Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is a lucrative business largely driven by criminal networks that threaten and attack government officials, forest defenders and indigenous people who try to stop them, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.
Most big companies are failing to report the damage their operations are doing to forests despite committing to lighten their footprint under wider efforts to tackle climate change, according to a report published on Tuesday.
Conservationists and palm oil companies tackling deforestation and forest fires must rely less on satellite imagery and instead start listening to the sounds of the forests, according to a report published on Friday.
Rainforests are something the world cannot afford to take for granted any longer. These precious environments, found in numerous continents, are homes to swathes of endangered species as well as indigenous tribes. But deforestation, caused by industry, has wiped out an insanely large proportion of them in recent years. What causes deforestation? What effect is it having on our planet and the beings that occupy it?
The global warming process may be even more intense than originally forecast unless deforestation can be halted, especially in the tropical regions. This warning has been published in Nature Communications by an international group of scientists.
To the south of the Amazon basin lies a huge savannah known as the Cerrado. Once a mix of grassland and forest, much of the Cerrado has now been transformed into the vast soy farms and cattle ranches that have made Brazil an agricultural superpower. There is also plenty of untouched land – but protecting it requires a new approach to deforestation.
New data analysis shows the relationship between economic growth and deforestation resembles half of a Kuznets curve. In other words, economic growth in less developed countries appears to drive deforestation.
Two groups of researchers, one studying forests in Europe and the other studying forests around the world, have found that forest management may not be the answer to slowing global warming that some had hoped, and that forests have other climate impacts that are not being taken into consideration when making global climate predictions. Both groups have published papers describing their studies and findings in the journal Science.
Continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could diminish the amount of rain that falls in the Amazon River basin, finds a new study. These declines in rainfall could potentially alter the region's climate, disrupting rainforest ecosystems and impacting local economies, according to the study's authors.