Major development banks are funding logging, mining and infrastructure projects that are having enormous impacts on nature. Here, forests are being razed along a newly constructed road in central Amazonia.
Big new investors such as the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank are key players in a worldwide infrastructure, and that could be bad news for the environment.
Farming land in New South Wales.
Growing population, growing demand for food, climate change: Australia's rural lands are facing a number of pressures. So how can we sustainably use them in the future?
The forests of Sao Tome and Principe are being lost at an alarming rate.
The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe must work hard to protect their native forests from deforestation.
Land clearing rates in Queensland tripled since 2010.
Land clearing in Queensland has tripled in the past five years.
Clearing mulga woodland in Queensland to open up land for cattle during drought.
We're going to have to adapt to climate change, but some of the options on the table could do more harm than good if they destroy the ecosystems that protect us.
A red-and-green macaw in the Amazon.
New data have revealed a disturbing trend in forest loss: the hearts of the world's forests are disappearing. To stop them bleeding out, we'll have to say 'no' to some developments.
Young secondary forest in Costa Rica, with old-growth trees visible in the background.
Susan G. Letcher
Forests that grow back after being cleared for agriculture or by logging grow back much faster than old-growth forests, soaking up carbon and providing vital habitat.
An industrial pulp-wood plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia.
From drought to economic slowdown, 2016 promises a mixed bag for the world's forests.
Fragments of woodland surrounded by cleared land in south west Australia.
Australia may have reputation for vast areas of wilderness, but in reality the continent's ecosystems have been chopped and diced. Now we need to protect what's left.
Colombia’s El Paujil Bird Reserve.
Forest conservation has been a contentious issue in international climate change discussions for years, but now developing countries are embracing the need to protect their forests.
China has experienced deforestation in some parts of the country placing valuable biodiversity at risk of extinction.
China needs to do more to manage the balance between conservation and tourism to protect its rich biodiversity.
‘I don’t do public transport.’
Bat populations have been hammered by deforestation. Efforts like tree-planting schemes are a step forward, but they're doomed to fail unless we apply a bit more local knowledge.
Forests are vital to life on earth.
Forest image from www.shutterstock.com
Forest loss has halved over the past 30 years according to the 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment, released yesterday.
There are a lot of trees on Earth. But there used to be many, many more.
There are more than three trillion trees worldwide, but that's only half as many were around at the start of human civilisation according to new research.
Save the rainforests? A new study shows mangroves matter too, as they can store three to five times more carbon than rainforests.
Daniel Murdiyarso for Center for International Forestry Research
Indonesia is ranked among the world's top dozen contributors to climate change – but a new study shows that protecting the country's mangroves could slash its greenhouse gas emissions.
Conservation action is needed to save the DRC’s forests and slow global climate change.
Julien Harneis, Creative Commons.
Africa needs to step up the protection of its tropical forests.
The latest climate talks in Bonn, Germany, unexpectedly agreed to a mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.
The mid year Bonn negotiations for the proposed new global agreement to tackle climate change have just concluded. They will be finalised at the end of the year in Paris. What progress is being made? What are the challenging issues that may end up being a focus of negotiations in Paris? What does the roadmap from here look like?
Eastern Australia’s forests could be a hotspot for deforestation in the future - just like these forests in south east Asia.
A new WWF report highlights Australia as a hotspot for future deforestation. Australia talks the talk on deforestation, but will it walk the walk?
Mangroves are still be cleared for aquaculture expansion. Since 1989, 6600 hectares of Tanjung Panjang Nature Reserve’s original 13,300 ha of mangroves have been converted.
Mangroves, hectare for hectare, store more carbon than any other forests. But they are also among the most threatened. New projects in Indonesia show how mangroves might be restored.
Safeguarding rainforests is an area where the United Nations has made great strides - hopefully the Paris summit can deliver more of the same.
Sze Ning/Flickr.com/Wikimedia Commons
In the final part of his essay on the Paris climate talks, Nick Rowley explains how a successful deal, whether binding or not, needs to influence directly the domestic policies of the world's nations.