Sep 22, 2016

Brazilian forest fires threaten uncontacted tribes

Forest fires raging in northeast Brazil are forcing indigenous people out of their traditional territories and threatening uncontacted tribes, an indigenous leader said on Wednesday. Fire season in the Amazon and surrounding savanna normally lasts from July to November, but burning has become more ...

Exxon agrees to pay millions over Yellowstone River spill

Sep 22, 2016

Exxon agrees to pay millions over Yellowstone River spill

Exxon Mobil Corp. has agreed to pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment ...

Naturalist C.W. Nicol wins Green Culture Prize for forestry efforts

May 14, 2016

Naturalist C.W. Nicol wins Green Culture Prize for forestry efforts

Nagano naturalist C.W. Nicol has been named co-winner of the Green Culture Prize for his outstanding work on woodlands restoration. A longtime contributor to The Japan Times, Nicol received the annual award Saturday from the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization, an affiliate of the ...

May 3, 2016

Cambodia to protect a million hectares of forest

Cambodia’s prime minister has ordered that a million hectares of forest be included in protected zones as the country faces one of the world’s fastest deforestation rates. The move, which covers five new areas of forest, will bump Cambodia’s conservation zones up by a ...

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

May 1, 2016

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year’s haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry’s expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy — though green groups are skeptical. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in April ...