deforestation

Congo to Auction Land to Oil Companies: ‘Our Priority Is Not to Save the Planet’

Peatlands and rainforests in the Congo Basin protect the planet by storing carbon. Now, in a giant leap backward for the climate, they’re being auctioned off for drilling. DAKAR, Senegal — The Democratic Republic of Congo, home to one of the largest old-growth rainforests on Earth, is auctioning off vast amounts of land in a …

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Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon hits tragic record in 2022

RIO DE JANEIRO — Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon during the first half of 2022 broke all records, a measure of the increasing destruction taking place under the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro. Satellite images taken between January and June show 4,000 square kilometers (1,500 square miles) of forest destroyed, more than in any six month …

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Greta Thunberg delivers a climate warning at Glastonbury

Greta Thunberg has made a surprise appearance at Glastonbury, to warn of the dangers of climate change. The earth’s biosphere is “not just changing, it is destabilising, it is breaking down,” the 19-year-old told festival-goers from the Pyramid Stage. She criticised world leaders for “creating loopholes” to protect firms whose emissions cause climate change. “That …

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Congo peat: The ‘lungs of humanity’ which are under threat

A giant slab of carbon-rich peat, discovered in central Africa, is under threat from uncontrolled development – posing a significant risk for future climate change, writes BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding. After 10 hours by car, another 10 by river in a dugout canoe, three hours hacking a path with machetes through thick tropical undergrowth, …

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UN chief: Governments’ inaction on climate is ‘dangerous’

BERLIN — U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned Tuesday of a “dangerous disconnect” between what scientists and citizens are demanding to curb climate change, and what governments are actually doing about it. Guterres said global greenhouse gas emissions need to drop by 45% this decade, but are currently forecast to increase by 14%. “We are witnessing …

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‘Lead us out of this mess,’ UN chief demands of world leaders at environment summit in Stockholm

‘We need to change course – now – and end our senseless and suicidal war against nature’ UN chief António Guterres says The secretary general of the United Nations has demanded that world leaders “lead us out of this mess” at the launch of an environment summit in Sweden. Stockholm +50 got underway on Thursday, …

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Brazil’s Amazon deforestation hits record for month of April

RIO DE JANEIRO — Deforestation detected in the Brazilian Amazon broke all records for the month of April, and that followed similar new records set in January and February, reflecting a worrisome uptick in destruction in a state deep within the rainforest. Satellite alerts of deforestation for April corresponded to more than 1,000 square kilometers …

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World lost tropical forest at rate of 30 Central Parks every day in 2021

The world lost tropical forest at a rate of 40 square miles a day in 2021, according to a sweeping global report published on Thursday. Some 3.75 million hectares of largely untouched, or primary, tropical forest were chopped down or burned last year, according to the Global Forest Watch project. That’s roughly equivalent to deforesting …

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