Forests : Newsfile

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  • Welcome to our Website

    15 August 2012

    Twenty years ago at the first Earth Summit in Rio, a new British charity, Planet 21, launched People and the Planet magazine in an effort to track progress in working towards a fair and sustainable future for humanity on planet earth.

  • Mega-dam in Amazonian rainforest halted by indigenous peoples' opposition

    19 December 2011

    In what is being internationally heralded as a victory for the world's indigenous peoples, Brazilian construction company, Odebrecht, has announced its withdrawal from the planned development of the Tambo-40 Hydroelectric Dam on the Tambo River in the Peruvian Amazon, due to the strong opposition by potentially affected indigenous communities.  

  • Industry still falling short on use of sustainable palm oil

    22 November 2011

    Twenty-five UK-based companies are amongst many in Europe, Australia and Japan that are buying more certified sustainable palm oil than ever before, but urgent action is still needed to avoid the irreversible loss of tropical forests, according to the assessment.

  • Deforestation reduces rainfall in Africa

    8 November 2011

    Deforestation in the rainforests of West Africa is reducimg rainfall over the rest of the forest, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters.

  • Wangari Maathai, the woman I knew

    26 September 2011

    Wangari Maathai, Kenyan social activist and environmental crusader who founded the Green Belt Movement, and the first African woman to win the Nobel peace prize winner, has died. 

  • No substitute for undisturbed tropical forests

    14 September 2011

    Primary forests with little or no human disturbance are irreplaceable when it comes to maintaining tropical biodiversity, according to new findings by an international team of scientists.

  • Global effort to restore 150 million hectares of deforested land

    5 September 2011

    A global effort to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 has been launched in Bonn, Germany.

  • Global map of religious forests to protect biodiversity hotspots

    28 July 2011

    Oxford scientists are producing an entire map of the world’s religious forests – locations that contain some of richest biodiversity in the world, including some of the highest numbers of threatened species.

  • Devastating cost of the soya boom

    1 June 2011

     The devastating impact of the growing global demand for soya on sensitive environments around the world - such as the little known Brazilian Cerrado - is spelt out in a new report released this week.

  • Deforestation soars in Brazil

    23 May 2011

    As politicians consider altering longtime legal protections for Brazil’s forests, new data shows a massive increase in deforestation in part of the country.