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Causes of deforestation. Deforestation. Amazon activism. Carbon storage by rainforests. Oil extraction in rainforest areas. Ghana rainforests. Palm oil sustainability. *****The Deforestation of the Amazon (A Time Lapse) Steven Bernard sur Twitter : "Had an awesome time working on this Amazon conservation special report, highlighting the importance and role of the rainforest. Thanks to @joannaskao for shepherding the development. #gistribe #dataviz. Have you tried the search engine that plants trees? Deforestation in Paraguay #NASA… CHOGM London 2018 sur Twitter : "On the eve of #CHOGM2018, Buckingham Palace is illuminated with a special rainforest projection. It's part of the @QueensCanopy conservation project which aims to preserve trees and forests across #ourCommonwealth #commonw.

Buckingham Palace has been transformed tonight, as a rainforest design was projected onto the building as part of a global conservation initiative in The Queen’s name. #commonwealthcanopy… The Royal Family sur Twitter : "The iconic façade of Buckingham Palace was transformed tonight, as a vibrant rainforest design was projected onto the building as part of a global conservation initiative in The Queen’s name - the @QueensCanopy #commonwealt. #Map shows #deforestation in #Borneo between 1950 and 2020 (projected). By @WWF More here. Twitter. The Amazon effect: how deforestation is starving São Paulo of water. #Deforestation puts #ecosystems at risk. #Map shows which countries gained or lost #forests over the last 25 years.

“Lungs of the planet” doesn’t really cut it. Here’s how forests actually affect climate change. #COP23. New Memory Geogger - Tropical Rainforests. Download here #geographyteacher #memorygeogger. Crowdsourcing the forest for the trees. Natural African Ebony Wood Watches - $39 Buy Now Free worldwide shipping on all orders. *****The gold mine of Serra Pelada Brazil, 1986. by Sebastião Salgado (in Timber! schools programme) *****By Using High-resolution Satellite Imagery to Survey Drylands, Researchers Boosted Estimates of Global Forest Cover by 9% - Geolounge.

*****Map data viz over time: Where are forests being gained / lost? Map by @tkb. *****Our new film 'Green: at what price?' investigates the battle between Ugandan villagers & a Norwegian timber company. .@Obrekum Taking Deforestation out of Commodity Supply Chains @theGEF #Soy #Beef #PalmOil all major drives. Easter eggs rated by palm oil use. *****REDD: Indigenous peoples in Colombia play crucial role in the fight against climate change. Elizabeth Apolinar enjoys her job as a lawyer in the bustling center of Bogotá these days.

*****REDD: Indigenous peoples in Colombia play crucial role in the fight against climate change

But now and then she misses the traditional life she used to lead deep in the heart of the Colombian jungle. Apolinar is originally from a community called the Sikuani. The Sikuani people are a pueblo indigena, an indigenous people, one of about 100 indigenous ethnic groups in Colombia. Dams be damned, let the world's rivers flow again. Fifty years ago, environmentalists and dam builders in the United States were locked in a bitter battle.

Dams be damned, let the world's rivers flow again

Dam building had swept the nation in the 1940s and 1950s, blocking and impounding some of the most important rivers of the American west. On the Snake river (where controversies about dams continue to this day), dam construction had led to a massive fish kill and decimated salmon and steelhead runs. Frank Church, a senator from the state of Idaho, originally supported the dams. Hydropower dams worldwide cause continued species extinction. New research led by the University of Stirling has found a global pattern of sustained species extinctions on islands within hydroelectric reservoirs.

Hydropower dams worldwide cause continued species extinction

Scientists have discovered that reservoir islands created by large dams across the world do not maintain the same levels of animal and plant life found prior to flooding. Despite being hailed as conservation sanctuaries that protect species from hunting and deforestation, islands undergo sustained loss of species year on year after dam construction, a pattern otherwise known as 'extinction debt'. These findings represent a significant environmental impact that is currently missing from assessment procedures for proposed new dams. The file-eared tree frog has remarkable camouflage. (Photo by Robin Moore.) Yr 10 created Facebook posts to explain why certain stakeholders are causing deforestation in the rainforest□□ #ukedchat #geographyteacher. The excavation of a cave, in Pará, unearthed a snake weighing 900 pounds and measuring 30 feet in length. We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years.

If you want to see the world’s climate changing, fly over a tropical country.

