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Norway at loggerheads with DR Congo over forest protection payments

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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

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

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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

Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders

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A Mbuti pygmy hunting camp in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve outside the town of Epulu, Congo. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP

An ambush by local rebel forces led to five deaths in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, while another ranger died in Virunga

July 17, 2017 — Four Congolese park rangers and one porter have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Continue reading Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders

Gov’t-backed DR Congo militia shot babies, hacked toddlers – UN

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DISPLACED.This file photo taken on June 7, 2017 in Kikwit shows a volunteer bringing daily food rations for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), at a camp for IDPs fleeing the conflict in the Kasai region. John Wessels/AFP

The Catholic Church puts the death toll in the troubled Kasai region at more than 3,300

KINSHASA, DR Congo (Jun. 21, 2017)— The UN accused DR Congo on Tuesday, June 20, of backing a militia that has mutilated toddlers and hacked pregnant women in the troubled Kasai region as the Catholic Church put the death toll there at more than 3,300. Continue reading Gov’t-backed DR Congo militia shot babies, hacked toddlers – UN

WHO declares Ebola outbreak in northeast DR Congo

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The WHO said it was working closely with DR Congo authorities to help deploy health workers and protective equipment in the remote area, which is difficult for teams to access, in order to “rapidly control the outbreak”

KINSASHA, DR Congo (May 12, 2017) — An Ebola outbreak has been declared in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization said Friday, after the virus caused three deaths in the area since April 22. Continue reading WHO declares Ebola outbreak in northeast DR Congo

UN gives $5M in aid for crisis-hit region in DR Congo

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The grant will be for a maximum period of 6 months to save the lives of about 108,000 people in the violence-wracked Kasai region

KINSHASA, DR Congo (Mar. 5, 2017) — The United Nations announced aid worth $5 million (4.7 million euros) on Saturday, March 4, to help people affected by the humanitarian crisis in the violence-wracked Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading UN gives $5M in aid for crisis-hit region in DR Congo

We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years

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Likouala-aux-Herbes river near in Congo-Brazzaville. The Congo Basin is the world’s second largest tropical forest. Photograph: Hope Productions/Yann Arthus Bertrand / Getty Images/Getty Images

At current rates of deforestation, rainforests will vanish altogether in a century. Stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them

January 24, 2017 — If you want to see the world’s climate changing, fly over a tropical country. Thirty years ago, a wide belt of rainforest circled the earth, covering much of Latin America, southeast Asia Continue reading We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years

World’s largest peatland with vast carbon-storage capacity found in Congo

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The remote Cuvette Centrale peatlands in the central Congo basin is one of the most carbon-rich ecosystems on Earth. Photograph: Simon Lewis/University of Leeds

Carbon-rich peatlands in remote Congo basin could store three years’ worth of world’s fossil fuel emissions, say scientists

January 11, 2017 — Scientists have discovered the world’s largest tropical peatland in the remote Congo swamps, estimated to store the equivalent of three year’s worth of the world’s total fossil fuel emissions.  Continue reading World’s largest peatland with vast carbon-storage capacity found in Congo

16 villagers hacked to death in eastern DR Congo

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The brutal attack takes place late Tuesday in the Beni region of North Kivu province

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo (May 5, 2016) — Attackers armed with machetes and axes hacked at least 16 civilians to death in a night-time assault on their village in the Continue reading 16 villagers hacked to death in eastern DR Congo