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Majority Of Deforested Amazon Land Used As Cattle Pasture
2011-09-05 04:10:37

  More than three-fifths of the deforested areas in the Brazilian Amazon Rain forest are being used for grazing cattle, the government has discovered through a new satellite-based survey. The study, which according to Rhett Butler of the website Mongabay.com was conducted by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), revealed that 62% of the 277,000 square miles worth of rain forest that had been cleared is being used as a...

2011-08-15 08:00:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill has announced a new $3 million grant to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to protect the Brazilian rainforest and help farmers grow soy more sustainably. The grant expands a program that has already helped 383 farmers comply with conservation laws. Since 2004, the Responsible Soy project has successfully promoted responsible soy production in the Santarem area in the Brazilian state of Para, where Cargill has a soy terminal, by helping...

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2011-08-03 13:20:00

Brazilian government researchers said Tuesday that deforestation in the country's Amazon accelerated in June, with 120 square miles destroyed. May saw a decrease in deforestation to 100 square miles from April's 180 square miles. Over 150 square miles of forests were destroyed in April in a single state, Mato Grosso.  This state is known for its cattle ranches and soybean farming. Brazil said during a 2009 UN climate change summit that it would reduce Amazon deforestation by 80 percent...

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2011-07-16 05:55:00

The world's forests absorb one-third of the world's greenhouse gases, and could soak up as much as half of annual global carbon emission if deforestation was halted, according to a new study published Friday in Science, a journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In the study, co-author Dr. Pep Canadell, a scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia and the Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project,...

2011-07-16 00:00:36

The Amazon's first indigenous-based non-profit organization, The Cofan Survival Fund (Fundación para la Sobrevivencia del Pueblo Cofan), has launched a new fundraising campaign to support its innovative rainforest conservation program, the Cofan Ranger Park Guard program. This indigenous-run program has achieved zero deforestation within the one million acres of biodiversity-rich lands that are under Cofan control. By joining the newly launched "Campaign for 5000," each $10/month...

2011-07-14 15:27:11

A Kansas State University geographer is part of a research team out to prove what environmental scientists have suspected for years: Increasing the production of soybean and biofuel crops in Brazil increases deforestation in the Amazon. Although this cause-and-effect finding seems fairly straightforward, the issue of deforestation in the Amazon is more complex and more devastating than previously believed, said Marcelus Caldas, an assistant professor of geography at Kansas State University....

2011-06-29 06:00:00

WASHINGTON and DALLAS, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Kimberly-Clark and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced the expansion of Kimberly-Clark's membership in the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), a WWF initiative to eliminate illegal logging and conserve the world's most valuable and threatened forests. Kimberly-Clark will now include its worldwide operations in the initiative, building on its existing GFTN membership in select countries. The participation scope now...

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2011-06-27 08:20:00

Scientists have made spectacular discoveries of more than a thousand new species on the island of New Guinea and its waters from 1998 to 2008, according to environmental group World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The remarkable finds total 1,060 new species, but due to a poor planning and unsustainable development in the country, many of these unique creatures are at risk of becoming endangered or extinct, a WWF report finds. The paper -- Final Frontier: Newly Discovered species of New Guinea (1998...

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2011-06-20 07:40:00

Afforestation, or the replacing of farmlands or unused open areas with forests is being encouraged under the UN's Kyoto Protocol climate-change treaty under the theory that forests are will soak up carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air through photosynthesis, AFP is reporting. Environmental researchers, in a new probe, said that even massive conversion of land to forestry would have only a slender benefit at best against the increase of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. The primary reason is...

2011-06-09 14:55:41

A multifunctional approach to REDD will be far more effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing food production than the practice of intensifying agriculture and sparing forests Evidence from benchmark sites across the tropics is proving that an integrated, multifunctional approach that allows for land-use sharing in agriculture, forests and other functions can achieve good results in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and raising food production levels. It provides more...


Latest Deforestation Reference Libraries

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2009-07-02 22:38:33

The Amazon Rainforest (known as Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia in Portuguese, and Selva Amazónica or Amazonia in Spanish), also known as Amazonia, or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers almost all of the Amazon Basin in South America. The basin consists of 1.7 billion acres, of which 1.4 billion acres is rainforest. This rainforest covers nine nations (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana). Brazil contains...

Deforestation
2009-05-27 18:12:50

Deforestation is the act or process of removing trees from forested lands by cutting or burning. There are many reasons for deforestation. Logs are sold as a commodity and cleared lands can be used for pastures and human settlements. The damage caused by deforestation, however, can be great. If land is not somewhat reforested it can cause damage to habitats for wildlife and other plant life, affect the aridity of the region, and possibly encourage degradation into wasteland. Due to negligent...

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