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Pope Francis calls exploitation of nature 'sin of our times'

Campobasso - During an address at Italy's University of Molise on Saturday, Pope Francis chastised those who exploit and destroy nature, calling such behavior the "sin of our times".

Pathogenic fungi help plant biodiversity

Oxford - Rather than being damaging pests, it seems that pathogenic fungi and insect herbivores appear to support plant biodiversity in the world's rainforests.

Huge population drift augurs as climate change alters ecosystems

Potsdam - Climate change is likely to transform landscapes worldwide, affecting most of Earth’s forests and agriculture — and it isn’t a far future scenario, says a new report. Profound changes in the world’s ecosystems could happen less than 90 years hence

ESA’s new Biomass satellite to measure Earth’s precious resources

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced Monday, the selection of ‘Biomass’ as the subject of its seventh Earth Explorer mission. The planned satellite will measure, to great accuracy, biomass and carbon stored in the world’s forests.

Philippines: 'Our environment is worth more than palm oil'

The rainforest land and ancestral homes of small farmers and indigenous peoples of the Philippines are under threat, as the Philippine government plans to promote oil palm plantations on a vast scale.

Op-Ed: Cambodia's Prey Lang rainforest urgently needs help

Prey Lang is the last large primary forest of its kind on the Indochinese peninsula. The rainforest provides food and water for hundreds of thousands of people and endangered species, plus livelihoods for residents, yet it is now in serious danger.

Op-Ed: Malaysia sacrifices its rare pygmy elephants for palm oil

Rangers of the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve were shocked to find a baby elephant, trying in vain to wake its mother, who had been poisoned along with 13 other elephants, all part of the same herd.

Why are cheese plants full of holes?

A new research report suggests that the peculiar leaves of the Swiss cheese plant, which form a pattern of holes, have developed to help them to avoid stress.

Greenpeace exits Canada's Boreal Forest Agreement citing breaches

Greenpeace Canada announced its withdrawal yesterday from the Canada Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) claiming logging roads built in Quebec’s Montagnes Blanches region managed by Resolute Forest Products are a violation of the CBFA.

Antarctica drillers discover 52 million-year-old rainforest

When drilling under the Antarctic seabed, researchers discovered deposits from a 52 million-year-old rainforest. Scientists are warning Antarctica will soon be ice-free within decades.

Exploitation of the xate plant in Central America's rainforest

Because of Mother's Day, Palm Sunday and a global demand for exotic xate palm leaves, the unspoiled rainforests of Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and other South America countries are being exploited due to the leaf's usage in long-lasting flower arrangements.

Brazil legislation would increase Amazon rainforest deforestation

Brasil - As new satellite data shows deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest increased almost sixfold in the past year, Brazil's Chamber of Deputies passed a vote which would ease regulations on the Forest Code, allowing farmers to increase deforestation.

Eating the Amazon - demand for cheap meat fuels deforestation Special

Europe’s demand for cheap meat is dramatically changing the landscape of the Amazon. Rainforest around Santarém has been replaced with fields over the last five years thanks to the advent of soya farming in the area.

Herds of water buffalo trampling the Amazon floodplain Special

Water buffalo may not be the most pressing threat to the Amazon as a whole but on the river’s floodplain they are doing serious damage.

Greenpeace boycotts Nestle: 'Don't have a Kit Kat break today'

Nestle's Kit Kat chocolate bars are best remembered by the advertising refrain, 'Have a break, have a Kit Kat.' But now an environmental group wants Nestle to take a break from supporting rainforest-killing companies.

New animated rainforest frog appears in Piccadilly Circus

The signs in London’s Piccadilly Circus burst into life last night with the appearance of a new animated rainforest frog. Coca-Cola and McDonald’s simultaneously launched new graphics.

Is Prince Charles' food destroying rainforests?

Palm oil is present in five of products in the Prince's Duchy Originals range of organic groceries sold in British shops.

Brazil Launches Rain Forest Fund

Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has launched a global fund to protect the Amazon rain forest and combat climate change.

Research Team Rescues Rainforest

Half a century after most of Costa Rica's rainforests were cut down, researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute took on a project that many thought was impossible - restoring a tropical rainforest ecosystem.

Canada to Spend C$30Million on Rainforest Plan

Canada announced Sunday it will spend $30 million canadian to protect one of the largest intact temperate rainforests left in the world.
 

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El Yunque National Forest. Thirteen species of coqui frog  including the most common  Eleutherodacty...
El Yunque National Forest. Thirteen species of coqui frog, including the most common, Eleutherodactylus coqui, are endemic to Puerto Rico and live in El Yunque National Forest.
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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.
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My first time zip lining at Campo Rico
My first time zip lining at Campo Rico
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Brazil s Amazon rainforest and deforestation.
Brazil's Amazon rainforest and deforestation.
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Forest on Awá land is being illegally cleared by settlers  Brazil.
Forest on Awá land is being illegally cleared by settlers, Brazil.
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An orangutan is rescued from a bulldozed section of rainforest in Borneo  Indonesia.
An orangutan is rescued from a bulldozed section of rainforest in Borneo, Indonesia.
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One of the routes through ancient forest in the Saguenay Lac St-Jean region in Canada which Greenpea...
One of the routes through ancient forest in the Saguenay Lac St-Jean region in Canada which Greenpeace alleges breaches the CBFA.
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Chart of Brazil s geography deforestation.
Chart of Brazil's geography deforestation.
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Newly cleared farmland in Kerinci Seblat National Park  Sumatra
Newly cleared farmland in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra
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Two of Major s offspring  Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore  western France
Two of Major's offspring, Joko and Becky at Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore, western France
Press Office, Parc Zoologique de la Boissiere du Dore, Loire-atlantique, France
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Inhabitants of Prey Lang  demonstrating against the destruction of their forest.
Inhabitants of Prey Lang demonstrating against the destruction of their forest.
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