Blog: Forests

This huge Amazon dam was just stalled - but now we need to stop it.

Posted by Anonymous — 22 April 2016 at 3:50pm - Comments
Children playing in river Tapajos
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It’s a good week for the Amazon rainforest! Just yesterday, Brazil’s environmental agency – Ibama – announced it was suspending the license to build the massive São Luiz do Tapajós dam on the Tapajós River. The reason? The agency recognized the risks the dam project would pose for nearby Munduruku Indigenous communities.

This announcement is an important step for the Amazon and for Indigenous People’s rights in Brazil. We hope this will be a step foward to cancel the mega-dam definitively. Here’s why it is so essential.

11 awe-inspiring British wildlife-watching moments from #IntotheWild

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 16 April 2016 at 2:02pm - Comments
Common dolphins leaping from the ocean
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Common dolphins swim in Scotland

We’ve fallen in love with British wildlife all over again this week thanks to the wonderful nature footage on BBC’s Into the Wild.

In Pictures: Damning the Amazon

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 13 April 2016 at 3:54pm - Comments
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Forest next to the Tapajós river, in Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land

A report published this week by Greenpeace Brazil shines a spotlight on technology giant Siemens’ involvement in a massive hydropower dam planned for the Tapajós River.

Brazilian supermarket giant Pão de Açúcar stops buying deforestation beef

Posted by Richardg — 1 April 2016 at 12:09pm - Comments
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Activists in Sao Paulo put stickers on beef saying 'do you know where your beef comes from?'

Great news: Pão de Açúcar – one of Brazil’s major supermarket chains – has finally agreed to stop stocking beef linked to forest destruction. It's a huge victory for Brazilian consumers, who joined Greenpeace's campaign in their thousands - but it's also big deal for the planet. Here's why.

Indonesia: Is the world still looking away?

Posted by India Thorogood — 30 March 2016 at 11:40am - Comments
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‘Indonesia is burning - so why is the world looking away?’ Late last year those words shone a small spotlight on a massive climate crisis - now it looks like they could be depressingly relevant again.

Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

Posted by jamie — 30 March 2016 at 9:13am - Comments
Sumatran rhino found in East Kalimantan, Indonesia
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This rhino is being moved to relative safety, but the species is still critically endangered

Good news for rhino fans: last week, researchers announced the first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play.

In pictures: Fascinating forests of the world and what we are doing to them

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 18 March 2016 at 5:19pm - Comments
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Nordic forest in Romania. Trees in the Retezat National Park in the Carpathian Mountains

It's the International day of Forests today and a quote by Mahatma Gandhi springs to mind: “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”

Palm oil: who's still trashing forests?

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 3 March 2016 at 11:39am - Comments
A crime scene: burned peatland and forest remains, planted with oil palm
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How 'clean' is the palm oil used by major brands around the world? Today, we're releasing the results of our investigation into which companies are keeping promises to stop deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil. Take a look now to see who's keeping up - and who's lagging way behind.

In pictures: Wonderful Wetlands, celebrating World Wetlands Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 2 February 2016 at 11:07am - Comments
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Abbot Point and Caley Valley Wetlands

Today NGOs and community groups around the world raise awareness and promote the conservation of wetlands and celebrate World Wetlands Day. This year’s theme is “Wetlands for our future; sustainable livelihoods”.

<--break->The importance of wetlands in providing a habitat, hosting a vast variety of life, as well the threat they can be under is illustrated in our archive pictures below.

10 shocking facts showing how companies are still trashing Indonesia’s rainforests

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 20 November 2015 at 12:37pm - Comments
Orphaned orangutan and palm oil plantation
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Forest destruction and orphaned orangutan

For months, forest fires raged across Indonesia bringing the world's attention to the country's devastating forest destruction. Both people and orang-utans were endangered as the fires raged and a thick, choking haze swept across Southeast Asia.

These forest fires were a legacy of decades of destruction by palm oil and paper companies. Despite 'no deforestation' promises held by companies, forests are still being trashed.

Here's 10 shocking facts showing the scale of Indonesia's forest destruction, and why it needs to stop now.

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