Brazil's Amazon: Deforestation 'surges to 12-year high'

Destruction of the rainforest increased by 9.5% compared to the previous 12 months, new data shows.

Nov. 30, 2020 ~2 min

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The burning scar: Inside the destruction of Asia’s last rainforests

Exclusive: A forensic investigation finds evidence of deliberate burning in Papua's palm oil plantations.

Nov. 12, 2020 ~16 min

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Climate change: Protecting the rainforest through your shopping basket

Green groups welcome the UK's plan to outlaw the import of food and other goods from protected areas.

Nov. 11, 2020 ~4 min

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McDonald's among food firms urging tougher deforestation rules

Unilever and Tesco also say a new law should apply to all deforestation, whether legal or illegal.

By Roger Harrabin • bbcnews
Oct. 4, 2020 ~4 min

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In the Amazon, forest degradation is outpacing full deforestation

Forest that has been disturbed – but not cleared – by logging or fire can be hard to spot from satellites.

Tommaso Jucker, Research Fellow and Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

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Forests recover from logging faster with a bit of help

When forests get a little restoration nudge after logging, they recover much faster than when left to regenerate on their own, researchers report.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Are young trees or old forests more important for slowing climate change?

The age of a forest can influence how effectively it offsets our emissions.

Tom Pugh, Reader in Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange, University of Birmingham • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Governments could stop future pandemics via conservation

By curtailing deforestation and wildlife trafficking across the globe, governments could help prevent the rise of the next worldwide pandemic.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Video: Slowing deforestation is the key to preventing the next pandemic – but what does that cost?

A new study estimates that $22 billion to $30 billion dollars per year needs to be spent to maintain forests and reduce the likelihood of a pathogen jumping from wildlife to humans.

Les Kaufman, Professor of Biology, Boston University, Boston University • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~9 min

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Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil – new findings

The coconut – an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls – causes more environmental harm than many people realise.

Erik Meijaard, Adjunct Professor of Conservation, University of Kent • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~7 min

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