Forests : Newsfile

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  • Kenya logging plans upset UNEP chief

    5 March 2001

    Plans by the Kenyan Government to clear and resettle forests at the foot of Mount Kenya have come under attack from the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has its headquarters in Nairobi.

  • Amazon rainforest 'gone in 20 years'

    5 February 2001

    New research suggests that up to 95 per cent of the Amazon rainforest could be destroyed over the next 20 years, compared with just 4 per cent between the 'discovery' of Brazil in 1500 and the end of the 1970s. The speed of destruction doubled over the past 20 years, clearing an area the size of France at the rate of 20,000 sq km a year.

  • Forest forecast

    1 August 2000

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, made up of more than 2,500 of the world's leading scientists, has concluded that "forests are highly sensitive to climate change" and that up to one third of currently forested areas could be affected in some way.

  • Must Indonesia's forests burn?

    1 August 2000

    In 1997/98 Indonesia experienced its worst forest and land fires in living memory. Some 10 million hectares were set ablaze, and a pall of acrid smoke enveloped much of Sumatra and Kalimantan, as well as neighbouring Singapore. Over 75 million people suffered, the economic cost may have been as high as $10 billion and carbon emissions were so great that turned Indonesia into one of the world's largest polluters. Here Charlie Pye-Smith brings the story up-to-date.

  • Population and prosperity are destroying Asia's forests

    1 August 2000

    Population pressures and increasing prosperity - these two are "the most important drivers of demand for forest products" in Asia and the Pacific region, according to a recent report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), writes Henrylito D. Tacio.