Amazon deforestation threatens harpy eagles


The harpy eagle, one of the world's largest eagles, has almost "zero" chances of surviving if Amazon deforestation continues

California governor vetoes tropical deforestation bill

Environmental News Bits

Gavin Newsom on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have required businesses selling certain products to the state to prove they’re not contributing to tropical deforestation. Read the full story from the Associated Press. California Gov. Environmental advocates had hoped Newsom would make California the first state to limit contracts to businesses that can prove… Read more → Regulation Supply chain


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Indigenous Peruvians Use Smartphones to Monitor Deforestation

Yale E360

Members of nearly 40 Indigenous communities in Peru's northern border region of Loreto have been using smartphone mapping apps to track deforestation in the Amazon, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported.

Indigenous Amazon Communities Fight Deforestation with New Early Alert Tool

Scientific American

A pilot program reveals that deforestation declined when Peruvian Indigenous communities use an early-alert-system app to detect forest loss. -- Read more on

In the Amazon, the World’s Largest Reservoir of Biodiversity, Two-Thirds of Species Have Lost Habitat to Fire and Deforestation

Inside Climate News

Science Amazon Rainforest Biodiversity Brazil Climate Change DeforestationA new report finds that up to 85 percent of threatened animal and plant species have had their habitat damaged by mining, agriculture or logging.

Coalition of multinational companies issues report on reducing deforestation

Environmental News Bits

23 published its first annual report detailing progress in reducing deforestation. Read the full story in Food Business News. A coalition of 20 global retailers and manufacturers, including PepsiCo, Inc., Nestle SA and Mondelez International, on Sept. Read more → Biodiversity Corporate sustainability Food and beverage manufacturing Natural resources Packaging Publications Pulp & paper

Jaguars face major threat from Amazon deforestation and fires

New Scientist

Prospects for South America's biggest wild cat are likely to get worse in the short term unless the Brazilian government strengthens protections against deforestation for timber and cattle farming

Colombia's peace treaty accidentally sparks increase in deforestation

New Scientist

The end of Colombia's civil war in 2016 unwittingly caused an increase in deforestation across the country as Marxist guerrillas no longer protect the land

Biodiesel Expansion Could Worsen Deforestation in Indonesia

Yale E360

The Indonesian government has announced a major expansion of a program to make biodiesel out of palm oil, a move that officials say would necessitate planting 37 million acres of new palm oil plantations — an area one-fifth the size of Borneo. Read more on E360

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Global food brands fight UK bill that fines for products linked to deforestation


The UK Parliament is discussing a bill that demands traceability from food brands and fines those that sell products linked to stolen and deforested land

Sustainability at the source: How Unilever is addressing deforestation, living wages, and regenerative agriculture

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Food Navigator. How is Unilever ensuring sustainability in sourcing regions? Hanneke Faber, President Foods & Refreshment at Unilever, weighs in. Read more → Corporate sustainability Food and beverage manufacturing

In Peru, an Indigenous Group Fights to Protect Land from Drug Traffickers and Deforestation

Yale E360

The Santa Martha territory of Peru is experiencing unprecedented deforestation as drug traffickers and land grabbers encroach. Owned by the Indigenous Cacataibo community, a majority of this 14,485-hectare territory had been officially preserved as forestland.

Illegal beef farmers promote deforestation in Chiribiquete National Park


According to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), there are known links between protected ecosystems, cattle ranching and the supply chain behind the beef sold in Colombia

New Greenpeace report on deforestation in West Papua shines a light on the worst offenders

Corp Watch

"License to Clear" - a new Greenpeace report on deforestation in West Papua - shines a light on the worst offenders: Korindo, Posco International, Nobel Group, Hayel Saeed Anam Group, KPN Corp, Eagle High Plantations, Indonusa, Carson Cumberbatch/Goodhope Asia, DTK Opportunity, Digoel Agri/Bumi Mitratrans Marjaya Group, Salim & Victory.

