Unless they trust climate change programmes, communities will continue to plunder forests rendering such interventions redundant.
A time-series analysis of tree cover loss before, during and after road construction reveals a strong relationship between infrastructure development and accelerating deforestation.
Areas like the Flinders Ranges have provided refuge for flora and fauna when the climate has changed. But rapid temperature increases and human intervention may stop them doing so again.
You'd hope we wouldn't flatten the pyramids to build a highway. But that's exactly what's happening to the world's natural heritage sites.
How can we feed a growing world population while protecting the environment? One key strategy is to improve yields on small farms, which produce much of the food in the world's hungriest countries.
The region faces some of the world's highest rates of habitat loss, as well as direct over-exploitation of species.
Given that cities may be home to 80% of humanity by the end of the century, they can only be sustainable if eco-friendliness is one of their core features.
A new mapping study shows that roads have sliced and diced almost the entire land surface of Earth, leaving huge areas prone to illegal logging, mining and hunting.
Since 1992, an area of land two-thirds the size of Australia has been converted to human use.
The island's latest mining boom threatens a critically endangered lemur – and puts human lives at risk.
Recurrent fires in Kenya's Chyulu Hills have been linked to illegal activities and are often attributed to squatters who live in the hills.
Our appetite for avocados affects more than just our choice of sandwich filling.
With the economy in its worst slump for decades, environmental protection may be on the chopping block.
Saving the world’s forests and oceans means putting an end to slavery run by criminal gangs.
Back and forth over land-clearing laws has left landowners confused and native forests vulnerable.
The Leuser ecosystem in northern Sumatra is home to some of the world's rarest and best-loved animals. Thanks to a new government moratorium on land clearing, conservationists have enjoyed a big win.
After some unusually wet years, our landscape and ecosystems have once again returned to poorer conditions that were last experienced during the Millennium Drought.
Over the past few years many companies have committed to sustainable palm oil. But that is threatened by a growing alliance between industry and government.
Widespread adoption of a largely meat-free diet could feed the world and leave our forests intact.
As Brazil struggles through a political and economic crisis, its soybean farmers are thriving. Their growing clout could trigger new deforestation and undercut the nation's climate change pledges.