rainforests

Wings of Paradise: Drawing Attention to Rainforest Destruction

Wings of Paradise: Drawing Attention to Rainforest Destruction

By Alexander Navarro For too long the story of Indonesian forests has been painted with the darkness of burning rainforests, disappearing species and displaced communities. Greedy palm oil companies, that only seem to be driven by the bottom line whatever the cost to humanity or biodiversity, have played a major role in this. Little or […]

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    There’s Now an App for Mapping Seagrass, the Oceans’ Great Carbon Sink

    There’s Now an App for Mapping Seagrass, the Oceans’ Great Carbon Sink

    The launch of an online crowdsourcing database for seagrass hopes to breathe new life into efforts to conserve the underwater flowering plants, which act as both important habitats for marine species and a major store of carbon dioxide. Patchy mapping of seagrass meadows has hampered efforts to protect the plants (which are distinct from seaweed) […]

    Two Studies Reveal Amazing Resilience of Older Forests

    Two Studies Reveal Amazing Resilience of Older Forests

    Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but two recent studies revealed that old forests around the world are full of surprises. In Europe, scientists working to complete the first ever map of the continent’s old growth forests discovered there were more of them than previously believed. And in South America, a study […]

    5 Conservation Milestones to Celebrate on This International Day for Biological Diversity

    5 Conservation Milestones to Celebrate on This International Day for Biological Diversity

    Scientists are increasingly realizing the importance of biodiversity for sustaining life on earth. The most comprehensive biodiversity study in a decade, published in March by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), warned that the ongoing loss of species and habitats was as great a threat to our and our planet’s wellbeing […]

    Climate Change Could Bring Drought to Amazon, Greater Rain to Pacific and African Forests

    Climate Change Could Bring Drought to Amazon, Greater Rain to Pacific and African Forests

    Scientists have discovered another factor that might interact with rising carbon dioxide emissions to influence climate change—tropical forests. In a study published in Nature Climate Change Friday, researchers found that the way tropical forests interact with increased atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide could alter rainfall patterns, drying out the Amazon rainforest and increasing precipitation in […]

    Palm Oil Banned by Major UK Supermarket

    Palm Oil Banned by Major UK Supermarket

    The UK supermarket Iceland has announced it will remove palm oil from all its own brand products by the end of the year due to the belief there is no such thing as “sustainable” palm oil. Increasing demand for palm oil is still having devastating effects on wildlife, habitats and people where it is grown, […]

    The Palm Oil Industry Promises Reform, But There’s Still No Sign of Change

    The Palm Oil Industry Promises Reform, But There’s Still No Sign of Change

    It was 10 years ago that Greenpeace first published an investigation into Indonesia’s palm oil industry. We showed that the world’s biggest brands got their palm oil from companies destroying Indonesia’s rainforests—threatening local people as well as tigers and orangutans. As people learned the truth about their shampoo, cosmetics and chocolate bars, brands and their […]

    Jet Fuel From Sugarcane? It’s No Flight of Fancy

    Jet Fuel From Sugarcane? It’s No Flight of Fancy

    By Deepak Kumar, Stephen P. Long and Vijay Singh The aviation industry produces two percent of global human-induced carbon dioxide emissions. This share may seem relatively small—for perspective, electricity generation and home heating account for more than 40 percent—but aviation is one of the world’s fastest-growing greenhouse gas sources. Demand for air travel is projected […]