News Selection – Tropical Forests
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Tropical Forests.
Rainforests: storylines to watch in 2019
2/1/2019: 2018 wasn’t a great year for tropical rainforests, with major setbacks in Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar coming on top of back-to-back years of high forest cover loss. Here are ten storylines to follow in 2019. Source: Mongabay
World’s largest palm oil trader gives forest destroyers nowhere to hide
10/12/2018: The world’s largest palm oil trader, Wilmar International, has published a detailed action plan to map and monitor all of its suppliers. Eliminating deforestation from its supply chain would have a major impact on the rest of the industry.
Source: Greenpeace International
COP24: Tropical deforestation risks undermining 1.5-degree warming limit
13/12/2018: Of the six countries that account for the greatest expanses of tropical rainforest, only Indonesia is on track to reduce its current rate of deforestation by 2030. The others — Brazil, DRC, Colombia, Peru and Myanmar — are off target. Source: Mongabay
Amazon deforestation at highest level in 10 years
24/11/2018: Deforestation in Earth’s biggest rainforest reached the highest level in a decade, reports the Brazilian government. The American trade war has increased the profitability of Brazilian agricultural products.
Stop importing illegal timber, PNG activists tell China at APEC Summit
22/11/2018: China’s imports of timber from Papua New Guinea (PNG) are winnowing away the country’s forests, according to a group of NGOs, researchers and landowners.
RSPO adopts total ban on deforestation
16/11/2018: The world’s leading certification body for ethically sourced palm oil has ordered a total ban on deforestation by its members, amid growing pressure from both companies and consumers.
Bolsonaro to merge environment and agriculture ministries in threat to the Amazon
1/11/2018: Conservationists fear move will put short-term business interests in Brazil ahead of the world’s biggest terrestrial carbon sink, indigenous communities and rich eco-systems.
Source: The Guardian
Tropical deforestation now emits more CO2 than the EU
18/10/2018: According to a new analysis, tropical forest loss currently accounts for 8 percent of the world’s annual carbon dioxide emissions. If tropical deforestation were a country, it would be the third-biggest emitter globally.
Conflicting data: how fast is the world losing its forests?
9/10/2018: Researchers must reconcile two contradictory sets of statistics on tree loss in order to determine whether promises made by nations to protect and restore forests are on target.
Source: Yale Environment 360
The value of tropical forests in the climate change equation
4/10/2018: If tropical deforestation were a country, it would rank third in carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions, only behind China and the US. More numbers that demonstrate just how important tropical forests are in preventing further climate change.
Source: World Resources Institute