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Amazon deforestation jumps in Brazil, but remains historically low
(November 27, 2015, 5:09 pm) Deforestation jumped 16 percent in the Brazilian Amazon to 5,831 square kilometers for the year ended July 31, 2015, but still remained well below historical levels, according to data released Thursday Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE). The rise, which was announced just ahead of the opening of U.N. climate talks in Paris, had been […]
Jokowi to oversee Indonesia peat restoration agency but details thin on the ground
(November 26, 2015, 3:16 pm) Indonesia will form a government agency overseen directly by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to manage what could be an unprecedented restoration of the archipelago’s peatlands following this year’s devastating wildfires. “I want this body to be formed immediately,” forestry minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said on the sidelines of a tree-planting ceremony in South Kalimantan province on Wednesday. […]
Poaching upsurge threatens South America’s iconic vicuña
(November 24, 2015, 3:20 pm) Over the past 50 years vicuñas were brought back from the brink of extinction; now they’ve attracted the attention of poachers and international wildlife traffickers eager to turn a profit from the llama-like animals’ highly prized wool.
Riau emergency status to end as S. Sumatra pledges peat clampdown
(November 24, 2015, 12:47 pm) The government of Riau province will drop its official state of emergency at the end of the month in the latest evidence that local governments are winding down their anti-haze operations amid increased rain. “All members of the task force agreed to revoke the emergency status which will expire on November 30,” said Edwar Sanger, […]