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UN climate summit pledges to halt the loss of natural forests by 2030

UN climate summit pledges to halt the loss of natural forests by 2030 | Deforestation | Scoop.it
New York declaration on forests could cut carbon emissions equivalent of taking all the world’s cars off the road
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War and peace – and war again? The battle for Tasmania’s ancient forests

War and peace – and war again? The battle for Tasmania’s ancient forests | Deforestation | Scoop.it
For 30 years activists and loggers battled over Tasmania’s old-growth forests. Finally, in 2012, came a historic peace deal. But on 2 September the state’s newly elected Liberal government tore it up. So what next for both sides?
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The World’s 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues

The World’s 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues | Deforestation | Scoop.it
This Earth Day we take a look at 6 of world's most pressing environmental issues, and a few of the ways most important steps we can take to save it.
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Amazon rainforest losing ability to regulate climate, scientist warns

Amazon rainforest losing ability to regulate climate, scientist warns | Deforestation | Scoop.it
Report says logging and burning of Amazon might be connected to worsening droughts – such as the one plaguing São Paulo
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Deforestation and Its Extreme Effect on Global Warming

Deforestation and Its Extreme Effect on Global Warming | Deforestation | Scoop.it
From logging, agricultural production and other economic activities, deforestation adds more atmospheric CO2 than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world's roads
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Q&A: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (Redd)

Q&A: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (Redd) | Deforestation | Scoop.it
Find out more about the international plan to allow countries and companies to offset their carbon emissions by paying poorer nations to preserve their forests
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Brazil refuses deforestation pact

Brazil refuses deforestation pact | Deforestation | Scoop.it
Brazil refuses to sign up to a pact setting a deadline for ending deforestation entirely by 2030, saying the deal could clash with its laws.
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Deforestation | Threats | WWF

Deforestation | Threats | WWF | Deforestation | Scoop.it
Forests cover 31% of the land area on our planet. They produce vital oxygen and provide homes for people and wildlife. Many of the world’s most threatened and endangered animals live in forests, and 1.6 billion people rely on benefits forests offer, including food, fresh water, clothing, traditional medicine and shelter.
But forests around the world are under threat from deforestation, jeopardizing these benefits. Deforestation comes in many forms, including fires, clear-cutting for agriculture, ranching and development, unsustainable logging for timber, and degradation due to climate change. This impacts people’s livelihoods and threatens a wide range of plant and animal species. Some 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year—equivalent to 36 football fields every minute.
Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change because they act as a carbon sink—soaking up carbon dioxide that would otherwise be free in the atmosphere and contribute to ongoing changes in climate patterns. Deforestation undermines this important carbon sink function. It is estimated that 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation.
Deforestation is a particular concern in tropical rainforests because these forests are home to much of the world’s biodiversity. For example, in the Amazon around 17% of the forest has been lost in the last 50 years, mostly due to forest conversion for cattle ranching. Deforestation in this region is particularly rampant near more populated areas, roads and rivers, but even remote areas have been encroached upon when valuable mahogany, gold and oil are discovered.
WWF has been working to protect forests for more than 50 years. With a focus on protected areas management and sustainable forestry, WWF works with governments, companies, communities and other stakeholders to promote certification for responsible forest management practices, combat illegal logging, reform trade policies and protect forested areas.
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Should the role of afforestation in climate change mitigation policy be re-evaluated?

Should the role of afforestation in climate change mitigation policy be re-evaluated? | Deforestation | Scoop.it
Afforestation (planting trees) to mitigate climate change could cause warming rather than cooling globally due to non-carbon effects of land use change, according to new research from the University of Bristol.
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