Category Archives: Rainforest

Deforestation Disrupting Earth’s Carbon Cycle

Forest Conservation and Carbon Capture Trees and forests can capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, return the oxygen to the atmosphere and store the carbon for centuries. Deforestation is disrupting this vital system, while contributing to global warming and climate change. … Continue reading

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Satellite Images Show Global Deforestation Accelerating

Technology Expedites Slashing, Burning Of Rainforests The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or otherwise lost from the 1990s through the 2000s accelerated by 62 percent, according to a new study which dramatically reverses a previous estimate of … Continue reading

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Deforestation Killing More Than Trees

Entire Ecosystems On verge Of Collapse “We’re continuing to lose forests at a stunning rate,” said Nigel Sizer, director of the forests program at the World Resources Institute in Washington.  “At the rate of 50 soccer fields a minute, every minute, … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Battle Against Deforestation Heating Up

Reformed Logging Laws Promote Deforestation Dalton Valeriano rolled into Brazil’s space agency in frayed jeans and a casual blue polo around 10 a.m. After a few pleasantries he sat me down in a small conference room and set the stage … Continue reading

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Palm Oil Company Fined $30 Million For Torching Jungle

Biodiversity Vanishing With Deforestation Editor’s Note: Although this judgement is a move in the right direction, orangutans, tigers and elephants on Sumatra are under siege. There might be 400 tigers left, but it could be as low as 100. There … Continue reading

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Can Malaysia Save Its Tigers

Tiger Habitat Under Attack In Malaysia A major premise of biology, as any high-schooler can tell you, is the study of the connections between organisms. Perhaps nowhere is there a better example of this than in Malaysia, where the population … Continue reading

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Sustainable Palm Oil A Fraud

RSPO Label Bought Not Earned Hundreds of hectares of rainforest and tiger habitat protected under the Indonesian government’s moratorium have been destroyed, revealed Greenpeace International, following an investigation into Duta Palma, a notorious Indonesian palm oil producer  and member of the Roundtable … Continue reading

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Palm Oil The Bungle In The Jungle

Deforestation Kills More Than Trees Industrial cultivation of palm oil is destroying millions of acres of virgin rainforest around the world. The destructive practice is destroying biodiversity and life as we know it. In Southeast Asia, orangutans, tigers, elephants and … Continue reading

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Pygmy Elephants Poisoned On Borneo

Poisoned By Palm Oil Plantations Ten endangered Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in a Malaysian forest under mysterious circumstances, and wildlife officials said Tuesday that they probably were poisoned. In some cases, the palm oil industry and its … Continue reading

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Harvesting and Helping the Rainforest

Sustainable Forestry Imperative When a tree falls in the rainforest, good things can start to happen. Since the 1970s, Dr. Gary Hartshorn has studied how natural tree falls create openings or gaps in the rainforest canopy and allow for the … Continue reading

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