What Lies Behind the Recent Surge of Amazon Deforestation – March 28, 2015
Conversation: Ecologist Philip Fearnside explains what needs to be done to once again bring deforestation under control
Ecologist Philip Fearnside has lived and worked in the Brazilian Amazon for 30 years and is one of the foremost authorities on deforestation in the world’s largest tropical forest. A professor at the National Institute for Research in the Amazon, Fearnside has focused his work on how to sustainably develop the Amazon in the face of enormous pressures to cut and clear the forest.
Fearnside is now watching with alarm as, after a decade of declining deforestation rates, the pace of cutting and forest clearing in the Amazon is on the rise again. In an interview with Fearnside explains the factors… more
by: Richard Schiffman
Efforts to Curb Destructive Palm Oil Plantations Brings Together Strange Bedfellows – November 20, 2014
Will corporations and activists join forces to end deforestation in Indonesia?
September brought good news for the world’s forests with the unveiling of the New York Declaration on Forests at the UN Climate Summit. The Declaration, which pledges to end global deforestation by 2030, was signed by 130 governments, including the US, Germany, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Perhaps most significantly, it was also backed by commitments from 40 major food corporations to eliminate palm oil grown on deforested land from their supply chains.
Photo by Rainforest Action Network
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