A new study has found that the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Japan 'imported' more than 90 per cent their national deforestation footprints from abroad between 2001 and 2015, most of which were from tropical forests.
Cutting down forests has major implications on climate goals. Primary forest loss last year jumped about 12 per cent from 2019, with Brazil having the highest deforestation rates, while Indonesia and Malaysia seeing some improvements.
Vulnerable communities disproportionately bear the brunt of environmental degradation caused by plastics pollution, and action is urgently needed to address the issue and restore access to human rights, health and well-being, according to a new UN report published on Tuesday.
Ilona Szabó –
Amazon deforestation in Brazil reached a 12-year high in 2020, and over 95 per cent of it is illegal. Governments and markets must radically revalue the rainforest’s natural services and stimulate a green economy to avoid a nightmare scenario.
Kevin Rudd –
Governments should be using the current crisis to double up on foreign development spending. The more support that developing and emerging economies have to weather the storm, the faster the global recovery will be.
Instead of delaying updates to nationally determined climate targets while Covid-19 continues, governments should consider how these targets could be used to leverage the economic contribution of nature-based solutions.
While the amount of climate-friendly stimulus spending leaves much to be desired, some countries are making strides toward greening their economic recovery. How can countries expand their green recovery efforts?
Vaidehi Shah –
A Global Witness report has found that more than 200 people were killed for engaging in peaceful protest against corporate mining, logging, agribusiness and poaching activities last year. The trend is growing.
Vaidehi Shah –
Brazil and the Philippines are the most dangerous countries for activists fighting mining, agribusiness and hydroelectric companies for their rights to land, forests, and rivers, a new report by Global Witness found.
Kristie Thong –
The second-largest city in Colombia has been recognised for its transformation from a city struggling with uncontrolled urban expansion and violence to one that is now held up as a model for sustainable urban innovation.
This study report under the coordination of Conservation International (CI-Brazil), recommends that companies should understand and incorporate into their decision making process, the economic value of biodiversity and ecosystems services …
Brazil's financial sector is dependent on natural capital to support economic growth and ensure future returns for investors. Nature's assets are abundant in Brazil, from its farmland, forests and energy …