Tag Archives: trees and forests

Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

the forests of wayqecha, peru
The forests of Wayqecha, Peru rely on moisture from clouds to sustain themselves but climate change is moving that cloud layer higher every year. Photograph: Dan Metcalfe

Global warming is predicted to push clouds higher in the sky. One scientist hopes to understand the future of our forests by suspending a vast fog-catching mesh in the Peruvian jungle

January 5, 2018 — What will happen if climate change pushes clouds higher into the sky, as models predict? One ecosystem that will be seriously affected will be cloud forests – tropical jungles persistently bathed in fog. Continue reading Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

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

land clearing in wombinoo
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

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

palm oil plantation in sumatra, indonesia
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’

Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

planting trees to cut carbon emissions
Planting trees is one of the best ways to harness the power of nature to cut carbon emissions, says study. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study

October 17, 2017 — Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday. Continue reading Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

lucía cayetana aljovín gazzani
Indigenous federation ORPIO delivered a letter this week to Peru’s Energy and Mines Minister Lucía Cayetana Aljovín Gazzani, requesting that two oil concessions in the Amazon are annulled. Photograph: Peru’s Energy and Mines Ministry

Indigenous leaders say operations in the remote Amazon violate rights and risk fatal epidemics

October 6, 2017 — There are more indigenous peoples living in “isolation” in Peru than any country in the world except Brazil. All live in the Amazon – the majority in poorly-protected reserves, or areas where reserves have been proposed but never established, or “protected natural areas” such as national parks. Continue reading Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur

native americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the dakota access pipeline
Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters were attacked by dogs and sprayed with a respiratory irritant when they arrived at the site. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

World leaders must do more to defend custodians of natural world whose lives are at risk from big business, says UN rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

October 6, 2017 — Global leaders must do more to protect indigenous people fighting to protect their land and way of life if the world is to limit climate change, according to the UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. Continue reading Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur

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

forest disturbance and degradation
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