Deforestation in Peru has slowed since peaking at nearly 180,000 hectares (700 square miles) in 2014 when swaths of the Amazon were illegally cleared for oil palm plantations, the head of the country’s forest service said recently.
On King George Island in Antarctica, the thunderous sound of ice sliding off the Fourcade Glacier and crashing into the icy water bordering Argentina’s Carlini research base serves as a daily reminder of a warming climate.
This year is expected to be even worse for endangered species, including Vaquita, giraffes and cheetahs.
A Peruvian environmental organization nursed the nine to health and returned them to the sea recently at the Palomino Islands, a few miles (kilometers) off the coast of Callao, the country’s main port.
The Bolivian government announced recently a new campaign to replant 6 million trees across the country, as part of the “Mi Arbol,” or “My Tree,” program in Bolivia combating deforestation and climate change.
State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) 2016 shows that it is possible to increase agricultural productivity and food security while halting or even reversing deforestation.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama are expected to commit their two countries to slash methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by at least 40 per cent as part of a bilateral approach to curb climate change.
Cuba’s coral reefs are among the most pristine in the Caribbean. In new and ongoing collaborations, NOAA and Cuban scientists will compare Cuban reefs with nearby U.S. reefs.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has ordered Paraguay’s government to protect an uncontacted tribe from being wiped out.
A $3.8 million grant from the World Bank will support efforts to control deforestation in Uruguay, Economy Minister Danilo Astori said.
The Be Cruelty-Free Canada campaign achieved a historic milestone this summer. In June, Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen from New Brunswick introduced a bill into Parliament that could end the unnecessary suffering of animals used in cosmetic animal testing. Bill S-214 was re-introduced on Dec.10, 2015.
Natural protected areas help keep carbon emissions low by sequestering huge amounts of carbon and avoiding “carbon debts” caused by deforestation.
Tropical deforestation, a significant driver of climate change, could be cut in half by 2020 if countries follow Brazil’s example in protecting the rainforest with better law enforcement and more transparency, a study released recently said.
In Venezuela there are 570 plants in danger of extinction as a result of the destruction of their habitat for housing construction, the implementation of activities as farming and livestock, as well as its illegal logging for commercial purposes.
Air Canada says it has a new policy, effective immediately, not to carry any shipment of lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros or Cape buffalo trophies worldwide as freight. Airline won’t allow lion, leopard, elephant, rhino trophies aboard in wake of lion Cecil’s death.