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Drax: UK power station still burning rare forest wood

  2024-02-28 in The BBC

Owner Drax, which received £6bn in subsidies, continues to burn timber from Canadian trees - BBC finds.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Forests | Canada | Trees | Biomass


The Amazon has survived changes in the climate for 65 million years. Now it’s heading for collapse, a study says | CNN

  2024-02-14 by in CNN

The Amazon rainforest is on course to reach a crucial tipping point as soon as 2050, with devastating consequences the world’s ability to tackle climate change, a study shows.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Collapse | Tipping Points


Amazon rainforest could reach ‘tipping point’ by 2050, scientists warn

  2024-02-14 in The Guardian

‘We need to respond now,’ says author of study that says crucial forest has already passed safe boundary and needs restoration

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Trees | Tipping Points


More than 100,000 trees to be planted in Devon to boost Celtic rainforest

  2024-01-29 in The Guardian

National Trust says it hopes to establish 50 hectares across three sites close to surviving pockets of rainforest

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Wildlife | Trees


Questions over £22bn in UK billpayer cash handed to wood-burning firms

  2024-01-24 in The Guardian

Spending watchdog calls for biomass subsidy scheme to have tougher environmental requirements

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Electricity


Cookstove carbon offsets overstate climate benefit by 1,000%, study finds

  2024-01-23 in The Guardian

Cookstove projects are one of the fastest-growing carbon offset schemes but research finds carbon benefits are vastly overstated

  Tagged under: Deforestation


Brexit divergence from EU destroying UK’s vital environmental protections

  2024-01-19 in The Guardian

Exclusive: Britain is falling behind the bloc on almost every area of green regulation, analysis reveals

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Farming | Health | Trees


Deforestation effect of UK consumption unsustainable, say MPs

  2024-01-04 in The Guardian

Committee finds British consumers contributing particularly highly to destruction of world’s forests

  Tagged under: COP28 | Deforestation | Trees


The Biggest Environmental Problems Of 2021

  2024-01-03 by in Earth.Org

From deforestation and plastic pollution to fast fashion and food waste, here are 15 of the biggest environmental problems of our lifetime.  

  Tagged under: Deforestation


‘Jewel of Britain’s nature crown’: Plan to restore rainforest welcomed by campaigners

  2023-12-29 in The Guardian

Conservationists say government strategy to recover Britain’s degraded temperate rainforest is a good start but want a target to double the area by 2050

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Wildlife | Trees


How Mounting Demand for Rubber Is Driving Tropical Forest Loss

  2023-12-16 (or before) in Yale E360

The growing market for rubber is a major, but largely overlooked, cause of tropical deforestation, new analysis shows. Most of the rubber goes to produce tires, more than 2 billion a year, and experts warn the transition to electric vehicles could accelerate rubber use.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


High-resolution maps show that rubber causes substantial deforestation

  2023-11-20 (or before) in Stockholm Environment Institute

New mapping techniques indicate that deforestation related to rubber production is at least two to three times higher than previous estimates have suggested.

  Tagged under: Deforestation


‘Everything is parched’: Amazon struggles with drought amid deforestation

  2023-11-06 in The Guardian

By now, the rivers should be full. But large-scale cattle farming, the climate crisis and weather events like El Niño mean Brazil is near the point of no return

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Drought | Cattle and Dairy Farming | El Niño | Brazil | Trees | Rivers


Drought turns Amazonian capital into climate dystopia

  2023-10-18 in The Guardian

Forest fires leave Manaus with second worst air quality in the world, while low river levels cut off communities

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Drought | Forest Fires | Rivers | El Niño | South America | Brazil | Wildfires | Trees


Residents 'heartbroken' after woodland destroyed in less than 24 hours

  2023-10-14 (or before) in bournemouthecho.co.uk

Woodland being 'slashed and burned' has left residents shocked and angered.

  Tagged under: Deforestation


Indigenous Amazonians urge Brazil to declare emergency over severe drought

  2023-10-10 in The Guardian

Drought and heatwave has killed fish in rivers as Indigenous umbrella group Apiam says villagers have no water, food or medicine

  Tagged under: Fish | Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Drought | Brazil | Trees | Rivers


Top grain traders ‘helped scupper’ ban on soya from deforested land

  2023-10-06 in The Guardian

Cargill and ADM led push to weaken new protections for threatened ecosystems in South America, report says

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | South America | Brazil | Trees


Action needed to make carbon offsets from forest conservation work for climate change mitigation | Science

  2023-10-06 (or before) in Science | AAAS

Most REDD projects deliver little to no decrease in deforestation and forest degradation.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees | Climate Change Mitigation


'Could a ‘beanless' brew save coffee from climate change?'

  2023-10-06 (or before) in Euronews

Coffee is causing deforestation at an ‘alarming rate’ - could a beanless brew be the solution?

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Climate Change


Global Carbon Budget 2022

  2023-09-28 (or before) in Earth System Science Data

Abstract. Accurate assessment of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and their redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and terrestrial biosphere in a changing climate is critical to better understand the global carbon cycle, support the development of climate policies, and project future climate change. Here we describe and synthesize data sets and methodologies to quantify the five major components of the global carbon budget and their uncertainties. Fossil CO2 emissions (EFOS) are based on energy statistics and cement production data, while emissions from land-use change (ELUC), mainly deforestation, are based on ...

