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  • Urbanization, export crops drive deforestation

    The drivers of tropical deforestation have shifted in the early 21st century to hinge on growth of cities and the globalized agricultural trade, a new large-scale study concludes. The observations starkly reverse assumptions by some scientists that fast-growing urbanization and the efficiencies of global trade might eventually slow or ...

  • Global leadership on deforestation and climate change

    Two high-level forums convene this week in Washington D.C. to deal with some of the most challenging forestry and climate change issues facing the international community. The World Bank is hosting the Global Forest Leaders Forum on Forests and Climate Change (co-chaired by WRI), part of a process to give voice to the world’s forests and the people who depend on them. Separately, UNDP, FAO and ...

  • WWF criticizes EC deforestation plans

    European Commission plans to halve rather than halt tropical deforestation by 2020 have been sharply criticized by WWF today. The European Commission's communication on reducing emissions from deforestation and a legislative proposal to tackle the problem of illegal logging are unlikely to meet their intended objectives of halting deforestation and eliminating the trade of illegal wood, according ...


    By WWF UK

  • The UK joins partnership to tackle deforestation

    Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker today pledged UK support to the Tropical Forests Alliance 2020, a partnership set up by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and the US Government to tackle deforestation. Minister Barker made the announcement during a meeting with Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, in Washington today. The ...

  • New Zealand survey shows deforestation reducing

    The latest survey of deforestation intentions shows that forest owners intend to dramatically reduce deforestation as a result of the proposed emissions trading scheme, Forestry Minister Jim Anderton said. When the survey was done last year, the amount of planned deforestation over the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period (2008 to 2012) was expected to be around 50,000 hectares. That’s ...


    By New Zealand Government

  • Business and Environmental Leaders agree to fight deforestation

    A number of groups representing business and environmental groups have released a joint declaration addressing Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+). The Climate Markets and Investors Association (CMIA), Code REDD, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Global Canopy Programme (GCP), and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) jointly have stated the need for a ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • World conservation centre to improve deforestation monitoring

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and California State University, Chico have announced the appointment of Dr. Jeff Price as Senior Fellow for Climate Change and Biodiversity at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK. Paul Zingg, President of CSU Chico, said today 'I am delighted with this new relationship with UNEP-WCMC because it will allow Jeff Price to ...

  • Deforestation may boost rainfall on West African cropland

    The many negative effects of deforestation are well-known, but scientists have shown that farmers may derive one advantage from planting in deforested areas that are sandwiched between patches of forest. Converting ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Agreement on US$3.5bn initial funding for deforestation

    Australia, France, Japan, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States have today collectively agreed in the context of an ambitious and comprehensive outcome in Copenhagen to dedicate USD3.5bn as initial public finance towards slowing, halting and eventually reversing deforestation in developing countries. A joint statement follows: “Actions to reduce emissions from forests can help to ...


  • Commission unveils package to tackle illegal logging and deforestation

    The European Commission today unveiled two important initiatives to protect forests globally. The package comprises a legislative proposal to reduce the risk of illegal timber and timber products entering the EU market and a Communication setting out the Commission's proposals for tackling tropical deforestation. Illegal logging and deforestation have serious environmental implications, ...


    By European Commission

  • Deforestation must stop to curb CO2 emissions

    Clearing tropical forests and peat swamps has a significant environmental impact, in particular on climate change. Sumatra in Indonesia is one region that serves as an example of how forest clearance can contribute to carbon dioxide emissions and loss of biodiversity, according to a new report. Around 20 per cent of the world's CO2 emissions are caused by deforestation, often in countries like ...

  • Deforestation: forests and the planet`s biodiversity are disappearing

    Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests and woodlands. While the phenomenon is not new, the current scale and pace of destruction is alarming. Tropical forests are disappearing at a rate of about 13 million hectares per year (approximately the size of Greece). This magnitude of destruction has an impact not only at a local level, but also globally. Tropical forests are home to much ...

  • Brazil harnesses space tech to monitor deforestation

    Brazil will launch a satellite in 2011 to monitor deforestation and urban expansion around the world, it has been announced. Amazônia-1 will carry a UK-made high resolution camera. The United Kingdom—Brazil collaboration was announced last week (14 July) at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society for Progress in Science. It is part of the continuing UK—Brazil Partnership in Science and ...

  • Deforestation reduces rainfall in tropics, says study

    Large-scale deforestation in tropical rainforests can dramatically reduce rainfall rates both locally and thousands of kilometres away, according to a study published in Nature yesterday (5 September). This could have a potentially devastating impact on communities living in or close to the Amazon and Congo rainforests. This drop occurs because ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Groundbreaking study finds the `hotspots` most responsible for deforestation

    A new collaborative study by WRI and other researchers finds that much of the world’s deforestation is isolated in a handful of “hotspots,” not spread out over many nations and many locations. In fact, this study showed that over half the world’s deforestation (in this study only clear-cut are monitored) is happening in just two locations: 48% is occurring in Brazil, with another 13% concentrated ...

  • Advice on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation

    Leaders from the environmental and business communities have released the most comprehensive recommendations yet on the role that forests should play in the next climate change agreement. The Forest Dialogue's Initiative on Forests and Climate Change, a 250-person coalition of governments, environmentalists, timber companies, trade unions, financial institutions, and indigenous peoples, released ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Deforestation`s double blow: carbon emissions and biodiversity loss

    Deforestation increases CO2 emissions, as forests are subjected to 'slash and burn' clearing to make way for agricultural land. In China, for example, vast areas of rainforest are being cleared to make way for rubber plantations. Using satellite images, researchers have assessed that the average loss of natural forest between 1976 and 2003 is 13,722 hectares per year. In total, this caused a loss ...

  • Written Ministerial Statement Publication of UK Government plans to tackle global deforestation

    Ahead of the important international negotiations in Doha, I wanted to update you on the plans I have been developing with Rt Hon Justine Greening and Rt Hon Owen Paterson on international forests and climate change. So, today, I am outlining new action to tackle deforestation as part of the UK’s international climate change commitments. I am setting out plans for working with the private ...

  • Brazil says no to forest-saving plan by no signing the global anti - deforestation initiative

    Brazil's environment minister says her country will not sign on to a global anti - deforestation initiative being unveiled at the U.N. climate summit. Despite its critical role in protecting the Amazon rainforest, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, speaking on the eve ofTuesday's climate summit, said Brazil was "not invited to be engaged in ...


    By Associated Press

  • UN and Norway UNite to combat climate change from deforestation

    Tropical forested countries are stepping up the fight to combat climate change via a pioneering new initiative called the UN-REDD Programme announced today. The Programme, to be carried out by three United Nations agencies, was unveiled by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg whose government is financing this initial phase in the amount of US$35 ...

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