Forests : Features

There are 42 documents in this section.

  • Voices from Planet 21

    13 August 2012

    In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles.  We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.

  • Forest village spells hope for Cambodia's lost silk culture

    23 March 2012

    Seventeen years after Kikuo Morimoto set out to rescue Cambodia’s traditional silk industry from the ravages of war, by building a new community of skilled weavers in a forest village, with all the supporting natural resources for silk production and dying, his dream is turning into reality. John Rowley reports from Siem Reap.  

  • Filipino hill farmers are learning how to heal their eroded land

    6 August 2011

    Between 1990 and 2005 the Philippines lost a third of its remaining forest cover, leaving the land largely denuded of trees and open to erosion. Here, Henrylito Tacio describes, in words and pictures, the efforts being made to heal the degraded uplands. 

  • Growing soya demand threatens Amazon forest

    8 January 2010

    Saving the Amazon rainforest now depends on curbing the growth in demand for soybeans by stabilizing population worldwide as soon as possible, and reducing the amount of meat eaten by affluent consumers, says Lester Brown in this latest update from the Earth Policy Institute.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Spreading wildfires could bring 'an inferno on earth'

    20 November 2009

    This year Australia experienced the worst wildfires in the country's history. Elsewhere, fire regimes are changing and are projected to change even more as the planet heats up. In this careful report on a growing problem, Janet Larsen warns unless we stabilise the climate quickly, it may be impossible to avert an inferno on earth.

  • 'We are fighting for our lives and our dignity'

    15 June 2009

    Across the globe, as mining and oil firms race for dwindling resources, indigenous peoples are battling to defend their lands - often paying the ultimate price.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Reforesting Guatemala - the careful way

    18 March 2009

    At least two-thirds of the Central American nation of Guatemala is already deforested and settlers are even slashing and burning the last remaining rainforest in the northernmost part of the country, with disastrous effects on the environment and on the lives of people who breath in the smoke from open fires. Here Anne Hallum reports on one successful project that is tackling the problem, the careful way.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Planting a million trees on the slopes of Kilimanjaro

    2 February 2009

    Global warming threatens to destroy the snow capped glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa, and reduce the regular water supply on which the region's farmers depend, within 20 years. Deforestion could make the problem worse. But in the last few years a Tanzanian botanist has developed a tree planting project that has seen nearly 2 million tree seedlings planted by school children, and new laws passed to conserve the region's trees. This specially commissioned report, by Kenyan journalist Denis Gathanju, tells the story.

  • Crowded Philippines losing last of its forests

    30 September 2008

    UN demographers projected in 2002 that the population of the Philippines in 2008 would reach between 75 and 85 million. But the population has already overshot the high projection and now stands at 89 million, up from 60 million in 1990. And the country's forests, as well as its people, are paying the price in terms of urban overcrowding and rural deforestration.

  • Mediterranean forests are a burning issue

    16 September 2008

    From Lebanon to Lisbon, the Mediterranean summer produces more than just suntans; the dry heat so beloved of holidaymakers also creates the perfect conditions for forest fires.