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Oceans | Climate Change


Amazon’s route to deforestation

  2023-09-27 in The Ecologist

The reconstruction of a Brazilian highway 'could result in increased illegal logging, violence, violations of indigenous rights, and catastrophic consequences to local communities and the environment.'

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


Rainforest Investigations Network

  2023-09-19 (or before) in pulitzercenter.org

The Rainforest Investigations Network (RIN) harnesses investigative reporting and cross-border collaboration to expose the intersection of climate change, corruption, and governance in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia. READ THE REPORTING | HOW IT WORKS | JOIN THE NETWORK | IMPACT HOW IT WORKS Each year of the initiative, the Pulitzer Center puts out a call for applications to dedicate a whole year to investigating deforestation in the world’s three main tropical rainforest regions. In its first year, RIN selected 13 Fellows from 10 countries. In the second year, the group expanded to 19 Fellows from 12 countries...

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Climate Change | Congo | Rivers | Brazil | Trees


Nestlé supplier used Brazilian beef from seized Indigenous land

  2023-09-19 (or before) in The Bureau Investigates

Abattoir owned by meatpacking giant Marfrig is at the centre of murky supply chain that also includes McDonald’s and Burger King

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Land Use | Cattle and Dairy Farming | Brazil


Amazon. Colombian Meat With 'Zero Deforestation': 'More Marketing Than Reality' (French)

  2023-09-19 (or before) in pulitzercenter.org

This story excerpt was translated from French. To read the original story in full, visit Courrier International. You may also view the original story on the Rainforest Journalism Fund website. Our...

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest


Amazon Deforestation is Down. Here’s Why. - Legal Planet

  2023-09-11 by in Legal Planet - Environmental Law and Policy

Elections, new government policies at the national and sub-national level, increased law enforcement, and technological advancements have contributed to climate gains in Brazil, Ecuador and beyond.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


Council set to back quarry expansion in ancient woodland

  2023-09-05 in Kent Online

A council has sparked anger from environmental campaigners by not objecting to the proposed expansion of a quarry into protected woods.

  Tagged under: Deforestation


UN-backed deforestation carbon credits failing: study

  2023-08-28 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

Only a small fraction of the forest-based carbon credits that companies and governments have purchased to offset their greenhouse gas emissions actually help prevent deforestation, according to new research.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


Why planting trees to offset carbon emissions doesn't really work, according to experts

  2023-08-27 (or before) in Salon.com

New research questions the environmental integrity of carbon trading, a multi-billion dollar industry

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


Rivers in the Sky: How Deforestation Is Affecting Global Water Cycles

  2023-08-27 (or before) in Yale E360

A growing body of evidence indicates that the continuing destruction of tropical forests is disrupting the movement of water in the atmosphere, causing major shifts in precipitation that could lead to drought in key agricultural areas in China, India, and the U.S. Midwest.  

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Drought | Climate Change | Rivers | Trees


In the battle to save the world’s forests, women are leading the resistance | Elif Shafak

  2023-08-26 in The Guardian

From the Akbelen forest in Turkey to northern India to Brazil, rural women are standing up against the corporate chainsaw, says novelist Elif Shafak

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Brazil | Women and Children | Trees


"We are killing this ecosystem": the scientists tracking the Amazon's fading health

  2023-08-25 (or before) in Nature

Climate change, deforestation and other human threats are driving the rainforest towards a tipping point of sustainability. Researchers are racing to chart the Amazon’s future.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Climate Change | Health | Tipping Points | Sustainability


Carbon Offsets to Reduce Deforestation Are Significantly Overestimating Their Impact, a New Study Finds - Inside Climate News

  2023-08-24 by in Inside Climate News

Carbon offset projects claiming to curb deforestation are significantly overestimating their impact, according to a new study published in Science on Thursday.  Sold as a way to lessen the impact of greenhouse gas emissions by allowing polluters or consumers to purchase offsets or credits that allow them to keep emitting in return for funding projects […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation


Ecuadorians vote to halt oil drilling in biodiverse Amazonian national park

  2023-08-21 in The Guardian

Referendum result protecting Yasuní reserve will benefit huge range of species as well as ‘uncontacted’ Indigenous peoples

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Wildlife | Fossil Fuels


Bruised Earth uncovered by new mapping product - Space Intelligence

  2023-08-02 by in Home - Space Intelligence

The combined impact of deforestation and biodiversity loss in the tropics has been laid bare by a new mapping product from Space Intelligence. The nature data specialist has combined datasets from multiple sources and applied …

  Tagged under: Deforestation


Climate change: Deforestation surges despite pledges - BBC News

  2023-06-27 (or before) in The BBC

Data shows that cutting down tropical forests increased by 10% in 2022, despite promises made at COP26.

