Forests

WWF Climate Blog Has Moved to New Location

The WWF climate blog now is located at a different Web address: worldwildlife.org/blogs/wwf-climate-blog.  All posts since May 2013 are at that location, while older posts will remain archived on this site.  The new site will have a single RSS feed at worldwildlife.org/blogs/wwf-climate-blog.rss.

Brazilian Legislation Threatens to Accelerate Amazon Deforestation; Presidential Veto Urgently Required

Brazil's Senate voted on Wednesday (7 December 2011) to make changes to the country's forest law.  If approved by Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, the law would threaten an area larger than the state of Texas -- and one of the world's treasured natural areas.  The consequences would be felt all over the world, as a significant amount of CO2 could be released to the atmosphere.  Brazil's ambitious efforts to slow climate change by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation would be severely undermined.  Sign our petition and join more than 1.5 million Brazilians in urging Brazil's President to veto the bill.

Scientists Predict Huge Pulse of Carbon into Atmosphere from 2010 Amazon Drought

Scientists report in the latest (4 February 2011) edition of Science, that the historic 2010 drought in the Amazon ultimately may result in the release of about 2.2 billion metric tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere.  That is equivalent to about 25% of global annual carbon emissions from fossil fuel use.  "If drought events continue," they conclude, "the era of intact Amazon forests buffering the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide may have passed. "

Cancun REDD decision crucial to stop forest destruction

A global strategy for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, known as REDD+, is among the key agreements that need to come out of the United Nations climate talks ongoing in Cancun.

New maps show the carbon in the trees

A revolutionary approach for mapping and monitoring the carbon held in tropical forests is a major step forward in protecting the climate and biodiversity.

A "Hardy Perennial of Climate Denialism": More CO2 in the Atmosphere Will be Good for Plants

Since plants use carbon dioxide (CO2) during photosynthesis, isn't more CO2 better for plants?  Peter Sinclair terms that notion "one of the hardy perennials of climate denialism," and tackles it in the latest of his series of "Climate Denial Crock of the Week" videos on Monday (16 August 2010).  Just four days later, scientists today (20 August) report in the journal Science that global plant productivity on land declined over the last decade because of a drying trend in the Southern Hemisphere and large-scale regional droughts in both hemispheres.  

Scientists Show Waves of Deforestation Across East Africa

Ripple effect from deforestation extends 75 miles from origin, according to study co-authored by WWF scientist.

Bill to slash Amazon protection passes crucial vote

Amendments to Brazil's Forest Code that could sanction dramatic increases in deforestation passed a crucial vote in the Brazilian Congress's Special Committee on Forest Law Changes last night (6 July 2010), an outcome lamented by scientists, environmental and social organizations and indigenous groups.

Global Conservation Act Introduced

The Global Conservation Act (H.R. 4959), a bipartisan bill introduced in April, will strengthen the U.S. government’s ability to lead in tackling global natural resource scarcity that threatens Americans’ security, economy, climate and health.

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