trees and forests

Germans divided over plans for Tesla electric car factory

Germans divided over plans for Tesla electric car factory

Environmentalists and politicians at loggerheads after court order halts tree felling German environmentalists and political leaders are at loggerheads over plans to build a Tesla electric car factory
German court orders Tesla to stop felling trees for Gigafactory

German court orders Tesla to stop felling trees for Gigafactory

Ruling comes after state environmental office greenlit clearance of 92 hectares of forestA German court has ordered Tesla to stop clearing forest land near Berlin to build its first European car and
Bolsonaro attacks Pope Francis over pontiff's plea to protect the Amazon

Bolsonaro attacks Pope Francis over pontiff's plea to protect the Amazon

Pope urged Catholics to ‘feel outrage’ over Amazon destructionBolsonaro: ‘What is Greenpeace? Nothing but rubbish’Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonarohas lashed out at Pope Francis after the
UK to lead global fight against illegal logging and deforestation

UK to lead global fight against illegal logging and deforestation

Plan to form coalition of developing countries at COP 26 to help support efforts The UK is to spearhead a major global crackdown on illegal timber and deforestation, with plans to form a coalition of
Koala 'massacre': scores of animals found dead or injured after plantation logging

Koala 'massacre': scores of animals found dead or injured after plantation logging

Victorian environment minister ‘appalled’ by allegations and her department is investigatingInvestigators at the scene of a “koala massacre” at a cleared gum tree plantation in Victoria say the number
Most of 11m trees planted in Turkish project 'may be dead'

Most of 11m trees planted in Turkish project 'may be dead'

Agriculture and forestry union says up to 90% of saplings they have looked at so far have diedUp to 90% of the millions of saplings planted in Turkey as part of a record-breaking mass planting project
Shamen, spirits, survival: how Claudia Andujar fought for the Yanomami tribe

Shamen, spirits, survival: how Claudia Andujar fought for the Yanomami tribe

The Swiss photographer found both friendship and a lifelong subject in the indigenous people – whose existence under Bolsonaro is more threatened than everAt 89, Claudia Andujar still has her work cut
Cacao not gold: ‘chocolate trees’ offer future to Amazon tribes

Cacao not gold: ‘chocolate trees’ offer future to Amazon tribes

In Brazil’s largest indigenous reserve thousands of saplings have been planted as an alternative to profits from illegal gold miningThe villagers walk down the grassy landing strip, past the wooden
‘Blatant manipulation’: Trump administration exploited wildfire science to promote logging

‘Blatant manipulation’: Trump administration exploited wildfire science to promote logging

Revealed: emails show Trump and appointees tried to craft a narrative that forest protection efforts are responsible for wildfiresPolitical appointees at the interior department have sought to play up
Guardian and Observer appeal raises £1m for tree charities

Guardian and Observer appeal raises £1m for tree charities

Money donated by readers will be spent on schemes from the Amazon to Scottish HighlandsThe Guardian and Observer 2019 charity appeal has raised more than £1m for its climate emergency campaign in
Biggest food brands 'failing goals to banish palm oil deforestation'

Biggest food brands 'failing goals to banish palm oil deforestation'

Commitments to phase out deforestation by 2020 are out of reach for many, reports findSome of the world’s biggest brands are failing in their commitments to banish deforestation from their supply
HS2 will destroy or damage hundreds of UK wildlife sites, says report

HS2 will destroy or damage hundreds of UK wildlife sites, says report

Survey reveals internationally protected natural habitats are among the areas at riskHS2 will destroy or irreparably damage five internationally protected wildlife sites, 693 local wildlife sites, 108
Violence escalates as Romania cracks down on illegal timber trade

Violence escalates as Romania cracks down on illegal timber trade

Two rangers have been killed in three months and whistleblowers face intimidation and ostracismIn the hamlet of Deia, nestled in the forested hills of Suceava county in northern Romania, Ilie Bucșă
'It's a food forest': Amazon villagers face down Bolsonaro threat

'It's a food forest': Amazon villagers face down Bolsonaro threat

Project part-funded by Global Greengrants Fund UK provides economic incentive to protect forestPlease donate to our appeal hereFrom space, the Amazon rainforest resembles a giant dark-green lung
World's oldest known fossil forest found in New York quarry

World's oldest known fossil forest found in New York quarry

Trees would have been home to primitive insects about 150m years before dinosaurs evolvedThe world’s oldest known fossil forest has been discovered in a sandstone quarry in New York state, offering
Converting coal plants to biomass could fuel climate crisis, scientists warn

Converting coal plants to biomass could fuel climate crisis, scientists warn

Experts horrified at large-scale forest removal to meet wood pellet demandPlans to shift Europe’s coal plants, including the giant Drax complex in North Yorkshire, to burn wood pellets instead could
Brazil's Amazon deforestation this year nearly size of Puerto Rico, says agency

Brazil's Amazon deforestation this year nearly size of Puerto Rico, says agency

Destruction of the world’s largest tropical rainforest in November more than doubled the same period last year Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon jumped to the highest level for the month of November
Indigenous boy, 15, murdered on Brazil's Amazon border

Indigenous boy, 15, murdered on Brazil's Amazon border

Erisvan Soares Guajajara’s body was found with knife wounds in Maranhão regionA 15-year-old indigenous boy has been murdered in Brazil on the edge of a heavily-deforested indigenous reserve in the
Don't invest in Brazilian meat, warn deforestation campaigners

Don't invest in Brazilian meat, warn deforestation campaigners

Open letter signed by Global Witness and Greenpeace Brasil cautions potential investors on risk of deforestation in supply chains of JBS and MarfrigAn international group of 30 non-profit groups
Revealed: fires three times more common in Amazon beef farming zones

Revealed: fires three times more common in Amazon beef farming zones

Investigation reveals 70% of Nasa fire alerts were in the estimated buying zones of beef companies, some of which export to UK Calls grow for laws requiring firms to reveal links to deforestationWorld