British supermarkets threaten Brazil boycott over Amazon land law

World May 20, 2020

British supermarkets threaten Brazil boycott over Amazon land law

Leading British supermarket chains have warned Brazil they may be forced to boycott its goods if lawmakers in the South American country pass a bill that would "encourage further land grabbing" in the Amazon. In an open letter to Brazilian senators and deputies, the companies ...

With attention on the coronavirus, Amazon deforestation surges

World May 9, 2020

With attention on the coronavirus, Amazon deforestation surges

As the world focuses on the coronavirus, deforestation continues to surge in the Amazon rainforest this year, raising fears of a repeat of last year's record-breaking devastation — or worse. Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon hit a new high in the first four months of ...

World / Science & Health Mar 27, 2020

Burning wood can be a clean source of power after all

Burning large amounts of wood from forests can cut greenhouse gas pollution — but only alongside policies that encourage new trees to quickly absorb carbon dioxide. That is the conclusion of new research published in Science Advances, which seeks to counter the prevailing view that ...

Bush fires burned a fifth of Australia's forest, study finds

Asia Pacific Feb 25, 2020

Bush fires burned a fifth of Australia's forest, study finds

Australia's wildfires have destroyed more than a fifth of the country's forests, making the blazes "globally unprecedented" following a yearslong drought linked to climate change, researchers said Monday. Climate scientists are currently examining data from the disaster, which destroyed swathes of southeastern Australia, to determine ...

Amazon deforestation hit record in January

World / Science & Health Feb 8, 2020

Amazon deforestation hit record in January

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil more than doubled in January compared with the previous year, according to official data published Friday. More than 280 square kilometers (110 square miles) were cleared, an increase of 108 percent. It was the largest area cleared in ...