Tag - forests



Japan Times
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.
Nov 14, 2018
Indigenous Indonesians work to claim traditional lands to stave off threats from mining and palm oil plantations
In a community hall, a group of men sit cross-legged on mats, poring over documents and maps marked with forests, farmland, a river and the village of Gajah Bertalut on Indonesia's Sumatra island.
Jul 22, 2018
Liberia's biggest palm oil project quits eco-certification body
Liberia's largest palm oil company, Golden Veroleum, has quit a global eco-certification body in response to accusations from a global watchdog that it failed to get consent from communities before expanding onto their lands, the firm said.
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2018
Drought creates perfect storm for wildfires across western U.S.
Bigger and more "explosive" wildfires are raging across the U.S. West, with the area burned in Colorado already four times the size of last year's total, as rising temperatures, drought and a buildup of forest fuels supercharge blazes.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2018
Search begins for commemorative trees from '64 Olympics ahead of 2020 Tokyo Games
In 1964, athletes taking part in the Tokyo Olympics brought with them seeds from their homeland to be planted as commemorative trees.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 29, 2018
Satellite tech offers near real-time view of deforestation, giving Peru fast-track to fight wildcat mining
In 2015, satellite images detected a fresh clearing of rain forest in an indigenous reserve deep in the Amazon.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2018
Problematic forestry management law
New policy stacks the deck in favor of big business.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Fukushima
Jun 15, 2018
Disaster-hit Fukushima struggles to secure forest industry workers but efforts slowly bearing fruit
In a mountainous area in Fukushima Prefecture, junior high school students saw at trees as professional forest workers give them instructions and pointers.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 18, 2018
Study finds one-third of world's protected wildlife areas under threat from development
A third of the world's protected areas for wildlife are suffering road-building, more farms and other man-made threats that are undermining goals to safeguard the diversity of life on Earth, scientists said Thursday.
Japan Times
May 2, 2018
Stressed out? Bathing in the woods is just what the doctor ordered
If you go down to the woods today — and you should — leave your smartphone behind. Find a spot by a bamboo grove or take shade under a camphor tree and immerse yourself in the total effect of shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing."
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Mar 8, 2018
China to create massive panda nature reserve: China Daily
China's Sichuan provincial government has secured 10 billion yuan ($1.58 billion) in funding over the next five years for a planned Giant Panda National Park, three times the size of the U.S. Yellowstone National Park, China Daily reported Thursday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
Jan 5, 2018
China to plant new forests as big as Ireland
China will plant new forests covering an area roughly the size of Ireland this year as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of its total landmass by the end of the decade, China Daily reported on Friday.
Dec 23, 2017
Forestry tax merits scrutiny
Managing the nation's forests is important, but a new government tax to fund such efforts may not be the best choice moving forward.
Japan Times
Sep 15, 2017
Is your chocolate craving destroying forests in West Africa?
Your afternoon chocolate craving may be fueling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa, research suggests.
Japan Times
Sep 1, 2017
Brazil suspends Amazon mining decree in face of criticism
Brazil's government said late on Thursday it would suspend action on a decree opening a vast section of the Amazon rain forest to mining, backtracking in the face of activist criticism and a legal challenge.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 24, 2017
Urban trees save megacities millions through cleaner air, cooler buildings: study
Trees in cities reduce air pollution, absorb carbon and protect people during heat waves, saving megacities more than $500 million a year in health care, energy costs and environmental protection, according to new research.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2017
In Kyushu floods, destruction was magnified by fast-flowing driftwood
In a series of storms wreaking havoc across a wide swath of Kyushu, an enormous number of trees and logs flowing from forests to residential areas have been blamed by authorities and experts for the large-scale devastation.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2017
Politics of death: Muscovites march to save city's green lungs
Yaroslav Nikitenko, a 29-year-old physicist and environmental activist, woke up on April 12 to a frightening sight.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 23, 2017
British forest pumped full of CO2 to test trees' absorption abilities
Researchers at a British University have embarked on a decade-long experiment that will pump a forest full of carbon dioxide to measure how it copes with rising levels of the gas — a key driver of climate change.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 3, 2017
Ancient tree cultivation shaped Amazon landscape: researchers
Ancient indigenous peoples had a far more profound impact on the composition of the vast Amazon rain forest than previously known, according to a study showing how tree species domesticated by humans long ago still dominate big swaths of the wilderness.


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