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New worry over August deforestation in Brazilian Amazon

Rio De Janeiro - Last month was the second-worst August on record for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, according to official figures released Friday, sparking new criticism of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policies.

Brazil hails reduction in Amazon deforestation in July

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil on Friday hailed figures showing a reduction in July of deforestation that has spooked international investors, though environmentalists warned it was too early to proclaim success.

$4 trillion fund holders tell Brazil to halt deforestation

Paris - Investment funds managing close to $4 trillion in assets called on Brazil Tuesday to halt deforestation of the Amazon in an open letter warning that biodiversity loss and carbon emissions pose a "systemic risk" to their portfolios.

Amazon rainforest - 'The tipping point is here, it is now'

Leading rainforest scientists Thomas Lovejoy and Carlos Nobre warned in an editorial published Thursday that deforestation in the world's largest rainforest has led the Amazon to the brink of an irreversible process called "dieback."

Expert breaks down numbers from Amazon wildfires

As Brazil’s wildfires continue to rage, it has been widely reported that the Amazon rainforest is responsible for producing 20 percent of the world’s oxygen supply. This is incorrect, according to carbon cycle expert Neal Blair.

Germany cuts funding to Brazil to preserve the Amazon rainforest

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday said his country has “no need” for German aid aimed at helping protect the Amazon rainforest after Berlin said it would suspend funding because of surging deforestation.

Brazilian Amazon deforestation surges, embattled institute says

S - Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon increased 278 percent year-over-year in July, according to official data released Tuesday by a government institute embroiled in a row with President Jair Bolsonaro over the scale of the problem.

Brazil research chief says sacked over Bolsonaro deforestation spat

Bras - The head of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research said on Friday he would be sacked following a row with President Jair Bolsonaro over deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Brazil's space research chief says sacked over Bolsonaro deforestation spat

Bras - The head of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research said Friday he was going to be sacked following a row with President Jair Bolsonaro over deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Ethiopia tackles climate crisis — plants 350m trees in a day

Addis Ababa - More than 353 million tree seedlings were planted across Ethiopia in just 12 hours on Monday as part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Green Legacy reforestation campaign.

Destruction of the Amazon Rainforest is approaching tipping-point

Brazil's portion of the Amazon rainforest is being cleared away at such a fast rate that it is approaching a "tipping point" beyond which it may not be able to recover, an expert has warned.

Disruption has finally come to the toilet paper market

In February 2019, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) issued a report titled “The Issue With Tissue." The whole point was to give leading brands of toilet paper a sustainability grade and make people aware it does come from trees - lots of tree

Deforestation of Amazon rainforest soars under Bolsonaro

Deforestation in Brazil’s portion of the Amazon rainforest rose more than 88 percent in June compared with the same month a year ago under the rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil keeps eye on Amazon deforestation with satellites

S - The vast Amazon forest may be hard to penetrate, posing a problem for authorities trying to stop illegal logging -- but there are still eyes in the sky keeping track of the destruction.

Amazon rainforest deforestation 'worst in 10 years', says Brazil

Brazil has released its worst annual deforestation figures in a decade amid fears that the situation might worsen when the avowedly anti-environmentalist president-elect Jair Bolsonaro takes power.

Latin America's 'magic tree' slowly coming back to life

Arroyo Arena - The guaimaro, a highly prized tree bearing nutritious fruit, once abundant throughout South America, is slowly being coaxed back from near extinction in Colombia.Widely adaptable, the tree is resistant to drought -- though not, sadly, to man.

Forest fires contributed to record global tree cover loss

Washington - A sharp increase in forest fires stoked record losses in global forest cover equivalent to the area of New Zealand in 2016, a Global Forest Watch report said Monday.

Op-Ed: Are U.S. retirement funds harming rainforests?

Some years ago ‘ethical investment’ was a big deal and people were keen to know where their money was being held. Things have drifted a bit since then, and one example which many are unaware of is where their retirement funds are invested.

Which areas are most at risk from deforestation?

The Earth has lost the equivalent of 1,000 football fields of forests per hour for the last 25 years, leaving some three trillion trees left. Some parts of the planet are hit more heavily than others.

New daddy longlegs named after Smeagol of Lord of the Rings

Living in a deep, dank cave in Brazil, this tiny, pale creature never emerges into the sunlight. Even if it did, the little harvestman, or daddy longlegs, is blind, so seeing sunlight isn't something it could ever do.

Sumatran tiger who killed NZ zookeeper won't be euthanized

Hamilton - A zoo in New Zealand has decided it won't euthanize the Sumatran tiger who attacked and killed a veteran zookeeper. The male tiger, named Oz, killed Samantha Kudeweh, 43, on Sunday morning inside an enclosure at the Hamilton Zoo.

The loss of tropical rainforests has accelerated by 62 percent

A new study using satellite-based imagery from 1990 to 2010 shows the real extent of tropical rainforest deforestation around the globe. The rate of deforestation was found to have accelerated by 62 percent.

Ebola, deforestation and fruit bats: What they have in common

As a human tragedy unfolds before the world's eyes, it may seem too little, too late to wonder if the Ebola epidemic now raging in several West African nations could have been prevented. If Ebola can be stopped, we need to keep it from recurring.