  Tagged under: COP26 | Deforestation | Climate Change | Trees


Rainforest destruction soared in 2022 despite global pledges to halt deforestation, new report finds | CNN

  2023-06-27 by in CNN

The destruction of the world’s rainforests ramped up last year, despite global pledges to end deforestation by 2030, according to a new report.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Climate Change | Brazil | Health | Trees | Finance


Ecological tipping points could occur much sooner than expected, study finds

  2023-06-22 in The Guardian

Amazon rainforest and other ecosystems could collapse ‘very soon’, researchers warn

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Oceans | Rivers | Wildlife | Collapse | Trees | Tipping Points


The multinational companies that industrialised the Amazon rainforest

  2023-06-02 in The Guardian

Analysis shows handful of corporations extract tens of billions of dollars of raw materials a year – and their commitments to restoration vary greatly

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Farming | Wildlife | Brazil | Trees


Green funds in Indonesia were spent clearing forests for biomass

  2023-06-01 by in Climate Home News

Millions of dollars in green funds were spent reviving a project by Indonesia's Medco group, which cleared rainforests in Papua.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees | Indonesia | Finance


Adverts claiming products are carbon neutral by using offsetting face UK ban

  2023-05-15 in The Guardian

Advertising watchdog to begin stricter enforcement on use of terms such as ‘carbon neutral’ amid concerns over offsets

  Tagged under: Deforestation


‘Don’t fool yourself’: billions more needed to protect tropical forests, warns new report

  2023-04-19 in The Guardian

Money could come from carbon markets, donor countries and philanthropists, but radical action is also needed from legislators

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


UK company mining gold in Amazon on disputed land

  2023-04-18 in The Guardian

London-listed Serabi Gold extracting gold without approval of Brazilian land registry and Indigenous communities

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Trees


UK meat industry and supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons 'causing illegal deforestation in the Amazon' | World News | Sky News

  2023-04-14 (or before) in news-sky-com.cdn.ampproject.org

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest


Pacific trade deal ‘will make mockery of UK’s climate ambitions’

  2023-04-03 in The Guardian

CPTPP membership will result in more deforestation and endanger animal welfare, say campaigners

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Economics | Wildlife | Trees


Global Emissions and Local Deforestation Are Combining to Create Dangerous Levels of Heat Stress in the Tropics

  2023-03-29 (or before) in World Resources Institute

It's not just climate change that's making the tropics hotter.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Climate Change


How serious is the EU about ending deforestation? - Transport & Environment

  2023-03-28 in Transport and Environment

On 29 March, the EU institutions have a last chance to save over 600,000 hectares of forests and peatlands, by agreeing on a fast phase-out of soy and palm oil in the bloc’s biofuels…

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


Biggest carbon credit certifier to replace its rainforest offsets scheme

  2023-03-10 in The Guardian

Verra will phase out programme by mid-2025 after Guardian investigation found it was flawed

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Rainforests | Greenhouse Gases | Trees


Tropical deforestation causes large reductions in observed precipitation - Nature

  2023-03-01 (or before) in Nature

A pan-tropical analysis using satellite, station-based and reanalysis datasets shows that deforestation causes reduced precipitation, and demonstrates that the effect increases with spatial scale.

  Tagged under: Deforestation


Scientists prove clear link between deforestation and local drop in rainfall

  2023-03-01 in The Guardian

Study adds to fears Amazon is approaching tipping point after which it will not be able to generate its own rainfall

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Extreme Rainfall | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Africa | Trees | Indonesia | Tipping Points


A third of companies linked to deforestation have no policy to end it

  2023-02-15 in The Guardian

Research by Global Canopy also finds many companies are not monitoring set commitments

  Tagged under: Deforestation | COP26 | Trees


Invisible destruction: 38% of remaining Amazon forest already degraded

  2023-02-13 in Mongabay

When we speak about destruction of the Amazon, deforestation data are often the reference. Over the last few decades, it is the rates of clear cutting that are best documented, making headlines and guiding environmental protection strategies. “Historically, deforestation was the main driver of land use change in the Amazon. Between 1975 and 1985, almost […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Land Use | Trees


Biden-Lula meeting: The time is right for U.S. and Brazil to work together for Amazonia (commentary)

  2023-02-10 in Mongabay

The Amazon rainforest and its people have gone through tough times recently. For the last four years, under Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the region has experienced increasing deforestation and the dismantling of agencies intended to protect the environment and support indigenous communities. With the recent election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, or “Lula,” Brazilians […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Joe Biden | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


13 Major Companies Responsible for Deforestation | Earth.Org

  2023-01-29 by in Earth.Org

Between 1990 and 2016, the world lost 1.3 million sq km of forest. There are many, but here are 12 companies that are responsible for deforestation.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


Revealed: more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest certifier are worthless, analysis shows

  2023-01-18 in The Guardian

Investigation into Verra carbon standard finds most are ‘phantom credits’ and may worsen global heating

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Shell | Rainforests | Greenhouse Gases | Trees


Witness to paradise being lost: my year in the dying Amazon

  2022-12-16 in The Guardian

In the past 12 months I have learned that the mass extermination of the Amazon is a climate catastrophe – and much more

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Wildfires | Trees


Calls for tougher regulations as Queensland records highest rate of land clearing in country

  2022-12-16 in The Guardian

Conservation groups warn not enough is being done to protect ecosystems as state government data shows more than 400,000ha of land was cleared in 2019-20

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


EU agrees new law to kick deforestation out of supply chains

  2022-12-09 (or before) in EURACTIV

EU legislators reached an agreement in the early hours of Tuesday (6 December) to pass a new law guaranteeing that products sold in the EU are not linked to the destruction or degradation of forests.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


Canada: Ambassador tells EU that deforestation rules 'burdensome' - BBC News

  2022-12-04 (or before) in The BBC

The EU regulation aims to limit the trade of products linked to deforestation worldwide.

