desire for more infrastructure, i.e. more roads, dams, bridges, power plants, airports and seaports, sewers, pipelines, and telecommunication systems. At ...
Imagine this scenario: The following is a Public Service Announcement by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water, July 4, 2015: Because of low water levels in state reservoirs, the Division of Water proclaims a ...
With financial incentives encouraging maintenance of carbon
stocks and the increased popularity of carbon
trading between countries, a forest has become economically a lot more than a clump of trees that supplements livelihoods. A forest now has ...
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 ...
The world's largest remaining contiguous stand of old-growth redwood forest resides in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Northern California. On the park's northwestern flank, six people gathered last May to oppose a logging
venture on adjacent ...
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 industry ...
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 ...
Scientists in the US and Latin America have once again confirmed the importance of the Amazon rainforest
as a planetary resource and as a carbon
sink to store carbon
drawn down from the atmosphere. Sadly, they have also confirmed, once again, ...
Scientists say destroying indigenous areas of the Amazon rainforest
will have an irreversible impact on the atmosphere of the planet.
A new study said indigenous lands were "protected natural areas" accounting for 55% of the carbon
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 ...
At least 57 environmental activists have been murdered in Peru since 2002, a rights group said Monday, criticizing the killings as the country prepares to host major UN climate talks.
In a report released two weeks before Peru welcomes ...
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 ...
Covert GPS surveillance of timber trucks by Amazon campaigners has revealed how loggers are defeating attempts to halt deforestation in the world’s greatest rainforest
. Raids by law enforcement officers are expected early on Wednesday morning, ...
The United Nations Climate Summit at the end of September saw a host of governments, agencies and organizations rally around an international agreement aimed at stopping deforestation called the New York Declaration on Forests. In it, three ...