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Urgent action needed to address mangrove loss
Environmental and economic damages caused by the alarming loss of mangroves in many countries should be urgently addressed, according to a new UN report. ... more

Illegal logging threatens tigers and tribes in Sumatra
Field investigations in central Sumatra have found that the home of two tribes of indigenous people and endangered elephants, tigers and orang-utans faces �being split in half� by the construction of �a legally questionable highway� for logging trucks servicing one of the world�s largest paper companies. ... more

Save Yasuni National Park plea
Indigenous communities from Yasuni National Park, home to some of the most biodiverse primary tropical rainforest on the planet, sent a message to the world today pleading to save the park from devastation by the oil industry. ... more

Corruption fueling logging disaster in Indonesia
'One of the world's biggest environmental crimes' continues to unfold in Indonesia as efforts by the government to curb massive illegal logging are being severely undermined by a weak and corrupt justice system and the continued demand for cheap wood products, a new investigation as found. ... more

Net forest loss 20,000 hectares per day
Between 1990 to 2005, the world lost 3 per cent of its total forest area, an average decrease of some 0.2 per cent per year, according to FAO's State of the World�s Forests 2007 report, published in March. Net forest loss is 7.3 million hectares per year or 20,000 hectares per day, equivalent to an area twice the size of Paris. ... more

SE Asian forests disappearing fast
The tropical forests of South East Asia, important for local livelihoods and the last home of the orang-utan, are disappearing far faster than experts have previously supposed according to a new Rapid Response report from the UN Environment Programme. ... more

Financial incentives could save tropical forests
A majority of people in rural tropical areas � about 800 million � live in or around vulnerable forests or woodlands, depending on them heavily for survival. Yet deforestation at five per cent a decade is steadily depleting this resource base, contributing to 20 per cent of annual global CO2 emissions and seriously threatening biodiversity. ... more

Future of cork oak forests still in the balance
Earlier this year WWF warned that three quarters of the Western Mediterranean's cork oak forests could be lost within 10 years, threatening an economic and environmental crisis, unless the industry took action to support the cork stoppers market. But still no action has been taken. ... more

Green Belt Movement goes international
Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Wangari Maathai has launched a new international charity, the Green Belt Movement International. ... more

Greenpeace links McDonald's with Amazon destruction
Greenpeace today accused McDonald's of destroying the Amazon rainforest. Using satellite images, aerial surveillance, previously unreleased government documents, and on-the-ground monitoring, Greenpeace says it has traced soya grown on land that once was rainforest to an animal feed producer whose chickens are processed into Chicken McNuggets and other McDonald's products. ... more

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