Tag - forests



Soy farming has seldom been synonymous with sustainability, but more farmers in Brazil are working to regenerate depleted land instead of expanding the agricultural frontier.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Oct 5, 2023
Can Brazil's farmers grow more soy without deforestation?
Deforestation is fueling climate change impacts including harsher heat, drought and floods.
An aerial view of part of the 95,000-hectare Rio Preto-Jacunda State Nature Reserve, in Rondonia State, Brazil, after it was burned down, on Sept. 6.
ENVIRONMENT / Sustainability
Sep 25, 2023
Arson turns Amazon reforestation project to ashes
A project that replanted trees in an illegally deforested nature reserve in Brazil was allegedly torched by land-grabbers.
Ethical Spirits is a venture company based in Tokyo that makes sake from discarded sake lees, or leftover sake residue.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 24, 2023
Birch, cedar and oak: The new building blocks of sake
Beverages are made from Japanese white birch, cedar, Lindera umbellata (used in high-grade toothpicks) and Mongolian oak samples.
A man harvests coffee berries in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 14, 2023
Coffee firms underprepared for EU deforestation law: report
Desperate farmers excluded by the law might be forced to expand into forested areas and increase output to survive, defeating the law's purpose.
Commercial fishermen form the word "SOS" to spread the message about ocean acidification caused by fossil fuel emissions, in Homer, Alaska, in 2009. Ocean acidification is one of nine planetary boundaries that determine life on Earth.
ENVIRONMENT / Earth science
Sep 14, 2023
Humanity pushing Earth far beyond 'safe operating space': study
Six of nine planetary boundaries — within which the world is livable for most species, including our own — are already deep in the red zone.
A worker cleans solar panels at a solar farm facility in Yumbo, Colombia.
Aug 30, 2023
Junk offsets are feeding wave of greenwashing, study shows
The research found that only 6% of a potential 89 million credits were linked to additional carbon reductions through preserved forests.
Japan's major paper manufacturers are developing a new fiber to expand the use of wood amid a decline in domestic demand for paper.
Aug 21, 2023
Japan paper industry to develop new wood fiber material
With demand for paper in the doldrums, the industry is looking to expand the use of wood, a renewable resource, beyond paper products.
A handful of trees stand at the Tabqa Reserve near the village of Jaabar, in the Kurdish-held part of Syria's Raqqa province.
WORLD / Society
Aug 21, 2023
Illegal logging turns Syria's forests into 'barren land'
Fuel shortages and rampant poverty have pushed many Syrians to chop the trees to sell or use for heating, dealing a blow to the nature surrounding Jaabar.
The summit of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization, in Belem, Brazil, on Tuesday.
Aug 11, 2023
Despite 'weak' accord, Amazon summit calls for rich to pay up
The final joint statement demanded that developed countries make good on a promise to deliver $100 billion annually in climate financing.
Sven Hannemann manages the forest surrounding Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany. Its ancient oak trees are suffering from drought induced by climate change.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 9, 2023
In Germany's Versailles, drought is killing ancient trees
Drought induced by climate change is decimating trees in Potsdam's Sanssouci Palace, forcing park managers to rethink its centuries-old forest.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (left) and his minister of indigenous peoples, Sonia Guajajara, chat during the Amazon Summit IV Meeting of Presidents of States Parties to the Amazon Cooperation Treaty in Belem, Para State, Brazil, on Tuesday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Aug 9, 2023
Brazil's Lula fosters regional unity in battle to save the Amazon
The Amazon Summit is taking place in Belem, the rainforest city slated to host the United Nations’ COP30 climate meetings in 2025.
A camp of informal gold miners in Los Amigos, in the Madre de Dios region, Peru. The Peruvian government estimates that illegal miners dump about 180 metric tons of mercury in Madre de Dios annually.
Aug 7, 2023
Gold mining in the Amazon poisoning scores of threatened species
Miners in southeast Peru use mercury to find gold — inadvertently contaminating hundreds of species native to the area.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2023
U.K. braces for wildfires as climate change prompts 'significant shift' in risk
The threat of wildfires is starting to spread to new areas including northern Europe, where traditionally cooler and wetter climates are giving way to hotter and drier summers.
Japan Times
Jun 28, 2023
World lost 11 soccer fields of tropical forest per minute in 2022, report shows
The carbon emissions associated with the disappearance of old-growth forests were equivalent to all of India’s fossil fuel emissions.
Japan Times
Jun 27, 2023
Canada’s explosive wildfires have damaged a forest carbon offset project
With Canada facing what’s on track to be its worst wildfire season on record, climate experts and offset developers are concerned it could be a harbinger of what’s to come.
Japan Times
Jun 10, 2023
Children lost for 40 days in Colombian Amazon found alive
Originally from the Huitoto Indigenous group, the children — aged 13, 9, 4 and 1 — had been wandering alone in the jungle since May 1, when their Cessna 206 crashed.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2023
The Japanese firms and megabanks funding rainforest destruction
Comprehensive datasets reveal thousands of investments and loans made by Japan’s top lenders and investment funds that are impacting rainforests around the world.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 30, 2023
Japan aims to halve allergy-triggering cedar pollen in 30 years
The proposal comes as pollen allergies, which are mostly caused by cedar trees, have become a major social concern, affecting an estimated 40% of the population.
Japan Times
May 22, 2023
In South America's remote Chaco, deforestation uproots natural rhythms
Land clearances to farm soy and beef have led to some 7 million hectares of native forest being torn down in Argentina between 1998 and 2021.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 4, 2023
A ghostly 'fairy lantern' plant in Hyogo, back from the dead
For over two decades, scientists thought Thismia kobensis was extinct, but it's now being called a “Lazarus species” following a discovery by Kobe University researchers.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on