  Tagged under: Deforestation


The next Amazon? Congo Basin faces rising deforestation threat

  2022-11-12 (or before) in Context News

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Congo | Amazon Rainforest


Forest regeneration that earned multimillion-dollar carbon credits resulted in fewer trees, analysis finds

  2022-11-06 in The Guardian

Exclusive: Claim by academics, including former integrity chair of Australia’s carbon credit scheme, raises further doubts about system

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Greenhouse Gases | Trees


Global deforestation pledge will be missed without urgent action, say researchers

  2022-10-24 in The Guardian

Destruction of forests slowed in 2021 but not enough to meet 2030 commitment made by 145 countries

  Tagged under: Deforestation | COP26 | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Trees


Animal populations experience average decline of almost 70% since 1970, report reveals

  2022-10-12 in The Guardian

Huge scale of human-driven loss of species demands urgent action, say world’s leading scientists

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Wildlife


Amazonía Against the Clock: A Regional Assessment on Where and How to Protect 80% by 2025 | Amazon Watch

  2022-09-05 in Amazon Watch

The Amazon is in the midst of a tipping point crisis as deforestation and high degradation combined have already reached 26% of the region. However, preserving 80% of the Amazon by 2025 is still possible.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Tipping Points


Large parts of Amazon may never recover, major study says

  2022-09-05 in www.theguardian.com

Swathes of rainforest have reached tipping point, research by scientists and Indigenous organisations concludes

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Trees | Tipping Points


Anglo-French oil firm threatens Amazon reserve for isolated Indigenous people

  2022-08-23 in The Guardian

Perenco sues Peru government for repeal of law that offers recognition to proposed Napo-Tigre reserve

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Trees | France


Amazon Rainforest: Highest deforestation rate in six years - BBC News

  2022-07-10 (or before) in The BBC

Nearly 4,000 square kilometres of land have been cleared this year, Brazil's space agency reports.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


Amazon deforestation is off to the fastest start to a year since 2008

  2022-07-08 in Mongabay

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is off to the fastest start for the first half of any year since 2008 according to government data published today. Deforestation alert data from Brazil’s national space research institute INPE shows that 3,988 square kilometers of forest have been cleared within the Brazilian Amazon since January 1, a 17 […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Trees


Cash Cow | Global Witness

  2022-06-24 (or before) in Global Witness

How beef giant JBS’s links to Amazon deforestation and human rights abuses are aided by UK, US and EU financiers, importers and supermarkets

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Cattle and Dairy Farming | Trees


Deforestation and world population sustainability: a quantitative analysis - Scientific Reports

  2022-05-15 (or before) in Nature

In this paper we afford a quantitative analysis of the sustainability of current world population growth in relation to the parallel deforestation process adopting a statistical point of view. We consider a simplified model based on a stochastic growth process driven by a continuous time random walk, which depicts the technological evolution of human kind, in conjunction with a deterministic generalised logistic model for humans-forest interaction and we evaluate the probability of avoiding the self-destruction of our civilisation. Based on the current resource consumption rates and best estimate of technological rate growth our...

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Collapse | Trees | Sustainability


‘Record after record’: Brazil’s Amazon deforestation hits April high, nearly double previous peak

  2022-05-07 in The Guardian

Climate analysts are astounded by such a high reading during the rainy season, and is the third monthly record this year

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


‘Relentless’ destruction of rainforest continuing despite Cop26 pledge

  2022-04-28 in The Guardian

Tropics lost 11.1m hectares of tree cover in 2021, including forest critical to limiting global heating and biodiversity loss

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Congo | COP26 | Rainforests | Brazil | Africa | Wildlife | Cattle and Dairy Farming | Trees | Indonesia


Global biodiversity loss from tropical deforestation | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

  2022-03-19 (or before) in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

Global biodiversity loss from tropical deforestation

  Tagged under: Deforestation


Brazil detects record Amazon deforestation in January and February

  2022-03-11 in Los Angeles Times

Satellite alerts of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon in February were the highest for that month in seven years of record-keeping.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


Climate crisis: Amazon rainforest tipping point is looming, data shows

  2022-03-07 in The Guardian

Analysis of satellite observations show forest is losing stability with ‘profound’ global implications

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Tipping Points | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Trees


Deforestation emissions far higher than previously thought, study finds

  2022-02-28 in The Guardian

Carbon emissions from felling of tropical forest doubled in just two decades and are accelerating, research says

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Greenhouse Gases | Trees


Lake Malawi's Fish Defy Death - While Their World Heritage Home Is Threatened | We Don't Have Time

  2022-02-28 (or before) in app.wedonthavetime.org

By Jeffrey Barbee January 27, 2022 In the shallow rocky waters below a high granite outcrop a fish lies sideways, fallen onto the sand below. Its skin the hue of a rotting corpse, the fish is unmoving, apparently dead. But looks can be deceiving. As scavenger fish approach, the play-dead fish springs into action, snapping up the would-be eaters in a flurry of motion. One of hundreds of new fish species discovered in the warm waters of Lake Malawi in the last four decades, the play-dead fish’s only home is now in danger of being destroyed. Play dead fish Nimbochromis livingstonii. Picture: Ken McKaye/allianceearth.org Lake...