Absence of 'Flying Rivers' causing severe drought in Brazil

The extreme drought now affecting Sao Paulo, Brazil is thought to be because of the absence of South America's "flying Rivers." No, they are not a mythical entity, but the name given the clouds of water vapor that bring rains to Southeastern Brazil.

Amazon tribe takes direct action against illegal loggers

The Ka’apor Indian Amazonian tribe seem to be fed up with the lack of action against illegal logging in their state, so they have decided to take the law and matters into their own hands.

Fragrant forest pines regulate their own micro-climate

Seattle - The invigorating scent of pine assaulting the nostrils is one of the pleasures of any walk through pine forests but an international team of scientists has established there’s a lot more to pine-scented vapors than olfactory indulgence.

Google mapping & charitable funding combine to show deforestation

The Global Forest Watch project may become a fantastic tool for consumers interested in finding out whether or not their products have really been sourced from responsibly felled trees or anybody interested in gaining an overall view on deforestation.

Concerted action will secure future of Scotland’s national tree

Forres - Amid much fanfare the native Scots pine was declared Scotland’s national tree, end January, but a leading conservation charity is calling for concerted action to ensure the iconic species has a secure future.

Chemists unveil 'water-jet' printer

Paris - Like any ordinary printer, this machine ingests a blank page and spits it out covered in print. But instead of ink, it uses only water, and the used paper fades back to white within a day, enabling it to be reused.

Gros Morne National Park being devoured by hungry moose

Moose are devouring vegetation in Canada's Gros Morne National Park to the point that whole species of songbirds are disappearing, while new species have moved in. Research is now showing just how big an impact the moose have had on the park.
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A young Awá girl from Juriti eats papaya  Brazil.
A young Awá girl from Juriti eats papaya, Brazil.
© Sarah Shenker/Survival courtesy of Survival International
Deter deforestation alert for Aug. 2009 through July 2014
Deter deforestation alert for Aug. 2009 through July 2014
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Awá man from Juriti survey the forest which is being illegally destroyed by settlers  Awa  Brazil.
Awá man from Juriti survey the forest which is being illegally destroyed by settlers, Awa, Brazil.
© Fiona Watson/Survival courtesy of Survival International
Forest on Awá land is being illegally cleared by settlers  Brazil.
Forest on Awá land is being illegally cleared by settlers, Brazil.
© Fiona Watson/Survival courtesy of Survival International
Satellite image showing deforestation in Haiti. This image depicts the border between Haiti (left) a...
Satellite image showing deforestation in Haiti. This image depicts the border between Haiti (left) and the Dominican Republic (right).
NASA
Deforestation in the Maranhão state of Brazil  2016 15  2016.
Deforestation in the Maranhão state of Brazil, 2016 15, 2016.
Felipe Werneck - Ascom/Ibama (CC BY 2.0)
On November 30  2001  MODIS captured this image of southeastern Asia. The image focuses on the count...
On November 30, 2001, MODIS captured this image of southeastern Asia. The image focuses on the countries of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, left to right respectively. Deforestation is clealy seen.
NASA
Because of deforestation  Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past...
Because of deforestation, Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years, and the species' habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past 20 years.
WWF
Image playback from Inpe s website shows how the image appears on the satellite (left) and what it a...
Image playback from Inpe's website shows how the image appears on the satellite (left) and what it actually looks like. - Photo: Playback / Inpe.
INPE
Copernicus Sentinel-2 image of mouth of the Amazon River running into the Atlantic Ocean. Note the b...
Copernicus Sentinel-2 image of mouth of the Amazon River running into the Atlantic Ocean. Note the brown, muddy water, runoff from deforestation. Earth observation satellites have been instrumental in highlighting the vulnerability of the rainforests by documenting the scale of deforestation.
European Space Agency (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO)
Brazil accounted for more than a third of the loss
Brazil accounted for more than a third of the loss
Patricio ARANA, AFP
Chart of Brazil s geography deforestation.
Chart of Brazil's geography deforestation.
Chart courtesy USDA/FAS
Deforestation in Amazonia  seen from satellite.
Deforestation in Amazonia, seen from satellite.
NASA
The Awá of Tiracambu community  Brazil.
The Awá of Tiracambu community, Brazil.
© Fiona Watson/Survival courtesy of Survival International
Deforestation in Riau province  Sumatra  to make way for an oil palm plantation. Photo taken in 2007...
Deforestation in Riau province, Sumatra, to make way for an oil palm plantation. Photo taken in 2007.
Hayden
Newly cleared farmland in Kerinci Seblat National Park  Sumatra
Newly cleared farmland in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra
Schlegel (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Timber-laden trucks.
Timber-laden trucks.
Joseph Andie Lamug
Fruit bats are carriers of the Ebola virus. Humans can become infected from ingesting fruits the bat...
Fruit bats are carriers of the Ebola virus. Humans can become infected from ingesting fruits the bats have nibbled on or coming into contact with the urine or feces.
Jon Dawson
Illegal logging in the Cardamom Mountain  Koh Kong Province  Cambodia.
Illegal logging in the Cardamom Mountain, Koh Kong Province, Cambodia.
Paul Mason USAID/Cambodia/OGD
Trees for Life s Alan Watson Featherstone with a giant Scots pine uprooted during severe storms that...
Trees for Life's Alan Watson Featherstone with a giant Scots pine uprooted during severe storms that struck Dundreggan Conservation Estate near Loch Ness, Scotland, Dec. 2013
Trees for Life - by permission

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