Tag - forests



Japan Times
Jun 3, 2021
Farmers in China push back the desert — one tree at a time
In March, heavy sandstorms hit Beijing for the first time in six years, putting the country's reforestation efforts under scrutiny.
Japan Times
May 3, 2021
Stung by 2015 fires, Indonesia's shift to forest protection reaps rewards
A bold policy reset amid the crisis has helped the country achieve four straight years of declines in deforestation.
Japan Times
Apr 15, 2021
Road to ruin: Informal byways sow destruction in Colombia's Amazon
The dirt tracks winding through southern Colombia's tangled jungle often mark the beginning of the end for besieged patches of Amazon rainforest.
Japan Times
Apr 8, 2021
Amazon deforestation rose 17% in 'dire' 2020, data shows
The loss of primary forest — the clearing of old-growth, intact forest for the first time — hit its third-highest annual total on record since 2000, reaching 2.3 million hectares.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2021
With stories and puppets, environmentalist battles to save Indonesia's mangroves
Caked in mud up to their knees, a small group of Indonesian youngsters plant mangrove saplings along a stretch of exposed coastline next to the Java Sea under the watchful eye of local environmentalist Samsudin.
Japan Times
Apr 1, 2021
Global rainforest loss 'relentless,' but Southeast Asia offers hope
The loss in 2020 of 4.2 million hectares of primary forest — intact areas of old-growth trees — equaled the size of the Netherlands.
Mar 15, 2021
Forest fire north of Tokyo put out after three weeks
A forest fire that broke out in late February on a mountain north of Tokyo has finally been extinguished after scorching about 106 hectares, the local government said Monday.
Japan Times
Feb 26, 2021
Pandemic likely made 2020 'another devastating year' for world's forests
The spread of the virus weakened environmental regulations, cut funding for protection work and forced city migrants back to rural areas.
Japan Times
Feb 15, 2021
Treetop sensors help Indonesia eavesdrop on forests to curb illegal logging
Clipped onto a rope, climbing high up in a tree swaying in gusts of wind, Topher White finally reaches the roof of the rainforest and opens a laptop to run checks on a machine he built to transmit 24-hour live sound from the surrounding forest.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health / ANALYSIS
Feb 4, 2021
Indonesia's 'green diesel,' powered by palm oil, fuels threat to forests
The country is home to the world's third-largest tropical forests but is also its biggest producer of palm oil, and is steadily increasing use of the oil in biodiesel to boost demand.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 14, 2021
Wielding machetes and calipers, sweat-soaked scientists count carbon in Amazon
Brazilian researchers are seeking to learn how much carbon can be stored in different parts of the world's largest rainforest.
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2020
The real trees behind fake corporate climate progress
Carbon offsets — an increasingly popular tool used by thousands of companies to declare improved environmental performances — sometimes fall short of big claims.
Japan Times
Dec 18, 2020
A 10 billion-tree plan is restoring Pakistan’s lost forests
Pakistan's arid climate and rocky deserts may seem like an unlikely place to look for a green revolution, but the nation has begun one of the world's largest reforestation programs.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Sep 28, 2020
In Brazil's Amazon, a COVID-19 resurgence dashes herd immunity hopes
Researchers suggested a fall in COVID-19 deaths in Manaus pointed to herd immunity, but they also believe antibodies may not last more than a few months.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Sep 22, 2020
Fierce, frequent climate-fueled wildfires may decimate forests worldwide
As climate change makes regions more arid, wildfires have grown more frequent and ferocious.
Japan Times
Sep 16, 2020
Forestry still the most dangerous industry in Japan
Bereaved families of victims are calling for an overhaul of the industry's lax safety management and are turning to the courts for relief.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 31, 2020
Mapping environmental crime seen as key to slowing Amazon forest losses
One group has estimated that 90 percent of all forest loss in the Amazon basin is illegal.
Japan Times
Aug 25, 2020
Japan eyes 'energy forests' for biomass power generation
The move would help reduce Japan's reliance on nonrenewable power sources.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
May 22, 2020
Nagano communities plagued by pine parasite at odds over pesticide
The new mayor of Matsumoto has called off aerial pesticide spraying that had been planned for this fiscal year.
May 2, 2020
As loggers exploit virus, Cambodian forest protectors defy state ban
A Cambodian conservation group has warned that logging in the protected Prey Lang forest has ramped up during the coronavirus pandemic, vowing it would continue to monitor the destruction despite government threats of legal action to stop that work.


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