The Congolese rainforest is under pressure from demand for fuel, farmland and timber (Pic: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR) International donors have frozen funding to conserve the world’s second largest rainforest, with the DRC environment minister said to have gone “rogue”
May 24, 2018 — A major forest protection scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo is in turmoil, amid a standoff between the country’s environment ministry and international donors.
Continue reading Norway at loggerheads with DR Congo over forest protection payments Young Asian elephant caught in a snare in Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. The snare was likely set to catch a wild pig, the elephant juvenile perished before vets could get to the scene. Photograph: Wildlife Conservation Society – Cambodia Snares – either metal or rope – are indiscriminately killing wildlife across Southeast Asia, from elephants to mouse deer. The problem has become so bad that scientists are referring to protected areas in the region as “empty forests.”
May 22, 2018 — A simple brake cable for motorbikes can kill a tiger, a bear, even a young elephant in Southeast Asia. Local hunters use these ubiquitous wires to create snares – indiscriminate forest bombs – that are crippling and killing Southeast Asia’s most
Continue reading Rangers find 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia Tropical forest, Martinique Island, Caribbean Sea, France. Credit: David Giral / Alamy Stock Photo. To limit global warming in 2100 to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, many scientists assume that the large-scale use of negative emissions in the latter half of the 21st century will be needed. Negative emissions “suck” CO2 out of the atmosphere, allowing a more gradual reduction of emissions in the near-term
May 21, 2018 — Integrated assessment models (IAMs) that generate energy and emission pathways to limit warming to 1.5°C have generally relied on large amounts of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to provide the required negative
Continue reading Analysis: How ‘natural climate solutions’ can reduce the need for BECCS Logging has tripled in Estonia in the past decade (Pic: Arthur Neslen) Baltic state lobbied for flexibilities in EU rules to enable a dramatic increase in forestry, turning its thriving woodland into a net emitter of carbon by 2030
January 16, 2018 — A quarter of Estonia’s forestland is at imminent risk from a major logging increase, aided by “flexibilities” in EU rules that the Baltic state championed.
Continue reading Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists A flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the Yasuní national park in Ecuador. Photograph: Georg Ismar/Alamy State oil company starts second phase of drilling in one of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots
January 10, 2018 — Ecuador’s state oil company has begun drilling the first of 97 planned wells inside a new field of the Yasuní national park, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
Continue reading New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park The Itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant. Brazil gets more than 70% of its electricity from hydropower. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Hydropower policy to be rethought in face of environmental concerns, indigenous sensitivities and public unease, says surprise government statement
January 4, 2018 — After swathes of forest clearance, millions of tonnes of concrete and decades of hydro-expansion, Brazil has raised hopes that it may finally step back from the construction of new mega-dams.
Continue reading Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction Land clearing in Wombinoo. Photograph: Courtesy of the Wilderness Society Native vegetation was home to several threatened species and was in a Great Barrier Reef catchment
November 24, 2017 — Queensland farmers are suspected of having defied rare federal government intervention and cleared a large swath of land without commonwealth approval, according to conservationists.
Continue reading Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’ A US Act bans trade in timber that violates any foreign law. Photograph: Jose Caldas/Brazil Photos/Getty Images Greenpeace alleges 12 companies continued to trade with Madeireira Cedroarana after its founder was accused of ordering torture and murder
November 23, 2017 — More than a dozen US and European companies have been importing timber from a Brazilian logging firm whose owner is implicated in one of the most brutal Amazonian
Continue reading Global firms accused of importing timber linked to Amazon massacre Up to 36 million birds are being are stolen or killed annually, according to the UNEP report. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP UN report warns crimes such as logging and poaching are putting ‘high pressure’ on ecosystems in 15 countries in the Danube-Carpathian region
November 22, 2017 — An environmental “looting” spree is threatening biodiversity and pristine forests across 15 countries in central and eastern Europe, the UN has warned.
Continue reading ‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe Logged trees are piled up in the Białowieża Forest in eastern Poland. Photograph: Artur Reszko/EPA Poland is given two weeks to end its destruction of the Unesco-protected forest in a landmark ruling by the European court of justice
November 21, 2017 — Poland has been given two weeks to stop illegal deforestation in the Unesco-protected Białowieża forest or face fines of at least €100,000 a day.
Continue reading Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest