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Amazon deforestation is driven by criminal networks, report finds
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.
Deforestation must be seen as global threat:  Pope in Madagascar
Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and reduction in biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the whole planet.
Most big companies fail to report role in deforestation, charity says
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.
Used cooking oil imports may boost deforestation
Imports of a ‘green fuel’ source may be inadvertently increasing deforestation and the demand for new palm oil, a study said.
To halt deforestation, researchers say we must listen to forests
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.
Why is deforestation happening and why are rainforests important?
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?
Current deforestation pace will intensify global warming
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.
Women on the front lines of halting deforestation
In Zimbabwe, the bulk of rural communities and urban poor still get their energy supplies from the forests, leading to deforestation and land degradation.
Brazil’s Cerrado forests won’t be saved by corporate pledges on deforestation
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.
Study: Deforestation, economic growth in developing countries interlinked
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.
Impacts of forest management, deforestation on climate studied
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.
Deforestation could reduce Amazon rainfall
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.
Earth Day warning for Iran: Water shortage, deforestation main threats
Iran’s forests could be destroyed in the next 70-100 years, said Esmaeil Kahrom, an advisor to the Department of the Environment (DOE).

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