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Amazon Deforestation, Already Rising, May Spike Under Bolsonaro

Amazon Deforestation, Already Rising, May Spike Under Bolsonaro

By Robert T. Walker Over the past 25 years that I have been conducting environmental research in the Amazon, I have witnessed the the ongoing destruction of the world’s biggest rainforest. Twenty percent of it has been deforested by now—an area larger than Texas. I therefore grew hopeful when environmental policies began to take effect […]

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    Brazil’s New Environment Minister Is Bad News for the Amazon and the Climate

    Brazil’s New Environment Minister Is Bad News for the Amazon and the Climate

    When right-wing Congressman Jair Bolsonaro was elected president of Brazil in October, environmental groups raised concerns about what his presidency could mean for the future of the Amazon rainforest and the global fight against climate change. Now, Bolsonaro’s choice for environment minister appears to justify those concerns. In a tweet Sunday, Bolsonaro announced he would […]

    Norway to Ban Deforestation-Linked Palm Oil Biofuels in Historic Vote

    Norway to Ban Deforestation-Linked Palm Oil Biofuels in Historic Vote

    The Norwegian parliament voted this week to make Norway the world’s first country to bar its biofuel industry from importing deforestation-linked palm oil starting in 2020, The Independent reported. Environmentalists celebrated the move as a victory for rainforests, the climate and endangered species such as orangutans that have lost their habitats due to palm oil […]

    Amazon Rainforest Deforestation Hits Highest Rate in 10 Years

    Amazon Rainforest Deforestation Hits Highest Rate in 10 Years

    About 7,900 square kilometers (3,050 square miles) of forest was cleared in the Brazilian Amazon between August 2017 and July 2018, the worst annual deforestation rate in a decade, according to government data. That’s a 13.7 percent jump from the same period last year. As Greenpeace Brazil noted, approximately 1.185 billion trees cut down in […]

    Congo Basin Rainforest Could Be Gone by 2100

    Congo Basin Rainforest Could Be Gone by 2100

    By Morgan Erickson-Davis Africa’s Congo Basin is home to the second largest rainforest on the planet. But according to a new study, this may soon not be the case. It finds that at current rates of deforestation, all primary forest will be gone by the end of the century. The study was conducted by researchers […]

    5 Countries Control 70% of the World’s Remaining Wilderness

    5 Countries Control 70% of the World’s Remaining Wilderness

    This week began with the disturbing news that human activity has caused a 60 percent decline in wildlife since 1970. Now, a group of researchers from the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have released a stunning map showing that just five countries are home to more than 70 percent of the […]

    Brazil’s New President Could Spell Catastrophe for the Amazon, Indigenous Rights and Global Climate

    Brazil’s New President Could Spell Catastrophe for the Amazon, Indigenous Rights and Global Climate

    Far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro, whose hostile campaign rhetoric has earned him comparisons to U.S. President Donald Trump, won Brazil’s presidential election Sunday, a development that has raised concerns about the future of human rights and environmental action in the world’s sixth-largest greenhouse gas emitter, CNN reported. Like Trump, Bolsonaro has made homophobic, sexist and racist […]

    40 Scientists: Protecting Forests Is an Urgent Climate Issue

    40 Scientists: Protecting Forests Is an Urgent Climate Issue

    “Avoiding forest carbon emissions is just as urgent as halting fossil fuel use.” That’s the message contained in a statement written by 40 scientists from five different countries urging the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to consider preserving and regrowing forests as an important part of limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial […]