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Data Find Rainforests Lost 14,000 Square Miles in 2019

Data Find Rainforests Lost 14,000 Square Miles in 2019

Satellite data collated for the World Resources Institute (WRI) showed primal rainforest was lost across 38,000 square kilometers (14,500 square miles) globally — ruining habitats and releasing carbon once locked in wood into the atmosphere. The count by the University of Maryland means that 2019 was the third most devastating year for primary forests — […]

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    Amazon Ecosystem Could Collapse in Less Than 50 Years, Study Finds

    Amazon Ecosystem Could Collapse in Less Than 50 Years, Study Finds

    Bigger ecosystems like the Amazon rainforest and the Caribbean coral reefs could be in danger of collapsing more rapidly than was previously assumed, a study has found. The findings, published Tuesday, also indicated that larger ecosystems may disintegrate at a faster rate than smaller ones. “The messages here are stark. We need to prepare for […]

    Mexico Is Letting an Oil Company Destroy Protected Mangroves for an $8 Billion Oil Refinery

    Mexico Is Letting an Oil Company Destroy Protected Mangroves for an $8 Billion Oil Refinery

    Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador ordered state-owned oil company, Pemex, to build an $8 billion oil refinery. So, the company has followed orders and razed protected mangrove trees to clear way for the controversial project, according to Quartz. Satellite images posted on Quartz show the cleared land to accommodate the construction. Mangrove forests, which […]

    Tropical Forests Are Losing Their Ability to Absorb Carbon, Study Finds

    Tropical Forests Are Losing Their Ability to Absorb Carbon, Study Finds

    The world’s tropical forests are rapidly losing their ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere, worrying scientists that a major carbon dump will transform them into a carbon source, according to research published Wednesday. The study, which was published in the journal Nature, found that in 15 years the Amazon could turn into a carbon […]

    The Pope Makes Plea to Save the Amazon — Will the World Listen?

    The Pope Makes Plea to Save the Amazon — Will the World Listen?

    by Justin Catanoso Pope Francis, in an effort to reignite his influence as a global environmental leader, released an impassioned document Feb. 12 entitled Dear Amazon — a response to the historic Vatican meeting last autumn regarding the fate of the Amazon biome and its indigenous people. In a 94-page “exhortation,” Francis argued for the […]

    $10M in Prize Money for Mapping Rainforest Biodiversity

    $10M in Prize Money for Mapping Rainforest Biodiversity

    Efforts to catalog the fast-declining biodiversity of tropical rainforests just got a $10 million boost via a new competition from XPRIZE, an organization that has more than a dozen competitions on topics ranging from spaceflight to oil cleanup over the past 25 years. Last week, XPRIZE formally unveiled the million Rainforest XPRIZE to catalyze development […]

    Oreos, KitKats Among Other Global Brands Fueling Indonesian Forest Fires

    Oreos, KitKats Among Other Global Brands Fueling Indonesian Forest Fires

    By Hans Nicholas Jong The makers of Oreo cookies and KitKat chocolate bars are among the companies getting some of their palm oil from producers linked to the fires that have razed large swaths of land in Indonesia, a new report says. The fires, started mostly to clear land for planting, have burned 8,578 square […]