Tag Archives: deforestation

US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns

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Donald Trump is accused of hampering the fight against global warming and ecological damage. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump’s time in office has coincided with huge increase to all five eco risks surveyed

January 17, 2018 — The World Economic Forum delivered a strong warning about Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to tackling climate change as it highlighted the growing threat of environmental collapse in its annual assessment of the risks facing the international community. Continue reading US unilateralism makes tacking climate change harder, WEF warns

Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists

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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

New round of oil drilling goes deeper into Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

a flame flares at the oil production facility on the border of the yasuní national park in ecuador
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

Queensland farmers suspected to have defied tree clearing controls in ‘deforestation frenzy’

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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’

Global firms accused of importing timber linked to Amazon massacre

a us act bans trade in timber that violates any foreign law
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

‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe

up to 36 million birds are being are stolen or killed annually, according to the unep report
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

Poland faces €100,000-a-day fines over illegal logging in Białowieża forest

logged trees are piled up in the białowieża forest in eastern poland
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

Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

congo basin experts from the uk and drc take samples from the peatland
Congo Basin experts from the UK and DRC take samples from the peatland. Photograph: Kevin McElvaney/Greenpeace

Ancient peatlands that store huge amounts of carbon are under threat from logging

November 12, 2017 — Stumbling on submerged roots, attacked by bees and wading waist-deep through leech-infested water, the three researchers and their Pygmy guides progress at just 100 metres an hour through the largest and least-explored tropical bog in the world. Continue reading Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘co2’ in front of the neurath coal power plant ahead of the bonn climate summit
Activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘CO2’ in front of the Neurath coal power plant ahead of the Bonn climate summit. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

Data so far this year points to 2017 continuing a long-term trend of record breaking temperatures around the world, says World Meteorological Organization

November 6, 2017 — 2017 is set to be one of the hottest three years on record, provisional data suggests, confirming yet again a warming trend that scientists say bears the fingerprints of human actions. Continue reading 2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

Nestlé, Mars and Hershey ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’

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Forest land cleared for palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

This year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains

October 27, 2017 — Nestlé, Mars and Hershey have been accused of breaking pledges to stop using “conflict palm oil” from deforested Indonesian jungles, just days before the annual Halloween confectionery frenzy. Continue reading Nestlé, Mars and Hershey ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’