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FORESTS

Japan Times
WORLD
May 23, 2022
In Ecuador's Amazon, youth take up the fight against oil pollution
For decades, local Indigenous people, farming communities, environmental rights activists and lawyers have said flaring causes serious damage to the environment and health.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 6, 2022
Russian wood ban puts further pressure on Japan's lumber industry
Lumber prices have already been high, and now limits on imports of Russian wood are restricting access to crucial items and adding to the inflationary trend.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 18, 2022
As Kenyans farm in forests, incomes rise and deforestation falls
The country sees small-scale farming on forest land as an essential pillar of its commitment to have 10% of the country covered with trees by the end of this year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Fukushima
Feb 21, 2022
Fukushima's forestry industry still haunted by nuclear meltdown
Despite a big decline in radiation, the sector faces reduced demand and difficulty hiring new workers.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 3, 2022
As forest threats loom, Amazon guardians organize as 'minigovernments'
The indigenous council CITMA and four other indigenous territories have been granted government recognition, covering about 25,000 people living in three Amazon provinces.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 3, 2022
India's forest-planting push leaves Indigenous women out in the cold
Indigenous women are finding themselves in conflict with new Indian laws that mandate large-scale tree-planting to compensate for declines in forest cover.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jan 5, 2022
Behind Brazil's 'green' charcoal industry, illegal deforestation and workers' misery
This year, 66 workers were found in slavery-like conditions at just one site, according to the head of the Brazil's anti-slavery authority.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 19, 2021
Brazil's Amazon deforestation hits 15-year high, undercutting state pledge
Brazil's space research agency, INPE, recorded 13,235 square kilometers of deforestation in the world's largest rainforest, an area nearly 17 times the size of New York City.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 7, 2021
Nature and climate protection pledges pile up at COP26, amid ghosts of past failures
Agriculture, deforestation and other changes in land use account for about a quarter of humanity's planet-heating greenhouse gas emissions.
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 3, 2021
Logging to help the climate? Gabon turns to its rainforests.
A faltering oil industry fuels 45% of Gabon's economy — but now many in the country want to replace it with sustainable forestry.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 22, 2021
Glasgow climate negotiators gear up for fight over trading trees
Offsets are a convenience that allows buyers to continue polluting while essentially paying someone else to adopt climate-friendly behaviors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Oct 11, 2021
Japanese real estate targeted by Chinese and Hong Kongers
As more people from overseas buy up land in Japan, authorities express frustration at potentially not being able to trace landowners when the need arises.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Oct 8, 2021
Not just coal: End to deforestation sought at COP26 climate summit
Green groups say the importance of carbon-storing forests in curbing global warming is being overlooked by many nations — especially in their climate funding.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Sep 23, 2021
As Amazon destruction continues, Brazil faces future of floods and drought
The disastrous mix of floods, drought and intense downpours could be a glimpse of a potentially dire future.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 19, 2021
Palm oil giant’s industry-beating ESG score hides razed forests
In the impoverished West African country of Liberia, a unit of the world's second-largest palm oil company has admitted to destroying forests and violating the rights of indigenous people.
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Sep 7, 2021
Two years on, forest pact's 'good intentions' do little to protect Amazon
Pledges have remained largely unfulfilled, with scant evidence of up-and-running forest protection and restoration efforts as a direct result of the pact, critics say.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Aug 30, 2021
Hokkaido lumber companies struggling to boost production despite soaring prices
Amid a global 'wood shock,' a shortage of loggers and difficulty tracking down landowners to get consent for forest harvesting is making it difficult to raise production.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Aug 11, 2021
To hit climate goals, Indonesia urged to permanently ban new palm oil plantations
Home to the world's third-largest tropical forests and also its biggest palm-oil producer, Indonesia introduced a three-year freeze on plantation permits that expires in September.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 16, 2021
G7 offers hope for new nature pact but pandemic threatens deadline
Agreement on the text of a new global treaty to safeguard plants, animals and ecosystems may not be reached without in-person talks, officials and observers have said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 6, 2021
Wood shortage and soaring prices threaten lumber industry in Japan
With demand rising in the United States and China, where the national economies are picking up, lumber prices have skyrocketed and Japanese firms are struggling to procure material.

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