Forests : features
There are 42 documents in this section.
13 August 2012
In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles. We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.
23 March 2012
Seventeen years after Kikuo Morimoto set out to rescue Cambodia’s traditional silk industry from the ravages of war, by building a new community of skilled weavers in a forest village, with all the supporting natural resources for silk production and dying, his dream is turning into reality. John Rowley reports from Siem Reap.
6 August 2011
Between 1990 and 2005 the Philippines lost a third of its remaining forest cover, leaving the land largely denuded of trees and open to erosion. Here, Henrylito Tacio describes, in words and pictures, the efforts being made to heal the degraded uplands.
8 January 2010
Saving the Amazon rainforest now depends on curbing the growth in demand for soybeans by stabilizing population worldwide as soon as possible, and reducing the amount of meat eaten by affluent consumers, says Lester Brown in this latest update from the Earth Policy Institute.
20 November 2009
This year Australia experienced the worst wildfires in the country's history. Elsewhere, fire regimes are changing and are projected to change even more as the planet heats up. In this careful report on a growing problem, Janet Larsen warns unless we stabilise the climate quickly, it may be impossible to avert an inferno on earth.
15 June 2009
Across the globe, as mining and oil firms race for dwindling resources, indigenous peoples are battling to defend their lands - often paying the ultimate price.
18 March 2009
At least two-thirds of the Central American nation of Guatemala is already deforested and settlers are even slashing and burning the last remaining rainforest in the northernmost part of the country, with disastrous effects on the environment and on the lives of people who breath in the smoke from open fires. Here Anne Hallum reports on one successful project that is tackling the problem, the careful way.
2 February 2009
Global warming threatens to destroy the snow capped glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa, and reduce the regular water supply on which the region's farmers depend, within 20 years. Deforestion could make the problem worse. But in the last few years a Tanzanian botanist has developed a tree planting project that has seen nearly 2 million tree seedlings planted by school children, and new laws passed to conserve the region's trees. This specially commissioned report, by Kenyan journalist Denis Gathanju, tells the story.
30 September 2008
UN demographers projected in 2002 that the population of the Philippines in 2008 would reach between 75 and 85 million. But the population has already overshot the high projection and now stands at 89 million, up from 60 million in 1990. And the country's forests, as well as its people, are paying the price in terms of urban overcrowding and rural deforestration.
16 September 2008
From Lebanon to Lisbon, the Mediterranean summer produces more than just suntans; the dry heat so beloved of holidaymakers also creates the perfect conditions for forest fires.
- Goodbye to Planet 21
- Voices from Planet 21
- Forest village spells hope for Cambodia's lost silk culture
- Mega-dam in Amazonian rainforest halted by indigenous peoples' opposition
- Industry still falling short on use of sustainable palm oil
- Deforestation reduces rainfall in Africa
- Wangari Maathai, the woman I knew
- No substitute for undisturbed tropical forests
- Global effort to restore 150 million hectares of deforested land
- Filipino hill farmers are learning how to heal their eroded land
- Global map of religious forests to protect biodiversity hotspots
- Devastating cost of the soya boom
- Deforestation soars in Brazil
- World call to save Sweden's virgin forest from the saw
- Bushmeat hunting driving Tanzanian forests to crisis