Tag Archives: global deforestation

Carbon emissions from warming soils could trigger disastrous feedback loop

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Researchers examined plots of soil in the Harvard Forest, Massachusetts. They heated some of the plots with underground cables to 5C above normal levels, leaving others as a control. Photograph: Audrey Barker Plotkin/Science

26-year study reveals natural biological factors kick in once warming reaches certain point, leading to potentially unstoppable increase in temperatures

October 5, 2017 — Warming soils are releasing more carbon into the atmosphere than previously thought, suggesting a potentially disastrous feedback mechanism whereby increases in global temperatures will trigger massive new carbon releases in a cycle that may be impossible to break. Continue reading Carbon emissions from warming soils could trigger disastrous feedback loop

Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet

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Philip Lymbery, head of Compassion in World Farming and the author of two books on the destructive impact of industrial agriculture. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian

It’s time the world woke up to the real impact of modern, industrial farming, says Philip Lymbery, author of Farmageddon and the Deadzone

October 4, 2017 — The world desperately needs joined-up action on industrial farming if it is to avoid catastrophic impacts on life on earth, according to the head of one of the world’s most highly regarded animal campaign groups. Continue reading Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet

Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

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The study measured the impact of disturbance and degradation – the thinning of tree density and the culling of biodiversity below an apparently protected canopy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Forests globally are so degraded that instead of absorbing emissions they now release more carbon annually than all the traffic in the US, say researchers

September 28, 2017 — The world’s tropical forests are so degraded they have become a source rather than a sink of carbon emissions, according to a new study that highlights the urgent need to protect and restore the Amazon and similar regions. Continue reading Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

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Brazil’s Renca reserve is roughly the size of Switzerland and home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity. Photograph: Fabio Nascimento/Greenpeace

Campaigners welcome U-turn on Renca reserve but threat still exists as Brazil president has close ties to mining industry

September 26, 2017 — Amazon conservation groups have hailed a victory as the Brazilian government announced a U-turn on plans to open up swaths of the the world’s biggest forest to mining corporations. Continue reading Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

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Toxins from manure and fertiliser pouring into waterways in and around the Gulf of Mexico are causing harmful algal blooms, leading to widespread ‘dead zones’. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

A new report shows toxins from suppliers to companies like Tyson Foods are pouring into waterways, causing marine life to leave or die

August 1, 2017 — The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading Meat industry blamed for largest-ever ‘dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally

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Activists call for justice in the case of Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres, who was killed last year. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

Activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders are dying violently at the rate of about four a week, with a growing sense around the world that ‘anyone can kill environmental defenders without repercussions’

July 13, 2017 — Last year was the most perilous ever for people defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife, with new research showing that environmental defenders are being Continue reading Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally

Europe’s contribution to deforestation set to rise despite pledge to halt it

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A peatland forest clearing for a palm oil plantation in the Leuser ecosystem, South Aceh, Indonesia. Photograph: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

Europe’s consumption of products such as beef, soy and palm oil could increase its contribution to global deforestation by more than a quarter by 2030, analysis shows

June 30, 2017 — Europe’s contribution to global deforestation may rise by more than a quarter by 2030, despite a pledge to halt such practices by the end of this decade, according to a leaked draft EU analysis. Continue reading Europe’s contribution to deforestation set to rise despite pledge to halt it