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Extreme Weather | Africa | Fish | Rivers | Insects | Legislation | Electricity | Health | Trees | Finance


Harmful subsidies: why is the world still funding the destruction of nature?

  2022-02-17 in The Guardian

Government-financed support in sectors including agriculture, fossil fuels and water is incentivising the annihilation of the natural world. But reforming the system is politically fraught

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Farming | Wildlife | Fossil Fuels | Trees | Finance


Amazon deforestation: Record high destruction of trees in January - BBC News

  2022-02-12 (or before) in The BBC

An area of trees more than seven times the size of Manhattan, New York was destroyed.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Trees


Tropical deforestation accelerates local warming and loss of safe outdoor working hours

  2021-12-18 (or before) in Cell Press

Tropical deforestation is associated with local warming, but the extent to which this warming impacts populations across the tropics remains understudied. We examine deforestation-associated increases in heat exposure across the tropics. We find that recent tropical deforestation was associated with an increase in heat exposure for 4.9 million people, including 2.8 million outdoor workers. Furthermore, future global warming will exacerbate these impacts. These results highlight the importance of the local cooling services that tropical forests provide for populations vulnerable to climate change.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Climate Change | Climate Change Impacts | Trees


Impact on short-lived climate forcers increases projected warming due to deforestation

  2021-12-18 (or before) in Dspace

  Tagged under: Deforestation


Global land change from 1982 to 2016

  2021-12-18 (or before) in Nature

Land change is a cause and consequence of global environmental change1,2. Changes in land use and land cover considerably alter the Earth’s energy balance and biogeochemical cycles, which contributes to climate change and—in turn—affects land surface properties and the provision of ecosystem services1–4. However, quantification of global land change is lacking. Here we analyse 35 years’ worth of satellite data and provide a comprehensive record of global land-change dynamics during the period 1982–2016. We show that—contrary to the prevailing view that forest area has declined g...

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Land Use | Climate Change | Trees


European Retailers Suspend Brazil Beef on Deforestation

  2021-12-16 (or before) in Bloomberg

Six European retail groups, including Sainsbury’s in the United Kingdom and Carrefour in Belgium, are restricting Brazilian beef purchases due to new findings linking cattle production to deforestation in the Amazon, Cerrado and Pantanal.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Cattle and Dairy Farming


How Your 401(k) Is Helping Destroy the Amazon Rainforest

  2021-11-25 (or before) in The Intercept

The growing financialization of Brazilian agribusiness is enabling foreign investment in the industry most responsible for deforestation.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


Brazil: Amazon sees worst deforestation levels in 15 years - BBC News

  2021-11-19 (or before) in The BBC

The figures come after Brazil promised to end the practice by 2030 during the COP climate summit.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


Readings | System Dynamics Self Study | Sloan School of Management | MIT OpenCourseWare

  2021-11-18 in The Guardian

This section contains information about readings for the course. Includes information on the courses textbooks, road maps, and other readings.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Rainforests | Greenhouse Gases | Russia | Trees


Trade officials ‘taking a chainsaw’ to EU forest protection plans

  2021-11-12 in The Guardian

Exclusive: leaked memo shows trade department raising concerns about environment colleagues’ draft law

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


Leaked EU anti-deforestation law omits fragile grasslands and wetlands

  2021-09-14 in The Guardian

Campaigners say draft regulation contains many loopholes, including exclusion of Cerrado and Pantanal

  Tagged under: Grasslands | Wetlands | Deforestation | European Union | Trees


‘Everything is changing’: the struggle for food as Malawi’s Lake Chilwa shrinks

  2021-08-30 in The Guardian

The livelihoods of 1.5 million people are at risk as the lake’s occasional dry spells occur ever more frequently

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Africa | Fish | Wildlife | Sustainability


Economic Growth - Facing Future

  2021-08-21 (or before) in Facing Future

Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet “Global civilization has an operating system. It is disastrously flawed. It is killing us. It is known by two common names: money and growth economics. Money is a virus of the mind which uses humanity [and nature] for its own reproduction.” – Stuart Scott, Director of the Facing Future … Continue reading "Economic Growth"

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Oceans | Farming | Wildfires | Drought | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | Methane | Economics | Wildlife | Fossil Fuels | Economic Growth | Sea Level | Trees | Sustainability


Study: Deforestation linked heat, dryness causing billions of losses in soy revenue in Brazil

  2021-07-15 (or before) by in feednavigator.com

The destruction of ecosystems in Brazil endangers local soy agriculture: Researchers, in a new paper, have calculated that extreme heat costs losses in soy revenue, up to US$3.55bm annually due to drier conditions.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Extreme Weather | Brazil | Sustainability


Amazonia as a carbon source linked to deforestation and climate change - Nature

  2021-07-14 (or before) in Nature

Aircraft observations of atmospheric carbon dioxide and monoxide concentrations in Brazil show higher carbon emissions in eastern Amazonia than in the western part, which are linked to increased ecosystem stress and fire occurrence.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Climate Change


Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs

  2021-07-14 in The Guardian

Cutting emissions more urgent than ever, say scientists, with forest producing more than a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Greenhouse Gases | Trees


Amazon rainforest ‘will collapse if Bolsonaro remains president’

