Parts of the Amazon Emit More Carbon Than They Absorb

Parts of the Amazon Emit More Carbon Than They Absorb

The Amazon River Basin is home to our planet’s largest rainforest: roughly the size of the forty-eight contiguous United States and covers about 40% of the South American continent. While this vast forest has traditionally been a carbon sink, for years scientists have feared that the Amazon could turn into a carbon source instead. A […]

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CI and Dove Team Up to Conserve Sumatra’s Forests

CI and Dove Team Up to Conserve Sumatra’s Forests

As conservationist Paul van Nimwegan wrote for Conservation International, Sumatra’s biodiversity is at a critical juncture — widespread forest clearing, wildlife poaching and land-use intensification have put much of the island’s astonishing flora and fauna under considerable threat. About 12 million hectares of Sumatra’s vast forest ecosystem have been cleared in the past 22 years, […]

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Verra Adopts Stronger Carbon Offset Standards For Forest Projects click button

Verra Adopts Stronger Carbon Offset Standards For Forest Projects

Verra, a non-profit that sets the standards used to assess carbon reduction projects and certifies their effectiveness, announced that it has strengthened its forest preservation and restoration standard, updating it based on its ten years of experience in evaluating projects and on the latest science.  

Why this Matters:  We cannot hold warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius without nature-based solutions such as preserving existing forests and restoring others

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Three European Banks Divest from Oil in Ecuadorian Amazon

Three European Banks Divest from Oil in Ecuadorian Amazon

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Following a 2020 report exposing six European banks as major financiers of oil extraction in the Amazon Rainforest, three of those banks, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, and ING, are now pledging to divest from oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.  The three banks account for $5.5 billion in […]

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Bolsonaro’s Military Strategy Fails to Protect Amazon from Deforestation

Bolsonaro’s Military Strategy Fails to Protect Amazon from Deforestation

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s most recent effort to reduce the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has failed, The Washington Post reports. Bolsonaro’s plan to deploy military troops and take illegal mining operations by surprise ultimately failed when miners got wind of it. 

Why This Matters: The health of the Amazon rainforest is crucial in the fight against climate change.

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Tropical Rainforests Losing Ability to Absorb Carbon, That’s a Blow to Trump’s “1 Trillion Trees”

Tropical Rainforests Losing Ability to Absorb Carbon, That’s a Blow to Trump’s “1 Trillion Trees”

According to a new study published in the journal Nature, tropical forests are losing their ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the air and serve as “carbon sinks.” As The Guardian explained, The Amazon could turn into a source of carbon in the atmosphere, instead of one of the biggest absorbers of the gas, as […]

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