Despite Indigenous Land Protections, Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon Continues

This story was originally published by Grist. You can subscribe to its weekly newsletter here. Indigenous territories and protected areas in Brazil’s Amazon forest see higher and faster rates of deforestation than unprotected areas. That’s according to a new study in Nature that says despite an expansion of protected areas and increased recognition of Indigenous territory across 52 percent of the… Source Source / Read More: Despite Indigenous Land Protections, Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon Continues

EU’s New Climate Plan Will Cause Biodiversity Loss and Deforestation

A new climate change plan in the European Union, which has been lauded for its ambitious targets and aggressive action on emissions, will sacrifice carbon-storing trees, threaten biodiversity and outsource deforestation, according to a new paper. The paper, published this week in Nature, calls into question the plan’s treatment of biomass — organic material from trees, plants and animals — as… Source Source / Read More: EU’s New Climate Plan Will Cause Biodiversity Loss and Deforestation

COP26 Pledge to Reverse Deforestration Is Not on Track to Be Met, Analysis Finds

Although halting and reversing deforestation by 2030 is key to averting the worst consequences of the climate and biodiversity crises, the world is off course to achieve these critical targets and urgent international action is needed, an analysis warned Monday. During the United Nations’ COP26 climate summit last November, 145 nations signed the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration “to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation” by the end of the decade. One year later, “not a single global indicator is on track to meet these 2030 goals of stopping forest loss and degradation and restoring 350 million hectares of forest…

Activists Fear “Tipping Point of No Return” as Fires in Amazon Rainforest Surge

The Brazilian government published data Friday showing that more than 2,500 fire hotspots were recorded in the Amazon rainforest last month, the highest number for June since 2007 — one of the worst years ever for the critical ecosystem. The latest report from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research showed that the Brazilian Amazon has lost 1,450 square miles of jungle since the start of 2022. Greenpeace Brazil said in response to the alarming figures that the far-right Bolsonaro government’s systematic rampage against basic environmental protections is responsible for the surge in rainforest fires and overall deforestation, which have helped…