  2021-07-14 in The Guardian

Brazilian academics and activists issue warning amid fresh assault on environmental protections

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Amazon Rainforest | Activism | Rainforests | Brazil | Collapse


Indonesia’s biodiesel program fuels deforestation threat, report warns

  2021-06-09 in Mongabay

JAKARTA — A new report has added to growing concerns that Indonesia’s ambitious program to increase its use of palm oil-based biodiesel will drive greater deforestation across the country. The report, by London-based nonprofit CDP, an international platform for the disclosure of environmental risks, warns of conflicting policies and lack of transparency around biofuel regulations […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Indonesia


Deforestation reduces rainfall and agricultural revenues in the Brazilian Amazon - Nature Communications

  2021-06-05 (or before) in Nature

Deforestation in the Amazon region has suggested to influence precipitation in a non-linear way. Here, the authors show that forest loss is associated with decreasing precipitation after a scale-dependent threshold is crossed, which can cause stress on agriculture if deforestation is expanded.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Extreme Rainfall | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Trees


World leaders ‘ignoring’ role of destruction of nature in causing pandemics

  2021-06-04 in The Guardian

Ending the destruction of nature to stop outbreaks at source is more effective and cheaper than responding to them, scientists say

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Wildlife


How Pressuring Corporations Can Save the Amazon from Destruction

  2021-05-27 (or before) in Yale E360

As the Amazon undergoes another wave of deforestation, a blueprint for halting the runaway exploitation can be found in Southeast Asia, where pressure campaigns on companies and improved government monitoring are finally slowing the devastation caused by the palm oil industry.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest


Amazon biome hurtles toward death spiral as deforestation jumps in 2020 | Article [AMP] | Reuters

  2021-05-01 (or before) in mobile-reuters-com.cdn.ampproject.org

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest


Joe Biden’s billions won’t stop Bolsonaro destroying the Amazon rainforest | Marina Silva and Rubens Ricupero

  2021-04-22 in The Guardian

Money alone will not persuade Brazil’s government to stop deforestation, say former Brazilian environment ministers Marina Silva and Rubens Ricupero

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Joe Biden | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Trees


‘Forests are not renewable’: the felling of Sweden’s ancient trees

  2021-04-16 in The Guardian

Forests cover 70% of the country, but many argue the Swedish model of replacing old-growth forests with monoculture plantations is bad for biodiversity

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Renewable Energy | Wildlife | Trees


UK’s native woodlands reaching crisis point, report warns

  2021-04-14 in The Guardian

Drive to plant more trees will count for little if existing woods are lost, says Woodland Trust

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Greenhouse Gases | Wildlife | Trees


Report: 2 in 3 banks have no commitments to stop financing deforestation

  2021-03-06 (or before) in Edie Awards

Some 95 of the world's largest 150 banks and investment firms have not published policies to prevent the companies they finance from destroying forests, with laggards including BlackRock and Wells Fargo.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees | Finance


How Biden could use foreign and trade policy to protect the Amazon

  2021-02-19 (or before) by in News Thomson Reuters Foundation News

To tackle rising deforestation in the Amazon, experts urge U.S. climate diplomacy to focus on trade policies, economic incentives and new coalitions

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Joe Biden | Amazon Rainforest | Coal


Human destruction of nature is 'senseless and suicidal', warns UN chief

  2021-02-18 in The Guardian

UN report offers bedrock for hope for broken planet, says António Guterres

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Wildlife | Fossil Fuels


European public roundly rejects Brazil trade deal unless Amazon protected

  2021-02-16 in Mongabay

An average 75% of respondents in 12 European nations say the gigantic EU-Mercosur trade pact should not be ratified if Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil doesn’t end Amazon deforestation; EU governments are listening.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


Walmart selling beef from firm linked to Amazon deforestation

  2021-02-13 in The Guardian

Exclusive: US chains Walmart, Costco and Kroger selling Brazilian beef produced by JBS linked to destruction of Brazilian rainforest

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Farming | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Cattle and Dairy Farming | Trees


Three months since Procter & Gamble’s historic shareholder vote on forests, the company has no plans to end forest destruction. | by Friends of the Earth | Medium

  2021-02-07 (or before) in foe-us.medium.com

The world’s largest consumer goods company continues failing to address concerns over its deforestation and forest degradation.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


Top scientists warn of 'ghastly future of mass extinction' and climate disruption

  2021-01-13 in The Guardian

Sobering new report says world is failing to grasp the extent of threats posed by biodiversity loss and the climate crisis

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Greenhouse Gases | Wildlife | Trees


UK imported 1m tonnes of soya with deforestation risk in 2019

  2020-12-01 in The Guardian

New analysis finds 40% was brought in without sourcing checks from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay

  Tagged under: Argentina | Deforestation | Farming | Brazil | Trees


Revealed: UK supermarket and fast-food chicken linked to deforestation in Brazil

  2020-11-25 in The Guardian

Tesco, Lidl, Asda, McDonald’s and Nando’s all source chicken fed on soya from Cerrado tropical biome region

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Farming | Brazil | Trees


This is my message to the western world – your civilisation is killing life on Earth | Nemonte Nenquimo

  2020-10-12 in The Guardian

We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not respect it, says Indigenous campaigner Nemonte Nenquimo