Guest Commentary: Brazilian’s first tort climate case for illegal deforestation in Amazonia

Law Columbia

The majority of the cases have been filed by the Amazon Task Force (ATF), established in 2018 by federal public prosecutors to unite the offices working to combat illegal deforestation in Amazonia. Illegal deforestation in traditional land.

Most Global Food Brands Continue to Have a Dismal Record on Beef and Deforestation

Yale E360

Despite pledges of reform, the world’s leading supermarket and fast-food companies are doing little to address the environmental and human rights abuses associated with beef production. Read more on E360

The Stream, July 1, 2021: Brazil Bans Outdoor Fires To Curb Deforestation In Amazon

Circle of Blue

Reuters reports that the move comes ahead of the annual burning season in the Amazon rainforest in an attempt to cut down on deforestation. The post The Stream, July 1, 2021: Brazil Bans Outdoor Fires To Curb Deforestation In Amazon appeared first on Circle of Blue. YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN.

In the Amazon, the world’s largest reservoir of biodiversity, two-thirds of species have lost habitat to fire and deforestation

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at Inside Climate News. A new report finds that up to 85 percent of threatened animal and plant species have had their habitat damaged by mining, agriculture or logging. Read more → Biodiversity Endangered species Publications

Earth Overshoot Day: we have just exceeded what Earth can regenerate in a year

A Greener Life

decrease in global forest biocapacity due in large part to the spike in Amazon deforestation. million hectares of forest were lost in 2020 and estimates for 2021 indicate up to 43% year-over-year increase in deforestation. Image credit: Earth Overshoot Day. By Anders Lorenzen.

Palm oil map to aid in sustainable planning

Successful Green

Daily News Social Responsibility Sustainability climate change deforestation mapping palm oil sattelite social responsibility Southeast Asia successful GREEN sustainability

Analysis: Water crisis pushes Brazil’s rural producers to switch to solar energy

A Greener Life

A recent study co-authored by Flach published in World Development shows that deforestation, especially of the Amazon and Cerrado, increases the temperatures and reduces local rainfall, drying out the soil and harming agribusiness.

Decree Amending Several Provisions of Mexico’s General Law of Sustainable Forestry Development

E2 Law Blog

Featured GT Alert International Latin America Mexico Regulatory deforestation GT Insight Mexico environmentOn April 26, 2021, the Decree amending several provisions of Mexico’s General Law of Sustainable Forestry Development was published in the Federal Official Gazette.

Increasing Natural Disasters Are “Not So Natural” Afterall

Nature Talkies

Deforestation. While large-scale deforestation results in increased carbon levels in the atmosphere and decreased resources for forest-dependent communities, it contributes to an increased number of small-scale natural disasters.

Rare chameleon species is found ‘clinging to survival’

Environmental News Bits

A tiny species of chameleon thought to be extinct due to habitat loss because of deforestation has been found by researchers. Read the full post at Treehugger. Read more → Endangered species Publications Wildlife

Understanding Ecology: A beginner’s handbook

Nature Talkies

Changes occurring in the ecosystem due to different factors like increase in temperature, overexploitation of natural resources, excessive fishing, deforestation, and other human activities disturb the balance in the environment. Ecology Climate Change Deforestation Ecosystem

Planes Sampling Air Above the Amazon Find the Rainforest is Releasing More Carbon Than it Stores

Inside Climate News

The study, which found greater depletion of carbon storage in the heavily deforested eastern Amazon, confirmed previous research that used satellites or hands-on measuring techniques.

Coffee prices spike, thanks to climate change


If melting polar ice caps and a deforested Amazon seem too far away to be real, many consumers may soon get an up-close and personal taste of climate change in their coffee cups. Coffee bean prices are about to spike

The Amazon rainforest now emits more carbon than it absorbs


For the first time, scientists have confirmed that despite once being the largest carbon sink in the world, the rainforest has turned into a pollutant due to high rates of deforestation A recent study in Nature shows that the Amazon rainforest is now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs.

