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IN 1998 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, then Brazil’s president, said he would triple the area of the Amazonian forest set aside for posterity. At the time the ambition seemed vain: Brazil was losing 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) of ...
Finally there's good news on climate change: We have part of the solution, and it's already working.
For a long time, experts have theorized that indigenous people in forest communities and their management of these forests are critical ...
Seven palm oil giants have agreed to fund a study that will define what constitutes "High Carbon
Stock" (HCS) forest, a move that will potentially determine the fate of ecosystems around the world as more companies commit to "zero-deforestation" ...
On Tuesday a prominent group of conservation scientists condemned the Australian government's recent moves to eliminate protections for native ecosystems, cut research funding, backtrack on commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and step ...
At first the forest seems still, with only the sounds of busy insects and slight movement of wind betraying activity in the patchy undergrowth. Then, curiously, a Malay civet (Viverra tangalunga), an animal resembling half cat and half weasel, ...
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 ...
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) will not acquire companies that continue to destroy forests, according to a new procedure for association introduced by the Indonesian forestry giant.
The procedure, developed after months of consultations with ...
For those living either north or south of the tropics, images of this green ring around the Earth's equator often include verdant rainforest
s, exotic animals, and unchanging weather; but they may also be of entrenched poverty, unstable ...
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 ...
Chief Raoni Metuktire, head of the Kayapò indigenous group from the Xingu region, deep in the Amazon rainforest
, sits in a packed lecture hall in London. With his jutting lip plate and large feather headdress, the elderly, gently-spoken tribal ...
All eyes are on Brazil right now because of the World Cup. But there's another Brazil story that deserves just as much attention -- over the last decade, the country has made surprising strides in slowing the destruction of its ...
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.
Imagine the uproar if the Grand Canyon was dug up for mining. The protests if the bells of Notre Dame were melted down for car parts.
There are not many places in the world precious enough for World Heritage listing, so many countries ...
Efforts to slow destruction of tropical forests seem to be paying off in a number of countries, argues a new report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
The report, Deforestation Success Stories: Tropical Nations Where ...
A soon-to-be-published report is set to say that the amount of carbon
being lost by the degradation of tropical rainforest
s is underestimated.The new research says the current method of using satellites to assess tree numbers is ...
Human impact on the Amazon rainforest
has been grossly underestimated, according to an international team of researchers.
The report detailed in the journal Global Change Biology says that selective logging
and surface wildfires can ...
Next to a newly paved highway in the Peruvian Amazon, a discreet white-on-green sign urges travellers to protect the surrounding ecosystem. “Let's care for the environment, let's conserve the forest,” it reads. But the appeal comes too late for ...
The amount of carbon
lost from tropical forests is being significantly underestimated, a new study reports.
Experts say that in addition to loss of trees, the degradation of trees by selective logging
and fires causes large amounts of ...
A combination of climate change and deforestation is making the Amazon rainforest
increasingly vulnerable to devastating forest fires, a new study has said.The Amazon is one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. It is estimated ...
emissions from selective logging
operations in tropical rainforest
s are roughly a sixth of those from outright forest clearing, finds a new study that evaluated 13 forestry concessions in six countries.
The study, published in the ...
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the one-time action hero fronting a blockbuster TV special on climate change next month, has financial ties to some of the world’s most destructive logging
companies, an investigation group found on Tuesday.
Advocates for reduced impact logging
in tropical forests often make a case that better forest management cuts carbon
emissions relative to traditional forms of timber harvesting. While the argument for altering logging
approaches to limit forest ...
Today marks the 1st year anniversary of the latest published “forest conservation policy” (FCP) of the Sinar Mas Group’s Asia Pulp & Paper (APP). Rainforest
Action Network has evaluated the progress APP and its suppliers have made towards ...
Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd (APRIL), Indonesia's second-largest pulp and paper producer, has announced a new environmental policy that aims to stem criticism about its forestry practices, which include large-scale conversion ...
The World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a group of 200 international corporations who claim commitments to sustainability, has put APRIL, Indonesia’s second largest and now most destructive pulp and paper company, on ...