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Trees


'Total destruction': why fires are tearing across South America

  2020-10-09 in The Guardian

Wildfires, mostly caused by land clearing for cattle grazing and soya production, have set four nations ablaze

  Tagged under: Argentina | Deforestation | Wildfires | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Forest Fires | Cattle and Dairy Farming | Trees


Rampant destruction of forests ‘will unleash more pandemics’

  2020-08-30 in The Guardian

Researchers to tell UN that loss of biodiversity enables rapid spread of new diseases from animals to humans

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Farming | Wildlife | Trees


Tesco urged to ditch meat company over alleged links to Amazon deforestation

  2020-08-05 in The Guardian

Responding to Greenpeace campaign to cut links to Brazilian meat giant JBS, supermarket calls on government to ensure all UK food is deforestation-free

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Cattle and Dairy Farming | Greenpeace | Activism


Physicists: 90% Chance of Human Society Collapsing Within Decades - EcoWatch

  2020-08-03 in EcoWatch - For a Healthier Planet and Life

Deforestation coupled with the rampant destruction of natural resources will soon have devastating effects on the future of society as we know it, according to two theoretical physicists who study complex systems and have concluded that greed has put us on a path to irreversible collapse within the next two to four decades.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Collapse


Revealed: new evidence links Brazil meat giant JBS to Amazon deforestation

  2020-07-27 in The Guardian

Photographs by employee appear to show company trucks being used to transport cattle from allegedly prohibited cattle farm

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Farming | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Cattle and Dairy Farming | Trees


Make My Money Matter

  2020-07-06 (or before) in Make My Money Matter

Where’s your pension invested? Tobacco or oil? Weapons or deforestation? Find out where your money's going, and demand a pension to be proud of ✊🏻

  Tagged under: Deforestation


Pandemics result from destruction of nature, say UN and WHO

  2020-06-17 in The Guardian

Experts call for legislation and trade deals worldwide to encourage green recovery

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Farming | Wildlife | Legislation | Health | Trees


Amazon under threat: Fires, loggers and now virus - BBC News

  2020-05-29 (or before) in The BBC

How the loss of the Amazon goes beyond deforestation - and what the nine countries that share this natural resource are doing to protect it.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest


Climate crisis is making world’s forests shorter and younger – study

  2020-05-28 in The Guardian

Rising temperatures, natural disasters and deforestation taking heavy toll, say scientists

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


Brazil's Amazon: Surge in deforestation as military prepares to deploy - BBC News

  2020-05-10 (or before) in BBC

The military is preparing to deploy to the region to try to stop illegal logging and mining.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


'Promiscuous treatment of nature' will lead to more pandemics – scientists

  2020-05-07 in The Guardian

Habitat destruction forces wildlife into human environments, where new diseases flourish

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Wildlife | Greenpeace | Trees


Brazil using coronavirus to cover up assaults on Amazon, warn activists

  2020-05-06 in The Guardian

Fears Jair Bolsonaro’s ‘land grabbers decree’ may be pushed forwards after new rule allows land-grabbing on indigenous reserves

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Activism | Bolsonaro | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


Brazil to weaken environmental safeguards amid increase in deforestation

  2020-04-29 in Greenpeace UK - Unearthed

Brazil: Critics accuse Bolsonaro of using COVID-19 as cover to rush through amnesty for destruction and occupation of forest

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Greenpeace | Trees


Tropical forests losing their ability to absorb carbon, study finds

  2020-03-04 in The Guardian

Amazon could turn into source of CO2 in atmosphere by next decade, research suggests

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Trees


Humans risk living in an empty world, warns UN biodiversity chief

  2020-01-20 in The Guardian

Ahead of the World Economic Forum, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema urges governments to take definitive action on climate, deforestation and pollution

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Wildlife


Geographers find tipping point in deforestation

  2020-01-08 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

University of Cincinnati geography researchers have identified a tipping point for deforestation that leads to rapid forest loss.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Tipping Points | Trees


The environment in 2050: flooded cities, forced migration – and the Amazon turning to savannah

  2019-12-30 in The Guardian

Unless we focus on shared solutions, violent storms and devastating blazes could be the least of the world’s troubles. Civilisation itself will be at risk

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Extreme Weather | Wildfires | Drought | Amazon Rainforest | IPCC | Climate Change | Geoengineering


Planting trees is only a good news story if it’s done right | Bibi van der Zee

  2019-12-25 by Bibi van der Zee in The Guardian

In the fight against global warming, we’d be better off preserving natural forests than planting new monoculture plantations, says Guardian journalist Bibi van der Zee

  Tagged under: Global Warming | Activism | Carbon Capture and Storage | Forests | Trees | Deforestation | Climate Change


Revealed: 'monumental' NSW bushfires have burnt 20% of Blue Mountains world heritage area

  2019-12-03 in The Guardian

More than 10% of forest in NSW national parks destroyed by fire this season, with the damage to Gondwana rainforest a ‘global tragedy’

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bushfires | Extreme Weather | Wildfires | Rainforests | Trees


Brazil’s president claims DiCaprio paid for Amazon fires

  2019-11-29 in The Guardian

Jair Bolsonaro falsely accuses actor of funding deliberate destruction of rainforest

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Forest Fires | Trees


Earth may have already hit climate change 'tipping point' leading to catastrophic domino effect that threatens civilisation's existence | The Independent | The Independent

