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Articles on Deforestation

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Cattle walk along an illegally deforested area in an extractive reserve near Jaci-Parana, Rondonia state, Brazil. Deforestation is a global problem and while it has varied causes the trade in illegal timber is a major factor. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

How advanced genetic testing can be used to combat the illegal timber trade

Effective use of genomic identification could revolutionize the control of the illegal timber trade.
Planting trees on deforested lands in Panama. Jorge Aleman/Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Paying people to replant tropical forests − and letting them harvest the timber − can pay off for climate, justice and environment

It might seem counterintuitive to suggest timber harvesting when the goal is to restore forests, but that gives landholders the economic incentive to protect and manage forests over time.

Fossil CO₂ emissions hit record high yet again in 2023

Record emissions are fast shrinking the remaining amount of carbon dioxide we can emit if we are to limit global warming. At current rates, we’ll use up the budget for a 1.5°C outcome in seven years.
Large machines work in the soya monoculture on a farm in Sidrolândia, Mato Grosso do Sul: the current trajectory of deforestation is diminishing the capacity of the Amazon and Cerrado to regulate rainfall patterns, putting the country’s agricultural systems at great risk. AP Photo/Eraldo Peres

Deforestation jeopardises agribusiness and food security in Brazil and worldwide

Diminishing forests reduces the capacity of the Amazon and Cerrado to regulate rainfall patterns. That’s bad for communities, but also bad for business and global food security.
A residential area destroyed by wildfires is shown in Enterprise, N.W.T. on Oct. 11, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Could the good news story about the ecological crisis be the collective grief we are feeling?

News about the growing ecological crisis may cause people to feel grief and fear. It is understandable to seek relief from these feelings and look for good news. But what if grief is the good news?
“Traffic jams” of boats and floating houses on the dry bed of Lake Puraquequara, in the outskirts of Manaus: a combination of climate change, a strong El Niño and insistence on works with a huge environmental impact contribute to an unprecedented and extremely urgent condition in the region. AP Photo/Edmar Barros

Drought in the Amazon: Understanding the causes and the need for an immediate action plan to save the biome

A combination of climate change, a strong El Niño and an insistence on works of enormous impact are contributing to an unprecedented and extremely urgent situation in the region

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