We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years

Thirty years ago, a wide belt of rainforest circled the earth, covering much of Latin America, south-east Asia and Africa. Today, it is being rapidly replaced by great swathes of palm oil trees and rubber plantations, land cleared for cattle grazing, soya farming, expanding cities, dams and logging. People have been deforesting the tropics for thousands of years for timber and farming, but now, nothing less than the physical transformation of the Earth is taking place. Every year about 18m hectares of forest – an area the size of England and Wales – is felled. In just 40 years, possibly 1bn hectares, the equivalent of Europe, has gone. Global consumption an increasingly significant driver of tropical deforestation. Last frontiers of wilderness Tracking loss of intact forest landscapes from 2000 to 2013 #deforestation. ***Forest Loss Animated Map. Illegal deforestation for 'sustainable' chocolate continues in Peru.

Tucked away in northeastern Peru, a huge cacao plantation has been taking shape over the past few years.

Illegal deforestation for 'sustainable' chocolate continues in Peru

Touted by industry as a source for “sustainable” chocolate, critics say it has displaced thousands of hectares of primary rainforest and data show that it is continuing to grow- despite government orders to cease its development. The plantation is located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) up the Amazon River from Iquitos, the largest city of Department of Loreto.

Owned and operated by United Cacao (UC), development of the plantation began in 2013 and analysis of satellite imagery indicates around 2,400 hectares of forest have been cleared so far. While UC representatives assert that the plantation is being developed on land that had been previously used for agricultural purposes, surveys by research institutions – like Stanford University’s Carnegie Airborne Observatory – strongly indicate that the area was covered in dense, undisturbed rainforest before UC started development. So you should be! This is a brilliant short film on Sabah, drawing attention to a disaster through some stunning images. @NatGeoEducation. Hydropower dams worldwide cause continued species extinction. See what @CameronCRussell learned when she visited @RnfrstAlliance Certified farms in Sri Lanka in our new video.

Home. Resource – Yr7 Tropical Rainforest SoW. The importance of urban forests: why money really does grow on trees. The skyline along Manhattan’s Upper Fifth Avenue, where it flanks Central Park, is dominated by vast, verdant clouds of American elm trees.

The importance of urban forests: why money really does grow on trees

Their high-arched branches and luminous green canopies form – as historian Jill Jones puts it – “a beautiful cathedral of shade”. When she started researching her new book, Urban Forests, she’d have struggled to identify the species – but now, she says, “when I see one, I say ‘Oh my goodness, this is a rare survivor,’ and deeply appreciate the fact that it’s there.” The American elm was once America’s most beloved and abundant city tree. It liked urban soil, and its branches spread out a safe distance above traffic, to provide the dappled shade that cities depended on before air conditioning. Now, however, most of the big, old elms have been wiped out by Dutch elm disease. Sneak peek of our new video, We Are the #RainforestAlliance, coming soon. Illegal gold mining spreads to protected Peruvian reserve. Deforestation by agriculture: Modern art captured by a #satellite—a highway separates the forested Iguazú National Park from farmland in #Brazil.

The Queens Commonwealth Canopy - A network of forest conservation initiatives throughout the 53 nations of the Commonwealth. How deforestation happens: Logging Roads - Map.

Queensland incl Daintree, NW Australia

If the palm oil industry waited for consumers to care, sustainability would get nowhere. Palm oil is the most-used vegetable oil in the world, accounting for some 65% of all vegetable oil traded, and is found in everything from washing powder to breakfast cereals.

If the palm oil industry waited for consumers to care, sustainability would get nowhere

Global production has doubled over the past decade and is set to double again by 2020. But oil palm trees only grow in tropical areas, and vast monocrops are rapidly destroying virgin rainforests and peatland. Ecosystem collapse, air pollution and species extinction have followed. Global action to reverse these trends has been led by the certification scheme, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Yet, despite being established in 2004, only around 20% of palm oil is certified by the RSPO globally.

While certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) has so far been industry-led, could a tipping point come from heightened consumer understanding and action? Greenpeace rates consumer goods giants' no-deforestation progress. Most consumer goods giants with commitments to eliminate deforestation from their palm oil supply chains are “moving far too slowly,” according to a new Greenpeace scorecard that rates their progress.

Greenpeace rates consumer goods giants' no-deforestation progress

The NGO surveyed 14 global companies and assessed them based on three criteria: responsible sourcing, transparency and industry reform. Nestle and Ferrero scored the highest, while Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson and PepsiCo fared the worst. Danone, General Mills, Ikea, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez, Orkla, P&G and Unilever were in the middle. #WestPapua As far as the eye can see, an area that was once #rainforest has been destroyed #deforestation #palmoil. Forest-burning is a sin, says Indonesian fatwa. Image copyright AFP Indonesia's highest Islamic authority has said it is a sin for people to deliberately burn forests to clear the land for growing crops.

Forest-burning is a sin, says Indonesian fatwa

Illegal slash-and-burn farming has devastated large areas of Indonesia and causes air pollution which affects countries around the region.