  2019-11-28 in The Independent

Scientists call for ‘urgent emergency response’ to tackle global greenhouse gas emissions  

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Trees | Tipping Points


Climate emergency: world 'may have crossed tipping points’

  2019-11-27 in The Guardian

Warning of ‘existential threat to civilisation’ as impacts lead to cascade of unstoppable events

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Tipping Points | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Trees


Police raid office of Brazil NGO linked to brigade that helped battle Amazon fires

  2019-11-26 in The Guardian

Raid and arrests were a politically-motivated attack on dedicated firefighters and a respected NGO, indigenous associations and campaigners say

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Wildfires | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


Meat: A Threat to Our Planet? review – guaranteed to put you off your chicken nuggets

  2019-11-25 in The Guardian

Liz Bonnin’s investigation of the environmental mayhem caused by mass carnivory was meaty, disquieting viewing

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Farming | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Texas | Cattle and Dairy Farming | Trees


Climate emissions from tropical forest damage 'underestimated by a factor of six'

  2019-10-31 in The Guardian

Scientists say policymakers must better account for climate impacts of damage to forests, and benefits of conserving them

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Greenhouse Gases | Trees


How deadly disease outbreaks could worsen as the climate changes

  2019-10-28 (or before) by in New Scientist

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Climate Change


Lib Dems unveil plans for environmental 'duty of care' for UK firms

  2019-10-23 in The Guardian

Proposals could make companies liable for harm caused by overseas suppliers

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


Amazon rainforest 'close to irreversible tipping point'

  2019-10-23 in The Guardian

Forecast suggests rainforest could stop producing enough rain to sustain itself by 2021

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Tipping Points | Bolsonaro | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Trees


Greta Thunberg: ‘We are ignoring natural climate solutions’

  2019-09-19 in The Guardian

Film by Swedish activist and Guardian journalist George Monbiot says nature must be used to repair broken climate

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Greta Thunberg | Activism | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Greenhouse Gases | Fossil Fuels | Trees


Amazon fires 'extraordinarily concerning', warns UN biodiversity chief

  2019-08-30 in The Guardian

Biodiversity chief calls for countries to unite to halt rapid degradation of nature

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Forest Fires | Trees


Jair Bolsonaro claims NGOs behind Amazon forest fire surge – but provides no evidence

  2019-08-21 in The Guardian

Brazilian president claims green groups behind blazes, which have increased 84% over same period last year

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Trees


EU moves to tackle deforestation caused by chocolate and other products

  2019-07-25 in The Guardian

Campaigners hail scheme to protect and restore forests around the world as ‘pivotal step’ towards ensuring goods remain untainted

  Tagged under: Deforestation | European Union | Trees | Sustainability


Amazon deforestation accelerating towards unrecoverable 'tipping point'

  2019-07-25 in The Guardian

Data confirms fears that Jair Bolsonaro’s policy encourages illegal logging in Brazil

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Tipping Points | Bolsonaro | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil


Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

  2019-07-04 in The Guardian

Research shows a trillion trees could be planted to capture huge amount of carbon dioxide

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Greenhouse Gases | Trees


Brazil: huge rise in Amazon destruction under Bolsonaro, figures show

  2019-07-03 in The Guardian

Preliminary data reveals 88.4% deforestation increase compared with a year ago as critics say rightwing president has emboldened loggers and ranchers

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Trees


Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat

  2019-07-02 in The Guardian

Investigation exposes how Brazil’s huge beef sector continues to threaten health of world’s largest rainforest

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Farming | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Cattle and Dairy Farming | Health | Trees


The Anthropocene epoch: have we entered a new phase of planetary history?

  2019-05-30 in The Guardian

The long read: Human activity has transformed the Earth – but scientists are divided about whether this is really a turning point in geological history

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Trees


An (Even More) Inconvenient Truth: Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing

  2019-05-22 by in Pro Publica

The hunger for these offsets is blinding us to the mounting pile of evidence that they haven't — and won't — deliver the climate benefit they promise.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Climate Change | Forests | Carbon Capture and Storage | Carbon Offsetting | Trees


‘Death by a thousand cuts’: vast expanse of rainforest lost in 2018

  2019-04-25 in The Guardian

Pristine forests are vital for climate and wildlife but trend of losses is rising, data shows

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Congo | Rainforests | Brazil | Africa | Wildlife | Trees | Indonesia


Brazil reveals highest deforestation figures in a decade as activists warn Bolsonaro will make issue worse | The Independent | The Independent

  2019-01-01 (or before) in The Independent

Illegal logging and agriculture creeping into jungle land blamed for devastating rise

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Bolsonaro | Rainforests | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil | Activism


Risks of 'domino effect' of tipping points greater than thought, study says

  2018-12-20 in The Guardian

Scientists warn policymakers not to ignore links, and stress that ‘every action counts’

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Tipping Points


Deforestation rises with incomes in developing economies

  2017-01-30 in Mongabay

Economists have for the first time shown a definitive link between rising incomes and a corresponding uptick in deforestation using satellite mapping data. For a long time, economists have assumed that this more-or-less predictable pattern exists in developing economies, but it’s been difficult to prove. “Until now, nobody had found a way of testing it […]

  Tagged under: Deforestation


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