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Dancing in the forest - Baka children in the rainforest of Cameroon. The Baka have been there for millennia, but the government 'owns' the forest and its carbon. Photo: Baka.co.uk/ .

Forest Peoples at risk from 'carbon grab'

Oliver Tickell

20th March 2014

A new 'carbon grab' is under way as governments and corporations seize valuable rights to the carbon stored in standing forests, with UN and World Bank support. But there's no benefit for forest communities - who even risk expulsion to make way for 'carbon plantations', more...
Stars mark sites where the researchers put the leaf bags, with colors corresponding to levels of radiation. Photo: Mousseau et al., Oecologia.

Chernobyl's forests - dead wood and leaves preserved by radiation

Rachel Nuwer / Smithsonian

24th March 2014

It's not just people, animals and trees that suffer from radiation at Chernobyl, writes Rachel Nuwer, but also decomposer fungi and microbes. And with the buildup of dead wood comes the risk of catastrophic fire - which could spread radiation far and wide. more...
Tree losing its leaves in the Beijing smog. Photo:  Philip McMaster via Flickr.com.

Beijing's $5bn tree project - will it cut pollution?

Jun Yang

16th March 2014

Beijing is to plant trees over an area 200 times the size of Central Park in the city's latest effort to neutralise its choking pollution. But Jun Yang asks - how much will the trees really help, unless accompanied by drastic reductions in emissions? more...
Hermitage Quarry - eating into ancient woodland at Oaken Wood, Kent. Photo: Woodland Trust.

Enough is enough - protect Britain's ancient woods!

Sian Atkinson

13th March 2014

In principle ancient woodland enjoys strong protection, but that's not how it works out on the ground, reports Sian Atkinson. HS2 alone threatens 82 ancient woods, and 440 are at risk nationwide. Hence the Woodland Trust's 'Enough is Enough' campaign ... more...
Disturbing evidence of an 8x10-foot section of 'poached' burl-wood. Photo: US National Park Service.

Redwood thieves force California forest curfew

Oliver Tickell

6th March 2014

Thieves are stealing valuable growths of bud tissue from the trunks of Coast redwood trees in California, putting their long term survival at risk. Park authorities have responded by closing a road used by the thieves at night. more...
Jan and Chaparro near Cumbres de San Bartolome. Photo: Paul Barham.

Travels with Chaparro - a letter from the Sierra

Jan Nimmo

22nd March 2014

The tree-clad hills of Spain's Sierra de Huelva retain their beauty, wildlife and traditions, writes Jan Nimmo, who has speant a decade exploring the area on horseback. Just one thing is missing: the throngs of people that once inhabited and managed the land. more...
Bridger Mountains. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair.

Defender of the Rockies

Jeffrey St. Clair

3rd March 2014

For sheer guts, vision and results, a single organisation stands out among the US's environmental defenders - the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. Jeffrey St. Clair met its leader, Mike Garrity, winner of 2014's Grassroots Activist Award. more...
Trees and hedgerows mean less run-off and erosion, reducing flooding and siltation downstream. Photo: Coed Cymru - coedcymru.org.uk/ .

Woods and trees are functioning parts of a living landscape

Mike Townsend

6th March 2014

Trees, woodlands and hedgerows do much more than enhance the appearance of Britain's rural landscapes, writes Mike Townsend. They diminish flooding, reduce erosion, assist water infiltration, enhance biodiversity - and we need more of them! more...
South Cubbington Wood near Leamington Spa has existed for many centuries. It is now under threat by the proposed HS2 railway line.

Ancient woodland loss must be recorded

Mike Townsend

9th March 2014

We need a robust and open system to accurately record the loss of ancient woodland, argues Mike Townsend. Only then can we fully realise the scale of the problem - and tackle it effectively. more...
Soldiers at an illegal logging camp on Awá land. The Brazilian government has mounted a huge operation to evict illegal invaders from the Awá's forest. © Mário Vilela / FUNAI.

Amazon: loggers, ranchers expelled from Awa lands

The Ecologist

26th February 2014

After a two year celebrity-backed campaign, Brazil is finally expelling invaders from the ancestral rainforests of the Awa Indians - just in time to avoid embarrassing World Cup protests. more...
The Maloca - from within. Photo: The Temple of the Way of Light.

Healing in the jungle

Matt Mellen

1st March 2014

Matt Mellen joined a growing number of Westerners seeking therapy with Ayahuasca, the Amazonian 'miracle medicine' for mind, body and soul. He emerged transformed, a happier version of ... himself. more...
Richard Brooks - sued for CA$7 million for defending forests. Photo: Greenpeace Canada.

Canada - fighting the legal clamp-down on dissent

Richard Brooks

25th February 2014

Richard Brooks spoke out against the destruction of Canada's publicly owned boreal forests and loss of caribou habitat. His reward - a $7 million lawsuit from the country's biggest logger, Resolute. more...

