Amazon Sees Record High Deforestation in First Half of 2022

Yale E360

In the first half of this year, deforestation claimed roughly 1,500 square miles of the Amazon rainforest, an area five times the size of New York City and the greatest loss since at least 2016, according to the Brazilian Space Agency.

Most Agribusinesses and Banks Involved With ‘Forest Risk’ Commodities Are Falling Down on Deforestation, Global Canopy Reports

Inside Climate News

They haven’t made commitments to stop deforestation related to beef, soy, palm oil and timber, and many of those that have aren’t following through. Science Climate Change Deforestation Global Canopy

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Amazon deforestation threatens harpy eagles

Inhabitant

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

Deforestation Is Killing Workers in Tropical Countries

Cool Green Science

New science estimates that heat increases caused by deforestation are killing more than 100 people per year in Berau, Indonesia. The post Deforestation Is Killing Workers in Tropical Countries appeared first on Cool Green Science.

COP26: Deal reached to aim to end deforestation by 2030?

A Greener Life

World leaders on Monday last week hailed a major breakthrough when, on the first official day of COP26 , a deal was agreed to stop deforestation by 2030. Enabling deforestation. Meanwhile, the Amazon is already on the brink and can’t survive years more deforestation.

Swapping fifth of meat for alternative foods could halve deforestation

New Scientist

Even a modest shift from ruminant meat to microbial proteins could cut deforestation and carbon emissions 56 per cent by 2050

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.

Peace has led to more deforestation in Colombia

Frontier Sin

In the tropics, when conflict affected countries transition to peace, deforestation often increases. The consequences of peace and armed conflict for deforestation depend on the location, reports a new publication in Frontiers in Environmental Science. By K.E.D. Coan, science writer.

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.

Climate change: new rules for companies to stop EU-driven deforestation globally

Environmental News Bits

To fight climate change and biodiversity loss globally, Environment MEPs want only deforestation-free products to be allowed on the EU market. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee today adopted its position with 60 votes to 2 and 13 abstentions on the Commission proposal for a regulation … Continue reading Climate change: new rules for companies to stop EU-driven deforestation globally. Read the full story from the European Union.

Swapping fifth of meat for microbial protein could halve deforestation

New Scientist

Even a modest shift from ruminant meat to microbial proteins could cut deforestation and carbon emissions 56 per cent by 2050

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

Reducing Deforestation and Methane Emissions Take Center Stage at Glasgow

Yale E360

Tuesday's highlight at the Glasgow climate summit was the Declaration on Forest and Land Use, under which more than 100 leaders — from Russia to Brazil to Canada to Indonesia — pledged to end deforestation and land degradation by 2030. If at first you don’t succeed, try another declaration.

Analysis: How Costa Rica reversed deforestation and raised millions for conservation

A Greener Life

During last November’s COP26 climate change conference, the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, signed an agreement that will see US$20 million flow towards the conservation of the country’s forests, funds earmarked to increase protection and help avoid deforestation.

Amazon deforestation in April was the worst in modern records

New Scientist

The area cleared in April almost doubled, from 579 square kilometres in April last year to 1012 square kilometres, despite a pledge to halt deforestation

Deforestation Strengthens Storms in West Africa

Scientific American

As trees are cleared, surrounding areas heat up, triggering heavy rainstorms. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Climate Change Conservation

Amazon deforestation still high despite Brazil's COP26 pledge

Inhabitant

Last week at COP26 in Glasgow, 100 countries, including Brazil, pledged to reverse deforestation by 2030. In fact, the latest numbers are the second most appalling since scientists began measuring deforestation However, recent figures for October show that Brazil is nowhere near protecting the Amazon rainforest.

Governors Launch Action Plan to Reduce Deforestation and Improve Lives in Forested Regions

Legal Planet

In this plan, GCF Task Force members are issuing a clear vision of their realities and needs, as well as an urgent call for recognition and partnership to reduce deforestation and improve people’s lives in forested regions.

Brazil’s Amazon beef plan will ‘legalise deforestation’ say critics

Environmental News Bits

The beef industry hopes a planned deforestation-free farming zone will tempt buyers back but many fear it will drive up illegal tree felling. Read the full story in The Guardian. Read more → Agriculture Climate change

The great Amazon land grab – how Brazil’s government is clearing the way for deforestation

Environmental News Bits

… Continue reading The great Amazon land grab – how Brazil’s government is clearing the way for deforestation. by Gabriel Cardoso Carrero, University of Florida; Cynthia S. Simmons, University of Florida, and Robert T.

Annual Amazon deforestation rate hits highest levels in a decade

Inhabitant

A new report by Brazilian research institute Imazon shows that the Amazon forest has experienced the highest level of annual deforestation in a decade. Despite global calls for action, poor policies championed by President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil have contributed to increased deforestation

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 ScientificAmerican.com.

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

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

110 countries pledge to end deforestation by 2030

Inhabitant

More than 100 leaders from around the world pledged to reverse deforestation by 2030, in what's being lauded as the first big achievement of COP26. Countries are backing up their promise with more than $19 billion in public and private funds

Outdoor workers are losing hours due to overheating from deforestation

New Scientist

Forests have a localised cooling effect, and in tropical areas where deforestation has occurred, outdoor workers are now feeling the heat more

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

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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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.

Over 100 countries at COP26 pledge to end deforestation by 2030

New Scientist

More than a hundred countries announce the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forest and Land Use, as £14 billion is committed to fight deforestation

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

Inhabitant

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

New Reports Show Forests Need Far More Funding to Help the Climate, and Even Then, They Can’t Do It All

Inside Climate News

Studies show international efforts to cut carbon emissions by reducing deforestation are badly underfunded, riddled with complex problems and overwhelmed by industries that continue to cut down trees. Science Climate Change climate finance Deforestation Forest redd+ United Nations

How Americans’ appetite for leather in luxury SUVs worsens Amazon deforestation

Environmental News Bits

An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. Read the full story in the New York Times. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers. Read more → Auto industry Consumer behavior

New EU rules for deforestation-free products: Companies will be ‘monitored and held accountable’

Environmental News Bits

The European Parliament has said companies supplying products that risk contributing to deforestation will be ‘monitored and held accountable’ through new due diligence regulations. Read the full story at Food Navigator. But farming groups have raised concerns that the new regulation might not be WTO-compliant. Read more → Europe Food and beverage manufacturing Regulation

COP26 economist: There are winners and losers to halting deforestation

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in Nature. Researchers at COP26 speak of their hopes and fears for the momentous climate summit — and what they hope to achieve by attending. Read more → Climate change

The hidden effects of deforestation on our planet and 3 other fascinating Frontiers articles you may have missed

Frontier Sin

The Unseen Effects of Deforestation: Biophysical Effects on Climate. By Colm Gorey, Frontiers Science Communications Manager. Image: Shutterstock.com. At Frontiers, we bring some of the world’s best research to a global audience.

Over 80 fashion brands linked to Amazon deforestation

Inhabitant

Turns out, it’s not just fast-food chains causing problems. According to a new study, many fashion brands source leather from opaque supply chains tied to decimating forests

Global forest destruction continues despite COP26 deforestation pledge

New Scientist

Satellite data shows 3.75 million hectares of tree cover, or 10 football pitches a minute, disappeared across primary tropical forests in 2021

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.

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

Inhabitant

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

COP26: Scotland to restore and extend Celtic rainforest as global leaders pledge to end deforestation

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story at The Scotsman. Rare and internationally important Celtic rainforests in Scotland are to be restored and expanded as part of a £500 million national investment in the country’s natural economy. Read more → Natural resources United Kingdom

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