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Coverage of deforestation since November 17, 2023.

New York AG says meat producing giant made misleading environmental claims to boost sales

"...The lawsuit filed in a state court in New York City alleges that the company claimed it will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 despite having no viable plan to meet that commitment. The lawsuit names as defendants JBS USA Food Company and JBS USA Food Company Holdings, the American subsidiary of the world-leading producer of beef products based in Brazil..."

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Drawing a line in the sand as communities adapt to climate change

"...SDG 15: SUSTAINABLY USE ECOSYSTEMSCombat desertification and restore degraded land and soilEnsure conservation of mountain ecosystems to enhance their capacity to provide benefits essential for sustainable developmentPromote fair, equitable sharing of and access to benefits related to genetic resources useEnd poaching and trafficking of protected species and address demand and supply of illegal wildlife productsMobilize and increase financial resources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems and to fund sustainable forest managementEscalating forest losses, land degradation, and species extinction pose severe threats to the planet and people..."

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Paprika the red panda moves in to new home at Greater Vancouver Zoo

"...Habitat loss, including deforestation, is one of the main reasons they are endangered, according to the conservation group. Disease, poaching and a lack of food are others..."

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DeBriefed 16 February 2024: Atlantic and Amazon tipping points; New troika for 1.5C; Global support for climate action underesti

"...Only a fifth of the population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has access to electricity, with per-capita consumption below that of an average UK fridge, reported Carbon Brief in its latest country profile. Despite using hardly any fossil fuels, the country is one of the worlds biggest greenhouse gas emitters, the profile explained, as a result of human-caused land use changes in its major forests and peatlands..."

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Taylor Swift is a climate criminal who must be held responsible

"...By framing such acts as ecocide, the law parallels the severity of environmental destruction with that of crimes against humanity, offering a stark reminder of our collective responsibility to the Earth. The fight against climate change is inherently intertwined with the struggle against classism. Wealthier individuals and developed nations often have larger carbon footprints, yet marginalized communities disproportionately suffer the consequences..."

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The number of monarch butterflies at their Mexico wintering sites has plummeted this year

"...Humberto Pea, the head of Mexicos protected areas, proposed creating a safe corridor for migrating butterflies with reduced herbicide and pesticide use and stricter measures against deforestation..."

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Environmentalists say federal tracking of forest health replete with

"...Natural Resources Canada's “information is incredibly biased, it omits key facts, and it really doesn't give people in Canada an accurate representation of what is happening in forests, which is in effect a dire crisis,” Stand. Earth forests campaigner Tegan Hansen said. “The government of Canada and provincial governments put forward this idea that forestry in Canada is somehow sustainable and world leading by saying we have such a low amount of deforestation, when in reality we are seeing every year 10s of thousands or more hectares of at risk old growth forest and natural forests in other parts of the country being permanently destroyed..."

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Bid by meatpacker JBS to join New York Stock Exchange faces opposition over Amazon deforestation

"...“Dozens of journalistic and NGO reports have shown that JBS is linked to more destruction of forests and other ecosystems than any other company in Brazil. The company has made repeated claims that it will eliminate deforestation but has not taken meaningful steps to do so, said the letter from 15 U. S..."

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Cropped 6 December 2023: COP28 greenwashing; Nature finance; Food pledge

"...DEBT SWAPS FOR NATURE: African leaders called for debt relief for climate action and are receiving guidance from the UN Economic Commission for Africa on how to negotiate agreements at COP28, the Economist reported. However, debt swaps for nature are questioned for their minimal fiscal impact, the Mail and Guardian reported. The South African outlet noted that in 35 years this mechanism has only generated $318m of the $280bn needed for the continent to adapt to climate change..."

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UN cites alarming surge in climate change over the past decade as COP28 pushes for global emissions cuts

"...We have to cut greenhouse gas emissions as a top and overriding priority for the planet in order to prevent climate change spiralling out of control, he urged. A glimmer of hopeThe report paints a grim picture, but it also highlights positive developments, including that successful international efforts to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals under the Montreal Protocol have resulted in a smaller Antarctic ozone hole during the 2011-2020 period. In addition, advancements in forecasts, early warning systems, and coordinated disaster management have reduced casualties from extreme events, even though economic losses have increased, the WMO researchers observed..."

