Brazil Can Save Amazon And Economy

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Rainforest Destruction Not Enriching Brazil Many scientists blame deforestation, generated in large part by agriculture, for global climate change and disrupted rain patterns in the Amazon. Clearing Amazonian forest to create new pastures is illegal now in Brazil, but a cash-strapped government is struggling to enforce the law. The Brazilian Amazon demonstrates that environmental destruction

Colombian Government Ordered To Protect Forests

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Top Court Demands Halt To Amazon Deforestation By Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation Colombia’s highest court told the government to take urgent action to protect its Amazon rainforest and stem rising deforestation, in what campaigners said was an historic moment that should help conserve forests and counter climate change. In their ruling on Thursday, the

Shell Unveils Proposal To Tackle Climate Change

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Plans To Meet Goals Of Paris Climate Agreement By Christopher Mooney and Steven Mufson, Washington Post Royal Dutch Shell just outlined a scenario in which, by 2070, we would be using far less of the company’s own product — oil — as cars become electric, a massive carbon storage industry develops, and transportation begins a

Reforestation, Restoration A Growth Industry

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Trees, Forests Undervalued According to some estimates, approximately 41 million trees are cut down every day—much faster than we are replanting them. The consequences of deforestation and land degradation include climate change, biodiversity loss, and declines in ecosystem services that support hundreds of millions of people. In response, governments around the world have committed to restore

Malaysia, Indonesia Denounce Ban On Palm Oil In Biofuels

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Short-Term Gains Driving Biodiversity Into History Found in everything from shampoo to donuts, palm oil is now the most common vegetable oil in the world—and also one of the world’s leading deforestation drivers. It’s also being used to fuel our automobiles. The controversial product has given new meaning to the old campaign sloga, “put a tiger

REDD+ Offers Hope In Battle Against Deforestation

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Innovative Conservation Models Can Refine REDD+ In December 2015, with the signing of the Paris Agreement, the nations of the world reached agreement on a historic, collective and comprehensive approach to combat climate change. The primary goal of the agreement, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is to hold the increase

Natural Systems The Best Defense Against Climate Change

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Study Highlights Ecosystems As Key Strategy Though his business card says Director of Forest Carbon Science at The Nature Conservancy, Bronson Griscom introduces himself as an ecological accountant. Griscom radiates an optimism somewhat rare in seasoned environmentalists, especially when he discusses the “carbon economy” of nature: the everyday role that trees, grasslands and coastal habitats

Ecosystems Collapsing In Face Of Climate Change

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Millions Of Lives Depend On Ecosystems Under Siege Some of the world’s most iconic ecosystems are collapsing due to climate change and human encroachment, which, in turn, is contributing to more climate change. Collapse of one ecosystem will contribute to the collapse of the next. As human refugees escape one danger zone, they will contribute

Agriculture A Major Contributor To Deforestation, Climate Change

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Soil Depletion Releasing Carbon Into Atmosphere By Ellen Wulfhorst, Thomson Reuters Foundation Agriculture has contributed nearly as much to climate change as deforestation by intensifying global warming, according to U.S. research that has quantified the amount of carbon taken from the soil by farming. Some 133 billion tons of carbon have been removed from the

Palm Oil Producers, Buyers Still Blowing Smoke

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World Economic Forum Promoting New Avenues Palm oil is the fastest-growing commodity on the planet. Sales are expected to exceed $88 billion by 2022. Unfortunately, the industry and its supporters are still blowing smoke about deforestation, biodiversity and climate change. There’s a better way forward and we can help make it a reality. Palm oil