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Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Urban Dwellers Drive Massive Deforestation Locally and Abroad

Washington, D.C.—Urban centers lie at the root of an important—and often neglected—source of emissions: deforestation. According to Senior Researcher Tom Prugh in Can a City Be Sustainable?, the latest edition of the annual State of the World series from the Worldwatch Institute, deforestation caused by growing urban consumption is contributing to massive emissions globally, despite increasing sustainability efforts

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Massive Deforestation Found in Brazil’s Cerrado

Agricultural expansion in Brazil’s Cerrado is quickly chewing up rainforests and savannas – even altering the region’s water cycle, a new study finds.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Focus on Gabon Forests for Biomass

With deforestation accounting for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, satellite observations have an important role to play in mapping this changing ecosystem. ESA is therefore going to great lengths to make sure a new sensor will live up to its promise. Deforestation and forest degradation release about the same amount of greenhouse gases into the

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

New Global ‘Ratings Agency’ Ranks the 500 Institutions with the Power to End Deforestation

Feb. 11, 2015—The Global Canopy Programme’s ‘Forest 500’, launched 11th February, identifies, ranks, and tracks the governments, companies and financial institutions worldwide that together could virtually eradicate tropical deforestation.  

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

New UN Report Warns of ‘Devastating’ Effects from Ongoing Destruction of Mangrove Forests

NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2014 – The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed today, adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives.

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Consumer Goods and Deforestation: An Analysis of the Extent and Nature of Illegality in Forest Conversion for Agriculture and Timber Plantations

A comprehensive new analysis released today says that nearly half (49%) of all recent tropical deforestation is the result of illegal clearing for commercial agriculture. The study also finds that around half of this illegal destruction was driven by overseas demand for agricultural commodities including palm oil, beef, soy, and wood products. In addition to

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

A Closer Look at Old-Growth Forest Loss in Indonesia

A group of researchers from the University of Maryland, the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, and the World Resource Institute joined forces to remedy the lack of consensus about the amount of old-growth forest clearing occurring in Indonesia.

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Researchers Point to Unintented Consequence with Deforestation Remedies

When it comes to fixing deforestation and forest degradation, good intentions can lead to bad outcomes. That’s the take-away from a new study by two University of Florida researchers who say efforts to restore damaged and destroyed tropical forests can go awry if the people making the plans of action don’t choose wisely.

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Rate of Deforestation in Indonesia Overtakes Brazil

Indonesia has greatly under-reported how much primary rainforest it is cutting down, according to the government’s former head of forestry data gathering. UN and official government figures have maintained that the country with the third biggest stretch of tropical forest after the Amazon and Congo was losing 310,00 hectares of all its forest a year

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

How Satellite Maps Can Halt Amazon Deforestation

In the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, a group of scientists have become unconventional crusaders in the battle to halt deforestation. They are the engine behind Imazon, one of the most prolific research groups based in the Amazon. Imazon is now collaborating with the government of the Brazilian state of Pará to combine real-time satellite

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