Government considering new tax for forest maintenance

May 10, 2017

Government considering new tax for forest maintenance

The government has stepped up discussions on a proposed new tax to boost financial resources for forest management and conservation, officials said. The government is examining the option of raising the individual residential tax, a local levy, to distribute to municipalities in need. A ...

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

Feb 23, 2017

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

High-rise wooden buildings, led by The Tree, a 52.8-meter (173-foot) apartment block in Norway, are claiming a place on city skylines as the timber industry challenges the supremacy of concrete and steel. New, ultra-strong wood materials are creating a small but fast-growing market for ...

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

Dec 25, 2016

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees. Bracing against high winds, Musse Ismail ...

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 ...