Jane Goodall launches effort in support of planting 1 trillion trees by 2030

Primatologist and conservation icon Jane Goodall has formally joined a global effort to counter climate change and the extinction crisis by planting a trillion trees within a decade. On Tuesday, Goodall announced Trees for Jane, an initiative that will raise money for vetted reforestation and forest conservation projects. “Forests are part of the solution to …

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Remnant forests struggle to survive amid oil palm plantations, study shows

JAKARTA — Most forest trees that persist in areas dominated by oil palm plantations die before they can mature, a new study shows, emphasizing the urgency of conserving or restoring forested areas to ensure the promotion of biodiversity and other ecosystem services. The study, published in journal Global Ecology and Conservation, looked at the density …

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Countering Bolsonaro’s UN speech, Greenpeace releases Amazon deforestation photos

Hours after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro painted a rosy picture of his administration’s environmental record during a United Nations speech, Greenpeace and other environmental groups released a set of photos showing continued deforestation and fires in Earth’s largest rainforest. Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro cited …

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Fires in the Amazon have already impacted 90% of plant and animal species

Since 2019, deforestation and fires have caused the Brazilian Amazon to lose about 10,000 square kilometers of forest cover per year – a high and alarming increase over the previous decade, when the annual reduction in forest area was close to 6,500 square kilometers, according to data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). …

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Extinction of indigenous languages leads to loss of exclusive knowledge about medicinal plants

“Every time a language disappears, a speaking voice also disappears, a way to make sense of reality disappears, a way to interact with nature disappears, a way to describe and name animals and plants disappears,” says Jordi Bascompte, researcher in the Department of Evolutional Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Zurich. The project Ethnologue concluded that 42% …

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Scientists look to chimps’ past to gauge their future under climate change

Peering back over the last 120,000 years, scientists have uncovered where chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) rode out past periods of global change, providing insights into how they might be affected by future climate change. The recent findings, published in the American Journal of Primatology, also show that several areas previously identified as important shelters for biodiversity …

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For Indonesian MPs, Indigenous rights may be bad for business, report says

JAKARTA — A long-delayed bill on Indigenous rights continues to languish in parliament because most lawmakers have business interests that are threatened by the acknowledgement of Indigenous land rights, activists say. The bill, a perennial priority for legislation for several years, is meant to be the follow-up to a landmark Constitutional Court ruling in 2013 …

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Illegal logging reaches Amazon’s untouched core, ‘terrifying’ research shows

One of the main fears about the Brazilian Amazon is beginning to materialize: logging is starting to move from the periphery of the rainforest toward the core of the biome, groundbreaking new research shows. Tracking cut trees through satellite mapping data, the research found that logging activities cleared 464,000 hectares (1.15 million acres) of the …

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Myanmar’s snowcapped north is a haven for large mammals, new study finds

The Hkakaborazi landscape at the northern tip of Myanmar is dominated by precipitous snowcapped peaks that tower over rainforest-cloaked slopes and valleys below. Rugged and remote, the region is home to Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, Hkakabo Razi, which rises to 5,881 meters (19,295 feet) close to where the borders of Myanmar, India and China meet. …

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