forests

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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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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UN Scales up Climate Action to Protect Forests

Today’s International Day of Forests under the theme “Forests and sustainable production and consumption,” is an opportunity to highlight the significant role of forests in the context of climate change. Forests globally are under immense pressure. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report finds that forests are under severe threat, while sustainably

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Amazon Is Less Able to Recover From Droughts and Logging, Study Finds

The region is nearing a threshold beyond which its forests may be replaced by grasslands, with huge repercussions for biodiversity and climate change. The Amazon is losing its ability to recover from disturbances like droughts and land-use changes, scientists reported Monday, adding to concern that the rainforest is approaching a critical threshold beyond which much

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