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Some light in a dark climate year: Amazon deforestation is down 56%

"...An estimated 20% of the Amazon has already been cut down, driven largely by aggressive agricultural expansion, illegal mining, logging and fires. A record-setting drought this year has also primed the Amazon for forest fires, in particular in the swaths that have degraded and are in poorer health, which amounts to 40% of its surface..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention deforestation.

How to stop the next pandemic? Stop deforestation | Neil Vora

Duration: 09:46

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047 | An Accountability Framework For Deforestation

Duration: 45:01

"...Environmental NGOs have long pushed companies to reduce their impact on forests, and companies have long complained that every NGO seems to come with different demands. ..."

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Paying for healthcare with a healthy rainforest

Duration: 35:53

"...Kinari Webb founded Health in Harmony, which provides healthcare to people to save Indonesian rainforests: she realized that most illegal deforestation happens when villagers have to pay for medical care, because all they have to generate cash with is timber..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about deforestation.

Digital Innovation Aids Ukraine & Mountain Rain Helps Power City | WEF | Top Stories of the Week

"...But its also beset by poaching, deforestation and conflict so the park devised a plan to protect its treasures by building 3 hydroelectric power plants and becoming a beacon for clean development..."

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Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."

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Carbon Credits Dont Really Work, But Could They?

"..."Ultimately, the polluters got a guilt-free pass to keep emitting CO, but the forest preservation that was supposed to balance the ledger either never came or didnt last. " ..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about deforestation relevant to the latest news.

Pantropical CO2 emissions and removals for the AFOLU sector in the period 1990?2018

"...Transparent, accurate, comparable, and complete estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and removals are needed to support mitigation goals and performance assessments under the Paris Agreement..."

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Are the Sundarbans mangrove forest management policies adequate to conserve wildlife species?

"...This study attempted to evaluate the existing legislation of Bangladesh to conserve wildlife in the Sundarbans mangrove forest (SMF), which is threatened by deforestation, land grabbing, agriculture, shrimp culture, pollution, power plant construction, hunting and poaching, illicit wildlife trade (IWT), human?wildlife conflict (HWC), legal and institutional inefficacy, climate change, sea level rise, salinity and other factors..."

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Synthesis of the land carbon fluxes of the Amazon region between 2010 and 2020

"...Overall, our results point to increasing human-induced disturbances (deforestation and forest degradation by wildfires) and reduction in the old-growth forest sink during drought..."

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Caring for the environment. How do deforestation, agricultural land, and urbanization degrade the environment? Fresh insight th

"...Therefore, our research is based on four separate models to investigate the effects of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, and N2O) and ecological footprint on deforestation, urbanization, economic growth, globalization, and agricultural land in Pakistan..."

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Climate change effects on riverbank erosion Bait community flood-prone area of Punjab, Pakistan: an application of livelihood v

"...The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of climate change on livelihood vulnerability in riverbank erosion Bait community flood-prone area of Punjab, Pakistan..."

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Building capacity for estimating fire emissions from tropical peatlands; a worked example from Indonesia

"...Tropical peatlands are globally significant in the terrestrial carbon cycle as they are comprised of a large forest carbon sink and a large peat carbon store?both of which can potentially be exchanged with the atmosphere on decadal time frames..."

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"...? This is being more coherently addressed now under REDD+?framework by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), particularly focusing on sustainable forest management (SFM) and relevant intensification of carbon pools in developing countries..."

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Traditional ecological knowledge, perceptions and practices on insect pollinator conservation: A case of the smallholder farmer

"...Anthropogenic activities, such as deforestation, pollution, and fires, were perceived as significant contributors to IP decline, alongside factors like climate change and a lack of government support..."

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Does climate change impact the potential habitat suitability and conservation status of the national bird of Peru (Rupicola per

"...Due to massive deforestation and forest fires, the cock-of-the-rock or tunqui (Rupicola peruvianus), the national bird of Peru, is under serious threat in the country..."

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