rainforests

Land-Use Change Has Affected ‘Almost a Third’ of World’s Terrain Since 1960

Land-Use Change Has Affected ‘Almost a Third’ of World’s Terrain Since 1960

By Giuliana Viglione Current estimates of land-use change may be capturing only one-quarter of its true extent across the world, new research shows. The paper, published in Nature Communications, revises previous estimates of how much humans change Earth’s land surface – such as via the destruction of tropical rainforests. It finds that, when accounting for […]

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    ‘Frightening’ New Data Reveals Humanity Has Destroyed Two-Thirds of World’s Rainforest

    ‘Frightening’ New Data Reveals Humanity Has Destroyed Two-Thirds of World’s Rainforest

    By Jessica Corbett New data from a Norwegian nonprofit is generating fresh concerns about humanity’s destruction of the natural world, revealing Monday that people have ravaged about two-thirds of original tropical rainforest cover globally. The Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) analysis found that human activities including logging and land-use changes—often for farming—have destroyed 34% of old-growth […]

    ‘Presumed Extinct’ Bird Is Found in Indonesia

    ‘Presumed Extinct’ Bird Is Found in Indonesia

    In October 2020, two men living in Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province on Borneo managed to catch a bird that they had never seen before. They photographed and released it, then sent the pictures to birdwatching organizations in the area for identification. Ornithologist Panji Gusti Akbar was equally surprised when he saw Fauzan and Suranto’s picture […]

    Cocaine Production Is Destroying Colombia National Park Old-Growth Rainforest

    Cocaine Production Is Destroying Colombia National Park Old-Growth Rainforest

    By René Mora, Translated by Romina Castagnino Catatumbo Barí National Natural Park protects the unique, remote rainforest in northeastern Colombia. Satellite data show the park lost 6.2% of its tree cover between 2001 and 2019, with several months of unusually high deforestation in 2020. Sources say illegal coca cultivation is rapidly expanding in and around […]

    Child Labor Linked to Palm Oil in Girl Scout Cookies, Snack Brands

    Child Labor Linked to Palm Oil in Girl Scout Cookies, Snack Brands

    Tens of thousands of children in Indonesia and Malaysia work to harvest the palm oil that ends up in several beloved Western snacks, including Girl Scout cookies. An in-depth Associated Press report published recently used U.S. customs records and the most up-to-date information from producers, traders and buyers to link palm oil harvested using child […]

    Humans Destroyed Intact Ecosystem Land the Size of Mexico in Just 13 Years

    Humans Destroyed Intact Ecosystem Land the Size of Mexico in Just 13 Years

    Between 2000 and 2013, Earth lost an area of undisturbed ecosystems roughly the size of Mexico. That’s the mind-melting finding of a new study published in One Earth Friday, and the researchers say it has “profound implications” for global biodiversity and for humans who rely on natural resources. “We were expecting there to be high […]

    Farmers Learn How to Preserve Rainforests in Honduras and Costa Rica

    Farmers Learn How to Preserve Rainforests in Honduras and Costa Rica

    Rainforests are an important defense against climate change because they absorb carbon. But many are being destroyed on a massive scale. In the tropics, farmers often slash and burn forests to clear fertile land for crops. The practice involves cutting down vegetation and burning it. But the soil’s fertility does not last long, so the […]

    To Stop Amazon Deforestation, Brazilian Groups Take Bolsonaro to Court

    To Stop Amazon Deforestation, Brazilian Groups Take Bolsonaro to Court

    By Ajit Niranjan Civil society groups and public prosecutors in Brazil are taking President Jair Bolsonaro’s government to court for failing to protect the Amazon rainforest, adding pressure to an administration already under fire for mismanaging the coronavirus pandemic. Lawsuits filed last week challenge the government on two fronts: reducing inspections of exported timber — […]