Forests – GBRI
 

In the last two decades, consumption of palm oil has increased drastically. This easy-to-grow and cheap vegetable oil can be found in a wide variety of products – right from chocolate bars to jet fuel. In fact, it is estimated that 50% of all packaged goods sold in western supermarkets contain palm oil. However, this […]

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The ever increasing human population and human induced climate change – these two factors are wreaking havoc on global ecosystems and are driving over 1,700 species to extinction, researchers have warned. Although most such warnings have been based on projections of economic growth, urban demand and climate change, U.S. researchers approached the challenge in a […]

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Much to the chagrin of environmentalists, Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro has done exactly what was expected of him. Mere a few hours after taking office, Bolsonaro transferred the responsibility for regulating and creating new indigenous reserves to the agriculture ministry – which has close ties to the powerful agribusiness lobby. The move sparked outcry from indigenous leaders, […]

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A new research published in Atmospheric Environment reveals that contrary to popular belief, hedges prove to be more efficient than trees in reducing pollution exposure and cleansing the air of toxins. The study, undertaken by researchers at the University of Surrey, used six roadside locations in Guildford, UK, as test sites to find out how three types […]

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In a move that is being celebrated by environmentalists across the globe, Norway just became world’s first country to ban the imports of deforestation-related palm oil. It should be noted that palm oil industry in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia is responsible for large-scale deforestation leading to climate change and habitat destruction of several endangered […]

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According to Brazil government sources, 7900 square kilometres of the Amazon was cleared between August 2017 and July 2018, making it the worst annual deforestation rate in a decade. Already environmentalists fear that Brazil’s new President’s policies could prove to be catastrophic for the Amazon and global climate as he announced his intention of opening […]

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It is a known fact that palm oil industry is linked to massive deforestation, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia, causing climate change, habitat destruction and pushing many species to extinction. Now France has decided to tackle this issue by limiting the import of palm oil. The new plan, a joint effort from five French ministries, […]

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Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have come up with a global map that identifies five countries – Australia, the US, Brazil, Russia and Canada – which hold almost 70% of Earth’s remaining wilderness. They also stressed that urgent international action is needed to protect it. The research comes ahead of the […]

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Rising sea levels, extreme weather conditions, severe floods and droughts, rapidly depleting glaciers – all these events taking place across the globe are inter-related, and all these interconnections are revealing changes that may not be obvious at first glance. A research published by a team of top scientists from China and Brazil astonishingly found that rising temperatures […]

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