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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has vetoes parts of controversial forest bill which regulates agriculture expansion into areas of the Amazon and other sensitive ecosystems.
Read more at BBC News
The Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth has launched a campaign to stop illegal logging driving the ‘world’s most threatened tribe’ to extinction. In this video the King’s Speech star encourages the viewers to put pressure on Brazil’s minister of justice, José Eduardo Cardozo to prioritise this issue and demand the loggers be driven out by law enforcement authorities.
The Belo Monte hydropower plant in the Brazilian Amazon has attracted significant criticism, and these new photographs reveal the extent to which dam construction and deforestation have already started in the area.
The public perception is that hydro-electric projects are a good thing for the planet: renewable, fossil fuel-free and so on. The reality is that the non-renewable resources and emissions that go into the construction take years to amortize; and more dangerous still, when you flood rainforest, submerging huge quantities of vegetation and organic matter beneath the rising waters, the gradual decay over years and years releases huge amounts of greenhouse gases, particularly the dreaded methane – roughly 25 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. So the climate change benefit of rainforest hydro-electric projects is highly debatable, and that is before you take into account the infrastructure impact on biodiversity and on the people who call the rainforest home.
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New analysis by the World Bank suggests that the illegal logging trade generates some $10-15bn (£7.5-11bn) worldwide.
The report recommends that aid donors should fund programmes that build the capacity of law enforcement and legal authorities to tackle the illegal timber trade.
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Our chairman, Jonathan Wild, has received yet another accolade. This week, he was recognised in the Ackrill Media Group Business Awards as the Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Continue reading Another Accolade for Jonathan
President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines has ordered the Philippine National Police to plant 10 million trees in just one year, in light of the devastating effects of deforestation and climate change in the country.
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A battalion of 580 eco solders in Nicaragua are helping to protect its dwindling forests from illegal logging – they’ve just had their first successes. In Kitchener’s own words:
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