#forests News

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Amid controversy over the quality of market-based forest carbon programmes, experts say moving towards jurisdictional-scale projects could plug some gaps. But better science, and a new corporate relationship to offsetting are also needed.
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Nearly 3,000 trees are to be felled during the construction of oil and gas pipelines in northeast India, in protected areas that are home to endangered species such as the western hoolock gibbon and white-winged duck.
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From expanding conservation areas to eliminating subsidies that harm nature, implementing the outcomes from the latest global biodiversity summit COP15 is complex for India and South Asia, say experts.
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Governments must incentivise removal technologies to be scaled up, with the next 10 years particularly crucial, report finds.
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#forests Opinion

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The World Bank Group is working across many fronts to help countries recognise both the value of nature and the risks that would follow from losing it.
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The United States is home to a vast array of ecosystems and an astonishing variety of wild plants and animals. There are an estimated 200,000 native species on its territory, representing 13 per cent of species worldwide.
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Concrete plans and financing will be needed. The COP27 and COP15 summits can also be combined, writes former Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos. Climate change and biodiversity loss must be addressed in tandem.
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Critics say that the Religion of Twenty, or R20 conference, recently held in Bali, is problematic as it excluded Indonesian Muslim environmentalists from the discussion. Activist groups inspired by Islamic and pro-environment ideas have the potential to do more to address climate change, if those in charge hear them out.
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#forests Videos

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The origin of Covid-19 is believed to be a market selling live wild animals. Eco-Business asked Anbarasi Boopal of Singapore-based animal welfare charity Acres about the link between the exploitation of animals and pandemics, and what can be done to curb the illegal wildlife trade.
Apai, customary chief, Dayak Iban tribe
Around the world, indigenous people have historically suffered from abuse and rights violations, despite being critical to forest conservation. This tribe in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, just won rights over its land after a 40-year struggle. Are governments waking up to the reality that indigenous groups could lead the battle against climate change?
Harvesting the fruit of oil palms, as this man is doing in a plantation in Indonesia, is tiring and sometimes dangerous work
EB Studio Palm oil frequently makes headlines, but the faceless workers harvesting the fruit of the oil palm less so. What are the challenges of the job and how can their rights be safeguarded?
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From conflict to co-existence: Earthworm Foundation has come up with a solution to managing human-elephant conflict in palm oil plantations in Sabah.
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#forests Podcasts

Eco-Business Podcast with Assaad Razzouk
Eco-Business talks to 'angry clean energy guy' Assaad Razzouk about the flaws in much-hyped climate change solutions, and how to fix them.
Biophobia in the city podcast with Dr Denise Dillon.
Eco-Business talks to environmental psychologist Dr Denise Dillon about Singapore's uncomfortable relationship with nature, whether loving nature is essential for conservation, and why climate anxiety might actually be a good thing.
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Methane emissions, deforestation, water pollution, antibiotics overuse, animal welfare — the dairy industry faces a farmyard of sustainability issues. Eco-Business asked United States Dairy Export Council's Karen Scanlon how dairy farms can lighten their environmental impact.
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Humanity and the planet are suffering from a serious case of food poisoning. Eco-Business spoke to Brent Loken, WWF's global lead food scientist, about how changes to our diet can help fix our broken food system, and restore our health and the planet's strained ecosystems.
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