Forests : Newsfile

There are 95 documents in this section.

  • Corruption fueling logging disaster in Indonesia

    28 March 2007

    'One of the world's biggest environmental crimes' continues to unfold in Indonesia as efforts by the government to curb massive illegal logging are being severely undermined by a weak and corrupt justice system and the continued demand for cheap wood products, a new investigation as found.

  • Net forest loss 20,000 hectares per day

    20 March 2007

    Between 1990 to 2005, the world lost 3 per cent of its total forest area, an average decrease of some 0.2 per cent per year, according to FAO's State of the World's Forests 2007 report, published in March. Net forest loss is 7.3 million hectares per year or 20,000 hectares per day, equivalent to an area twice the size of Paris.

  • SE Asian forests disappearing fast

    12 February 2007

    The tropical forests of South East Asia, important for local livelihoods and the last home of the orang-utan, are disappearing far faster than experts have previously supposed according to a new Rapid Response report from the UN Environment Programme.

  • Financial incentives could save tropical forests

    24 October 2006

    A majority of people in rural tropical areas - about 800 million - live in or around vulnerable forests or woodlands, depending on them heavily for survival. Yet deforestation at five per cent a decade is steadily depleting this resource base, contributing to 20 per cent of annual global CO2 emissions and seriously threatening biodiversity.

  • Amazon 'desert' report under fire

    19 September 2006

    The Amazon rainforest is at risk of turning into desert in the near future, with catastrophic consequences for the world's climate, according to research reported in The Independent newspaper in July, and reproduced in this website. However aspects of the report have been criticised by one of the scientists involved.

  • Future of cork oak forests still in the balance

    2 August 2006

    Earlier this year WWF warned that three quarters of the Western Mediterranean's cork oak forests could be lost within 10 years, threatening an economic and environmental crisis, unless the industry took action to support the cork stoppers market. But still no action has been taken.

  • Green Belt Movement goes international

    14 April 2006

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Wangari Maathai has launched a new international charity, the Green Belt Movement International.

  • Greenpeace links McDonald's with Amazon destruction

    6 April 2006

    Greenpeace today accused McDonald's of destroying the Amazon rainforest. Using satellite images, aerial surveillance, previously unreleased government documents, and on-the-ground monitoring, Greenpeace says it has traced soya grown on land that once was rainforest to an animal feed producer whose chickens are processed into Chicken McNuggets and other McDonald's products.

  • Heart of Borneo project launched

    5 April 2006

    Despite the gloom over the outcome of the biodiversity conference in Curitiba in the last week of March, some good things were achieved, among them the agreement on island marine parks and the launch of the three-country Heart of Borneo Conservation initiative, reported below.

  • Amazon could turn into Savannah, WWF warns

    22 March 2006

    Climate change and deforestation could convert the majority of the Amazon rainforest into Savannah, with massive impacts on the world's biodiversity and climate, WWF said today.