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Katy Ashe: What gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon looks like on the ground

By Katy Ashe / Mongabay On the back of a partially functioning motorcycle I fly down miles of winding footpath at high-speed through the dense Amazon rainforest, the driver never able to see more than several feet ahead. Myriads of bizarre creatures lie camouflaged amongst the dense vines and lush foliage; flocks of parrots fly … Continue reading Katy Ashe: What gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon looks like on the ground

Tropical rainforest destruction driven by demand for vegetable oil

By Mongabay Surging demand for vegetable oil has emerged as an important driver of tropical deforestation over the past two decades and is threatening biodiversity, carbon stocks, and other ecosystem functions in some of the world’s most critical forest areas, warns a report published last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). But the … Continue reading Tropical rainforest destruction driven by demand for vegetable oil

“Big Conservation” organizations using public reputations to sell out forests

Imagine an international mega-deal. The global organic food industry agrees to support international agribusiness in clearing as much tropical rainforest as they want for farming. In return, agribusiness agrees to farm the now-deforested land using organic methods, and the organic industry encourages its supporters to buy the resulting timber and food under the newly devised … Continue reading “Big Conservation” organizations using public reputations to sell out forests

Giant corporation converting Sumatran tiger habitat into tissues and paper packaging

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian The habitat of the endangered Sumatran tiger is being rapidly destroyed in order to make tissues and paper packaging for consumer products in the west, new research from Greenpeace shows. A year-long investigation by the campaigning group has uncovered clear evidence, independently verified, that appears to show that ramin … Continue reading Giant corporation converting Sumatran tiger habitat into tissues and paper packaging

Strangely like war: Dayak people in Malaysia fighting palm oil companies for survival

The fate of a Dayak community deep in the interior of East Kalimantan demonstrates how Indonesia must safeguard the rights of indigenous people who practise a sustainable lifestyle if it is to meet ambitious targets to reduce emissions from deforestation, alleges an organisation that specialises in investigating environmental crimes. ... Continue reading →

Oregon delegation to Congress unveils plan to increase logging 1500%

By Steve Pedery, Oregon Wild Oregon Wild, the state’s leading public lands and wildlife conservation organization, today voiced strong opposition to H.R. 4019, the “Federal Forests County Revenue, Schools, and Jobs Act of 2012”.  The bill, which received a hearing in Congress this morning, would legally mandate that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of … Continue reading Oregon delegation to Congress unveils plan to increase logging 1500%

Organized crime killing activists reporting illegal Amazon loggers

By Tom Phillips / The Guardian A single shot to the temple was Mouth Organ John’s reward for spilling the beans. His friend, Junior José Guerra, fared only marginally better. Guerra’s prize for speaking out against the illegal loggers laying waste to the greatest tropical rainforest on Earth? A broken home, two petrified children and … Continue reading Organized crime killing activists reporting illegal Amazon loggers

The Fight is Heating Up Against Logging Company in British Columbia

Island Timberlands (I.T.), a logging company owned by Wall Street investment firm Brookfield Asset Managaement, has its sights set on Cortes Island in British Columbia. But they’ll have to go through Zoe Blunt and a slew of local activists first. This is shaping up to be another epic battle between concerned activists and greedy corporate … Continue reading The Fight is Heating Up Against Logging Company in British Columbia

Global forest cover lower than previously estimated, says UN

By Mongabay Global forest cover, as well as forest loss, is lower than previously estimated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), according to a new satellite-based assessment that replaces the self-reporting system previously used by the U.N. agency. The survey found the world’s total forest cover amounted to 3.69 billion hectares, or roughly 30 … Continue reading Global forest cover lower than previously estimated, says UN