Brazilian deforestation increasing

Here are some bad news I read last week : deforestation in Brazil is increasing again. For the past years, it had been decreasing steadily, reaching its lowest levels in two decades. But over the last year, deforestation increased by 28 percent over the previous one. As the BBC noted : ” The government is… Continue reading Brazilian deforestation increasing

Amazon deforestation drops to lowest in 22 years

Last year the deforestation of the Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest was slowing dramatically. It keeps doing so: ” Brazil’s government says deforestation in the Amazon rain forest has dropped to its slowest pace in 22 years.” ” Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira says satellite imagery of the National Institute for Space Research shows that… Continue reading Amazon deforestation drops to lowest in 22 years

How deforestation in Brazil keeps slowing down

I wrote about it before : deforestation in the Brazilian part of the Amazon rainforest – aka the lungs of Earth – decreased by no less than 46 percent and is at record low levels in the past two decades. These are surely good news as deforestation is a predominant part in Brazilian greenhouse gases… Continue reading How deforestation in Brazil keeps slowing down

Putting deforestation in perspective

We have seen it throughout this blog, deforestation is a key environmental issue but it is sometimes hard to grab for people in developed nations as they aren’t directly concerned by this phenomenon. How much time would it take for Central Park or the Champs de Mars to be destroyed if deforestation were to occur… Continue reading Putting deforestation in perspective

Brazil and Indonesia committed to slow down deforestation

The year is beginning with many good news. After the huge wind energy plan in the UK, another good sign that climate change mitigation slowly but surely surfaces as a key preoccupation at a global scale. Indeed the Brazilian goverment signed a National Policy on Climate Change bill which is due to help the country… Continue reading Brazil and Indonesia committed to slow down deforestation

Saving rainforests with the UN-REDD program

While in the train going to Paris to attend the Green Job forum I read an interesting article on how banking on trees could enable us to fight off climate change and give money to enable developing nations to protect their forests. The United Nations REDD program – Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation… Continue reading Saving rainforests with the UN-REDD program

Deforestation in Brazil decreases by 46 percent

To the pictures taken by satellites the annual rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest have dropped by no less than 46 percent this year. If these figures were confirmed by ground data this would prove significant. These figures are the lowest since record keeping begun 21 years ago and can be explained by the… Continue reading Deforestation in Brazil decreases by 46 percent

Local populations don’t profit from deforestation

Science Magazine published an interesting article on how deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest provides only a temporary increase of living conditions to local populations. To the article: (…) on the basis of an assessment of 286 municipalities in different stages of deforestation, we found a boom-and-bust pattern in levels of human development across the… Continue reading Local populations don’t profit from deforestation

The deforestation of the Amazon in pictures

Images are worth thousands of words. So when I found on VeoVerde a series of photographs from the NASA depicting the deforestation of the Amazonian rain forest I thought I should share them with you. The picture on the left (0.4 Mo ; 465*3000 px) is a collage of  nine photographs and shows the horrifying… Continue reading The deforestation of the Amazon in pictures

Japan lends $120 million for Peruvian forests

Japan is lending $120 million (88 million euros) to Peru to enable the country to protect 55 million hectares of forests (nearly the equivalent area of France). This is done to stop the deforestation in the country by the next ten years. To Ecoworldy, this initiative will store 20 million tons of carbon dioxide per… Continue reading Japan lends $120 million for Peruvian forests

Amazon at risk even with best case scenario

The Amazon rain forest may lose 40 percent of its area even with the two degrees, lowest estimates of rising temperatures. These are the dramatic conclusions of a recent study carried out by UK Met Office. Three degrees Celsius would destroy up to 75 percent. This is a huge problem as the Amazon rain forest,… Continue reading Amazon at risk even with best case scenario

Rain forests suffer from climate change

Rain forests around the world already suffer largely from deforestation. Now, another large threat is appearing as climate change leads to less water and thus less trees. Both the Indonesian and the Amazonian rain forests are at threat. This phenomenon will lead to even more climate change. This article will show how critical sound forests… Continue reading Rain forests suffer from climate change