1,900th Post: Climate Change As A Wicked Problem

Edouard Stenger

Deforestation has to be put to an end and we need to reforest and afforest globally. Climate change Agriculture America Deforestation Efficiency Energy Global warming Industry Management Public transportation Renewables Solar Solar PV Transportation Waste Wind

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Why clearing Brazil’s forests for farming can make it harder to grow crops

Environmental News Bits

But the deforestation that facilitated Brazil’s soybean boom is now undermining it, bringing hotter and drier weather that makes soybeans less productive,… Read more → Agriculture Climate change PublicationsRead the full story from NPR. Millions of acres of Brazil’s forest and grasslands have been cleared over the past 30 years to grow soybeans, making the country the world’s biggest soybean producer.

Book review: Enlightenment Now, by Steven Pinker

Edouard Stenger

See the huge amount of problems of all kinds, deforestation, obesity, diabetes, staggering inequality… We need to concentrate on quality over quantity. Enlightenment Now is Steven Pinker’s latest book.

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Global emissions from energy are flat. Now what ?

Edouard Stenger

Deforestation is one. Climate change America Deforestation Ecosystems Energy Energy efficiency Environment IEA International Energy Agency Oceans Renewables Solar United StatesThere are still reasons to cheer in our fight against climate change.

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HotSpots H2O: Years-Long Drought Pushes Brazil to the Brink

Circle of Blue

Scientists attribute the drought’s severity to climate change, deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, and the La Niña weather pattern. The country’s worst drought in nearly a century is choking commerce, threatening ecosystems, and diminishing hydroelectric power generation.

Environmental Engineers – Why Is This The Career Of The Future?


With rising pollution levels, deforestation, and more, environmental engineers are someone who can help reduce the risk and safeguard the environment. Today, the environment is at a risk.

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The Rights of Nature — Can an Ecosystem Bear Legal Rights?

Law Columbia

In 2018, a group of young plaintiffs filed a special constitutional claim called tutela alleging that their fundamental rights to a healthy environment, life, health, food, and water were threatened by climate change and the government’s failure to reduce deforestation in the Amazon.

Major developments for global climate litigation: the Human Rights Council recognizes the right to a healthy environment and the Committee on the Rights of the Child publishes its decision in an international youth climate case

Law Columbia

Ministry of the Environment and Others , the Colombian Supreme Court found that the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and its contribution to climate change infringed the constitutional right to a healthy environment of present and future generations, and that the environmental rights of future generations demand environmental commitments from the state in order to take care of and promote stewardship of natural resources for the future. By Maria Antonia Tigre.

HotSpots H2O: Indigenous Communities, Biodiversity Along Brazil-Peru Border Threatened by Highway Construction

Circle of Blue

The expansion of BR-364 would contribute to the surging rate of Amazon deforestation, which nears its highest point in over a decade. . Rio Acre © Arison Jardim/Secom. Christian Thorsberg, Circle of Blue.

Climate Change Is Intensifying the Water Cycle, New IPCC Report Finds

Circle of Blue

Other tipping points include the sudden transition of the Sahara Desert into a wet climate zone and the Amazon Rainforest losing its ability to retain water due to deforestation. The climate crisis will jeopardize key sources of fresh water and make extreme weather events more severe.

Ecological consequences of Spanish colonialism

Environment, Law, and History

The abstract: This article examines the sylvan political ecology of late colonial New Spain and the colonial government's attempt to address deforestation through the Council on Forests, the first body in the kingdom's history dedicated to the conservation of natural resources.

Announcing "Apocalypse Never"

Environmental Progress

Apocalypse Never contains chapters on climate change, deforestation, species extinction, plastic waste, meat, nuclear, renewables, fossil fuels, poverty, and much more. Dear Friends, I am happy to announce that on June 30, HarperCollins will publish my new book, Apocalypse Never.

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