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FORESTS

BUSINESS
Nov 22, 2019
Loss-making Japanese public-private farm fund may be dissolved
The finance and farm ministries will "thoroughly" review the operations of a struggling public-private investment fund aimed at supporting the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries, and may opt to dissolve it, sources with knowledge of the matter said Thursday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 22, 2019
Sydney gasps for air as smoke from Australia's bush fires reaches record levels
The Australian state of New South Wales is gasping amid its worst levels of air pollution on record as smoke from bush fires causes a spike in hospital visits and reduces visibility for drivers.
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 17, 2019
After protests, India drops plan to let officials use force to evict tribes from forests
India has dropped plans to give forest officials the right to use force against indigenous people and open up more land for commercial plantations after nationwide protests.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Oct 18, 2019
Indonesia urged to use new green fund to protect forests and create carbon trading program, not new infrastructure
A new green fund being set up by Indonesia should prioritize protecting its rainforests and creating a carbon trading program to help the country meet its goals to curb climate change, environmentalists and officials said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Sep 18, 2019
Over 300 slain in Brazil's Amazon over land and resources in past decade, HRW report says
A Human Rights Watch report on Tuesday found that more than 300 people have been killed over the past decade in conflicts over the use of land and resources in the Amazon, many by organized criminal networks profiting from illegal deforestation.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 15, 2019
Brazil's Amazon chief Raoni Metuktire tapped for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize nomination
A group of Brazilian anthropologists and environmentalists has put forward Chief Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapo tribe as a candidate for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for a lifetime of work protecting the Amazon rainforest.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Sep 9, 2019
As forests burn, Bolivian leader Evo Morales' bet on Big Farming comes under fire
In the tropical Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a wealthy farming hub on the edge on the Amazon rainforest, President Evo Morales gathered with ranchers late last month to celebrate a maiden shipment of beef to China.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 31, 2019
Regenerated forests are not 'green deserts,' scientists say
Replanted forests and those left to recover after logging activities can preserve vital insect and plant life in a similar way to old-growth forests, scientists have found, as interest grows in expanding the world's forests to curb climate change.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Aug 28, 2019
Brazil's neighbors call for meeting and Amazon pact as fires rage
Peru and Colombia called on Tuesday on fellow Amazonian countries to attend a presidential meeting next month on the forest fires raging in Brazil and Bolivia and to forge a pact to protect the world's largest tropical forest.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 21, 2019
Amazon burning: Brazil reports record forest fires, at nearly double the rate recorded last year
Wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest have hit a record number this year, with 72,843 fires detected so far by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research, or INPE, as concerns grow over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 18, 2019
Deforestation in Brazil and vote in Argentina endanger EU-Mercosur pact
Brazil's backsliding on Amazon conservation under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and a likely Peronist return to power in Argentina could delay or even derail ratification of an EU-Mercosur trade agreement that took two decades to negotiate.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 5, 2019
Satellite data show Amazon deforestation rising under Brazil's Bolsonaro
Deforestation of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil sped up in May to the fastest rate in a decade, according to data from an early-warning satellite system, as experts pointed to activity by illegal loggers encouraged by the easing of environmental protections under President Jair Bolsonaro.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 16, 2019
Stopping soil erosion is a matter of urgency, otherwise starvation will follow, scientists warn
The world's food production is in jeopardy because the fertile layer of soil that people depend on to plant crops is being eroded by human activities, scientists said Wednesday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 9, 2019
Ex-ministers blast Jair Bolsonaro for dismantling Brazil's environmental protections
Eight former Brazilian environment ministers blasted new right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and his administration in a letter on Wednesday, saying it is dismantling the country's environmental protections.
WORLD
Mar 28, 2019
Brazil to privatize some of its most famous national parks starting this year
Brazil aims to begin privatizing the management of its national parks this year, including some of its most famous natural tourist sites, the country's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles said on Wednesday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Feb 21, 2019
India's top court orders eviction of more than 1 million forest dwellers
India's Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of more than 1 million indigenous people and others who live in forests after the federal government failed to defend a law aimed at protecting their rights.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 14, 2019
Can 'Big Brother' technology clean up palm oil's image?
Some of the world's major palm oil users, including Nestle, Unilever, and Mondelez, are trying out new satellite technology to track deforestation, as pressure grows on them to source the ingredient responsibly.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 24, 2019
Root and branch reform: Swedish scientist makes fuel from tree waste
Could tree roots, twigs and branches one day be used to power cars? That's the hope of a Swedish researcher who has developed a pulp byproduct that — on a modest scale — does just that.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 15, 2018
Biodiversity wins, even when all seems lost
Tiny frogs and lizards surviving in Haiti's last splinters of forest show that even the most devastated areas can be redeemed.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Nov 26, 2018
Buy green palm oil or forests will suffer, industry warns
New rules to stop deforestation caused by palm oil production can only succeed if brands and consumers buy larger amounts of oil certified as green and ethical, industry officials and environmental activists said.

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