Deforestation

If Consumers Boycott Palm Oil Products It Could Lead To More Deforestation

Palm oil can be found in food and cosmetics everywhere: in fact, half of the world’s population uses palm oil in food. But public awareness about the loss of wildlife through deforestation caused by palm oil crops is growing, and there’s...

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Greenpeace Unveils A New Oreo Flavor: Deforestation

The environmental activist group is using the stunt to take Oreo parent Mondelez to task for its lack of action in cleaning up its palm oil supply chain. As classic flavors go, the Oreo cookie may be one of the most original. On paper, it’s...
Related topics: Greenpeace, Activism

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Human Pressures Have Shrunk Wildlife Populations By 60 Percent

In 40 years, human actions like deforestation have taken a major toll on wildlife, a new report finds -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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If Brazil Drops Protections For The Amazon, We’ll Have To Rely On Companies Doing The Right...

As Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro threatens to open up the Amazon for more development, we’ll get to see if companies’ commitments to ending deforestation are real. When Brazil launched a massive project in 2017 to plant...
Related topics: Brazil, Amazon

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Animal Species Becoming Extinct In Haiti As Deforestation Nearly Complete

Species of reptiles, amphibians and other vertebrates are becoming extinct in Haiti as deforestation has claimed more than 99 percent of the country's original wooded areas.

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Deforestation Down 57% In The Winter Habitat Of Mexican Monarch Butterflies

Deforestation in the core zone of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico decreased by 57.6 per cent, from 15.8 hectares lost during the 2016-2017 period to to 6.7 hectares in 2017 -2018. 

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Underestimating Combined Threats Of Deforestation And Wildlife Trade Will Push Southeast Asian Birds

The combined impact of deforestation and wildlife exploitation on bird numbers is severely underestimated and could lead to some species becoming extinct, a study has found.

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Amazon Rainforest Conservation Victories Spill Losses To Neighbors

New research suggests that protecting the Amazon rainforest from deforestation may just be shifting the damage to a less renowned neighbor. The unintended consequences are profound.
Related topics: Amazon

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Amid Palm Oil Boycott, India Wants To Produce More Of It

India is the world's biggest consumer of palm oil, a crop which threatens the country's water supply and is linked to deforestation. But the government faces little opposition to expand plantations.(Image credit: Sushmita Pathak/NPR)
Related topics: India

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About Those “vanishing” Forests. . .

(Steven Hayward) Most people think—and charlatan environmentalists are happy to reinforce the impression—that deforestation is taking place on a massive scale, that the world is literally going to run out of trees. I have noted from time to time...

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Birds Retreating From Climate Change, Deforestation In Honduras Cloud Forests

Cloud forests are not immune to down-to-earth problems of climate change and deforestation. A 10-year study of bird populations in Cusuco National Park, Honduras, shows that the peak of bird diversity in this mountainous park is moving higher in...

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Tobacco Control, A ‘major Component’ Of Environmental Protection Efforts – Un Health Official

From deforestation to soil degradation and pollution, tobacco production and its use by consumers, is “tremendously destructive” for the environment, although control measures can help curb its negative environmental effects, including the...
Related topics: Smoking

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This Makeup Company Is Using Its Supply Chain To Revitalize The Rainforest

The natural beauty company Lush wants to help reverse some of the effects of deforestation and environmental degradation by encouraging the growth of native crops like vanilla and avocado. Between 1990 and 2005, 17% of Guatemala’s rainforests...

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Carbon Reserves In Central American Soils Still Affected By Ancient Mayan Deforestation

Deforestation is suspected to have contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago. A new study shows that the forest-clearing also decimated carbon reservoirs in the tropical soils of the Yucatan peninsula...

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The Mighty Honeybee Is Fighting Poverty And Deforestation In Zanzibar

On this Tanzanian archipelago, conservation and economic development are intertwined.

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Tax Havens Pose Threat To Oceans And Rainforests

Tax havens have provided more than two-thirds of the foreign capital known to be linked to Amazon deforestation and pirate fishing, a new study says. The researchers say 70% of known vessels involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU)...
Related topics: Amazon

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Brazil Surpasses 2020 Target To Cut Deforestation Emissions

Brazil cut its greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation in 2017 to levels below its internationally agreed 2020 climate change targets, the country’s Environment Ministry said Thursday. Brazil reduced its emission from deforestation in the...
Related topics: Brazil, Amazon

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Despite Deforestation, Earth Is Gaining Trees As Land Use Changes

Scientists like simplicity as much as anyone. Elegant equations take up less room, well-designed experiments reduce clutter and Occam’s razor generally advises to keep things simple (within reason). But how far can you take it? Say you want to...

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Let Slow-growth Forests Recover Before Logging Once More

Loggers need to control their appetite for slow-growing trees to spare the Amazon rainforest from deforestation.
Related topics: Amazon

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Amphibians Face Many Challenges In Brazilian Rain Forest

Deforestation remains the biggest threat to animals that call the rain forest 'home.' However, even measured, sensible development projects can have unforeseen effects because there's no model to follow. Now, thanks to new research, there's a guide...

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