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Sunset over Lake Nicaragua as seen from Merida, across from the Hotel Omaja. Photo: eric molina via Flickr.com.

Nicaragua Canal will destroy rainforests, communities and wildlife

Jorge Huete-Perez

21st February 2014

A mysterious Hong Kong company has won the concession to build a $40 billion canal through Nicaragua, duplicating the Panama Canal. Jorge Huete-Perez warns that it threatens human and ecological devastation, all for scant benefit to the country. more...
Kellogg's BiGG MiXX - 4-Grain Goodness You Can See! Photo: Jason Garber via Flickr.com.

Kelloggs goes 'deforestation free'

The Ecologist

19th February 2014

The global cereal giant Kellogg has committed to sourcing palm oil that is deforestation-free. It will also ensure that carbon rich tropical peatlands are preserved. more...
Tea-growing can require large volumes of scarce water - one of many challenges facing growers. Photo: Forum for the Future.

Tea - a 'hero crop' for our times?

Ann-Marie Brouder

19th February 2014

Britain's favourite tipple faces big challenges over coming decades, writes Ann-Marie Brouder. A new report sets out the challenges and proposes sustainable solutions to keep the 'cup that cheers' on the nation's tables. more...
Construction waste from the Sochi Winter Olympics construction is dumped in the Mzympta River. Photo: SochiWatch.

Sochi - an Olympiad of environmental destruction

Igor Chestin

17th February 2014

The winter Olympics at Sochi have trashed the National Park that contains Russia's richest biodiversity, writes Igor Chestin. Worse, the gutting of key environmental laws means that it can happen all over again, and again. more...
Rainforest in Sumatra - cleared for an APRIL palm oil plantation. Photo: Bill Lawrance.

Are the global forest-destroyers turning over a new leaf?

Bill Laurance

13th February 2014

A succession of mega-corporations that have been driving rainforest destruction in Indonesia have recently announced 'no deforestation' policies. Bill Lawrance asks: is it too good to be true? more...
An encampment in of rural people evicted by soy barons is bunt out, Paraguay.

GM crops are driving genocide and ecocide - keep them out of the EU!

Helena Paul

5th February 2014

The unfolding human and ecological disaster of GM agriculture in the Americas must send the EU a powerful message, writes Helena Paul. We don't want it here, and we should stop buying the products of GM-driven genocide and ecocide abroad. more...
Soy on former forest, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo: Jeff Belmonte via Flickr.com.

Brazil extends Amazon protection from soy farms

The Ecologist

3rd January 2014

Amazon threat from soybean expansion delayed for a year - but 8 million hectares of unprotected forest at risk from 2015 pending new measures. more...
Grizzly bear with bison carcass, Yellowstone National Park. Photo: YellowstoneNPS via Flickr.com.

Yellowstone grizzlies face trophy-hunting threat

Anna Taylor

31st January 2014

Yellowstone's Grizzly bears are facing multiple threats, writes Anna Taylor - from proposals to remove their protection under the US Endangered Species Act, and shortages of key foods caused by climate change. more...
Young orangutan in the Sabangau Forest. Photo: Matt Adam Williams / OuTrop

L'Oreal moves against forest destruction

The Ecologist

30th January 2014

L'Oreal, the world's largest beauty and cosmetics company, has committed to remove forest destruction from its products by 2020. more...
The River Moriston, near the Dundreggan Estate. Scots pine and other native trees grow along the river, but much of the glen is given over to commercial conifer plantation of low biodiversity value. Photo: Philip Mason.

One tree at a time: restoring the forest of Caledon

Philip Mason

3rd February 2014

Scotland's native forest remains in only a few fragments, but Trees For Life is working to restore it, and almost all of the work is done by volunteers. Philip Mason joined their newly expanded long-term volunteer programme for two months last autumn. more...
Torched Senger home. Photo: Justin Kenrick.

Kenya: police begin Forest People evictions

The Ecologist

23rd January 2014

The Kenyan government has begun to forcibly evict tens of thousands of Sengwer indigenous people from their ancestral forest lands and burn their homes, food stores and belongings to the ground. The World Bank wrings its hands. more...
Image by DonkeyHotey via Flickr.com.

Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Chris Lang

23rd January 2014

The TPP - Trans-Pacific Partnership - is far more than just a trade agreement. It is a global-scale corporate power grab - anti-people, anti-environment and anti-democratic. And it must be stopped, writes Chris Lang. more...
'Forbidden: open burning land, collecting plants. Photo: Marcus Colchester.

Palm Oil company plan to slow deforestation 'another land-grab'

Marcus Colchester

23rd January 2014

A palm oil company's 'forest conservation' programme in Indonesia has ended up being a second land grab, writes Marcus Colchester - seizing resources from local communities' control. more...

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