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Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

Forests globally are so degraded that instead of absorbing emissions they now release more carbon annually than all the traffic in the US, say researchersThe world’s tropical forests are so degraded

Global tree cover loss reaches a record high in 2016

In 2016, the world’s forests lost more than 73.4 million acres of tree cover — an area roughly the size of New Zealand, and a 51 percent increase from the year before. Tree cover — considered any
Research breakthrough raises hope of predicting future Ebola outbreaks

Research breakthrough raises hope of predicting future Ebola outbreaks

Scientists optimistic of creating early-warning system after identifying two-year gap between clearance of forests inhabited by fruit bats and emergence of virusScientists studying links between the
73 Million Trees to Be Planted in World’s Largest Reforestation Initiative

73 Million Trees to Be Planted in World’s Largest Reforestation Initiative

In an increasingly urgent race to combat rising climates and CO2 emissions, Conservation International is turning to our greatest weapon—the Amazon rainforest. A bold new project by the non-profit
‘For us, the land is sacred’: on the road with the defenders of the world’s forests

‘For us, the land is sacred’: on the road with the defenders of the world’s forests

A busload of indigenous leaders have been crossing Europe to highlight their cause before the start of UN climate talks in BonnOf the many thousands of participants at the Bonn climate conference
Rare victory for rainforests as nations vow to stop 'death by chocolate'

Rare victory for rainforests as nations vow to stop 'death by chocolate'

Plans by the governments of Ghana and Ivory Coast drawn up after Guardian investigation revealed links between the cocoa industry and rainforest lossThe governments of Ghana and the Ivory Coast are
Ski resort will devastate Unesco world heritage site in Bulgaria, says WWF

Ski resort will devastate Unesco world heritage site in Bulgaria, says WWF

Expansion of budget ski resort Bansko into Pirin national park will be disastrous for centuries-old forests home to brown bears and wolvesA budget ski resort expansion is poised to carve 333km of new
Brazilian police foil million-dollar fraud to export precious wood to China

Brazilian police foil million-dollar fraud to export precious wood to China

Prosectors say police saved Amapá $30m worth of environmental damageChinese entrepreneurs paid millions to company that bribed officials Two Chinese entrepreneurs paid millions of dollars to a
'It's a perverse system': how Colombia's farmers are reforesting their logged land

'It's a perverse system': how Colombia's farmers are reforesting their logged land

In the wake of Colombia’s peace deal, the rush to clear Amazon jungle for cattle ranches and coca caused deforestation to soar. A new scheme hopes to enable farmers to make a sustainable living from
On the Amazon’s lawless frontier, murder mystery divides the locals and loggers

On the Amazon’s lawless frontier, murder mystery divides the locals and loggers

The Ka’apor tribe fight a daily battle in Brazil’s Maranhão state to protect their forestsSairá Ka’apor patrolled one of the most murderous frontiers in the world, a remote and largely lawless region
'I used to see them as a bunch of rioters': Brazil's radical farmers | Ignacio Amigo

'I used to see them as a bunch of rioters': Brazil's radical farmers | Ignacio Amigo

Landless workers who occupied disused and degraded farmland were finally given plots – and have transformed them into fields of bounty through agroforestryPhotographs by Ignacio AmigoOne day in 2005
Forests fall, animals die, desert looms: Uganda's burning problem – in pictures

Forests fall, animals die, desert looms: Uganda's burning problem – in pictures

Charcoal is an integral part of everyday life in Uganda, where most people rely on some form of wood fuel to cook or boil water. For many, the sale of trees also provides a valuable income. Yet this
Britain and Europe must ban palm oil in biofuel to save forests, EU parliament told

Britain and Europe must ban palm oil in biofuel to save forests, EU parliament told

Forest peoples affected by plantations urge EU to enact ban despite diplomatic oppositionIf Britain and other European nations are to fulfil forest protection goals, they must ban the use of palm oil
‘SOS’: the rainforest distress call carved into Sumatra's oil palms | Kate Lamb

‘SOS’: the rainforest distress call carved into Sumatra's oil palms | Kate Lamb

With his chainsaw-wielding crew, artist Ernest Zacharevic has emblazoned a cry for help across an oil palm plantation, highlighting Indonesia’s deforestationDramatically carved into the landscape of a
Brazil 'invites deforestation' with overhaul of environmental laws

Brazil 'invites deforestation' with overhaul of environmental laws

Sweeping changes to legislation, dubbed the forest code, are a blow for campaigners seeking to protect the Amazon and other rainforest areasBrazil’s supreme court has upheld major changes to laws that
Brazil senate considers lifting ban on sugarcane production in Amazon

Brazil senate considers lifting ban on sugarcane production in Amazon

Bill condemned by environmentalists for unraveling Amazon protections would allow ethanol production, driving more deforestationA bill being rushed through Brazil’s senate would lift a ban on the
Beleaguered Amazon tribes remain staunch in defence of their land | Jessica Moto

Beleaguered Amazon tribes remain staunch in defence of their land | Jessica Moto

As criminals eye the natural riches of their heavily forested territories, the Ka’apor people refuse to be cowed – even if it means taking the law into their own hands It was a letter of unity and
An extinct gibbon was found buried in an ancient tomb. Did humans kill them off?

An extinct gibbon was found buried in an ancient tomb. Did humans kill them off?

Inside a desk drawer at a Chinese museum, a British paleontologist came across the face and jaw bones of a long-dead gibbon in 2009. Five years earlier, scientists had discovered the bones inside an
Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn

Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn

The deforestation it causes is decimating species such as orangutans and tigers - but the alternatives could be worse, finds authoritative reportIt is consumed daily by billions of people but palm oil