Tag Archives: deforestation

Dam Projects, Land Speculation Threaten Rise in Amazon Rainforest Loss

Brazil's Amazon River and rainforest is under siege as large-scale hydroelectric projects and small-scale land speculation portend a sharp rise in deforestation rates and massive environmental degradation.

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Unilever’s Collaborative Approach to Sustainability

Unilever's collaborative approach to sustainability

Unilever is employing collaborative approaches to decrease their environmental impact and grow sales. Unilever has announced plans to halve the company’s environmental impact and double sales by 2020. This is a particularly ambitious undertaking when you consider that Unilever comprises over 100 brands and has sales in 170 countries with annual revenues of over $63 billion. Unilever’s Sustainability Approach Unilever is part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) which tracks the …

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Brazil Forms “Crisis Counsel” in Response to Dramatic Increase in Amazon Deforestation

Mato Grosso is the center of soybean production and the rapid rise of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has risen six-fold, according to recent satellite images from the National Institute for Space Research. Comparing data from March-April 2010 to the same period this year shows deforestation has increased from 103 square kilometers in 2010 to 593 square kilometers just one year later. Most of that deforestation is in the state of Mato Grasso, a center …

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The Best and the Worst Environmental News of 2010

Here is a quick review of some of the best and the worst environmental stories of 2010. BEST: Mass Production of Electric Cars Cars and trucks are responsible for a quarter of US carbon emissions. However, this year, both Chevrolet and Nissan were amongst a slew of car makers who launched electric vehicles. Even SUVs, crossovers, luxury cars, station wagons and hatchbacks are getting more efficient. Social Media Activism Working for the …

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Weekly Environmental News Wrap: July 20-27: Oceans and Arctic Ice Melt, Deforestation, Obama’s Environmental Record, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Canada’s CBC news covers the melting of the arctic ice cap. Some scientists originally thought that the melting of the ice cap would create vast areas of water that would absorb CO2, slowing atmospheric global warming. Now, some scientists think that the new open water will only absorb CO2 …

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Indonesia Takes Concrete Steps to Address Deforestation as a Part of Agreement with Norway

Indonesia and Norway inked a deal last week to take concrete actions to reduce Indonesia’s deforestation emissions.  Indonesia is the world’s 3rd largest emitter of global warming pollution (when deforestation emissions are included) so this is a very important effort.  The deal between Indonesia and Norway was reached in the lead-in to the Oslo forest conference where over 50 countries agreed to a new …

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What’s Up With the Rainforest: United States has higher percentage of forest loss than Brazil

What’s Up With the Rainforest is a weekly series from James Boyce and the Rainforest Alliance – We can’t allow the constant reminders of the damage we have done to our planet overshadow the fact that we still have the chance to prevent the past from repeating itself. With advancements in science and technology developing at an exponentially increasing speed, it should be obvious …

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